Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hubcap Project.

I am in the process of creating a piece from an old hubcap.  This was sent to me by the organization  An Artist reclamation project  that encourages the use of recycled materials in art. They currently have over 700 hubcaps that have been done by artists from all over the country.  I first heard of it through an artist friend of mine Angela Blakely, who is doing a hubcap as well.   I am excited to start on this project, and I have the feeling it might open up a new avenue of expression. Or should I say re-open since most of my sculpture in college was done from found objects.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos Show at Screaming Sky Gallery

This was a great night.  I got to see alot of the fantastic work of the other Artists and talk with a few.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


This is one I am still working on.  Grace expressed an interest in the sketch so I am giving it a go.

Original sketch

The work in progress

I continued to work on this painting yesterday morning with mixed results.  I was happy with some of the things I learned.  I never really had a vision of the finished work, which was a little difficult.  I didn't know what to do with the lower right corner or how to treat the background. I decided to keep the original colors instead of trying to change a lot. This will be framed for display at Lecias work,  The Lippman Company as part of their Halloween theme.
Dia De Los Muertos 4

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos Show at Screaming Sky Gallery

This is a pretty accurate color representation
Detailed view taken  natural light,
This is the painting I did for the Screaming Sky Gallery  Dia de los Muertos group show that runs thru October 23rd.  In my rush to get it framed, I never really got a great picture of it.   I was struggling to compose a piece that showed dimension and space.  Everything was looking flat and forced.  Then I called my daughter Adrianne and asked her to pose for me.  Her professional modeling background was a huge advantage, and I had what I needed within an hour.  I pretty much started without a sketch, and the painting took off.  Towards the end I was a little apprehensive about adding the ground and the trees on the lower left.  At that point the painting was looking very good, and I had to take a chance that the last two elements would work.  The ground did not work well at first, so I had to pull some paint back out and change the shape of the "hole".  After several layers of color and some texture, the piece was finished.  Screaming Sky Gallery is  showing the painting thru October 23rd. I have a lot of people to thank, including both my daughters, Grace and Adrianne, and my wife Lecia, who put up with my "moods" towards the deadline.  Since this is my first piece in Gallery I was in uncharted waters.  It should be easier next time around.