new resin painting- “Feathers”

resin painting 2a

This is a multi-layered multi-media resin painting.  17″ x 11.25″ x 1″.  It consists of a paper towel with acrylic paint, ink, felt-tipped pen, oil paint marker and water based marker encased in clear resin.

resin painting 2b

The title of this piece is “Feathers” and is based on a few of Aesop’s fables.

resin painting 2c

Here is a detail shot.  I like how the paper towel has a hexagonal pattern that shows through in some areas.   You can also see some stray bubbles here and there.

resin painting 2d

I photographed this piece a few ways.  The above photo was taken outside under a bright sun.

resin painting 2e

This one (above) and the next one (below) were taken in a dark room with the resin resting on a light box.

resin painting 2f

A detail shot.

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a self portrait

AC SelfPortrait Milano

This is a self portrait I painted while living in Milan.  It’s a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal and a little white chalk on a small piece of cardboard packaging.  I think it has a couple of things going for it.  Firstly, it is a lesson in economy of brush strokes.  In the painting, I’m giving the viewer just enough information about the subject (me).  The viewer’s brain has to fill in the blanks and complete the picture.  Also, in a painting this small especially, it is important not to waste any strokes.  Secondly, I think there is a good sense of proportion and picture framing:  everything is in it’s right place.  I had few supplies on hand at the time so I had to make the best with what I had.

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Quote of the Month – June 2020

QotM june20

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oil sketch: James Bond montage

JamesBond oil sketch

This is a sketch I painted in oil on a large piece of canvas.  It is composed of all 6 iterations of James Bond.

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Quote of the Month – May 2020

QotM May20

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from the archive: marker drawings

marker drawing 6

This is series of marker drawings I drew on printer paper while I was an Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati (class of ’03).  The series consists of 62 drawings, executed in marker and black pencil, that were made over the course of a week.  These are a few highlights from the series.

marker drawing 9

I have long been fascinated with face masks, and the above sketch is evidence of that.  Guess I was ahead of my time!

marker drawing 13

I’ve done many self portraits over the years, but not too many in marker.  Here is one.  Yes, I am about to fling a rubber band at the viewer.

marker drawing 22

While looking through these drawings, I’m not surprised that they are almost 20 years old.  What I’m surprised about is that they still strongly smell of markers in 2020.  Whew!

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Jordan on my mind

Bulls Times 1

I just found this New York Times magazine from April 21, 1996 hidden in the depths of my apartment.  It brings me back in time to when, to quote my friend Pat, every Bulls game night was an event.

Is everybody ready for episodes 3 & 4 of the documentary tonight?

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Quote of the Month (no. 1)

Hold Back excerpt

Like so many others across the world right now, I’ve been going through it.  The crucible.  …I don’t know about anybody else, but I intend to come out the other side silver.

The above graphic is the “Quote of the Month” for April 2020.  Which is sort of a spinoff of “Quote of the Day”, which we practiced in my 1st drawing class.  It was at the University of Cincinnati and the teacher was Kevin Muente.  We would take turns choosing a quote of the day and writing it up on the chalkboard in the studio.  Maybe I’ll start a new series of posts with a different quote every month.  And then again, maybe I won’t.  You’ll have to wait and see…

This one comes from the Stones.

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…and sometimes I make magic



Spell 1

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new sunflower painting

SF final to blog

The position of the sunflower’s head changes throughout the day to maximize its intake of the sun’s rays.  In other words, they follow the sun.  If you are fortunate enough to live near a sunflower this year, take a look at it throughout the day sometime.  You will notice it facing eastward in the morning and westward in the evening.

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