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