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
I don’t think I’ve posted a painting in some time, so… let me start by apologizing to your cones and rods (I’ll find something a little less saturated for everyone’s recovering retinas tomorrow).
Today is an experiment. Back in the day (when I produced a successful marginal webcomic), I drew a strip referencing Andy Warhol / Pop Art. The outcry was… surprising. Honestly, I’m indifferent to most Pop Art, but if poor A.W. was still alive, the majority of my audience would have called for his white-haired head.
It’ll be interesting to see how this goes. Should you find yourself wanting to strangle me, please remember, my lungs are already full of spray paint from the above project. *cough cough wheeze*
See? I’m suffering, too.
About this image: Enamel & Acrylic on 24″x30″ canvas
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)!