I have been spending a lot of time this year sketching, in ‘@FiftyThree‘ s Paper53 app on the ipad or at the live drawing events held by #Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. I think it’s time to start painting now. Working with brushes is flowing like it should. I start to paint after the kids go to bed then I lookup… and the sun is peeking in. Feels great to lose that much time.
Three 40″x30″ canvases, and I have a 40″x70″ that i need to sand and surface. These pieces are still in progress, the one in the center is close to being done.
Working on some, overdue, new pieces for #sisandmoon‘s. Lots of work to do but it’s coming out like it hasn’t in awhile.
Green dog is going to get finished. it has been kicking around the studio for a few years. this one is going to be therapeutic.
This is an old piece I found hiding in a friends room, it was never finished. I thought about re-working the canvas but decided to digitally work it instead. This is my first attempt. I’m using Paper53 on the iPad with a digital stylus ‘Pencil’, all very strange and fun. #madewithpaper / fiftythree.com
The end pieces are made up of 16 5x7ish collages that are mounted to birch. The background is a 6′ 8″ x 4′ piece of paper.
“Suit wearing a beard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Now with sprinkles” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Rub for luck” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“What the dog sees” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Remember me as I was” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Sniffing the new hand shake” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Response to trauma” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Lucky friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Facial hair on the wind” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Snow wizard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Surviving rabbits” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Responsibility” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Reflection of self ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Nothing up this sleeve ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Friends sniff friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“El Tio Gio” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
I got a lot done this week. I will do a break down of the water color set soon. Water color set (Lego’s inside a Altoids case), water reservoir brush, ink reservoir brush, pink highlighter, and a white color pencil. I think there was also a red fine roller ball, a green highlighter and a purple sharpie.
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.
This 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.
This is where I started keeping a record and writing about “Frog”.
I bought another lizard thinking “Frog” needed a pal, mistake, “Frog” didn’t like the idea.
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.
Elroy has escaped, I hope him the best.
I started thinking how Elroy’s life on the run would be. Attempts at jokes while looking for Elroy.
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?
Frog is a 32″ monster and he is starting to make me crazy. Roommate finds a very large lizard swimming in her tub “Not cool man, Not cool!”.
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.
Eton, a trade show, I brought this book with me on a whim. It has spent years sitting on a shelf at this point.
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.
It’s a lot of blah, blah, blah, two pages stuck together, ripped and written on. Page 40 and 41.
Just a strange yellow rabbit thing, this might have been in Chicago.
This book goes to Mexico. Road trip with Amanda to texas, I think we went to to see the Old 97’s
Working with Blue acrylic, pen and a white marker.
Full color paint pens and the narrative about Elroy continues.
Running with the Lizards (rock music in the background).
I think at this point I have been prepping pages ahead of time, What a innovation? Before this I would white out a page then work on it.
The prepping pays off these next couple of pages look good, but I find out that gloss medium acrylic will still seal shut. It encased a few really cool drawings.
Jazz band, this is the bleed through on a page spread that was encased, I was able to finish it on the reverse.
These pages squished together, I ripped them apart and made this.
Fun with lizard flaps and dresses.
Now for some red, black and white. This was a thing for a while.
I rode the train to work (downtown Atl). I would try to work on a spread a little each day during the commute.
Most days I didn’t fall asleep.
Nice buildings, The page texture is rough I tried using rollers to put down a white wash. I lost my pen and couldn’t get back into this one.
This one was fun, lots of bits and pieces going on.
Coffee cup raft floating in a sea of pink. I’m preparing the pages with red now.
July 2013, is this the future. What am I doing here.
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.
Red white and black, the new ink brush is making this fun. Pages 76 and 77. I made some stencils.
Fun with Ink pen, Making a neat lizard! Pages 78 and 79. Something to be said about keeping it simple.
More red, black and white, Count the Lizards on my head.
1 small tube of Cadmium Red acrylic.
1 small tube of Titanium White.
1 tiny bottle of water.
1 brush (cut to fit just inside the bottle).
1 black fountain ink pen.
And this is where we stop for now. Page 86 and 87, 41 more pages to go. Thank you for looking and sharing.
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
Cadmium yellow deep
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.
Day one Night one, it was cold and fun to be out side painting again. A police officer in a cruiser stopped bye, “just to take a look”, he was very nice. I didn’t stray far, I was on foot with my bag and board. I will be doing this as long as the weather stays above 50.
Here is the Sugar Skull hanging up at Sis and Moon Gallery in Alpharetta, GA.
The first Mask is done… meet the Thunder Lizard.
Damien with the Thunder Lizard. 50+ cardboard tiles cover the head eyes and jaw. hand painted and now on sale at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta GA.
