It’s been quite some time since I played with charcoal and I’m once again drawn into its smokey charm. A nice atmospheric effect can be achieved when combining impressed-line drawings, ink, colored pencil, and charcoal. Here are a few choice examples from this new series. Enjoy!
You are beautiful. Are you beautiful?
This piece has been accepted into the Chico Art Center 2019 National Juried Exhibit. Click here: for show details.
The coat hanger hook floats a question mark above both phrases, as if to ask, “Well?”
To produce this piece, I started with a white background, then several layers of transparent chartreuse acrylic paint. I then placed a wooden hanger on the face of the panel and sprayed the entire surface with an eggplant acrylic (from Montana Gold). The rounded edges of the hanger create d a nice overspray effect. I then busted out my sign painting skills and did my best to accommodate the rough surface.
I like the self-affirmation of this piece and the question, which asks as much, “Are you being beautiful?” as it’s asking if you think you ARE beautiful.
This painting is a bit of a sidelong glance at fashion and appearance, intending to evoke a sense that we are more than what we wear…are still beautiful despite the garments.
Whether drawing or painting, I love abstract art for it’s go-with-the-flow nature. This style is faster, looser, and more playful than, say, realism (which can be more painstaking, at least for me).
Here’s a new 18x24 acrylic piece on panel. It’s basically a hole in a wall, but it also looks like an eye, or a marble, or a camera lens. That’s the fun of abstraction!
I just installed some drawings at DADA (65 Post St, San Francisco). These pieces, while not urban in nature, hold the wall nicely, taking the place of sold paintings for the duration of the “Urb” group show.
Ostara is an ancient pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox. The humble egg is an historically rich symbol during times of planting and nature’s fertility.
Every year for the past 10 years or so, I’ve hand decorated numerous egg shells and hid them around San Francisco, beginning on Ostara and continuing through Easter.
It’s my way of welcoming the new season by planting good will — with a spirit of giving and joy.
Here’s what I have in the works so far...some of these have already been stashed somewhere in the city.
As I said, I’ve had this egg obsession for a few years now. Here are some additional images of past etched stone eggs and more.
After several focused weeks creating representational paintings, it feels great to work loosely and abstractly.
Here’s a 24x20 acrylic piece on panel that I’m purposely keeping loose. I’m kind of chasing after whatever it’s going to be, which is a total blast!
To coincide with First Thursday gallery hopping this month, and for those of you who could not make last week’s opening, Steve Piasecki and I will be at DaDa (click here) for a meet and greet with visitors to our group exhibit “URB”.
WHERE & WHEN: DaDa Gallery Bar - 65 Post Street Thursday night from 5-7pm.
The exhibit features works by local artists Steve Piasecki, Ricky Mendia, and yours truly. Come enjoy urban art, photographs, a very unique video installation, and my new painting series (click here to see).
The show runs through April 15 at DaDa Gallery Bar -- 65 Post Street, San Francisco.
I am filled with gratitude and humility for the enormous show of support last night! What a great turnout.
The show looks wonderful, with work from Steve Piasecki, Ricky Mendia, and yours truly. It runs through mid-April. Visit Dada Bar at 65 Post Street, San Francisco.
Here are shots of my pieces in-situ.
Here I am on the way to install the show last week.
I am excited to unveil several new paintings as part of a threeway show with Steve Pi and Ricky Mendia at Dada Art Bar!
The show features urban scapes — photos, paintings, video installation and street art. Here’s a preview of one of my favorites, which I just finished for the show.
OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 1 - 7 TO 10PM - DADA ART BAR - 65 POST ST - SAN FRANCISCO
I took a break from painting to chauffeur some artwork up to Washington...snapped a quick vid of crews on Lake Union.
I am super excited to announce my upcoming exhibit of five new paintings! They’ll be part of a three-person show at San Francisco’s art bar, DaDa Bar.
The show includes three distinct exhibits focused on contemporary urban landscapes, rendered using various creative approaches such as street art, video, photography, and painting.
On view will be this 20X24 painting I just finished of Thee Parkside. Come to the show to see what else we have in store! It’s a bar, which is fun enough, and we’ll have a cool DeeJay, so stop by and hang out with friends and see some cool new art for 2019.
7 to 10 pm - March 1
65 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Here is a newly started piece - an acrylic palette knife painting - the first of several paintings in progress, for a February show in San Francisco! This one is of THEE Parkside, an infamous dive music bar in SF, before the new buildings surround it.
new construction currently in progress
cranes are a dominant feature in this series
Out for a stroll on Potrero Hill, fueling my architecturally focused upcoming painting series.
Made this piece at a local San Francisco Coffee Shop. Dropped it in SOMA, on Ringold Street.
14x17” Archival ink on acid free paper.
14”X 17” ink on paper.
This knife painting of Bjorn was fun to paint. He’s a new acquaintance with an adorable disposition I thought worthy of capturing in his youthful state.
I began with single knife-strokes of thick-bodied paint, with no blending whatsoever. Because I mixed my colors loosely (from red, blue, yellow, and umber), you can see the raw colors streaking through each stroke. I used a limited palette to keep things harmonious. These strokes formed a base upon which I blocked out the shape of Bjorn, then applied small stalagmite-like dots and dashes to help simulate a mottled concrete surface. It ended up looking more like a galaxy than a patio, and because I loved the effect, I kept it. I then laid in the details of Bjorn’s fur, building him up sculpturally so that he floats in the galaxy. I intentionally left off his shadow, which would have made him look more like a panda bear, and less like he’s floating in space dreamily gnawing on a rawhide treat.
See it in person through November:
Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St
SanFrancisco, CA 94103
Here’s some detail of the finished piece. Scroll down to see the painting in progress.
lots of fun texture!