Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
First, there are all the interruptions caused by having to reload my ink by dipping it into the ink bottle. My having to reload my pen every 15 seconds actually has an effect on how the artwork looks; it looks like it's...full of interruptions....which is a look that I like! But mentally, it becomes a nuisance. That's why I switched over to Sharpies a while ago, so I could draw away, smooth as butter, without having to worry about my pen drying out, or my flow of creativity running up against a sandbag.
Now I'm back doing pen and ink...and I like the results. I'll post more of my pen & ink "doodles" as time goes on.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Seriously though, it's really not important to me that I have a "message"; that really must come from the viewer. As an artist, I concern myself with making an interesting picture. Your associations are the ones that really matter. But since we all live in the same time in history, and experience the same mass media, and are familiar with what the world is like now (and then) there are cetain that things and references that you and I will pick up on together, and those things will come out in how you see my artwork. Although my way of seeing the world may be a little different from yours, the graphic symbols, shapes, forms, and artistic approach may strike a chord within you. When I look at this piece, I think of old campy movies, probably when I used to go to the New Loft Theater as a kid, when it was on 6th Street, on the UA campus. But if you don't see that, that fine, because art is like people: you develop your own relationship with it in a way that best suits your personality and temperment. (Acrylic on canvas, roughly 24" x 18" in size, made in 2006; I also made the frame out of stained plywood)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
|Unidentified Flying Idea|
Monday, September 13, 2010
What does this all mean??
It means that when I'm standing up for hours working on pulling a composition together, sometimes I can get ridiculous!
This picture is acrylic on canvas, and uses primarily four colors: green, orange, blue, and yellow. I'd just rececently seen a show about Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne (at the Phoenix Art Museum), and I noticed something about his work: he didn't use black; rather, the darkest color he'd use (at least in the painting I was staring at) was a thalo blue (that is, a very dark blue-green color) What happens when you use only colors (as opposed to using black, which isn't technically a "color", but rather, a "value") is that the colors you paint interacts with all of the other colors on your canvas. Not so with black; you won't find black on the "color wheel", thus, black isn't part of any "color scheme"; it just sits there, announcing its presence, but not really contributing to the harmony of the color balance in a painting. Black can, however, add a lot of value contrast, which can help a picture really "pop", but if you want vibrant color interaction, it's best to stay away from it (unless you mix it with some other color)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
|Martian Gold Rush|
I was happy with how this painting initially ended up--as a Dr. Seussian set of rock formations; very Southwestern, in a sort of surreal, Salvidor Dali sort of way...but something was missing...that extra special bit of spice. What could it be? Of course! One of my comic book drawings pasted right into the painting! (He a little hard to see in this photo, but he's there, standing atop a cliff in his cyan blue space uniform) So there you have it: a crazed looking astronaut character staking a claim (with his flag) in the middle of nowhere atop some Martian cliffs.
Ideally, I'd like to go back into a lot of my paintings, and start pasting my own comics back into them, out of respect and reverence for my artistic roots (that is, comic books), but also...because I think it would be a lot of fun, and would make the work more interesting! Cartoons being happiness and joy! So why not insert a little nugget of joy into my own painting, in the form of one of my own cartoons? Sounds like a good idea to me! Besides, collage has a rich history; just ask Picasso or Kurt Schwitters. And what's more, now the work doesn't feel so lonely. The colors here, also, hearken back to comics: the orange and blue are the same colors that you'll find in old Donald Duck comics.And you thought art was just about being a free spirit? Ha! It's a lot like engineering too. There's a lot of tweaking that you've got to do to get things to feel just right.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This piece is a sample of my newest painted work (painted in late August, 2010). It is acrylic on canvas, roughly 2.5' x 3.5' in size. It is part of a series of "abstract" work. This series I'd created based on a request. So...this is the lastest example of the type of work I do as an artist. I've always gone back to the qualities of superhero comic books, which were my first introduction to art, back when I was just a kid. The attaction of rough chunky forms, bold colors...basically, the whole "muscular" quality of it all, still inspires me. I've lived in the Lower Sonoran Desert for most of my life, the the shapes and forms of the landscape and scenery (mountains, rocks, cactus) have obviously inspired this whimsical and imaginary painting, which you see here. More about how I create these images, next time.