Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Long Live Mackey

It's Tuesday night, and I'm going into withdrawals, because the tv show the SHIELD isn't on anymore. Last Tuesday was the final episode of the series, and now I have no Tuesday night fix. That show was too good. If you haven't watched it, do yourself a favor and at least watch the first episode. Very addicting. One episode will make you hungry for more. You know, like the wolf.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cheap Thrills Show

Reflection of Miles
acrylics on wood

Ghost of Miles Plays Germany
acrylics on wood

Seattle's Sno Con is having a group show for December's first Thursday art walk. There will be a bunch of great local Seattle artists in the show, so if you're in the Pioneer Square area, go check it out! For any inquiries on art purchases, you can get contact info on the Alaskan Way store here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Creature Feature Fantasy Fight

Just finished a new piece for Solid Gallery One's Chupacabra group show. It's a group show inspired by devils, weird animals & mythical creatures. Since I already did my version of a Chupacabra I decided to do some monsters I grew up with as a kid. You really can't go wrong with Ray Harryhausen's Cyclops. Gotta love those old Sinbad movies.
You also can't go wrong with the Creature from the Black Lagoon. That has to be one of the best creature designs that still holds up today, in my opinion. I thought I would do two separate paintings with these monsters, but time just wasn't on my side. Instead, I just had to figure out a way to have them both in there.

Sometimes I'll a do a reeeally loose sketch on the shrink wrap that the gesso board comes in just to get a sense of the scale, shapes and proportions.

Since I already own these two figures, my reference was covered. Knowing that, I went straight to the board and started sketching things out.

Above is a shot of the painting in the early stages. You can see fish face lurking in the background. Great model that guy.

The idea for the painting just came out of thinking about Sunday afternoons watching monster movies and playing with action figures and acting out your own movies with your toys. I can guarantee that if you put some toys in front of a kid, the first thing they will do is mash them together with their own sound FX and make them fight. I still do it to this day (don't tell anyone).

Anyway, the gesso board had a cool wide screen feel to it too, so it worked out perfect. The show is up until December, so if you're in the area, check it out!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Brushes Needles and Burnouts show

Ok, so I still have to catch up on some art shows that went down last month. A week after the Kruger workshop in Germany was the Kustom Kulture Gallery "Brushes Needles and Burnouts" show. It's the shop's annual two day blow out show that has artists of all backgrounds (tattoo artists, pin stripers, air brush artists, illustrators, graffiti artists) come out from near and far to exhibit art and make pretty pictures.

I was asked to do some painting at the show and figured that a Rancor riding a Land Speeder would be something that could fill up the day(s). (...and yes, that is a Death Star shift knob.)

I was also very fortunate to be painting next to the very talented Mr. Dave DeVries. It was very cool to watch the man work and check out his process. While I slaved away on the Rancor, Dave whipped out three paintings the first day.

The man is super talented and gracious as hell. If you get a chance, check out his website here.
Also, if you happen to be out near Baldwin NY next month, you might want to look into his painting class that he'll be doing at the Kustom Kulture Tattoo shop.

In between running the show, Kustom Kulture owner, Keith Ciaramello would sit down and do some painting. You can see way more pics of the show and the art in the show on his shop's Flickr account.

I had to use some of their photos on here (thanks guys) because I don't think I got too many good ones. I was on Rancor duty most of the time and only got a hand full, so I missed the good shots like the guy above. Dudes like that just make you want to think out of the box a little more. Just make sure small children aren't around when you do.

Long Over Due

It's about time.

Chicago, Grant Park 11-04-2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Por Vida/ Day of the Dead Show

Halloween may be over but there are still Day of the Dead events going on tonight. Did this latest piece for a Day of the Dead show that's happening out in Columbus Ohio.

Used acrylics on wood for this one. I finally got a chance to use Golden's new line of Open Acrylics. They dry a lot slower without having to put any slow dry product in the paint. Probably the closest to feeling like oil paints that you're going to get.

