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'.