Sunday, June 23, 2019

A Slight Detour (again) Playtime

With all of the painting and carving that I need to do to push some of my works-in-progress further towards completion, it would be highly irresponsible to just take a day or two (or four!) to start a totally new piece just because it struck my fancy.  If at this point, anyone mistakes me for a responsible adult, that's their problem.

This is another variation on my lone sign/silhouette idea I have been playing around recently.

Testing different towers that I have created, but are currently not being used in any specific piece (i.e. they are sitting on a shelf in a pile waiting to be incorporated into something).

Expanding some of the shapes along the bottom.

Testing out some arches in the composition.

The final configuration adhered into place and primed with several layers of paint.

After everything dried, I started in with the base layer/color of oil paint.  I wanted a warm dark brown for the base.  The final piece will be nearly monochromatic (white), but I want all of the nooks and crannies to be darker.

The second base layer of oil paint applied three days later.  (At least) one more base layer of color to go before I start any line work.

The third base layer of color.

Now it's finally ready for some line work.

The painting is pretty gooey right now, so it will be a few weeks before I can dive into the line work.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Carving a Panel or Two (or Three..)

I have several wooden panels lying around the studio awaiting some attention.  By attention, I mean hours and hours of carving with my trusty Dremel Tool.  Since I have been painting a great deal as of late, a day or two spent in the carve-a-torium seems like an acceptable reprieve.

In a couple earlier posts, I talked about making pieces/compositions with multiple panels.  At least two of these carvings will likely become part of that idea.

This first panel is likely going to be paired with the canvas Imminent Departure (I will show them paired together in a future post).  I am unsure if all of the individual components will been titled, or if there will just be a title for the overall structure/composition.  That definitely seems like something to worry about at a much later date.

The figure at the top right is a drawing I made based off of the marketing mascot Marty Mayrose from Mayrose Meats. My friend Terry Rathje loaned me a book entitled 'Meet Mr. Product'. The book is chocked full of various advertising mascots from the truly obscure to much more mainstream.

Let the priming begin! (scroll quickly!)

Priming finished.

Just a few peeks at the color.  Marty Mayrose is smiling down on the whole process.

The second panel I'm going to show is going to be paired with The Brain Jar of Dr. Pantalones.  Both pieces have a ways to go, but I like how they work together so far.

This last panel currently does not have a partner.  I combined some sketches I thought would work well together and went from there.

I will save the progress images of these three panels getting color for a future post.  I have a few more panels in the drawing stage as well...

Next time we'll take a look at some play time in the studio.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


The original Frontlines piece was conceived way back in 2012 as part of the teaser show for the original Merican-Tastic! show. (Link to the teaser show for Merican-Tastic! -You can see Frontlines in the 3rd and 6th images).  It has sat on a shelf in my studio untouched and unloved for years.  This past summer I cut out a portion of it and included it in my large mural Processionalization: Power Lunch With The Tasaday for my show Pop Culture Palimpsest.  Now what to do with the rest of the image....

How about this?

I am entertaining the notion of pairing Frontlines with one or more carved panels/canvases.

The relationship between the two panels might help generate ideas for what layers of imagery should be added to the canvas.

In fact, I think I have an idea for the 2nd layer of imagery, I just need to kind of flesh out the first layer.  No time like the present to dive in to the line work.

Although I do not think this first layer is complete, I'm sure that I am going to need to paint what is here to subdue how dominant the brick red and the green areas are before I can really make anything that resembles an informed decision on where to take the piece from here.  Right now those two colors just demand too much attention.  So let's dive in with some color...

A little easier to see what is going on compositionally, but I still need to add a few more colors.  Next time we check in with Frontlines, I should have enough areas roughed in with color to develop a sense of what the piece really needs to move forward.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Two-Part Harmony: Part Two (See What I Did There?)

As predicted in my earlier post about Two-Part Harmony, a 'Pew, Pew, Pew Cluster' did, in fact, occur.

I'll give the Pew Pew Pew a few days to dry, and then I'll start adding some colors and see what happens.

Action shots!!!

Back to work.

Time to add some appealing colors to the sex appeal in the upper right-hand corner.

Two-Part Harmony is starting to come together.  I need to hit a few more areas with color and add a little line work in a couple places, and that should finish up the first layer.  Then I will probably haze over the top portion (the green area) of the image.

Next time we'll take a look at Frontlines.