Tag: decorative

My HARK! 2019 art

Silent Stars and Nighttime

These themes emerged while I was creating new giftable art for the annual HARK! holiday show and sale at Kaleid Gallery.

Breakfast Triptych • 4" x 12" each

Breakfast Triptych

When I get stuck, I’ll paint or draw food. It’s an easy way to get past my indecision and get right to the craft of it, and often gives me an opportunity to try out new techniques, patterns, or textures.

Harvest: Papayas

Harvest: Papayas

Last one in the Harvest series skews tropical with papayas. This ended up being both the biggest fruits (only four on here) with the smallest details (little black seeds).

Harvest: Avocados

Harvest: Avocados

3rd of 4 in the Harvest series – avocados, cut open to show off the green insides and shiny pits.

Harvest: Blueberries

Harvest: Blueberries

Another fruit in the Harvest series – this time, a little pile of blueberries. This one’s more of an experiment in subtle patterns within a dense texture.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trilogy of Shadow Puppets

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

Coffin Vogue • 2.25" x 7.25" each

Coffin Vogue

A little creative reuse led to these spooky holiday decorations.

Bathers Series

It’s the first day of summer, an excellent time to debut more work in the Bathers series. There are now six!

Peace, Love, and Understanding • 7.5" x 8"

Peace, Love, and Understanding

I found these little frames with comic-strip-like sections and thought it would work well with a three-part phrase.

At the Paris Exhibition, 1900 • 14.25" x 17.25" framed

At the Paris Exhibition, 1900

Unfortunately there’s no name attached to it, so I don’t know who she is. I named this so it could either be interpreted as her being in the exhibition, or attending the exhibition.

Waiting & Watching • 11" x 9" framed

Waiting & Watching

This chunky wooden frame reminded me of the aesthetic of Bruegel’s earthy illustrations or Goya’s creatures.

Trilogy of Munchies

I came across these frames and they reminded me of old-time kitchen appliances – well-worn, chipping a little, but perfectly functional.

Bathers I & II

I found a few frames with an art deco feel and decided to make a few illustrations to fit.