The saying on the top of the painting translates to: "Always yours in life and in death."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Group show/ Long Beach, CA.

Here's the latest piece (10"x 24"/acrylics on canvas) that was done for a one night Halloween group show, from 7pm to 11pm, down in Long Beach, CA. at Koo's Gallery. The show will be put on by United Cat.

Koo's Gallery
540 E. Broadway Blvd. Long Beach CA.


Sorry about the late notice on this one. Been busy catching up on freelance work and emails, yadda, yadda, yadda. Stay tuned for some more posts, though. Germany wasn't the only trip that went down last month. More to come.......................

I Got Cartoonafied!

Only because Karin asked, here are some drawings from two artists that attended the Kruger class last month. The first one was done by Austrian artist, Geronimo. When he wanted to take a break, Geronimo would sketch someone in the workshop. I think he ran out of black paint from trying to get all the curls.

This drawing was done by Ique, from Rio. If my uncle Angelo had more hair, he would look just like this drawing.Thanks again for the art guys!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sebastian Krüger Workshop 2008

Just recently got back from a trip to Germany where I attended the 4th annual Sebastian Krüger workshop. In a nutshell, 20 artists from around the world came out to Barsinghausen/Germany to paint for five days and learn from the master painter himself, Mr. Krüger.

The theme for the class was to do a group painting. I couldn't think of any better characters to paint than the actors from the movie Goodfellas. The above pic is what I ended up doing in the class. The painting probably needs a couple more hours of work. Watching how Krüger approached his painting made me start this one differently than I usually would. I'll post the finished piece at some point.

Here I am with some of the local artists that came out for the workshop. Patrick, on the far left is a local character artist from Germany. Check out the awesome Kirk Douglas piece he did on his blog by clicking here. The guy in the orange shirt is full time Austrian cop, part time character artist, and full time drinker, Geronimo. I think he ended up doing characters of the whole class over the course of the week. Check out his blog here. The gentleman on the far right is also a local German artist, Jens-Uwe. (hope I spelled that right Jens) Jens had all the cool art books in the workshop, and all the good German beer. In Germany, it's customary to say "Prost!" instead of "Cheers!" Sometimes, though, you just have to say, "Saturday!"

Ismael Roldan, from NYC, did this great Aerosmith piece for the class. Check out his blog and website.

Ique, from Brazil, did this great painting of his children. If you ever have an improve jam session, Ique can also provide a great rhythm section at the drop of a hat. Multi talented, this man.

Another local artist was Stefan. I think this Bono painting was Stefan's second painting for the workshop. This kid is talented for only 21. He must be stopped.

Here's Terry Wolfinger, from LA, working on his third painting that he did for the workshop. Turns out we both grew up in San Jose California. I just ended up moving North, and he went south, Check out his website here.

Everyone was a target for being sketched in the workshop. When the Canadian artists, Bob and Bruce broke out the guitars, Yonie Woo, from Korea couldn't resist sketching them.

I think the person that was sketched the most in the workshop was Geronimo.

Above, is character artist, Jeremy (aka JERT!) from Atlanta Georgia working on his second painting for the workshop. Here we see Jeremy attacking his painting with no remorse. Check out his blog and website for more JERT awesomeness. Also, if you ever need someone to give you a tour of Amsterdam, this is the guy to hit up. Thanks again holmes.

Last but not least, is the man himself, Mr Krüger. It was very inspiring, humbling, and such a treat to watch this man work. To give you an idea of what he's capable of, check out this picture, from his art blog, of the painting that he did for the workshop. This was started from scratch, as the painting "demo" for the class. It was started on Tuesday, and was pretty much done by Thursday. It was all straight up acrylics on that huge canvas. No under drawing or preliminary sketches. 'Hit the ground running and don't look back' was the only preparatory thing I could tell that was happening. Why? Because he can.

