new painting: My Old Headphones

Conrad headphones sm

This painting is on an unstretched piece of canvas that measures roughly 61″ x 43″.  It is a combination of matte acrylic paints and some gouache.  Also some touches of a water based Sharpie.  The subject is my old pair of headphones which I retired and nailed to the wall.

I think of this painting as a tipping of the hat to a different art form:  music.  The near-constant use of my headphones while working is evidence of the appreciation I have for music and how much inspiration I draw from it.  This shows up in the painting in a couple of ways.  Towards the top, the soft and cushy part that rests on the top of the head has been held together in places by electrical tape.  To the right of this part, a couple pieces of frayed plastic can be seen as well.  Then towards the bottom, there are a few instances of paint globs on the cord.  Most of these are difficult to see because they are white paint globs on the black cord (they tend to read as highlights).  But towards the bottom you can see a bit of yellow on the cord.

Conrad headphones cropped

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new marker drawing

marker drawing 3

This is a marker drawing I did this week on 14″ x 11″ paper.  What kind of markers did I use?  Art/design markers, neon Sharpies, a couple highlighters, some felt tip pens and a water-based paint marker.

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sketchbook page – quotes

quotes Vitruvian Man 1

This is a page from my current sketchbook.  8.5″ x 5.5″.

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new oil sketch

Shotgun Portrait study 1

This is an oil sketch on a gessoed piece of reused cardboard packaging.  It is roughly 13″ x 14″.  I did this study as part of my Shotgun series.  The reference photo was taken with the Panoramic feature on my phone.  It was then manipulated in Photoshop and from there copied in oil paint.

Shotgun Portrait study 2

The two sides of the subject’s face become slightly easier to see at a distance (above).

Shotgun Portrait study 3

For this study I was focused primarily on texture.  As you can see (above and below), in some areas I used a lot of paint.

Shotgun Portrait study 4

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mixed media sunflower painting

Sunflower Life Cycle

Mixed media painting on canvas.  20.5″ x 14.25″.

This is an older painting that I uncovered a few years ago in a half-finished state.  I’ve worked on it periodically since then and now it’s finished.  It is composed of spray paint, some acrylic paint, oil paint and some heavy layers of clear acrylic spray.  In between the layers of paint I sprayed a generous serving of the clear acrylic.  The intention was to give an added element of depth – or I should say the illusion of space.

Sunflower Life Cycle detail 1

Some interesting things happened to the layers of paint.  As seen above, the acrylic paint underneath the clear acrylic spray ended up cracking and crazing.  In some areas of the painting, the clear gloss gets foggy or blurry.  In others, there are little air bubbles locked into the painting (as seen below).

Sunflower Life Cycle detail 2

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recent painting: View To A Church

View to a Church

Oil painting on cardboard packaging.  16.5″ x 14.5″.

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recent painting: Sunflower Popping Open

Sunflower Popping

Oil painting on wood.  11″ x 12″.

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