Thursday, April 26, 2012

Inspiration For Creation

Work in progress
A current (yet unnamed) work in progress created in my studio at The Banana Factory.
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A few days ago I was inspired to paint a number of different of surfaces yellow. Golden Diarylide Yellow to be exact. I painted two canvases, pages in half a dozen sketchbooks, (my color books) and also several pieces of matboard.
Work in progress
The yellow in my color books allowed me to play around with different color combinations before committing to one particular shade of blue on the canvas.
Work in progress
Once I got a series of pleasing colors on the canvas, I tested a particular brand of black paint to see what it might look like on the canvas.
Work in progress
These paints are by jo sonja, Golden, and Liquitex.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Discovering New Color Combinations

My color books
I've got a bunch of books like this in varying stages of completion. I use them to discover new color combinations.
My color books
Sometimes I play around with new images, or practice using different brushes and techniques.
My color books
I typically use acrylic paint in these books but also watercolor paint and artist crayons. Acrylic paint is often applied with a palette knife. In the middle book in the above image I used a stamp that I created out of foam rubber.
My color books
I enjoy flipping through these books and seeing all the possibilities...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Art Chair Fundraiser Bidding closes 04/22 You Can Own This!

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
I was recently asked to create an art chair as a way to raise funds for a local festival - the Allentown Freak Out. The bidding is taking place on Facebook and is only open until the 22nd. There is currently a high bid of $105 on this chair.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser

8 chairs were decorated by 10 artists: myself, Jessica Echevarria, Steven Leibensperger, Laura Beth Love, Wandie Vidal, James Harmon, Winifred Helton-Harmon, Barnaby Ruhe, Alison Bessesdotter and Steven Condra.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser

The chairs have been on tour for the last month at various spots around the Lehigh Valley like the Allentown Brew Works, Sangria restaurant, Home & Planet, Fox Environmental Center and The Banana Factory.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser

These chairs were graciously donated by City Line Construction.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser

The project was conceptualized and organized by my good friend Diane Teti of the Allentown Art Works.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser

Questions? Please send a Facebook message to the Allentown Art Works, the auction sponsor. Buyer is responsible for pick up in Allentown, PA at auction end. The link to bid is here where you can also see the other 7 chairs.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
I had never painted a chair before... This one had a metal base and a wooden seat. I cleaned and primed the metal and then used black gesso as a base coat.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
Underside of the seat.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
I wanted to leave a special message for the new owner of the chair.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
Working on the chair in my studio at The Banana Factory.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
I had a great deal of fun working on this and am considering future possibilities...

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
The stripes felt very Dr. Seuss to me.

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
Wouldn't you like to have this in your house?

Art Chair for Allentown Freak Out Festival fundraiser
Best of luck to the highest bidder!
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