Friday, February 13, 2009

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Here are a couple new paintings. I tried a few new techniques with the Abe piece. Used the Finity paints on top of a gessoed crescent board. It gives you the ability to wipe off some of the layers. When you have the underpainting on the bottom, you can re-wet and remove, leaving multiple colors over white similar to the effects you can get with a bronze plate etching.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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I did a re-take picture of Iron Man because the one I took last night wasn't clear enough. But here are some cool things, the Warriors picture is inside of my altered book, along with some of the other pictures like an in-progress invincible on canvas. TONS of fun!

But the cool thing is I took one of those song greeting cards that plays "Nowhere to Run to" and put it under the Warriors painting, and it plays when you open the page!!!! If you're a geek for the Warriors like me, hopefully you'll appreciate it. Two of my best friends in the world are working on the comic, they are back from NYCC, but I haven't heard from them yet, but I really want to show it to them. I really wish I could've made it to the convention, but I'm just getting ready for the show in Austin at the beginning of next month.

I'm hoping to do well at Staple, because the money I make there will be going to cover my trip to Heroes. If my art dealer isn't getting tables at Heroes I'll probably just be walking around with a bag of paintings on gessoed crescent board conversing with folks. I just can't justify to myself paying like 400 for a flight and then paying another however many hundred for a table. Maybe I can just pawn my wares on a street corner outside the hotel...heh think I'm kidding!

Either way, I'm having so much fun with doing all these paintings. I've been doing something non stop, but if I didn't have so many interruptions, in my free moments I could average 3-10X20 inch paintings a day. On a full free day, probably 6. The issue isn't coming up with ideas, it's just getting enough time!

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Here's something I did tonight with some new paints I got. Windsor & Newton Finity Acrylics. I've been using the Galeria paints for all my acrylic paintings recently, but these are totally different. There's a bit more drag to them, it was really different to get used to at first, but now that I got the hang of it, I'm really loving it.

It's kind of funny, I feel like a renegade sometimes. Having seen the "Academia" side of art recently, the people who are subsidized for projects, as well as the people getting to get paid for their published work, I feel like I sit in this weird spot between it all. I could probably choose one, but I have this sense of freedom to experiment, to grow, and to just keep producing art. Maybe it's that feeling that I'm breaking some sort of tradition that just makes things exciting, or that I'm not a big name. But the thing that would have bothered me years ago, being on the fringe, is something that feels liberating.

Anyway, time to get some sleep, I should have some more later!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

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One of my least favorite weeks of the year begins! Being somebody single, it's so tough to listen to people and their plans. Granted, I don't want to begrudge them their fun times, but most couples don't seem to understand just how insufferable they can be! People throwing out where they are going, and how much fun they'll have, then highlighting the fact that you're single!!!!

Well, at least I should be able to get a lot of art done for Staple...