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I got the opportunity to leave my mark at the current location of Works/San José, the first place I showed art in a public venue.
Part of the Zip Us Up! collaboration in Michigan, this painting is inspired by the community legacy of the Three Fires Council.
I found writing a blog exhausting. So I came up with a way to stay motivated: create a watercolor illustration to accompany each one.
I used to make these paper fortune tellers all the time in junior high.
While figuring out what to paint for this year for the Works/SJ benefit, I realized I’ve done a few paintings that have aligned into a new series of their own.
Organized by The Exhibition District, this is a mural created by 100 different artists each painting a 3′ x 3′ square.
For 50 days I painted a series of gesture paintings. I enlisted 24 models (plus me) for variety and also to involve friends, family, and co-workers along the way.
I started this one in college as an figure painting exploration with a particular focus on hands and feet.
I was struck by the lighting and the rhythm of the layout. Two other people were there, quietly enjoying a dinner, so I surreptitiously snagged a photo that I decided to make into a painting.
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.
This new painting is based off a photo I took at the Jack Rose, tucked away off Highway 9 between Los Gatos and Saratoga.
This one is my photographer friend Jillian who took the reference shot for Statement I. During a different shoot for reference photos I noticed she was wearing a white shirt while I saw her reviewing photos. I asked to include her in this series, and here she is!
I came across an art show “call for entry” about an upcoming show looking for a range of commentary about guns. There are a lot of potential themes here: power, protection, sport, identity. The one that stuck with me was the use of a gun to amplify expression – specifically to sharpen and escalate an emotion.
Since starting the Statement series I’ve been on the lookout for interesting variations on white fabrics. It occurred to me that there are a few occupations that include uniforms or articles of clothing that fit the bill.
Got this lovely late afternoon shot for the latest painting, part of the Statement series.
Dave is a connoisseur of bowties and has written an eBook all about them. He had this great photo for the cover, so in exchange for borrowing it for a painting, I created a few layout options for the cover.
The Statement series is mostly individuals, but this lovely pose was too good to pass up.
A friend of mine has this neat leather motorcycle jacket, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to paint a different type of material.
Another figure & fabric Statement exploration, this time where the drape of fabric comes from the surroundings.
I’m starting a series of paintings to explore two things I’ve wanted to work at more: figures and fabric.