Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thought it would be fun to create some art related t-shirts to let everyone know you are an artist, and proud of it. These are 2 of several designs. ARTisWORK, no matter how much we enjoy creating it. And when you visit my studio, you are entering the "ChromaZone".
Check them out at: skreened.com/arttees
Monday, August 24, 2009
While traveling down Highway 1 with my daughter Tracy, we pulled off the road and saw this beautiful view from above. The photo was so dramatic that I was concerned a painting might not capture the feeling, but I'm happy with the results. This painting has been juried into the 85th Pasadena Society of Artists Exhibit that will be at VIVA Gallery March 17 through April 3, 2010.
View from Above / Acrylic / 17"x 23"
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This is what happens when you enjoy painting pears and attend weekly figure drawing sessions. You (or maybe just me) start to see similarities. And it is my duty to point them out. Sometimes it takes the viewer a little while to also see the similarities and then they can't wait to show someone else. It brings a little grin to those who see it, which makes me smile too.
It has been an award winner; First Prize in the Southern California Artists Association juried exhibition in Laguna, an Honorable Mention in the Pasadena Society of Artists, Holiday Exhibition at VIVA gallery, and most recently a First Prize (acrylic category) in the Pomona Valley Art Association's 28th Annual Open Juried Show.
4 of a Kind / Acrylic / 12x29 – 8x20 Archival Prints are available for purchase
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This was a fun exercise. I started with an ink drawing I had done from a 5 minute pose at a past figure session. The idea was to create a painting that retained the spontaneity and abstract quality of the ink drawing. The danger is that the drawing may be preferred over the painting. Oh well. 16x20 Acrylic on Paper.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The first painting of this car was a fun experience. I was a bit sad to see it disappear so quickly so I thought I'd take another shot at it. Although it's the same subject matter as Metropolitan Red, it has a different look and feel. This is acrylic on a 9x12 canvas.
I saw this car parked in South Pasadena. It reminded me of growing up in Napa in the 60's. I'd been thinking of doing a series of urban scenes and this looked like a great subject matter to start with. It is an 8x10 acrylic on canvas. The silver frame worked perfect. It sold the first time it was exhibited. It recently received a 3rd Place Award at the Mid-Valley Arts League 56th Anniversary Exhibition and has been juried into the Pasadena Society of Artists 84th Annual Exhibition at VIVA Gallery, April 29 to May 16, 2009.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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I had the unique opportunity to have access to live models 4x's a week while running Fine Artists Factory. In 2003 I began doing life drawings, basically circles and cylinders. After a couple years the circles and cylinders tuned into drawings of almost recognizable people. The charcoal drawings continued to improve but I became impatient with the academic looking result. I wanted to paint. So one day during a 3 hour session I took out old used hand-me-down acyrlics and a large sheet of canvas paper and began painting. The first attempt met with success which can be seen on Page 4 of 'articulate art'. I began to really have fun. I felt like a painter. It was the first time I had created a body of work that looked like the same artist had created them. I was excited to show the work as a group and came up with the idea of interviewing myself, in a mock interview. I created 'articulate art' as a format to feature the new direction and have some tongue-in-cheek fun presenting it. The brochure has received a graphic design award and to-date 3 of the featured pieces have sold. Two of the pieces that have yet to sell have been juried into several exhibitions. Enjoy!
These are paintings created from photos taken while on a 3 day trip to Catalina Island. The goal was to give the feeling of the location rather than recording a realistic representation. (above, 24x24, below 23x30, acrylic)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This was one of the first watercolors I was happy with. It was done rather quickly. It has a feeling of spontaneity that I like. It is easy to overwork a watercolor. When I first started taking watercolor classes I was always eager to show them to my wife. Her response was usually, "That's nice honey, what is it?" The original title was, 'They're Apples, Damn It', but I decided to shorten it to, 'They're Apples'.