My latest painting… sorry the photo is a bit ‘off’ (‘computer issues’ and ‘operator issues’ don’t play well together). You get the idea, though. Kinda.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Hansel (*holding computer above head*): “We’ve got thirty years worth of files, right here, in this computer, that are going to bring you down! (*throws / smashes computer*) Where did all the files go?”
- Owen Wilson – Zoolander
About this image: acrylic painting on 8.5″ x 24″ MDF panel
I finally finished my ‘nose art’ painting (Glenn Miller, anyone?)!
Captain Miller (of propaganda): “… ‘The Statue of Liberty is kaput’ – that’s disconcerting.”
- Tom Hanks – Saving Private Ryan
About this image: acrylic painting on aluminum flashing riveted to 24″ x 32″ hardboard panel
I’m painfully slow, but this painting took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Due to its scale I used a pin to paint quite a bit of the background (St. Basil’s Cathedral - a building I’ve always had a crush on). Partially inspired by ‘From Russia with Love‘ and instant film it seems pretty cool that 1963 was significant in the history of both… (according to my… um… ‘research department’, anyway).
Tatiana Romanova: “The mechanism is… Oh James, James… Will you make love to me all the time in England?”
James Bond: “Day and night. Go on about the mechanism.”
Daniela Bianchi & Sean Connery – From Russia with Love
About this image: acrylic painting on 16″x16″ MDF panel – ‘faux photo frame’ built from 1/2″w x 1/16″d wood strips, textured by pressing window screen into coat of molding paste, painted & distressed with acrylic – ‘date-stamp’ is a gel medium transfer of digital text
I actually finished a painting in under a month. Which is warp speed… for me, anyway.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: “Helm… warp one… engage!”
Patrick Stewart – Star Trek: The Next Generation
About this image: acrylic painting on 12″x 24″ canvas
Here’s a mixed media thing I made a while back. So… that happened.
General Maximus Decimus Meridius: “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”
- Russell Crowe – Gladiator
About this image: (where to start?) map drawn in colored pencil – stained & tinted with acrylic; charcoal portrait – gel medium transfer onto painted paper – mounted on wooden frame; hand-built polymer clay mosaic tiles – painted with acrylic; all mounted in 12″x12″ stained wood panel
I’ve always wanted to give an Art Nouveau painting a try… so… um… here’s a first attempt.
The Czech is a nod to Alphonse Mucha (among other reasons), who was, of course, the man.
About this image: acrylic painting on 12″x16″ wood panel
Hopefully this painting reminds you a bit of a U.S. five dollar bill. Or part of it, anyway. Crackle/distressed background texture(s), lightly rusted line-work and shinny copper sides… just F.Y.I.
Me: “Honesty, Abe… you took forever paint, too!”
A.L: “Dude! Nearly four score and seven years!”
(my original Abraham Lincoln piece here)
About this image: acrylic painting on 10″x30″ canvas
It takes Photoshop about a second to render an image like this. It takes me about a month to paint one. Seven hundred eighty 5/8″ squares (including ‘edges’ not visible here). *hint* Step away from your monitor (or remove your glasses if you wear them) and the image blurs/merges into somewhat more recognizable shapes.
My inspiration here was the idea ‘memories/thoughts’ of/about events, time, place, etc. are often built-up in a second hand way… through photography, film, other media… blah blah blah. Anyway, apologies to Chuck Close fans. Believe it or not, I did not intend to completely rip off the master when I started this project. The guy is an absolute beast… I have no idea how he does it… ridiculously impressive.
Random question time! If you could have a conversation with any US president, who would you choose? I think I’d have to go with Lincoln (my first Lincoln piece here).
About this image: acrylic painting on 16″x16″ canvas
You might be thinking, “Is that… a little… um…” Well, maybe. But it’s completely made-up, so you get to create your own narrative. Which is more fun anyway. Right?
Ned Plimpton: “You don’t know me. You never wanted to know me. I’m just a character in your film.”
Steve Zissou: ”It’s a documentary. It’s all really happening.”
Ned Plimpton: “Well, d**n you for that.”
- Owen Wilson and Bill Murray – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
About this image: Replicated supermarket ad created in Adobe Illustrator then printed, stained, distressed and collaged on 16″x16″ canvas – large text painted in acrylic and distressed – figure and fruit painted in acrylic – sides painted in white crackle/distressed acrylic with some torn bits of ad and painted text wrapping around
Here’s a crow… thing. You’re probably thinking, “this looks nothing like Brandon Lee”. Admittedly, the likeness isn’t quite there. This crow looks more like his cousin. Don. The used car salesman from upstate. Nice guy, Don. He can get you a sweet deal on a gently used Buick.
About this image: (where to start?) digital photograph and type – gel medium transfer onto aluminum/book; digitally colored graphite drawing – gel medium transfer onto book; acrylic background; found objects; all mounted in 12″x12″ panel