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’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
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
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
Come, Dick. Come, Jane. Come, come. Come and see. Come and see this weird*** painting (then duck and cover like you really mean it)! Yeah, so clearly my painting draftsmanship could use a little work, but… well… I’m on it. Give me another 30 or so years and these suckers might even pass as… passable! Now where did I leave my haz-mat suit and geiger counter again?! Oh… and I think we’re out of T.P., too (that’s just great)!