Hello, 4 new masks started Thursday night (October 3rd, 2013) at Sis and Moon Gallery. I am working on a cardboard Dog head, alligatorThunder lizard (done), Skull (human), and a Bird mask. Saturday I will be back at the studio to begin painting them. Wish me luck…
Started the base coat on all four masks and begin prepping the Thunder lizard. It got a set of hand carved teeth screwed into some cardboard mounts, more tiles and eyes, next step COLOR. I will be updating throughout the process or till Halloween which ever comes first.
So last night Tuesday (day three oct 8th, 2013), I put the kids to bed and then started working on the Thunder lizard (picture to the right). I painting the tiles, added highlight, added even more tiles and made a bottom jaw. I’m going for a Aztec ish look. This is a picture of me wearing the Thunder lizard this morning, very tired, trying on the mask helped keep me going.
Seeing out of the mouth, is good.
Add more fins to the sides.
Behind the head is open, easy on easy off.
Three more masks to go. Below is a larger image.
Tuesday night / Wednesday morning, Larger Image from you can see the jaw tapper under the teeth, and the jaw hinge.
Wednesday night / thursday morning, Boom, a Thunder Lizard. It is at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta, Ga. It’s about 32 x 32 inches (ish), made out of cardboard, glue, acrylic paint, wood screws and some wood for the teeth. It took four day to get here: build, fabrication, paint and assemble. Ha, just fun with glue and cardboard. I was going for something that spoke to an fun Aztec design. My kids helped paint the Thunder lizard tiles and had lots of ideas about what colors we should use. They are very excited to see it finished but not happy to see it go to the gallery. They said, “Please don’t sell it, we’ll buy it.” I had to explain to them that if we kept everything we made there would be no place to sit down and their mom would kick me out, kisses honey.
Thunder lizard, done. now head down to Sis and Moon and buy it.
Damien wearing the Thunder Lizard, he made lots of scary noises, like, ” Raw Ew Uh! and Rorrhra!.
When it was Oscar turn he must have had “what does the fox say” on the brain and started to chitter, “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow” and “a-hee-ahee ha-hee!”.
The Feliciano brothers rocking a sugar skull and bird style mask, these are the blank prototypes! Oscar in the bird mask and Damien in the white skull.
Thursday (Oct 10, 2013), Sugar Skull
This is the first paint and design pass. Most of the execution was random and jittery. The skull had a lot more surface area that I thought after some random starts it began to come together quickly.
Saturday and Sunday, worked on a bottom jaw and the sides. the jaw will be double hinged and screwed to the head. I’ll wrap it up tonight. Pictures in the morning.
Sugar Skull is done, good morning.
The next morning after a late night finishing the jaw. The blue Diamond Sugar Skull is a nod to my time in LA. I am very excited to make more skulls.
Dog head Started…
I wrapped up the Sugar Skull and now I’m going to start the Dog Head. I worked up this head and painted it a few weeks ago, I am going to shorten the neck and add a lot of detail panels for painting mini vignettes on the panels.
Trying new tricks with the Dog Head (I need to come up with a better name). The eyes and nose are made out of Crayola Model Magic. Not sure about the paint job, wish me luck.
Going with a gold theme, maybe, I need to focus and figure out what it (the masks) wants.
more, I need to listen better, Late night.
Had to skip Thursday at the studio so I snuck in a Saturday afternoon to worked on the dog head. I am thinking about sending them to LA for the Hive. This is the Hive’s 5th year of it esteemed Sculpture show, celebrating sculpture of all types and styles. Postcard
My space is a bit dark, so I have added some lights. I think I need to put a spot lights on the masks, maybe a blinking light. Today is “Lunch Truck Thursday” I hope someone takes home the Thunder Lizard. If not I’m going to send it to the Hive in LA, see what those guy can do with it.
I brought in three new paintings to Sis and Moon’s Gallery today. I look forward to seeing you in the shop.
I don’t know if you know but sometimes Alex Feliciano, John Tindel, and Michi Mecho get together and paint. Three pieces you can come and touch.
“Something in the bushes”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano, Tindel and Michi, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $2000.00.
“What’s that in the bushes”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano and Tindel, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $1500.00.
“Robot Love”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano, Tindel and Michi, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $500.00.
These spreads are from the “all about lizard” book.
The Lizard book was started in 1997 when I started chronicling the adventures of at the time my lizard “frog”. He was not a good pet, I set him free in 1999 and wish him the best. I continue to work in this sketchbook off and on. Some sections gap weeks others years. I will be photographing and sharing as part of a “sketchbook Friday” back fill. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.