Obama

Stayed up and finished a few pieces. Touching up the sides and adding signatures and such. But the big painting that has been up on the easel and looming large over the kitchen is Obama. 

I had sketched him months ago with the intention of it being a smaller 16×20″ painting. But after painting Elvis at 3’x4′ I new that the Obama should be large. I don’t know how to explain how I choose scale for these images, sometimes it has more to do with what’s at hand. But this time I wanted to do this painting very large ( I always prefer large but I don’t have the room).

So, I came across a deal and picked up a few more 3’x4′ canvases. A couple weeks ago I decided I wanted Oboma complete for the Artomatic opening. So I did the base coat, roughed in shapes and colors and by the end of the night is was 80% complete.  Then it sat there in the corner, taunting me. Finally last night I got off my butt and finished it up. 

Come see Obama at Artomatic opening Oct 30th!

Dave is done

Over the weekend I managed to carve out some time to finish a painting. I’m doing a series based on the idea of Heros and Icons. I started with doing a bunch of iPad paintings of the Hulk, Iron Man and so on, but I was a bit concerned about copyright and such. So, I painted Johnny Cash… then Jimi Hendrix, then ELVIS!!!  well you get the idea. But not all my hero are musicians. So, as David Letterman was closing down his show, I thought back to how much he and his show actually meant to me. My band, back in the 80’s, even did a cover of the TV theme.

So,  I started some sketches, followed by a digital painting which lead to my final piece. It’s acrylic on canvas board. I’m really digging the canvas board since my home studio is just a corner of my kitchen, these boards let me do large canvases but are only 1/4″ thick so I can stack a lot of then in small spaces. I have considered just painting on the stretched frame, the pulling it off and rolling it for storage. I know a lot of artist do this. It’s easier to ship it purchased, and If you have a show, you just bring in all the rolled canvases and tack them to a wall.  But for right now, I like these canvas boards.

Artomatic 2015

It’s that time again and I’m not prepared. I’ve updated my website…kinda (still a lot to do). I’ve been finishing up some of the portraits since I think this year I’ll only be showing portraits.

So much to do, I guess I need to get painting!

The Portrait

I have no true idea of who I am or what I do as an Artist… or so it seems. Every time I move in one direction the other pulls on me.

Transformation

As I said in previous posts, I’ve been reviewing my art, what it is and why I do what I do. I’m kind of trying to understand the changes in styles and in my interests. What I’ve seen is, at the core, it’s all about transformation. Painting robots was about transforming images of robots into human emotions. Transforming these little monster nuggets into a human experience, Transforming squiggles and shapes into emotions and characters. Transforming the soul into the self.

I guess I’m thinking a lot about transformation since right now I’m trying to transform my body back into something healthy and fit. And as I do this I find that my sketch book is filling up with these images of emergence, of being encased, of breaking out. Of the true struggle with ones own demons as they work against you.

I cant wait to start moving these sketches from my book to larger canvases. For me, I hope they are a symbol of person triumph.

This is 57″.

Modernist?

It’s funny to feel the changes that I go through and think, “what am I doing?” then to go back and read and watch documentaries of artist and realize… hmmm this is just how it goes some times.

When I got back into painting and art a few years back. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I also didnt know why I was doing it. We all have some natural gifts and I kinda feel like we have a responsibility to use those gifts. So even though I dont feel like dragging my instruments out into the sub-zero weather to play music in a dark smelly bar, some one wants to appreciate what I do, and I’ve got this “gift” so I should go and do it. So, when my wife started pushing me to paint again, I assumed this same idea. I have a talent for art, even if the execution is not always what I’m hoping for and it comes out a bit immature. I owe it to myself and to the gift to try to figure out what to do with it.

So, I started painting. First thing I painted sold. So there must be some interest or appreciation. I’m a big believer in art connecting with people and letting people gather their own story from what they see. My early works we about trying to give personalities to lifeless objects or beings… robots, voodoo dolls, skulls…. I still love that stuff. I moved onto creating emotion clusters of shapes and finding and developing the figures found with-in. Then, some random series of beings based on my kids, a lot of distorted selfies and portraits. But all the time doing these… art pieces, studies of lines,  squiggles and colors, that create places, emotions and escapes into the mind. And they look good in the home too as decoration… And in these pieces I feel most at home.

So, in this next year I will be painting, ipading, screen printing and generally creating this more modernist, abstracted view my world.