Friday, April 11, 2014

G1988 10 Year Anniversary Show

Title: Replica Remnants
Size: 12" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics on Board
(Inspired by Blade Runner)

Tonight is Gallery 1988's 10 year anniversary. It's a real pleasure to be in this group show. Being able to show art along with all the talent that Jensen and Katie have brought to their gallery for the last 10 years has been a blast. It's also been an honor to meet some of the artists from these group shows that I've been following online. Seeing their work and seeing the new talent that comes through the gallery has been a real kick in the ass and keeps me humbled every time. Congrats to Jensen and Katie and all the crew at Gallery 1988! Here's to 10 more years! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Into the Labyrinth

"Into the Labyrinth"
12" x 16"
Acrylics on board

Here's the latest painting inspired by Guillermo Del Toro's Labyrinth that was done for G1988's annual Crazy for Cult show that will actually be going down in NYC, tonight.

I fell in love with this movie all over again while I was gathering reference and thinking of ideas for the painting. So many great characters in this flick. The environments and motives in the movie almost play out like a video game. Get the key, get the knife, here's your chalk for drawing doors to other rooms. If only...

I also love Del Toro's approach to creatures. I might have to pick up his sketchbook. Great concepts and a great sense of pacing when it comes to building tension. I think I re-watched that Pale Man scene 10 times in a row. If you really want to hear how much of a film nerd Del Toro is, check out this great interview with him as he dissects (no pun intended) his love for Hitchcock movies in Studio Q. 

 The week I was doing this painting, I happened to take a visit to the local EMP museum to see the latest Fantasy exhibit. To my surprise, they had a mask of the main creature from the movie on display. Wish I could have taken him back to the studio.

Here are a few pre painting sketches. Anyway, if you're in NY tonight, check out the opening. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Boba Fett Ammo Box

"Boba Box"
Acrylics and spray cans on metal.
11" x 7" x 5.5"

Tonight, LTD Gallery in Seattle, will be putting on another Star Wars group show. I had another ammo box laying around and decided to paint it up, Boba Fett style.

The back and front are painted up, so make sure to check out both sides if you see it at the show. I threw in that crazy bounty hunter symbol on the side, just for fun. So, basically, you're getting  three paintings in one. Good deal!

I didn't take too many process shots,but you can see the inked up image above, before the colors were blocked in. I kept it fairly loose, because I personally like to see parts of the box showing through.

                                    The info for the show is below. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Scarecrow's Murder of Crows

"Scarecrow's Murder of Crows"
11"x 14"
Acrylics on board

Here's a new piece for LTD gallery's latest group show, Pictures Worth a Thousand Words. The show is on display all this month, so check it out if you're in the neighborhood.

The image I chose to do is from  L. Frank Baum's book, the Wonderful Wizard of OZ. One of my favorite scenes from the book is when the Wicked Witch sends a murder of crows to kill our heroes. Of course the guy that thinks he doesn't have a brain, always seems to have a plan, and in this instance, the Scarecrow takes front and center to protect his friends. Here's the passage from chapter 12 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Now this same morning the Wicked Witch came to the door of her castle and looked out with her one eye that could see far off. She saw all her wolves lying dead, and the strangers still traveling through her country. This made her angrier than before, and she blew her silver whistle twice.
Straightway a great flock of wild crows came flying toward her, enough to darken the sky.
And the Wicked Witch said to the King Crow, "Fly at once to the strangers; peck out their eyes and tear them to pieces."
The wild crows flew in one great flock toward Dorothy and her companions. When the little girl saw them coming she was afraid.
But the Scarecrow said, "This is my battle, so lie down beside me and you will not be harmed."
So they all lay upon the ground except the Scarecrow, and he stood up and stretched out his arms. And when the crows saw him they were frightened, as these birds always are by scarecrows, and did not dare to come any nearer. But the King Crow said:
"It is only a stuffed man. I will peck his eyes out."
The King Crow flew at the Scarecrow, who caught it by the head and twisted its neck until it died. And then another crow flew at him, and the Scarecrow twisted its neck also. There were forty crows, and forty times the Scarecrow twisted a neck, until at last all were lying dead beside him. Then he called to his companions to rise, and again they went upon their journey.

If you'd like to read the whole book online, here's a link:

Friday, October 18, 2013


Acrylics on Canvas

Hands down the best Star Trek movie ever. A follow up movie of the classic Trek episode called Space Seed where Ricardo Montalbon reprises his role as Kahn. Shatner's at his best, Montalbon is on point, and the story is superbly written. Here is a great breakdown of why that story is so good by master storyteller Brian MacDonald. Brian will make you look at movies and stories in a different light, and he does a great job at making you look at Wrath of Kahn in a whole new way. He did for me anyway, and it's great to re watch it after you read his blog post. After reading that post you'll realize why they missed the mark when they tried do Star Trek Into Darkness, in my opinion. Enough about that. Get the deets on the show below.

Friday, September 06, 2013

PBS Tribute Show

"The Wonder of Stevie"
24" x 12"
Acrylics on canvas

So many amazing children's shows came out on PBS. From Mr.Roger's Neighborhood, Electric Company, to Sesame Street, they all brought the most creative ways to teach kids the fundamentals. Tomorrow night, The Hive Gallery in LA will be doing a group show that pays tribute to the shows on PBS.

The cast of characters on PBS was amazing. Remember Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader on Electric Co.? Let's not forget the old live action Spider-Man skits too. Supporting PBS was also huge part of Mr Roger's life and he even gave this amazing speech to Congress to help support funding.

The one thing that always impressed me about Sesame Street was the amount of amazing talent they were able to bring on the show. Jim Henson's creativity was so big, that it gave Sesame Street enough cred to bring in musicians like Stevie Wonder. One of the best live performances of Superstition happened right on the set of the show, and is the impetus of this piece. If you've never seen it, check it out here. I think the kid in the red shirt on the balcony best exemplifies how funky of a performance this is.

Anyway, if you're in LA for the show tomorrow, check it out!

P.S. I remember watching an episode ZOOM where they showed you how to make tie dye t-shirts. For the rest of that day, my mom patiently sat down with me as we both attempted to make our own tie dye shirts. Random kid memory #55. Good Times. Thanks mom, and thanks PBS.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Press Start to Continue

Last night was LTD Gallery's Press Start to Continue group show. Here are some process shots of the Joust painting I submitted for the show. You can see the full color piece here. When I have the time I'd much rather do preliminary sketches and studies traditionally, but when time is short, I'll default to  Photoshop. It goes much faster editing on the computer, but I'd rather get my hands dirty any day.

Anyway, if you're in town, check out the show. Lots of great pieces to be seen.