Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bead Orange

This gel medium has little clear glass beads in it. When I started adding acrylic to it, I decided to go with a “Jurassic Park”-like effect.

mixed media on canvas, 8" x 8"

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eyebrow Series

For the last several years I have looked at works by Takashi Murakami and wondered what I might do in that spirit. I was trying to think of image. Well, I decided to work with an eyebrow motif in symbolic form. Some years ago I was at a Supercuts and the hair stylist was all set to do trim my eyebrows. I got a little ticked that he was just about to cut them.

I’m not sure what I’ll do to finish them. Maybe they are finished. Anyway, I’ve been on the fence with these for five years now. Hopefully something will move me. They are now in a place where I am forced to see them.

acrylic on canvas, 4 canvses, 8" x 8"

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sketchbook Cover

Since I had given my students sketchbooks, I wanted to encourage them to decorate their sketchbook covers. I got the idea from an art professor I met at SUNO. At the beginning of one class, he held up his gradebook and said, “this is not finished.” The next time the class met, he showed us the outside cover on which he had drawn with different colored markers.

For this drawing, I used a white enamel paint pen. I began with simple shapes in a patterned along the other edges of the sketchbook. Gradually I worked my way to the center of the cover. This is just one side of the sketchbook.

enamel paint on sketchbook cover, 8.5" x 11"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Super Flat Stool

Some years ago while browsing the Art section of Barnes and Nobles, I happened upon a book called The Japanese Experience: Inevitable. The book featured the work of a group of artists that call their art “Super Flat.” It is a Japanese Pop Art movement. I bought the book, which traces the art movement’s history to earlier Japanese art – sometimes described as a “floating world.”

The students, I was teaching at the time, were very excited about Japanese Animé. So the content of the book fit the kids’ interests. I had the idea to take an unfinished stool and add a Super Flat-like painting to it. Although I wasn’t successful in getting the students to paint their own stools, they liked seeing me paint my design.