Friday, June 19, 2009

I'd rather be painting trees....


acrylic and oil on masonite
11 x 7 in.

Now I need to stop being distracted by them and finish paintings with deadlines :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So it's been about 3 years, but I spent the other day revisiting the world of bookbinding. I made this mini accordion style book/portfolio of some of my paintings. I think sometimes I forget how much I enjoy making things other than oil paintings, though I do enjoy making those too :)

Tomorrow night is the opening reception of the Uarts Showcase at Elle-Bees in Manasquan NJ. Elle-Bees was started last year by two Uarts grads, its an awesome little shop with paintings, jewelry, clothing and other oddities. I will be showing a few paintings and there is sure to be tons of great work by many great Uarts students, almuni and faculty. So if you're in the jersey shore area it's definitely worth checking out.

And last but certainly not least, one of my favorite blogs gave me a nice shout out which can be seen here :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

a portrait, a coin & a necklace.

First off, here is a portrait I just finished of the actress Scarlett Johansson. I love her timeless look and had a fun time painting her.

8 x 16 in.
oil on wood

Next, a commission I recently completed of a coin designed by Augustus St Gaudens in 1907, considered to be one of the most beautiful American coins. It was adapted since then and a high relief edition was just issued by the U.S. mint this year. The most challenging part of this piece for me was the size (20 x 20 in.) and my reference photos. Although I had multiple images to work from, none of them were very large which made it challenging for the detail in certain areas. Overall though I am happy with the finish and enjoyed working on this piece.

20 x 20 in.
oil on wood

Lastly, some photos from the runway of the JIM show as part of the Snag Conference. We had a little mishap with our piece, and it went from a brooch to a necklace, but it worked out fine.