Friday, May 25, 2012

More art headed to Transistor

I had a nice studio visit this morning from Andy, the owner/curator of Transistor. He selected some more pieces that he'll be placing in his shop. It's a very cool store selling music, books, electronics and art by local artists. They also host events, live music and readings along with classes and workshops. Located 3819 N. Lincoln Ave near Trader Joe's.

Below are the new pieces that will be hung at Transistor:

Flying Over Marina City, photograph, 2006

River City (triptych), photograph, 2005

 New York Skyline (Midtown), photograph, 2006
  Fire Escapes - River North, photograph , 2006
 Furniture Loft (Uptown), digitally enhanced photograph

 Corner Detail - Printer's Row, photograph , 2002
 Kingsbury St. Watertank (purple), screen print on paper, 2009

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Cityscape Painting - Spring St. SoHo (NYC)

I've done a lot of smaller drawings of water tanks but this is the first large version on canvas using charcoal over acrylic paint. Initially, I was going to create a painting of it in color but I really liked how it looked in just black and white. It's based on a photo I took in December when I was in New York.

I like working with charcoal because it's very forgiving and has an immediacy to it that you don't always get with paint. When working with charcoal you get a more direct experience with the surface. Mistakes, fingerprints and smudges all become part of the image. After finishing it, I sealed it with a charcoal fixative for protection and painted the sides black. Ready for hanging!

Come see this piece along with many other new cityscape paintings at the Cornelia Arts Building Open Studios - Friday May 18, 6pm-10pm.

Spring St. SoHo (NYC), charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 36x48, 2012

Traveling Thoughts - a self portrait

I haven't done a self portrait in years and decided to make one this week. It's an experiment in media and a little different in style than usual. I collaged maps from my travels along with sheet music on mat board. The drawing is done with conté sticks and charcoal.

Traveling Thoughts (self portrait), mixed media collage on mat board, 22x28, 2012

Here's a detailed view:

Traveling Thoughts (self portrait), Detail

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Water Tank Painting - Blackhawk Cell Tower

I put the finishing touches on this painting today. Just need to add the protective varnish before next week's open studios. Another piece from my water tank and cityscape series.

Blackhawk Cell Tower, acrylic on panel, 24x24, 2012

This painting is based on a photo I took walking along Halsted and Blackhawk near North Ave after going to the Apple Store:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Art Takes Times Square

I entered my work in the Art Takes Times Square competition which will be shown on video screens in Times Square this summer. Just visit my page and click the "Collect Me" button at the top of the page.

You can also help curate and collect other artists' works. The top 'collectors' have a chance at winning a trip to NYC. Get collecting!