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Pop Art Elvis Presley meets Photoshop.

This painting of Elvis was done last year and I decided to see what it would look like if I posterized it and added a photoshop pop art texture. What do you think?

Elvis meets photoshop version

The History of Art!

A good looking couple

A mother’s love is incomparable, uncompromising and unconditional.

Warhol would either be proud or pissed!

December 13, 2009 2 comments

I have been trying to find a way to do what Warhol had done – use a commercial technique in his fine art.
Well I have finally done that. Today, in this digital age, we designers use photoshop much as Warhol used stat cameras to transfer his polaroid pictures into fine art portraits.
I was commissioned to complete 16 portraits similar to that which I did for the patron requesting the series.
Here’s the first of them. Your thoughts..impressions?

Bonnaire, Aruba and Curacaio are a fine art treasure.

September 18, 2009 2 comments

Colorful is a word that comes to mind when I think of these islands. They are rich with vibrant life and color and exude art everywhere you look. Juts walking down a back street in Bonnaire makes me wonder why we here in the U.S. don’t use more color in on our buildings. It makes such a difference in the way I feel when I look at these buildings on the islands. The lifestyle is colorful as are the people.

They don’t use any muted colors, they use pure paint. Reds and blues and magenta greens are everywhere you turn. The clothes are bright as the blue sky and there’s nothing tame about how they feel about their community. It comes through everywhere. No wonder people visit from all over the world.

Wouldn’t it be nice to paint your home bright colors. I suppose if you were the only one in your neighborhood who did it, well they might look at you strangely and it probably wouldn’t look as good until it caught on a bit. But, imagine if it did! Might get some good press, don’t you think?

I believe color can make you feel better about your day and what you do. When I talk to people who live on those island they seem cheerful and seem down right happy to greet me and welcome me into their shops genuinely as can be. Most of the galleries there also have beautiful artwork that you don’t see anywhere else in the world.

They are rich in fine art treasure. I can’t wait to go back again and again and again.

Shop on a back street on Bonnaire

Shop on a back street on Bonnaire

Curacaio buildings

Curacaio buildings

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What is inspiration for an artist?

September 2, 2009 4 comments

This is a question that has puzzled me all my life because of two primary reasons; does an artist have an idea for a piece of art or does the artist become inspired to create because of something or someone they’ve come in contact with?

For me personally, sometimes I can just look at a person and envision what kind of artwork would be fun to create or maybe I’m in a beautiful environment and the whole place just seems like I’m walking around in a painting. Those kinds of places make me just start taking photographs. Maybe that’s why people like bringing home lots of pictures of their vacations.

I also usually will always be inspired by seeing other artists work in galleries or their studios. If I like the artwork I usually come home and within a couple of days I’m right into a new piece.

For years I’ve seen beautiful paintings as portraits of people that were generally either their relatives or close friends. Once I went into the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and found a painting of a young boy done by Rembrandt which according to the description was his son and was not a finished piece. It was a remarkable painting. It has that quality of “this is just a study” as well as being a “labor of love.”

Picture-11I’ve seen many other artists who use their family members as subjects and create portraits that are truly beautiful works of art. There is a fine artist from Spain who makes fantastic portraits of his daughters.

A few years ago I decided to try my hand a oil painting and slowed my process way down in time as a trial of my own talents to see if I could paint a portrait in somewhat of the styles of the masters. I needed a subject. My son became the likely candidate. Now in these modern times most artists that I know usually won’t ask people to “sit” for them as they did before we had cameras, so I took a photograph of my son and started from there. max-blog2

From the photo I projected the image onto a large canvas and sketched out the image until there was enough information on the canvas to start painting.

I was patient with myself and concentrated on color and likeness as the photo was a pretty straight forward look of my son Max.

I recognized why family members are used at times as it is an artists visual diary of his family and family members are easy to ask and very willing to help .

This was one of my first paintings of this technique and it did take much more time to complete than I generally like to spend on my art. But time was not in the equation for this exercise. Style and passion were the two ingredients for this particular inspiration.

There are things I like and I don’t like about the piece but I do have it hanging in my office and my daughter in law wants it at some point so I’ll take it as a successful project.

MaxblogI have tried a few other portraits but in different styles as I’ve decided for me that the portrait can be defined by how the artist wants to portray the person. Different strokes for different folks.

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