It was hard not to get inspired by watching Krüger work. Watching how the other 19 artists in the class all approached their paintings was also very inspiring. Sorry if I missed any one's websites. Here's a group shot of the rest of the class. I'll post more links to their work when I get a chance. I'm still sifting through photos from the class and the trip and will post those with a link to the ol' Flicker account when I get a chance. I'm currently getting ready for another Brushes Needsles and Burnouts show and will have more to post from that when I get back. That being said, it's back to the drawing board for me. 'Till next time...............

Friday, September 05, 2008

LA Street art

Alright, no blog bashing about slacking on the posts. Yeah, I know it's been awhile since the last post. I apologize to anyone that's been checking in. I've been meaning to post more of the pics from the LA trip last June. I think I'll just have to organize them and throw them up on the ol' Flickr account. Until then, check these out.

Here's an example of what you can find if you wander around in the back allies. Can't remember what streets these were on.

I had to pull over and take shots of this mural when I saw it. Been a fan of The Mac for awhile. Just never saw his stuff up close and personal. He has "mad skills" as the kids say.

I just love the fact that you can wonder around LA and find all this cool art on the walls and back alleys . LA's streets are like an ever growing art museum that changes every time you explore it.

Here's another artist I've been into. Just happened to be shopping and saw this cool piece by Ekundayo. Mad skills, kid. I'll have to write down the street names next time so I can tell you where these were at.

Even Venice beach was covered with graff. Go figure. I'll have to post more pics on the Flickr account. I went down to see some art shows while I was there, but I think I was more inspired by the art I saw on the street.

Spent the last part of the trip catching up with my cousin Bobby, drinking beers, and stumbling around Venice beach, reminising about when we were kids. It's funny to me (and sad) that our Star Wars action figures have now been replaced by crackberries, cel phones, and digital cameras.

Anyway, promise to post more now. I'm back out of the cave. Speaking of caves, I'm going to go play with my Rancor.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Hive show -Los Angeles

Well, finally got a chance to post some of the pics from the Hive show that went down on the 7th. I'm still trying to get some better shots of the actual show. I didn't have much time to take any pics. The turn out for the show was great. Nathan Cartwright, the owner of the Hive Gallery, put on a killer opening night for his June show. Tons of people came out to see all the artists that were contributing art that night.

I have to also take the time to thank all my Seattle and LA friends and family for coming out for the show. Thanks a ton for the support. That totally made the night for me. I have to give a special thanks though, to my mom and her sister for flying down from the Bay Area just to check out the show. They were total troopers and even managed to stay out with us until last call. Now you know where I get my drinking habits from. No, not my mom, but my aunt. She's the trouble maker, and she knows it.

Here are some of the newer pieces that were done for the show. You can get a better shot of how the painting below came out framed, in the above pic.

La Senora con Los Tiny Zoots
Acrylics on wood- 12"x15"

El Tiny Zoot
Acrylics on wood 10"x10"

Red Suit, Tiny Zoot
Acrylics on wood 10"x10"

Tiny Zoot, Gangster Lean
Acrylics on wood 10"x10"

Ultra Ultra
Acrylics on masonite 10"x20"

Soul Shack 3000
Acrylics on canvas 15"x30"

Cloud City DJ
Acrylics on masonite 16"x16"

The show will be up for the rest of the month, and there is also a closing show the last Saturday of June. For any purchase inquires, please contact Nathan Cartwright directly at the Hive Gallery during the following hours.
Wed-Sat: 1:00-6:00pm
ph: 213-955-9051

Here are links to some of the other pieces that are for sale in the show.

The De-Evolution of Toons at 12 Frames Per Second.
Year of the OX
Original Sin
Pinstripe Girl

Some people were asking me about the laser cut Scarecrow deck from a few months ago. I had another one made up for this show. This one has metal inlayed in the font. Pretty cool.

There are also giclee prints and one framed print of the Year of the Dragon.

There are also prints of the Tiny Zoots available too.

Anyway, that's all for now locos. 'Till next post, stay frosty.