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Harvest: Persimmons

Harvest: Persimmons

Here’s a bright little drawing of persimmons from memory. I drew this with Prismacolor pencils to experiment with blending techniques to replicate the muted sheen on the fruit.

Cats in the Cradle series • 3 paintings • 12" x 12" each

Cat’s In the Cradle series for “Extended Play”

I went with the first thing that came to mind since it had a few distinct images in it: Cat’s In the Cradle by Harry Chapin (or Ugly Kid Joe, depending on your era).

Tahuya • 24" x 36"

Painting the Fjord at Tahuya

This is a painting of Tahuya, a spot in Washington that has a genuine inland fjord. Fjords: not all in Norway!

The Palace Theater @The Speakeasy

Sketch: The Palace Theater at The Speakeasy

A sketch from a discreet location – the Palace Theater at The Speakeasy in San Francisco.

Finished helmet (with gloss sealant)

Zelda-style helmet repaint

This is a Zelda-themed repaint for my friend Jeremy who has a whole black/white/red setup for his motorcycle & gear.

Roots: Carrot • 8"x10" framed

Roots series

In celebration of the warmer weather and the end of the drought, I created this series of things that grow in the ground. I always like cutaway-style illustrations so I created a view of what’s above and below the ground.

(re)Birth of a Nation • 16.5" x 13.5"

(re)Birth of a Nation

I used the visual language of the intertitles from a silent movie, The Birth of a Nation, for two reasons: because of its melodramatic emoting, and because of its role as white supremacist propaganda.

Sketches: Rest of Undefined Variables

This is the last batch of sketches from a sketchbook I carried with me (theme: Undefined Variables).

Elevate • 48" x 36"

Live Painting for Cinequest 2017: Elevate

When I thought of the theme, “Elevate”, I thought about how people express themselves with gestures. I picked a movie for each of the 13 days of Cinequest to be represented here by gestures from one of their characters.

All four Peace, Love, and Understanding illustrations

Peace, Love, and Understanding series

Not too much story on these; I mostly picked it as an excuse to draw different people and to think through the meaning of tattoos.

What you see when you walk into Bel Bacio this month

Bel Bacio Featured Artist for February

I just finished hanging a dozen pieces of art at Bel Bacio coffee shop in San Jose’s Little Italy.

The Rooster's Crown • 12.5" x 29"

Re-paint: The Rooster’s Crown

This calendar’s story is about how the rooster got his crown.

The Farmer's Fence • 12.5" x 30"

Re-paint: The Farmer’s Fence

This calendar re-paint is about a story of a farmer who loses a sheep because a wolf snuck through a broken part of a fence.

The Monkey's Loss • 12.5" x 30"

Re-paint: The Monkey’s Loss

This calendar re-paint reflects a Chinese folktale about a little monkey who came down from the mountain.

Chinese Folktales (all 6 calendar repaints)

Chinese Folktales on Repainted Calendars

Each of these started off as a giveaway calendar from a Chinese restaurant. I’ve been collecting these and “repainting” them by painting over everything except the main image.

SJ Electric Light Tower

Linocut: SJ Electric Light Tower

These are linocut prints of the San José Electric Light Tower, a tower that spanned an intersection and provided the first electric lighting west of the Rockies.

Tumultuous • 5" x 5"

Tumultuous

I’ve been meaning to do more with watercolor pencils to get a better grasp of how to work with them.

A Seat At the Bar • 12" x 12"

A Seat At the Bar

This new painting is based off a photo I took at the Jack Rose, tucked away off Highway 9 between Los Gatos and Saratoga.

Trilogy of Shadow Puppets

These frames reminded me of the soot around a fireplace so I created these three illustrations of shadow puppets.

Technology: Mixing

Prior Art: Mixing

Mixing is the last of seven technologies I’ve explored in Prior Art: analog media manipulation and vintage virtual reality.