Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holy Paint Smear Batman

Got finished with two images for the "Black, White and Red" show at the Redlands Art Asso. Gallery. When I went to put a clear finish on a hard line painting of a young lady, the black paint smeared onto the white.

I ran thru the house, grabbed a cloth and threw the painting into the shower. Needless to say, my wife thought I had lost my mind.

With some quick scrubbing, I saved the work, but now I have to redo some of the black areas.

Oh, well.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I have been pondering the results of the portfolio review that I went to Sunday. To make a long story short, most of my portfolio is photography, mostly because I quit painting for 20 years and made my living with photography.

They liked my work; actually the male reviewer said that my work was very good, however “it is after all just photography.” I resisted the strong urge to reach across the table and choke the SOB out, but just barely.

Anyway, I have decided to not put the Grand Canyon painting into the “Day of the Dead” show. I think it might be too much of a leap for people to understand how it relates to the theme. Instead I am going to put in “A Friend of the Family” a painting a friend of mine requested I paint. It is my take on a painting in the home of the “Adams Family” from the TV show. I modified it to reflect the personality of my friend.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Get Er Done

Made some good progress this week. Needed to complete a portfolio for Sunday and I did make it. Finally got done with the "Il Gentiluomo e la Femmina Malvagia dall'Inferno" or "The Gentleman and the Evil Bitch from Hell."

I feel good about the work, and I’m really glad to have it finished.

Maybe I can make some progress on the other 18 paintings I have started.

Monday, September 6, 2010

True Art

Someone once told me that a true artist bleeds over his work. I believe I made a joke about stabbing oneself with a pen.

Karma is a bitch, and you never know how long it takes to catch up with you.

Working on the helmet yesterday, I cut my hand on a burr on a steel plate, wore a blister on my middle finger (which I did not notice until it burst), scraped my leg on the support for my anvil.

So I decided to paint instead. I cut my toe on the fridge while getting something to drink.

So I have officially bled over my work.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Work in Progress, Day of the Dead

Today I’m working on projects for the “Day of the Dead” show at the Eclipse Gallery. The show is in October.
The first piece will be the Grand Canyon painting. Since the DotD is about honoring your ancestors, I think it works to have Grandpa in the show.
The other piece is a Samurai Helmet. From what I have read, the Samurai would cut off the head of a vanquished warrior and mount the head and helmet as a trophy and to honor the defeated warrior. So, I’m working on a sculpture of a skull with a full Kabuto, the armored helm of the Samurai. I don’t usually work in 3-D projects so this is kind of fun.
BTW got a response from Great Uncle Joe, he thinks it’s cool that I’m finishing Grandpa’s work.