January 26th, 2012

Is this abstraction, yet?

Floaters. Solitary nature but peaceful beings. Prone to wander at night. I think shows about the universe are officially my favorite background muse.

January 3rd, 2012

Life Drawing II

Top 3 out of 100 in the Life Drawing studio:

life drawing 1
#1 – Abstraction went well in this one for me.

Life Drawing 2
#2 – Fluid lines and water soluble graphite.

Life Drawing 3
#3 – I liked the tone + line combo.

December 24th, 2011


my mess
My messy table. Working with acrylics on this saw blade even though I’m sure oil is the proper paint to use. The surface was sanded and primed with RustOleum first.

Finished? With a coat of matte sealer over it.

And finally, playing the ol lens-reverse to get a macro close up of the eye.

December 22nd, 2011

Self Portrait

hand face
Self portrait for Life Drawing. We could only use hands as the subject, so I went pretty serious as evidenced by the use of googly eyes. This is mostly acrylic washes with a few touches of the water soluble graphite and a white opaque fabric marker to draw in some of the more intricate white areas.

December 21st, 2011

Sticks and Stones. 2′ x 3′

sticks and stones
Mark Tansey / Einstein inspired:

–   Mark Tansey
–   Einstein for “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” (1947)

This was for a painting class. Left to my own devices I wanted to represent a cyclic nature of war. Empires fall and rise. There are advancements in technology and thought, and then a return to fundamentals. The perspective helps add some interest to an otherwise dull composition.


December 21st, 2011

Oops! 1’ish x 3’ish


On the wall/Off the wall assignment. The case of the fallen mannequin.

December 21st, 2011

Badlands. 2’ish x 3’ish.


badlands paint detail

For this assignment we were to use paint in an experimental way. I used the dry, discarded remnants of paint to create a landscape echoing the badlands in South Dakota. Matte medium was also involved. The paint chunks were a new way to approach “painting”. Both the dead paint and seemingly lifeless rocks that have a life and history that go unappreciated.

December 21st, 2011

Are You Awake? 3′ x 4′

Are You Awake?

This is the “Space and Place” semester-long 3’x4′ painting.It is supposed to incorporate two unique spaces so I ran with dream and reality. Which is which? I personally think I should have focused more on either the masks surrounding the central figure’s head or the relationship between mountain and skyscraper and the possible imagery that could have existed between a steel and rock landscape. I also don’t know if I can reign in my colors any time soon. That seems to require restraint.

December 20th, 2011


Stone + Bloodshed + Crayon = 6 Successful Prints.

On the litho stone with  grease crayon, conte marks (red), and gum coat borders. My washes were lost from this image to the next. Otherwise the printing process went well.
Litho Stone Ent

On 8ish by 11ish paper. Whatever size doesn’t exactly fit in my scanner:

And prior to this print was my first stone:

March 28th, 2011


mandolin cardboard style

This is what a mandolin made entirely out of cardboard (and if you cheat you add toothpicks for frets and hemp for strings) looks like. It’s probably going to be the highlight of this semester. However, we are only halfway through!

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