Friday, October 30, 2009

Archer Emergent

Today, 10-30

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...

Archer of Water

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

Griffin of Ancient Persia

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

Priestess Summoner

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ancient Lions

This was a small piece I did on Dolores Street on 7-14. I had been drawing the day before on Haight Street (Moon Priestess). I had assembled all my gear and returned to the spot to work on it some more, but found that it had been mostly shmooshed. Nonplussed, I eventually walked back to the Mission and drew this near Maxfield's coffeeshop. The idea came from a photo I found of some ancient carved statues of lions of the Hittite people. It was fun doing this one that day. I remember a group of kids who lived in the area were interested in what I was doing, and kept plying me with questions.

Twelve Point Technique

I drew this twelve pointed star in a circular format in, I believe, June of this year. It was drawn near 15th and South Van Ness, and lasted for several months.

The photos show the progression as each section was filled in.

Luna Risen

Completed on 8-8-09
at Dolores and Market.
Third and final day

Knight of Cups Completed


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bird of Forgiveness

Having taken a trip south to Monterey over the weekend, I had a chance to lay down a small chalk piece. I had sketched a bird shape from a bird watching book and rendered it over the days 10-9 and 10-12.
I had gone on this trip to work a small art job for the company Dole, which wanted to promote a new salad product. It turned out to be in the same time frame as the memorial party for an old friend of mine who passed on this year.

A short trip back and forth by train, paid artwork, seeing old friends, enjoying the wilds of Big Sur...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Knight of Cups Crystallized

Most of the coloration was finished by 7-09.
It was a large piece, and a lot of area to cover, as well as having many detail spots. It occured to me that this mural was close to life scale. The figure and horse, though layed flat, would probably be of actual size.