Old dog/new tricks

I’ve been painting watercolors for 30 years now. It got to a point where it became second nature with my mixed media pieces. They were the foundation for something bigger and better to be built upon. I lost sight of the beauty of the medium itself and the possibilities. That changed after my workshop last week.

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The methodical layering of glazed, over a burnt umber/ultramarine blue underpainting creates so much depth. 

 

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So here I am, practicing to solidify this new technique. Trying out faces and objects and seeing them come alive with each glaze layer (and there are a shit ton of them) 

 

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The progression of a piece

This painting has been a thorn in my side for the past month. Unsure of where it wants to go, it has undergone various different stages.

 

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Promising start. Watercolor blocked in by acrylic  

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Still holding together, acrylic slowly enveloping the watercolor

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The introduction of oil. No turning back now, unfortunately  

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Oil has hooded our characters. Thought this was a good idea at the time

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Current stage. Getting away from the hoods. Instead I opted for a blizzard of paint. 

I have two more sessions with this piece before I consider it DOA. 

Fresh Starts

This piece came out frustration of the original painting underneath. It was so ugly I quickly had to cover it up. One of the luxuries of experience is to not beat a dead horse or knowing when to move on. When I was a younger artist I’d try to revive many a painting, when the proper move was to start a new.  

 

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I’m not sure where this one is going, but it feels good to apply confident strokes and letting the piece dictate where it wants to go.

New series- Star birth inspired

I started the first piece below with only colors and style in mind. As it progressed it started to remind me of the cosmos, so I pushed it in that direction.  

A Star is Born I  Acrylic on canvas 60” x 40”    SAS instiute collection

A Star is Born I

Acrylic on canvas 60” x 40”  

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Clouds of hydrogen tower above the surface of a molecular cloud on the edge of the Carina nebula. (NASA)

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A Star is Born II

Acrylic on canvas 60” x 40”  

SAS instiute collection

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Hubble Space Telescope captured an iridescent tapestry of star birth in a neighboring galaxy. (NASA)

Summer 2014

Foundation Bar - Raleigh

My baseball paintings were on display both on the walls and on the menu

My baseball paintings were on display both on the walls and on the menu

Durham Bulls

The Durham Bulls commissioned this Jackie Robinson painting for their private collection   

The Durham Bulls commissioned this Jackie Robinson painting for their private collection

 

North Carolina Bookshelf

To commemorate my 20 years in North Carolina, I made a bookshelf in my house.  These are pictures of it under construction

To commemorate my 20 years in North Carolina, I made a bookshelf in my house.  These are pictures of it under construction

Dan Ariely

Author and Professor Dan Ariely commissioned me to paint portraits of his lab assistants, past and present to be displayed in his workshop at Duke University

Author and Professor Dan Ariely commissioned me to paint portraits of his lab assistants, past and present to be displayed in his workshop at Duke University

Work under construction

I got stuck on this piece last night. One of many that I can't figure out the proper ending to...which reminded me of directors/authors who's works start off with great promise, yet fall apart at the end.

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Day of the Dead

Two pieces currently showing at Design Box in Raleigh as part of their Day of the Dead group show. 

The girl with the flip is the first one to go

The girl with the flip is the first one to go

She was half dead by the time she graduated

She was half dead by the time she graduated

Hank Aaron - Finished Piece

Here is the Hank Aaron painting, completed with oil paint on top of the watercolor.  the image used was from 1964 Topps baseball card.

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Spring Training

As the new baseball season starts it's re-birth in Spring training, so does my love of painting baseball players. I learned how to draw the human face and figure by copying baseball pictures out of magazines 20+ years ago.  And I'm glad I still find pleasure in the practice.

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My Home Raleigh

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A beautiful, foggy evening in Raleigh tonight.  On my way to the studio I took this pic as I crossed the Boylan Bridge. 

Prep work for a show

Next month I'll be part of group show at ArtSpace in Raleigh.  The show consists of the past Regional Emerging Artists form the past 3 years, so it promises to be an excellent show.

Cleaning up the edges of some smaller works on paper.

Cleaning up the edges of some smaller works on paper.