Monday, February 9, 2015
Here is Abernathy quite ready to be adopted into a loving home. I did this piece for the Oakland Animal Services for their hard-to-adopt pet event on Valentine's day. When someone adopts the pet they get to take the painting home too.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
A stamp I just carved out of Speedball's Speedy Carve block. I am working a piece for the Oakland Animal Shelter and I wanted it to have a pattern as the background. It's inspired by a vintage column in Liverpool's Victoria building. My twist was incorporating a heart.
Monday, December 29, 2014
This is one of my houseplants and my first "ordinary object" sketch.
This is a 16x20 piece stenciled and spray painted with a touch of gouache and cut black glitter paper for his hair.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
I've decided to start working on character pieces from my favorite shows on Showtime. I'm not sure if I want to paint them traditionally or digitally or both. So I took my sketch of Leiv Schreiber into Photoshop using a new brush called Stumpy Pencil that a coworker told me about. I turned it into a blue brush and threw in some sketchy marks over the top of my existing pencil sketch and I actually like the result. Now to paint it. That'll be the next step.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
I'm turning 44 this year and I always find it strange when things are coincidence. I have been thinking about doing these little profile portraits 5x7 then framing them in a double frame (the kind your grandparents always had of you and your sister). I was originally doing these small pieces to go into my Sketchbook Project for this year but never got around to meeting that deadline...no surprise there. Then I was just going to do sweet little profile portraits and put them in individual black frames and eventually have several ready for the TNF art show this year. But then I went down to LA a couple of weeks ago and went a Punk show and saw this great band called The Black Widows. They were dressed as ninjas and it occurred to me to have my sweet painting have a darker side. I came back home and painted these two ladies for my sister for her birthday and now have started my double portraits. To me the coincidence lies in the doubles....weird and amazing 44.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
On a side note: I must always remember to just be inspired - not completely influenced. I love it when the more natural, unafraid me creates from the heart not just the mind. I tend to over think my pieces and I truly believe that was drilled into me as an illustration student. Perhaps that is the clear divide between illustration and fine art - the freedom to completely express yourself without a definitive meaning behind the piece. I tried that freedom this time - when creating my mom's 60th birthday gift. To have a fun theme but not let that concept totally rule over the process.