Sunday, July 12, 2009

The epic fable of stress intoxication

Once upon a time there were two friends who got really wasted after a huge, stressful exam and brawled on the lawn at a school sponsored party. This painting can be flipped depending on your mood--and can be reversed as readily as the affections of drunk women.

K is for Kangaroo Rat

It's mostly because I love their kidneys. They can concentrate urine down to a powder!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

WOP and FO

I **FINALLY** finished the Alpaca, and am thoroughly energized to continue with the alphabet series. Today I began the next two in the series, the kangaroo rat and the urchin. Also, here is my first lily of the year. Its a couple hours away from being finished.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Modified Group Painting

A couple of friends and I did this painting in shifts--I wasn't happy with the painting after three passes, so I did another one. (I did layers two and four.) A little off my usual style, but I am pleased with it. I was contemplating adding something to the foreground, but I didn't want to ruin the crisp simplicity. Thoughts?

Monday, January 19, 2009

And now for something completely different

My friend Jeff brought me a book on tibetan painting, which he purchased while traveling in Nepal. It described all the techniques required to paint in this style, and had many templates for backgrounds and foregrounds. After months of gazing longingly at the book and planning my first piece, I finally settled down to it yesterday.
The book advised starting with a simple seated buddha--and I picked my favorite background elements, throne and halo design and started tracing/drawing. I made things a little harder on myself by putting it on such a small medium (8x8"), it meant that I couldn't paint black lines but had to ink them. This is what it looked like at about 5pm yesterday:This is just ink on wood. As of 11:30 Today, I have painted the throne, landscape and halo, and re-inked most of it. I am about to start on the Buddha.