For a long time with my art I was concerned with subject matter. I didn't know what I wanted to paint, and over the years I've honed in on what I like: nature, mostly, architecture, and people, sometimes, but not in an academic realism sense. As you can see in my abstract limbs series I focus on representations of people and their suggested actions rather than a straightforward portrait. Now I've come to the point where I know what I like to paint and I'm trying to push myself in technique. I've recognized I own a duality that, on the one side, causes me to obsess over accuracy, and on the other, an emotive side that wants things looser and more gestural. With each piece I've been working on lately I've been focusing on getting the grander image accurate and the details more instinctual. Trusting your gut is a terrifying business. Refining these two forces that pull in opposite directions is what I'll be working on this year, and here are a few of the pieces that have come of it so far.
Sometimes a commission comes my way by request of a passionate art collector who offers me the freedom to really stretch out and push the themes I've been working in - these are the types of requests I live for. I was asked for a mother daughter portrait in a dreamy format incorporating the abstract florals I've been using in my watercolor and limbs series (I've yet to come up with a name for this series. Working on it.) This watercolor portrait is the result and I couldn't be more stoked on it. If you're at all curious to see the stages of this painting I've been trying to update more progress shots of my work on my Instagram account. Click here to see.
Been trying to stay outside more and get some plein air pieces done because, although I love being able to work out things in my head through my studio work, nothing beats painting outside (& really, I might as well take advantage of the weather here in San Diego). If you see me say hi! Here are two that I've done recently, the first sold to a couple who saw me on the beach while I painted it and had to have it (which was so insanely awesome), the second is available in my shop. Click here to grab it.
It's been a while since I've had the time to dedicate to a lush piece. This one is titled "Natural State" & includes botanicals I chose because they're some of my favorites as opposed to their meaning - which is normally the way I compose these paintings.
In case you were curious:
monstera leaf, blue bird of paradise, zygopetalum orchid, winterberry, kiwi vine, clock vine, chocolate cosmos, foxglove, rubber plant, lunaria, fern curls, blue Himalayan poppy, maiden hair fern.
New things! One is the start of a new series of illustrations I'm working on concerning antique books and flowers (that I'm reallllly excited about), the other is my first plein air piece here in San Diego (that I'm also really excited about. I get excited about art, what can I say).
The illustration is available in a limited edition print, & there's more on the way. Click the photo to go to my online shop.
So it's years overdue, but I've finally got the proper camera to clearly photograph my work - so this means, prints! I'm especially thrilled because now I can share with you my favorite paintings I've done. Click either of them to pick up the print in my online shop.
So I don't think I ever announced it here, but apart from my work as an artist I found the time to write a book. And by found the time I mean I rarely slept over the course of the past seven years it took to write, research (endlessly research!) polish, and manage all the aspects of its printing from cover design and painting to overall layout. Easily the most labor intensive thing I've done in my life to date. If you're at all curious, you can learn more about it here. This is the cover illustration I did, sans text, and reading the story brings more depth of meaning to the painting. I hope you'll give it a look and a read. It's a good one for winter - just sayin.
So I've been back in California a few months but I feel like I've just gotten here as I'm only now finding time to create. Finally being able to get this painting onto canvas after thinking about it for a year and a half has been a relief. You can find this in my online shop here.
Super excited because I'm moving into a new, big studio next week! Cannot wait to stretch out and start moving on some new pieces. Also, don't forget to check out my last post if you're interested in some art as gifts this upcoming holiday season. I've found a way to offer prints (!!!) and I'll soon be opening my books up for commissions. (Yes, I know it's early to start thinking about it, but art takes time.)
Finally, I've found a way to offer prints! Check them out in my online store and be sure to let me know if there are any pieces you'd like to see in a print run. (On that note, I am working on getting high quality scans of my oil paintings to offer as prints, hopefully before the holiday season.) Also, there you'll find super limited edition runs of this year's Inktober pieces.
Commissions - I know it's early but art takes time. If you're thinking of giving the gift of art this year drop me a line or check out my listings available in my shop. Also, be sure to follow my Instagram for info and updates.
Back to this. More coming this winter as I force myself into hibernation (my preferred state of being, to be honest.)
Trying to see it through the whole 30 days of inktober this time around. Here's the last week - didn't mean to, but I think I've hit on a theme here. Let's see where it goes?
If you want to follow along with my daily drawings, my Instagram is where it's at. (Where's day one you ask? Good question. You'll have to get to my Instagram to see the time lapse of it. It's a bit NSFW)
Sometimes it takes a bit of letting go. What I mean is, painting is what I'd like to be doing just about every second of my life, but sometimes you have to let life have its way with you. It's been insanely (and I mean, absolutely crazy) eventful and busy since we've gotten back to California a few months ago, and I'm just now starting to hit my stride with balancing everything. Which means being able to carve out more and more time for painting. Thank everything. You can follow me on Instagram (which I promise won't be so quiet from here on out) if you want to keep up with my new pieces. Here's a little progress shot of some fresh studio work.
It's been about seven years but I'm back in California and I'm pretty stoked about it. Sorry for the silence, the move was a three month long odyssey. So anyway, here's some new work.
I'll be unpacking the box of my paintings this week and deciding which ones I'm ready to let go of - you'll be able to find them in my online shop (click here). I've also added quite a few of the drawings from my Brando eyes series into the shop. Click any image below to purchase.
Been about a year since I was totally bent on Brando's intense gaze. High time I got back to it.
One of the artists I adore the most is having an exhibit open this week at the Chrysler Museum, so of course that got me in the mood for a drawing. Under the influence of Toulouse-Lautrec.
There's just something about wheatpaste graffiti in a foreign city that I've always gravitated to. I especially love seeing the decline of these pieces and catching them in a final stage of their lives. This is the second piece in my "Death of Art" series where I document deteriorating graffiti that I think are almost more powerful having been acted upon by exterior forces. Street art seems to be the best and most honest reflection of our modern selves (in my opinion) and I like to record their mature portraits.
It's always a good thing when the first piece you finish in a new year turns out to be something you absolutely love.
What I really enjoy about this series is that truly the most risqué part of it is your own thoughts. I give the suggestion, but your imagination has to do so much of the work. It can be as daring or tame as your thoughts allow. On the surface, it's just botanicals and abstract line work, but if you take the time to really look, you get a sense of what's going on, and if you take the time to become immersed, you create the story.
After a summer so hot there was really no way for me to get out and paint (I salute you who did, you're nuts) I'm finally able to start my plein air work again. Starting small with a little wildflower patch at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
This series took a turn out of the meadows and into the tropical. Just in time for fall (my brain makes decisions even I don't understand.) P.s. Have I ever talked about how much I loathe photographing my work? In case I didn't, its my least favorite thing of anything ever... ever.