Friday, May 24, 2013

WIP - Portrait of Sonya

Here's some progress on a portrait . . . trying to play with line.  18"x18" Black and White Pastel on Rives BFK.

Avoid the Tyranny . . .

A sketch inspired by the book, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon and the words of a choreographer from Smith College. Go figure.

Kami Kiri

   Kami Kiri, 18"x18" Charcoal on Rives BFK



I've been attracted to this idea since I sketched it out.  I think the original inspiration came from a creature in Japanese legends called the Kami Kiri.  There are two forms of the creature, a bird and bear form, but this one is slightly more akin to the bear form.  Here are some of the pieces. All are graphite and/or charcoal.

"Angst Ridden Bullshit"

My "Post Mortem" series has always been about me dealing with the trials of my past relationships. As part of my process, I typically start with stream-of-conscious writing.  The words, rants, poems, song lyrics, doodles etc. never last long as they typically get covered in layers of some medium.  However, they're important in setting the tone of the work, exorcising some demons and creating some texture.  

So, someone requested if I'd share some of my "Angst Ridden Bullshit." I'll start with these two and try and find some others. Much of what's written is my own but, occasionally, something  from the poet Charles Bukowski or lyrics written by Kevin Baker from the Hope Conspiracy make it in.

Anyway, enjoy or not.

Portrait of Linda Boltmann

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to paint the lovely Linda Boltmann (88 years young).  Here's a sort-of stepper. I'll do a better job of trying to take more "in progress" photos. This one is 14"x14," Oil on Canvas. Enjoy.