Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"If It's Darkness We're Having, Let It Be Extravagant"
12x16 oil on linen

This was partially done while I was attending Casey Baugh's paint workshop in San Francisco. All of the students had a mini photo shoot with the model Nicole and learned Casey's process on how to effectively use a photograph as reference. I worked on this painting for 2 days, about 6 hours each day building up the foundation for the face and placing all the features and making sure the proportions were all correct. I continued working on this recently after a hiatus and had to fix the colors of the face, making certain parts warmer and bringing some shadows into light, as well as working on the hair and background. I definitely learned so much during that workshop and I recommend anyone that is hesitant to attend one or feels like they need pointers/want to learn more from an artist they admire, it's a solid way to go.

Thank you Casey for taking the time to show us your process and showing us how you create amazing works!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beauty & The Streets (Prologue)

"Hiraeth" - 11x14 oil on canvas
"If Only I Could Break Down The System" - 16x20 oil on canvas
"Voice The Victory And Unlearn The Ways Of Self Defeat" - 14x18 oil on canvas
"I Was Born Make Mistakes, But I Ain't Scared To Take The Weight" - 14x18 oil on canvas
"For All Who Deny The Struggle, The Triumphant Overcome" -18x24 oil on canvas

"An intimate look at women in dirty/grimey places, showing that no matter where a woman is placed, the setting can be transformed. Like all things in nature, everything has an opposite. Black/ white, good/bad ugliness/beauty...the streets and it's ugliness, women and their beauty, that's one of the most honest truths of the world."
- excerpt from my original sketchbook notes

"I want to be a mystery to you, untouchable, a star all to myself, a galaxy away from your starved fingers"
- Emily Palermo

"If you're going through hell, keep going"
- Winston Churchhill

"Nobody can save you but yourself and you're worth saving. It's a war not easily won, but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Think about it. Think about saving yourself."
- Charles Bukowski

Previous posts: Overture Vol. I , Overture Vol. II , Overture Vol. III

Bill Murray

"Lost in Translation"
11x14 oil on linen

This painting was pretty damn fun to paint! I've been a Bill Murray fan for a long time, and when I was approached to do a piece inspired by him and his works, I was very stoked! Lost In Translation is one of my all time favorite movies, the fact that it has Bill Murray in it has a lot to do with that, so I thought I'd take a stab at painting him as his character "Bob Harris". It was a toss up between this, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Rushmore. I might do one of those other ones some day...

This piece will be exhibited at the event: The Murray Affair: The Bill Murray Art Show
All the info can be found there, but the show is happening on August 8th in San Francisco at Public Works SF and I'm very exited about it!

Also the show is gaining hype on the internet from various sites online, here are 2 that feature my painting:

The Creators Project 

and The Reynolds Report

Thanks to Ezra and Julie Croft for putting on the show and I can't wait to see what other artworks will be there!

"For a relaxing time, make it Suntori Time"

Portrait of An Artist

Portrait of An Artist
9x12 oil on canvas

This was a fun portrait for my long time friend. It was a gift for his birthday. I intended on painting a larger version of this back in 2010 in acrylics (which was my chosen medium back then) but i kept fussing with it and could never get the hang of it. Now that i'm more comfortable in my chosen medium of oils, I thought I'd give this another shot, and I really enjoyed the outcome!

Check my friend's music projects out as well! The Actress Not The Character


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nicolas Cage

9x12  - oil on canvas

This will be shown for one night only at this event: NICOLAS CAGE ART SHOW AND MUSICAL SHENNANIGANS It will be on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00pm at Balancoire in San Francisco. If you're in the area I suggest you check it out, it should be a fun time full of a bunch of different Nicolas Cage themed artwork.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Musa Mortis

Musa Mortis 14x18 -oil with gold leaf on canvas board

This was for a Gustav Klimt inspired tribute show in Los Angeles at 423 West Gallery.  It's on display now until March.

Recent Paintings

Top to Bottom:
Batman - 7x9 oil on canvas board
Dr. Seuss - 12x16 oil on canvas board
Krampus - 5x7 oil on canvas board
Larisa - 9x12 oil on paper

Sketch Dump 2k14 vol.2

More stuff from my moleskine sketcbook.

Sketch Dump 2k14 vol.1

These are all sketches from my moleskine sketchbook.