Monday, July 27, 2009

Painting in Progress: Watertanks, El Train Cityscape

Watertanks, El Train Cityscape, acrylic on wood panel (work in progress)
This is a work in progress painted on a 30x80 wood panel door. The composition is made up but I used photographs as reference. I first used gesso to prime the surface and then sketched the scene using graphite before starting to paint. There will be some minor compositional changes along the way as I build up the layers of color. This painting will be included in a solo show this fall at Urbanest in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Painting: Looking Through You

Looking Through You, acrylic on paper, 27x39, 2009
This new painting was done with acrylic on patterned paper. It was fun to paint while tacked on the wall in my studio -- something I don't do very often but have been doing more of lately. I like the effect of letting the pattern of the paper show through on the skin. It will be finished off with a black wooden frame.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Website Update: figurative studies gallery added

Nude study (sleeping chair), pastel and charcoal on paper, 18x24, 2005
I added a new section to the drawings galleries: figurative studies. Most of these drawings were done in the summer of 2005 during a class at Lill Street Art Center.

Click here to view the figurative studies gallery.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Saturday Shots: Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, photograph, 2009

I figured this would be a good photo to post on the 4th of July. I hadn't been to the Statue of Liberty since about 1998. This past May, my wife and I took the first ferry out on a Saturday morning. Getting up before 7am on vacation was worth it - no crowds and we were in the first group to go up in the pedestal.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Screen Prints: Bicycles

Bicycles (Golden Hits), screen print and acrylic on record album, 12x12, 2009

Bicycles (Horn), screen print and acrylic on record album, 12x12, 2009

In the spirit of summer, I created a new series of screen prints featuring bicycles. Some of them are done on old record albums (like above) and some on paper. I let some of the original artwork show through while adding additional color and texture with acrylic and screen printing ink.

Click here for the full series of bicycles screen prints.