Monday, September 6, 2010

Jazzin' For The Next Year

I've made a commitment to create a series of jazz paintings. I intend to create them in acrylic paints on canvas. Hopefully to display them or find interested parties to sell to. This will be an undertaking that I intend to work on for the next years time. I wish to complete at least 12 paintings of similar style and subject matter. To start the process, I've created the following 2 illustrations in Photoshop in an extremely open and washy technique. Little preparation was taken. Namely: I found a photo of the subject and began to paint. No pre-illustration, just washes of color and find the highlights and low lights! It's a very progressive way for me to work! I'm excited to move on to the next step. Meet Billie Holiday and Sun Ra the first two subjects of my jazz musician studies!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

June and July/ Heaven and Hell

I've got 2 illustrations quite on opposite ends of the spectrum for this month! The "Angles in the Architecture" painting was created for a CD cover of the same name. It is torn paper and acrylic paints.
One the other end of the spectrum is a Photoshop illustration "Buffoon's Slate" eluding to whatever evil games commence when the carousel closes after the evenings festivities and the dark side take it's turn!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Art at the Arnold 2010

The Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio on March 4 thru 7. This was the first year they welcomed 50 artists to paint live at the event and participate in competition. What an amazing opportunity to "color" with some incredible artists! Here are my two paintings. The seated male figure painted in acrylic in a matter of 4 hours from a model live (22" x 28"). The second figure "Brazil" is a large 30" x 30" 6.5 hour painting. All art was displayed for Arnold Schwarzengger and Sylvester Stallone for a private viewing and awards presentation.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

3 Violins

Painting on these beautiful instruments is intimidating and exhilarating!
The violin "Lady White Snake" was painted and auctioned off to raise funds for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony's trip to China!
The "Iron Maiden" violin was painted and auctioned off the raise funds for the Washington County Symphony Orchestra. As was the 3rd violin titled: "Audience of Angels".

Torn Paper/Acrylic Paint/Krackle on Wood!

Photoshop Fun!

Created these images in Photoshop.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Painting Techniques

Preparing For
The Arnold Sports Festival

This is a 30" x 30" acrylic painting on canvas.
The object was to capture a figure onto the canvas as quickly as possible without any preliminary pencil drawing.
This was created in 4.5 hours. Timing isn't everything. Technique isn't either. But together they are a defined style. This may well be the one that I use at the Arnold Sports Festival on March 5th and 6th.