Tuesday, December 15, 2009
With a big bin of chalk that had been left out in the rain, I started blending colors and ended up with this swirling collection of lines.
The messy, clumpy nature of wet chalk is definitely a change of pace. With the consistency of paste, and spreading and blending more like paint, experimenting with this mode was intruiging.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is the finished work from Wednesday, December 2nd at the Project One Gallery, 16th and Rhode Island.
After seeing some of my work around, the nice folks at Project One on Portrero Hill invited me to do some art there for a gallery event called 'Everything is Beautiful'. I was excited to be given this chance, but time constraints worked against me on this one. It was a nice experience to have done this work for them, and I hope it leads to more work in the future. On the Monday of that week I drew in the outlines, but on Tuesday I wasn't able to get any drawing time in. On Wednesday afternoon I got as much done as I could; a sort of haphazard rush job compared to the 3 or more days I usually spend on a piece. My web designer friend was there to hang out with me while I was busy with it, working on his laptop. By the end of the day it was so cold that my fingers weren't working very well and I had to throw in the towel.
Ultimately I think everyone liked the art I made, though for me it was a bit of a disappointment. I would've liked the end result much more if I had more time.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Work and photos from the day of 11-30-09.
Was invited to make some chalk designs for a gallery opening at Project One on Portrero Hill, 16th and Rhode Island.
A great day to be drawing for the fine weather. Despite being in the man-made canyon and the sun dipping low in late afternoon, I accomplished some decent outline work.
And leave it to my web designer friend to take some cool avante-garde textural photos!
The opening is on Wednesday December 2nd; hoping I can get as much done as possible before that day.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
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Monday, November 2, 2009
I finished this archer piece today, the first of November. All it really needed was some bright colors and some detailing. The color scheme with this figure brings about the feeling of Air, the Sword suit. It is a quite different color grouping.
The skin was rendered in greenish tone with rusty red over it. This piece was experimental in some ways, and by the end of it I was satisfied with the result.
The dynamic nature of the pose grabs me: the moment of potential energy, quivering there, right on the balance. Focus and intent and energy.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I managed to get some color filling done.
This one is proving to have an interesting color group. I had thought it would be in the Water suite, but I am getting the feeling of Air, the Swords suit. With Swords, the blue, yellow, white and green dominate, in relation to the reds and golds of wands or the cool blues of Water.
The color balance as it stands is at a sort of nuetral point: it could be pushed in several different directions. So it may be a bit of a surprise how it turns out...
From yesterday, 10-29-09
Started this new composition at the spot under the trees at 15th and Market. It's strange, in the time I have been doing these public artworks, it has changed my perception of sidewalks. They are no longer 'just sidewalk' but I can't help looking over them as potential canvas. This site is a nice public canvas.
The figure is a study for a tarot character, likely of the Water suit. I have been intruiged with the idea of archers lately, so I plan to do another one after this as well, a woman archer.
The spot gets a bit windy but it is great for the amount of people that walk by and see it. Many people like the work and tell me so. People remember the previous works in that place and ask about those. It is great to be able to just chat with people about art and archetypes a bit, or make a business contact with a party organizer, or have an admirer give me a little cash!
It made my day when an utterly gorgeous girl stopped to talk to me, one who had studied metaphysics in school. Amazing copper curls and glowing smile...
When I took photos before leaving, the late afternoon light skewed the pictures a bit.
Hopefully I can finish this one off in the next couple days.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Along the theme of mythological creatures, I just completed a study of a Persian griffin. The original emblem was worked in gold and was I believe an item of jewelry. The rendering took most of 3 days. It is the same spot where I did the 'Couretesan of Water' piece months ago. The sidewalk along a chain link fence bordering a car lot near 20th and Valencia offers a good location. Drawn over the days 10-24 through 10-26.
Monday, October 19, 2009
A new outline from the days 10-17 and 10-18.
A refurbished design, updated from an earlier template.
Working at the 'Pet Food Express' location; a favorite spot. This will be the third mural at this spot. I'm quite pleased with the progress so far. The basic outline was completed yesterday, and hopefully the rain overnight didn't do much to muddy it.
The first day I got a late start and only finished the face and parts of the headpiece and central brooch. Yesterday the design really came together. The woman's upturned face I find to be a pleasing angle; I've tried it a few times. Though it's somewhat tricky, I think I have a solid base on this one.