Friday, October 4, 2013

carlsbad artsplash


as usual i didn't do the traditional . . . but i had lots of fun with the public. this years theme was the 'wheel deal' and we already covered the story about the silent auction . . . so my square was a series of my animals on wheels !!!

it was my birthday weekend.  we ended up coming down early friday because bo had to work.  i tried to work on my square once i found it . . . but was promptly bitten by ants.  ron juncal gave me some baking soda mixture for around the square and it helped for saturday !!

i came knowing i was going to create the front 2 characters . . . the unicycling umbrella bird pulling the unicorn toy. they can be found in the letter u illustration from the ALPHABET KINGDOM book.  and of course i had to add a pelican for the sponsor !!

i developed my characters relaxing at bo's work with an appetizer.  basically finished on saturday but added contrast and darker blacks the next day, sunday. oh and on my birthday (saturday) i was given flowers from the recycle garden at the event !!!

self promotion at the square !!

patrick's square . . . my neighbor last year and this year . . . 

last year these guys stepped up and did a square where the artist didn't show up .. . 
they did a take on 'x y z'  from  ALPHABET KINGDOM.
this year they stepped in and helped again . .  . 
love the yellow submarine !!! one year it was my daughters halloween costume.

double the fun !!!


while working on his skateboard i ended up not doing the full monster theme . . . i was in the mood for primates and he let me . . . . so i had some paper ready to paint and drew out an elephant !!  once again i was having fun with glazes and it was totally imagination time.  i had to add some lighter contrast (because i started on red) so i drew with white paint.  as i progressed i liked the playful feel of colors . . .  jax agreed.

the background is loaded with oranges, yellows and reds. . . . 

the ballpoint + skateboards


so i have this skateboard to do for a silent auction at this year's carlsbad artsplash.  i thought of making it different by using my ballpoint pen.  decided it would be a good idea to play around with a wood pane before working on the skateboard.  i ended up  with 'clyde' . . . and totally loving the effects of wood.


THE NEXT STEP . . . .  the skateboard,  'pugmarks'

started the same way . . . but added titanium white
before adding acrylic glazes . . . this creates a stained look.  and yes ! the drips were the usual spray bottle.  so after staining  i redid some of the ink and i rubbed off the glaze or scratched with an etching tool for the whiter whites.

the board was/is called pugmarks because that is
what tiger paw prints are called.  i added grip tape over the pugmarks that were first drawn with my pen . . . this was to mesh skateboarding and art a little more . . . . and it can be used if they wish !

'THE GANG' . . .  skateboard #2

continuing my play on wood . . . skateboards !!  the grandson's board . . . we did his monkeys (primates) and then for the monster effect a gorilla skull design with horns . . .  on the front kept a simple graphic with clear grip tape on top.
this board will be used and i also liked the yellow stain that was
already on the board.
jax was involved with the design every
step of the way.

charcoal + acrylic glazing


so i continued on with the technique of 'stuck' but this time i added color glazes . . . the youngest grandson, mr. danger.

i started with charcoal . . . erasers . . . adding . . . . subtracting . . . and then . . 

the best complement is dangers mom can't get over his look . . . 'i see that everyday' . . . 

drawn detail

the stages

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

mo' ... sketchbook series

' . . . AND WHAT ? '    

so this was the first of the sketchbook series attempted
 on canvas board and as i progressed i decided to leave it black and white.  as others saw it they all agreed.  this one i did have to frame because there is just no other way to hang.

the comeback


this guy currently represents me !

so with weakness left in my arm from the pinch nerve i spent two weeks just doing nothing but non-stop sketching ... i started to do sketches on ATC and in doing so made fun little works of original art.  i like working really small or really big . . two extremes.  and it has also allowed me time with my illustration style
which i love !!

created some fun little guys and recreated some fun characters from my book alphabet kingdom !!

well turns out  i am addicted to these little guys . . .

it's been a while !!


had started the spring with a pinch nerve in the back that killed my creativity . . . productiveness . . . .  but did still managed to get a few things done.  did one chalk fest in downey where we worked on paper which ended up being my worse piece ever!!  and in public not good for one's ego especially a professional but at the same time i often have scribble scratch but in time it's the final product that makes me who i am. one step toward the next.

i did finally start and finish my second piece of the behind the glass series . . . polar plunge.  that alone took 3 months and tons if not thousands of glazed layers.  as i photographed my journey some of the early stages look great . . . . but it was the actual look of the canvas that drove me to it's final stage. 

