Sunday, November 17, 2013

Spectrum 20 publication

I received my Spectrum 20 a couple days ago. The book looks great and I couldn't be happier. This is the second year that I've been published in the book and I consider myself very lucky. It's an honor to be next to the artists I highly respect and look up to. Thanks to Cathy & Arnie Fenner, the jury and congrats to everyone that got in! The awesome cover "Lover's Quarrel" is by Donato Giancola. If you'd like to see a better photo of my piece "Peacock Prophecy" visit my website here.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tiger head study

The rough drawing ready for paint.
Kept it simple and used acrylic black, white, blue, red and yellow. from this chaotic mess came what you see below.

I wanted to experiment and try some loose brush strokes and take a break from my usual tight stuff. I thought my signature wouldn't work here so I signed it with a simple S. It's 6" x 6". Each year I do a piece that gets made into a quilt with pieces from other artists for the Illuxcon Scolarship donation. The quilt gets auctioned off on ebay along with several other donated items and the money helps the scholarship winners. 

I achieved my goal. When the brush strokes just happen without over thinking, when it feels free, that's when special things start to appear. There are some things I'd like to change looking back but I'm moving forward. I may do a series of small, even more stylized tiger head studies in the future? It was fun to loosen up a bit.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Another piece in progress!

Close ups of  two sections of my new personal piece. I'm working on the oil painting stage now. It's 24" x 24" on masonite. So far this piece is working out pretty good with a few spontaneous things happening. Feels good. Thanks to Angie for being my reference model! I have yet to post some photos of my Illuxcon 6 event so stay tuned for that one!