Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dusty Sunset

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing 4 paintings that were previously held aside for the Empire Ranch Foundation show (there were only 100 accepted).

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday Projects — NFS

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday- I wanted to share some of the projects I have been working on for friends and loved ones over the past week (and apologize for neglecting the blog). I have been wanting to do something with the beautiful bark from the dead cholla cacti in the yard - here is my first attempt at building a frame which I am pretty pleased with. The organic pattern of holes is irresistable/mesmorizing! The rustic and sculptural qualities, really serve as an extension of the southwestern genre.

I did a quick portrait of the family pet. My wife picked out her "steady" companion at the humane society 13 years ago so that there was another warm body in the house while I toiled deep into the night/morning at various Ad agencies! These days, she keeps ME company while I work deep into the night in the lonesome high desert of New Mexico :>)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Work Boots

This is the first "challenge" painting I did for Different Strokes From Different Folks , a wonderful blogsite dedicated to artists. Everyone is encouraged to interpret a weekly photo through paintings or drawings, and the submitted art is then viewed as a themed gallery. Its really interesting to see how different artists respond to an image. For me- this represents a kind of license to "play". The challenge this week was to push the envelope on texture. I had fun taking the painting past the point I would normally stop, and then trying to retrieve it from the ashes.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

El Comedor

Here is another painting in the Rt. 66 series I did over the summer of the relatively famous — “El Comedor de Anayas Restaurant”. They are famous for their neon/rotating “Sputnik” orb sign, which is thought to be the only one of its kind still in operation on the entire expanse of Rt. 66! Here is a link to an entire web site- dedicated to the strange genre. If you scroll down the page (just about halfway)- you can actually click-on/watch a quicktime movie of the sign in action. http://www.thelope.com/2007/10/sputversary.html