1st round of stages

so in the beginning lots of movement and development of the rock mass that was in view . . .  and a second polar bear.  the paint was way too thin on the canvas and the washes of movement were separate strokes not the large mass of water that i wanted.  i wanted to come specific elements to come a live : cold water . . the glass . . . under and above water.  in the last frame above things started to smooth out with the water.

second round of stages

things were coming along but the water lapping against the window was a little too wavy . . . wanted it more subtle for this series (at one point i poured alcohol on the waves and scraped off the paint). the second picture i added white to make sure the areas i liked didn't get darker because there were more layers of blues and . . . to come.  the next to last starting to get rid of that milkiness left from the whites. (i say whites because sometimes i add other colors to alter the titanium white).  the last in the second round of pics is getting there.  in the end even though the bottom is dark you still get the sense of a mass being there on the left . . . the feel of the rock though unseen still exists.

hanging in the gallery

Saturday, May 25, 2013

studies as finished works


playing around with a series of drawings . . . experimenting with papers and glazes . . . what could be small sketchbook works . . . making them larger and trying to give them those finishing touches . . .

i love charcoal and the lift-off technique . . . so i am basically starting there.  i have had a pinch nerve or something that has caused me pain in my shoulder and painting arm.  it effects me more with focus, control, and creative thought.  so it will be interesting to see where this takes me.  my mr. danger piece is part of this process . . . i'll post pics next time.  have to head to his birthday party shortly . . . so first want to focus on zebra study . . . by their looks i would wonder who is studying who . . . so first the lift off technique.

GLAZES . . or staining as i sometimes call it

i started with an umber . . .  i took it to this stage because the paper lifted off with the charcoal so it needed some kind of finish to give it a little quality.  i worked fast trying to accept my faults in the drawing.  after the umber i added an indian yellow/orange mixture to warm up the work.   then i finger painted on white mixtures over the white stripes . . . it picked up the texture.  after a while i added my faithful blue . . . few accents.
a close up at the way the paper pulled up . . . i mixed in a little bit of ceramic stucco for  variety.  i actually had a lot of fun finger painting the white on !!

the gboyz

jax . . . . . 'STUCK'

so i was missing jax . . . so i decided to use him as my next subject.  and just like with animals . . . i use both my observations and a bunch of pictures i took.  and just like with animals there were times i would click away because i knew one day i might create this moment in time.  i ended up leaving this work as a black and white . . . spraying it and setting it with matte medium . . . .  the back has a few layers of orange acrylic.

it was raining so i left this out for a few days . . . but despite that fact when i eventually rolled it for storage the front did get 'stuck' on the back layer . . . dual meaning to the title.

and then there was danger  . . .  'WELCOME, DAY ONE'


i actually created this one first.  i have not had the pleasure of knowing this little guy like i have jax.  but this drawing came from the first time i set my eyes on him at the hospital.  he is actually on his side but i like the up presentation it adds something different.  though it is displayed on it's side at his great grandma's.

i am working on another danger piece now . . . . slowly.

the g-boyz to date . . . jax 3 / danger 1

2o13 ... exposure


first event . . . return to oceanside days of art !!  my first show i ever did . . .  2 years ago.  i did san marcos art walk a few times so i am learning to be more compact.  it may not look that way but all this fit in the back of an old honda accord !!!  one trip.

so i removed the posts from my displays and
went with just the peg board . . . so i can make tripod displays . . . a wall or both.

i was on a corner and there was a street and a sidewalk so i left the tent open . . . and inviting.

i hung the larger works from the tent and used foam board displays i made to add a little something something to the display . . . the whole presentation as well as the work . . . it is me !!  

our book (alphabet kingdom) received a most welcoming reception.  so did my art . . . small things sold . . . had lots of conversations with kids, adults and other artists.  other artists bought the book too!  first time at a show had conversations about commissions.

all my promotional materials went out.  i also had some good talks with wildlife academics.
oh and the sketchbooks were out for the public to use . . . and they did !!

a closer look at the foam board displays

worked quickly on a lemur . . . mostly out my head . . . it was fun !  it was on some paper i had stored away.  my new kick going through old art supplies and using them !!  this one on erasing (lifting off the charcoal) it added texture to the work . . . i enjoyed it !!! 


next on the list . . .. art in the pines.  held in la jolla at torrey pines state park.  once again my book did well . . . . sold out . . . all the docents bought me out !!!  my work was very different from the other artist there which was good.  i actually did not demo . . .  and the sketchbooks were out but no one participated here.  a different kind of crowd.  gorgeous place to spend a 

i have been thinking about prints . . . . having some made . . . everyone says get the one people like the most.  well i have to say here in san diego county a lot of people know and like their animals.  because even the takin is on my 50/50 list. 

art in the pines

cards sold . . . postcards and buttons . . . and i thought we didn't get that many business cards out (actually i do bookmarks) . . . BUT
when i returned home and cleaned up from the show at least half of the new promos were gone.

so that is a definite + + . . . . new area . . . new people . . . .

2nd goal . . . try to get out to areas other than my norm !!!