Monday, November 21, 2011

Progress 4 FINISH

‎"The Spellbinding Bubble Baron" ...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Progress 3

... The glorious character paint stage... Aiming to have the entire piece completed by Monday.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Progress 2

Ah yes... the smell of mediums and Oil paints in the air... always a treat to lay in the first coat of Oil onto a painting journey... however, the 1st layer, as an artist friend and I like to call it: "The Ugly Layer"... is just some structure to walk on. The ugly layer, for the most part... is just to get the ball rolling, to establish a direction for what's to follow. You don't want to zombify yourself slaving over every ounce of the piece at this stage, that's just foolish... it's much easier to go back over when this layer dries, to tweak things, glaze things, push and pull...

So as you can start to see in the image... I want to push the enchanting quality of the character, by placing him/her/it... in a healthy, natural environment... something fresh, lively... something that opens up all your senses... a little touch of flowers, although somewhat obscure, went a long ways.

As I do with most my character paintings, I blurred the background... it creates contrast and helps push the details of a character... if you want something to look hot, put it next to something cold etc. It's funny how these obvious little understandings can get overlooked when developing a painting... however, it makes a big difference.

Monday, November 7, 2011


With some interested queries... I've decided to post the progression of my current painting that will be for the "Drawing Dreams Foundation" ( ) art auction at the Society of Illustrators in New York on December 7, 2011.

These first 2 images are first the under drawing, and then have gone over that with washes of acrylic to establish the under painting. I like to keep this stage muted, lowly rendered and lowly saturated to give the Oil paint that will be painted in translucent layers on top some room to brighten and lively things.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


I have the great honor of being featured on today... feel free to rate my work and comment on it there.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Temporary Structures

Currently, I am alternating between 3 paintings and a dozen more ideas... 1 of the paintings in progress taps into a layering varnish technique I have been developing "off scene"... and explores a very surreal direction, studying the possibilities of the paint, subject matter and focusing primarily how light penetrates through the layers. But anyhow... here it is, "All Structures are Unstable..." ~ inspired by the words of Eckhart Tolle and music of 311 ( specifically their song "Weightless" off of their new album "Universal Pulse" ) - Oil on Canvas - 12" x 12" - still in progress.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"The New Lost Generation"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


beinArt Collective Group exhibition 'Dystopia' at Copro Gallery.

Guest Curator: Jon Beinart

Chaos and ruin. Technological trends corrupting. Deformation, anatomical abnormalities, degradation and displacement. Whether related to the human body and spirit or the human environment, it is the 'anti' utopia.

The theme of this show, 'Dystopia', will place the viewer in a fictional world where personal and societal fears can be explored. Whether figuratively or more literally, the participating artists will present their own interpretation of 'Dystopia'.

Presenting the works of over 50 international artists including: Kris Kuksi, Chris Mars, Paul Booth, Chet Zar, Viktor Safonkin, Laurie Lipton, David Bowers, Dariusz Zawadzki, Peter Gric, Matthew Bone, Jean Labourdette Turf One, Paul Rumsey, William Hand, Heather Nevay, Ray Donley, Christian Van Minnen, Dan Quintana, Ben Tolman, Karl Persson, Beau White, Macsorro, Matt Martin, Sandra Yagi, Carrie Ann Baade, Stephanie Henderson, Heidi Taillefer, David Choquette, Scott G Brooks, Naoto Hattori, Michael Ryan, Leslie Ditto, Larkin, Chrystal Chan, Jeff Christensen, Cam De Leon, Christopher Ulrich, Matt Dangler, Brian Viveros, Chris Peters, Yu Sugawara, Santiago Caruso, Rachel Bess, Mark Powell, Brian Smith, Ivan Titor, Jason John, Jon Jaylo, Pamela Wilson, James Zar, Vincent Cacciotti, Pedro De Kastro & Jon Beinart.

Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton will be signing copies of their books at the opening reception.

Each artist has been selected for their ability to express themselves imaginatively with exceptional technique and uncompromising individuality. The beinArt Surreal Art Collective is testimony to a huge international movement of figurative artists who have resisted current trends in the art world and remained true to their artistic vision.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19th - 8:00 - 11:30 pm.
Exhibit runs from March 19th - April 9th 2011.

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave,
Unit T5, Santa Monica,
CA 90404, USA.
Ph: 1.310.829.2156

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Friday, January 28, 2011

My piece for the show:

9" x 12"
Oil on Masonite
( email for availability )

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Silent Ceremony...

... So here we are, embarking a new year... a systematic rebirth if you will... and it certainly will be for me. Delving internally to become aware of what it is I want to express in my artwork... of how I want to express it... what style of painting best suites the subject matter, and is most fun to pursue... and so on and so forth. I wrestle with life... I demand integrity... I deprive sleep with passion. Cheers to a healthy 2011 and unveiling a little more of consciousness.