Wednesday, July 28, 2010

!Live painting(s) at the Ypsi Roots Jamboree!

So!  Exciting fallout from the Skatepark Art Show: I was contacted by an organizer of the Michigan Roots Jamboree and asked if I'd be interested in doing a LIVE painting(!)  The Jamboree is a bluegrass/folk festival in Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI that I tried to attend last year.  Y'see, I lost the bike trail at some point and got waaaaaay lost before finally giving-up and returning to Ann Arbor, crestfallen and mildly annoyed with myself.

But this year will be different.  I will be doing two live paintings on Saturday, August 7th.  I'll be on Stage 2 at 7:40pm and again at 9:40pm.  The early one will be a collaboration with a friend from the old neighborhood: Cristina Mezuk.  The later painting will be done next to a friend from the new neighborhood: Heather Herrera.  We'll have ~1 hour to work on a 4'x4' piece of prepared board and then the finished pieces will be auctioned-off.  Artist(s) get 80% of the sale! 

I'm pretty excited, more than a little nervous, and my head is running through all sorts of ideas.  Check it out!  I hope you can make it to Ypsi for, what I think will be, a very good time.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tsukuba Ham

This is a re-imagining of an earlier work entitled "Billy George Jr."  I decided to go for a simpler design on the marbling of the meat.  I'm not sure I like the placement of the meat on the table (looks a little flat) or the light reflecting on the pooling blood (looks a little bad).  Also, the goblet/chalice might be a little over-done.  Any thoughts?

Thursday, July 22, 2010


has been a very busy month.  Happily, I was able to get a couple paintings finished.  They had actually been existing in some sort of "work-in-progress" limbo for months now and I finished them both in two days.  Not a bad week, eh?

Here's the first; it's another Beksinski-inspired portrait.  Watercolor and pen on Arches.   This guy got lots of positive feedback after I put him up on facebook.

Aaaaaand some detail: