Sneak peaks! New work for the May show at the Hive gallery.
Dec 7th, 2013 – Jan 10th, 2014
Hello it has been a busy end and beginning of the year, I got a chance to see lots of family, and it was great! So this is what I’ve been working on for the last few weeks.
“I don’t think the turkeys going to be ready for dinner”, oops. Run to store and buy a cooked chicken (Bak bak).
Sketching at the High museum with Damien and Oscar.
Mima and Susan are in town, “Lets make some stuff.” and “Lets try that Pho place.” Love it!
“AHHHHHHHHH, I want a Pony!!!”, schools canceled for two days, time to make more stuff with the boys.
I got a pony, Hurray.
Making a travel watercolor set out of an Altoids Small tin.
I wanted something I could easily pocket, sturdy, a ulta compact. I have been super happy with this solution, it is a modification of others I have found online. The big difference is that I’m using clear legos to create the cake pans. I can switch them out, or rearrange them with out a mess or fuss.
Here you can see my set up, paints out, tins cleaned, test page to the right where I test my colors (I still forget what color is what) and Legos.
- One “Altoids Small” tin.
- Twelve two space bricks, Clear (clear bricks don’t have an inner support).
- One flat 4 x 6 space piece.
- White spray paint, plastic loving (Krylon Fusion)
- White spray paint, old fashion metal loving paint (Flat white Krylon)
- Paint, watercolor tubes.
- brush, water and paper, for color testing.
Below is just a suggestion:
Lemon Yellow — cool light yellow Cadmium Yellow Med. — warm opaque yellow Cadmium Orange — medium opaque orange Cadmium Red — warm (toward orange) opaque light red Alizarin Permanent — cool (toward blue) transparent Ultramarine Violet — violet Ultramarine Blue — warm (toward red) blue Cobalt Blue — "true blue" Manganese Blue Hue — cool (toward green) water blue Cadmium Green — opaque light green Sap Green — dark earthy transparent green with yellow undertone
Start with a “Altoids Small” tin. Dump (or eat) all the mints, then clear and dry the tin.
This tin is clean and ready to paint.
Gather your Legos: 12 clear two space bricks and 1 flat 4×6 piece.
Add the bricks to the flat piece upside down, so that the nobs are facing down, what you should be looking at is a bunch of open spaces, like a book shelf.
Krylon Fusion and Flat white, if you like you can use Gloss instead.
Take that piece and place it nobs down and spray paint it with the plastic loving gloss paint, I am using Krylon Fusion. Then lightly paint the tin with the flat metal loving spray paint, just the insides.
Note: I use flat paint on the tin because I like the added tooth on my mixing surface.
Then fit the painted lego “shelf” into the tin. It should pop in with a slight push, if it gives you trouble pinch the sides and push harder.
This is what it should look like, you can reorder the bricks or stack them vertically ( two side by side) if you like.
Then fill up the shelves or spaces with your favorite watercolor. Let the paint air dry for a day and your ready to travel.
This is what you get when your done. The one on the right has bricks that was never spray painted, still clear.
I have put a painting on Amazon. I will tell you the process what a bit ruff but after reading that, “Some categories doesn’t require codes, If your items fit into one of the Non-Matching categories you can list without codes: Everything Else, Collectibles, Jewelry, Beauty, and Personal Care”. On this website. I was ready to try again.
I will be adding more as I make time to shoot and add them. Wish me luck.
week past 16 years, February 1997 – Nov 15th 2013.
I have worked on this sketchbook, on and off. It was started out as a journal for my lizard. In 1997 I bought a tiny lizard from a street peddler and named it “Frog”. I continued working on the book long after I let the lizard go but ‘Frog’ continued to be a source of inspiration. I would use this book whenever the ‘Frog’ inspiration hit.
This was never my main sketchbook, I picked it up and worked on it from time to time. 84 pages, divided by 16 years gives you… 5.25 pages each year. I hope you like it.
The cover: Franky gave me that Beastie Boys sticker in 1995. The lobster label ‘MAINE’ came from a trade show I went to while working for a company called ‘Eton’. Notice the “BINDING GUARANTEED FOR 10 YEARS, PATENT #4106,148”. The book was published in 1977, so when I got hold of it my 10 years was up :). Warming up page 1, I gessoed these pages then the crinkled and tore so I skipped over them, they were good enough for Evan, work friends, cell phone.
Apple bits are not a favorite, and “Elroy” (the new lizard) looks sick. ‘Frog’ has taken a shine to my roommate, I think he is in love.
Frog and Elroy, Oh how I wanted to like those animals, but lizards are not cuddly, and can be nasty buttholes.
Frog doesn’t like Elroy at all.
Sheriff Esther, If she didn’t eat Elroy… maybe she was going to find him. Maybe she did.
Elroy at the Bar, he has found his people, I wish him the best.
Elroy is still missing maybe he is having a good time.
Elroy is missing while I chop greens for frog… where’s Elroy?
Maybe Elroy was kidnapped by flies?
Other lizard found in the yard. long story short, Sheriff Esther did eat it.
Frog The Lizard has been set free. That lizards whipping tail, shedding nails and spitting hisses will not be missed.
From 1997 to 2002, from Florida to Atlanta to Chicago. I’m still able to pick up this book and work, all I have to say is “Wow”.
More Chicago, a long drive, and some great art.
Coffee cup raft floating in a sea of pink. I’m preparing the pages with red now.
I have a small tube of acrylic white and red, a small brush, water bottle (for painting) and an ink fountain brush in my bag.
And this is where we stop for now. Page 86 and 87, 41 more pages to go. Thank you for looking and sharing.
This week Nov 2nd – 8th, 2013
I think i will paint this one, It’s kind reminds me of “red princess” (for context I’ve added “red princess” to this post).
Ok, night two
I painted in front of the CVS near my home. A slight change of palette, I added a lemon yellow, sap green, and burnt umber. That gives me seven colors!
- Cadmium red deep
- Windsor blue
- Cadmium yellow deep
- Titanium white
- Lemon yellow
- Sap green
- Burnt umber.
The extra colors worked out great, I have a lot(!) more work to do and will not put off working on my palette anymore. Try new things. I am thinking about picking a subject less lit, all the street lights are muting the over all ‘nighttime’ feel. As you can imagine I’m painting by street lamp, lots of dim yellow light (see below). I would like more ‘nighttime’ in my paintings, I don’t have any real idea how to do this, I’m going to just try lot of stuff. I would love to hear from anyone who has painted at night (Update below). How do you see your pallets, colors on the canvas, keep eye from “flash blindness” or light from polluting your subject matter?
(Below) you can get a sense of the lighting and what colors I can see (The photo is not far off). One unforeseen bonus to all the grey yellow is allowing me to concentrate on tonality and form.
UPDATE: I got an email from Mara.
- Mara suggested I google around and sent me a link, in the comment section was this link, and it address a lot of issues I have found.
- “I liked this quote, ‘in the dark all cats are gray’“.
- Mara suggest using black,( I have never successfully painted with black but, time to try new things).
I just started a new initiative to paint plein air every night, as long as it doesn’t get below 50. Below are the three reasons I have started.
- A quote on Banksy’s website by Paul Cézanne made me think. On the website it’s quoted as; “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.” A full(er) quote from Paul Cézanne:”But you know all pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside. When out-of-door scenes are represented, the contrasts between the figures and the ground is astounding and the landscape is magnificent. I see some superb things and I shall have to make up my mind only to do things out-of-doors.”– letter to Emile Zola, 19 October 1866.
- I stumble across Mara Korkola paintings while on booooooom.com, I was immediately humbled and awed. I will be checking in with Mara from time to time.
- Bob Gross, Not to be confused with the “happy little tree” guy, Bob was my watercolor instructor during the early 90’s. He had us [Juan and myself] up at 6 am to paint trees in Tree Tops Park I don’t think I would have ever been admitted into art school if it wasn’t for the work I did during that summer. Thanks Bob!
This week Oct 26th – Nov 1st, 2013
First page new book…Finished the previous book this week. Above is the first page of new sketchbook, This book is a 4×6 ish moleskins, I have also picked out a new pen, marker and pencil palette, see below.
You might have guessed that I use a limited palette. Every week I switch up what I use. I will be documenting the palette for each week from now on. Got any advice or questions? leave a comment.