Monthly Archives: March 2014

So what did I learn from this piece of shit?

1- I suck

2- you cant have the same thickness and energy in every part

3- I suck

4- you can’t create a good piece in a drunken night

5- I suck

6- I’m never gonna make it as an “artist” what the fuck are you thinking?

7- Stick to portraits because you suck.

8- Red sucks

- So does that ugly ass wall

- I’m a piece of shit artist


Rosa Leigh

Oil on Canvas Panel

Rosa Leigh in Oil Rosa Leigh
This sweet oil portrait of my Rosa Leigh is 11×14 on canvas board. In the original photograph, she’s wearing hot-pink plaid PJs, but I decided to dress her in a mix of ultra marine and cerulean blues because, well, the girl just looks amazing in blue.

The tilt of her head and angle of her face were super challenging, but the positioning really captures that “Rosa Leigh look”, ya know?

This painting was the beginning of my recent playfulness with the juxtaposition of blurred and sharp lines. I like the fading of her chin and hair into the background, and I’m actually taking that even farther in my more-recent work. You’ll see soon.

Thanks for taking a look. Have a colorful day!

Detail Shot:
Rosa Leigh Detail Rosa Leigh

Bad Painting

So this is what I call an UNsuccessful painting. There is so much wrong here, I don’t even want to begin. But I’m posting it anyway in the interest of keeping it real.

Red Dress1 Bad Painting

Male Study

male study 1 copy Male Study

This is a quick male study in charcoal on some kind of crappy paper I had lying around. Ha! I wasn’t in the mood for the kind of pressure nice paper puts on me. He’s nice. I think his hands are the most successful piece here. I was pleased to capture the tight grasp. Altogether, this was not an easy pose!

I realized about halfway through that his legs are not proportional. They’re too large compared to his torso. I think I rushed the measurements so I could get to the fun part. And the shadowing on his face and hair are too contrived. Oh well! Again, no mood for pressure.

Detail (I flipped the image just for fun):
male study detail Male Study

My Van Gogh

Oil on Canvas Panel

I read somewhere that in his earlier years, Vincent Van Gogh vowed to never be photographed again – that he would only paint self portraits. I have no idea if that’s true, but it sounds like something he would do. I recently stumbled upon this WAY cool “photo” that Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern somehow electronically morphed from one of Vincent’s famous self portraits. How amazingly cool is this?!

van gogh tadao cern 1 My Van Gogh

I thought it would be cool to paint my own Van Gogh from this “photo”. Although (like most of us) I do somewhat remember the original self portrait, I didn’t refer to it before beginning because I wanted to pretend I was painting him from life – then compare mine to his.

So this is my Van Gogh…

Van Gogh My Van Gogh

And here is Van Gogh’s Van Gogh…

van gogh tadao cern 2 My Van Gogh

Of course, there’s no comparison, but this was such a fun experiment, and I think I’ll be framing this one for my own wall.

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