Ok here's the deal. I am very far behind with what I want to share on my blog. I do like to write, but not only has my blogging time decreased since I got my new studio, but I don't have a computer or internet there. So that means I don't even have a method to sit down and blog when I'm at the studio. So what does this mean? And what will I do about it?
The main things I want to share are the pictures. I think that is the number one priority. However, I do like talking about the paintings, or art, or technique, or anything else I want to share about them. I don't want to sacrifice sharing the paintings just because I can't sit down to write meaningfully about them. I plan on doing a couple of things to remedy my problem.
1. I set up an IFTTT recipe that will automatically post new photos from my Facebook pages as blog posts. It is the first place I add new paintings, and I will usually write a little blurb and info about the piece there anyway. This will mean that my blog will be automatically updated much more regularly. Probably weekly. At times even daily!
2. I am looking into starting an audio supplement to the blog that will be a weekly podcast-style show that will get more in depth with all the info I want to get out there. It will probably just start out as a discussion about my paintings I am sharing to the blog but I am willing to see it evolve into something potentially more interesting.
Here are the paintings I made during my recent trip to Colorado(more specifically, Breckenridge). They are all either 8x12 or 6x12 inches. Some will be used as studies for larger paintings done for the Abend Gallery in Denver.
If you are interested in any of these let me know. I may be willing to part with a few of them if I don't use them as studies.
Hey everyone! This blog will be all about taking you through a concept of mine from genesis of the idea to finished painting. The last time I did this was for "Indigo Heart" back in 2013. This one will be even more thorough.
The idea came to me during one of those half-between-sleep-and-waking states that are somehow very fruitful when it comes to generating ideas. I didn't have an extremely solid idea in my head, but I thought it may work. I sometimes go back to check other artists work to make sure I didn't rip the idea off from somebody else, too.
This was the very first sketch of the idea. Done with almost no reference, this was just to get the idea out of my head, and to approach the model with it.
Before getting to this point, I had to get all of the props that fit the idea. This meant going to the fabric store, craft shops, and online purveyors of faux-flowers. I reached out to my lovely model Ash Weiss and pitched her my idea. She obliged, and so we arranged shoot #1.
Once I shot these reference photos I went through and looked for what might work as a potential concept. Because I knew she would come back, I was fine with it not being perfect yet. Having the chance to go through and review the reference to improve it for next time is a novel concept for me.
The second time Ash came back we had some improvements to the costume itself. There were ribbons that held the makeshift dress together instead of rope. I decided to go with a random background rose distribution. After shooting, I went through and picked the most potentially interesting reference shots.
Next time Ash came over, I did a little bit of extra reference shots (that I don't remember using) but most importantly I did a quick color study of her. Almost no attention was paid to her proportions. Because this was painted on a cloudy day and the best reference was shot on a sunny day, it turned out not to be so useful.
This study was painted under the same conditions as the reference, and so was much more useful. I painted this one over a couple of different days.Again, drawing was not much of an importance. However, some attention needed to be paid when it got into more detail.
Now that I was armed with the reference I wanted to paint and the study, it was time to start the actual painting. I began with the usual grid that I then carefully drew the figure into. I believe I mostly used graphite to draw this one out.
Stage 2: The block-in. I mostly filled with local color.
This may look like a big jump, but all did was essentially paint in the light and dark pattern, with some degree of blending together the transition tones.
Here I am starting to paint in the background pattern.
An update on the pattern.
Much further along with the patterns.
Almost done with the background pattern.
Finally done with the background pattern and working on the the roses.
The start of the dress pattern.
Finished with the dress pattern. The "shimmering" effect was starting to work.
This was where I started to finish the roses.
Almost done with the roses.
A close-up of the finished roses.
Here is the finished painting. Click on it to see it in higher detail.
"Interbloom: Silk Rain" 20x16 in. oil on linen mounted on board. 2015
This painting, along with others, will be making its public debut at Wonderland SF. I am doing a 3-person show with my friends MJ Lindo and Joshua Lawyer there. The opening reception will be May 31st 2015. I will share more information about it as I share more paintings for the show.
Hey guys! I've been busy working on settling in to a new studio(!) so I have to apologize for not getting this announcement out earlier. But this weekend is the opening reception to two different shows I have on the East Coast. I created two "Painted Roses" pieces for two different galleries.
TEN: A group show at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. It's their tenth year anniversary show. I created one 10x10 piece(as is the theme for the show). It opens Friday the 6th, and you can check it out in person for the rest of the month. More info for the show can be found by clicking HERE.
"Marbree" 10x10 in. oil on linen board, 2014. $750
I am showing New York-adjacent at the Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I did this painting because Corwin Prescott is having a solo show there at the same time. I'm a huuuuge fan of his photography, and in fact his wife Vaunt is the model. So when I was approached to be a part of the show it was an honor for me. You can find more information about the show on Facebook. You can also add to your calendar by downloading the .ics file here.
"Rosenthal" 14x8 in. oil on linen board. 2015. $850
These are pretty affordable as far as this series goes, so if you are interested in owning these, get in touch with the galleries now. I don't think they will be available for long.
I like what Zach Tutor is doing over at supersonicart.com. I was first turned on to Supersonic Art via the folks at Spoke Art, which was via Hi-Fructose, which was via the Modern Eden Gallery(you see how these things all fit together?). His blog is extremely well-curated. You should go subscribe to it if you have not yet. The invitational show is very prestigious, even if only for the artists he is able to grab for it. Look at the line-up and drool, I sure did. I feel like this show puts me way up on the ladder, so I am incredibly happy and grateful for the opportunity to be put in this show.
"Devonensis" 18x18 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $1950
This is my humble piece for the show. The reception is Saturday January 10th at Spoke Art in San Francisco. You shouldn't need my invite, I mean, look what's showing there. But hey just in case, here is the necessary info you need to be able to attend. Link to Facebook invite.
Hey everyone! I am sad to say I've been quite remiss in my efforts to show my charcoal drawings. As the years go by my drawing updates become more and more rare. It's mainly because I'm so busy doing paintings for galleries and other events, and because that occupies so much of my time, my attendance in weekly figure drawing has been sporadic. Now that I'm in a bit of a slowdown as far as shows come, it's been possible to hit up sessions more consistently. Sometimes I've even been able to attend two sessions a week! Also, it does take a few hours to photograph the drawings, get them web-ready in Photoshop, and post them to the internet and various social media sites, further slowing me down. I can't promise that I'll be more consistent with drawing updates, but for now, here's a beefy update for you.
Most of these will be up for sale on my Zatista page in case you're interested in owning any of them. If you're interested in any of the ones I don't have "buy" links for, email me and I'll post it to my Storenvy site. As always, all drawings are $125 each. I think it's reasonable.