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Bear Head Is On The Move

cardboard bear head on graffiti wall background

This weekend update:

I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris).
Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall.

The bear head strapped to the top of the van, lots of cardboard and a minivan full of paint.

I started by cutting and trimming down the Bear Head costume. The shoulder pads, chest plate, and back panels where removed. I also removed some underlying structure inside the head. I pulled out the glue guns and started adding new support structures  and prepping it for a flat wall.

I took a few minutes to add some color. On the right you can see the back of the bear head and some body panels that were removed and on the floor,

I moved the head to the table for more trim and paint. I also started a border around the head.

Working at the studio!

Posted by Alex Feliciano on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Four hours of me working on the bear and the wall.

 

After the border around the bearhead was done I measured the wall to plan out where the bear was going to go, getting late on a saturday 1 maybe 2 am and then I started painting.

Bear head almost in place. All the parts starting to come together.

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74 Post-it notes

74 Post-it notes

Completely bonkers. I was cleaning my desk and kept finding little drawings mixed in with meeting notes. well this is all of them. Some of the Post it notes are from 2012 when I was working at WebMd.

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Three woman paintings

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Update: Three woman paintings, they are working out. I have been finding moments to paint. Clem reminds me while she finds a warm spot on the floor in the studio. (Thanks Steve for the great easel). Three woman paintings, 30″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas. I have been going to a open sketch group and working up painting based on some of the sketches.

Woman siting in a lawn chair, lite by window light. 30"x40", acrylic on canvas, by alex feliciano

Every painting is getting more pumped to get to the next one.

Woman on couch, napping. 30"x40", acrylic on canvas, by Alex Feliciano

The patterns in this one is making me happy, slowly I go.

Woman sitting with her little dog. 30"x40", acrylic on canvas, by alex feliciano

This is Clem’s favorite painting.

 

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Alex Feliciano figure drawing at the drawing event

First of the year Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.
Thanks for the great event, Ann M. rocked it, and the Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group started my year off great. Tonights sketches all posted below.

 

Twenty minute sessions:

The shadows tonight were great, the light was behind her and she was bathed in shadows. I had to really work to see the subtle changes.

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figure drawing sketchbook page

Ten minute sessions:

I have finished this book, next book is a bigger spiral bound, I’m very excited to wreck a new one.

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Five minute sessions:

The HANDS! She had great hand, holding wonderfully, casting shadows, and interesting archs… nailed it.

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Three minute sessions:

When you go from One minute poses to three minute… you feel like you could finish every drawing.

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figure drawing sketch book page, alex feliciano

figure drawing sketch book page, alex feliciano

figure drawing sketch book page, alex feliciano

figure drawing sketch book page, alex feliciano

figure drawing sketch book page, alex feliciano

 

One minute sessions:

Great poses, the negative space made my job very easy.

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Street art class, on The PaintYard

The Paint Yard, wrote a nice post about the ‘Street Art Class’

The paint yard is a great place to get a variety of spray paint and supplies (fat caps, liners, specialty paints, markers and more) and they have the ‘Sugar’ from the makers of Ironlak, the paint is special. It combines water with alcohol made from sugar cane, replacing the usual petroleum-based solvents. The result is an extremely low-odor spray paint that contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

It is important that students are safe and get to work with high quality materials, while learning the fundamentals of design and painting.

The ‘Street Art‘ class meets once a week (Tuesday at 5:30-7:30 come by and check us out). During the lessons we focus on drawing and painting followed by design reviews, the reviews and discussions are designed to engage the thoughtfulness needed to inspire creativity in young artist. Special thanks to ‘The Paintyard’ for the great sales on paint, and to Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta, Ga for the wonderful teaching space.

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Class Homework, W1

We will be trying out a new product ‘Sugar’ a cane sugar based paint.

This week we will be working on letter forms and putting that onto the canvas. Below are some samples to jumpstart your imagination. We will also be working with the MTN water based, the Montana Gold acrylic, and the NEW Sugar based paint.
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Each alphabet is a good example of continuity within a style. Look at Line weight, color, shape and of course the flare!
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