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Friday sketchbook review

love style, Sketchbook Friday

Hola, I have been hard at work making paintings for the Hive (LA), and getting The Sis & Moon Studio looking good. So the “Friday Sketchbook review” has been taking a back seat, But I’m back on track now. The materials haven’t changed much, water color box, fountain water color brush, fountain ink brush, and sketchbook. I have added a few color pencils and a white gel pen (LOVE). I also have just started a new sketchbook, you will see the work next friday from that one, It’s a Moleskine and I look forward to wrecking it.

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Love, a “P” meets an “E” for some alphabetical lovin.

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Smile peace, this is how you smile with half a jaw.

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More smile peace, having fun with letters, ‘PE’.

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What would you wish for, if it was Friday? Rainbow powers….

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This is what your old mix tapes have turned into, free and wild.

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Fun watching the kids race up and down the hill.

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What dogs wish for on Fridays? Trips to the woods….

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Touch his nose it should be wet. If it’s dry then your dog might be sick.

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Next exploding grenade arrows!!
With diamonds, hunting wild almond alligators.
Sitting on airboats in the Everglades.
Pulling dinosaurs into the future,
That’s when we where picked up by space police,
They gave us two choices,
So back to the future,
Aiming condoms at Billy Ray.
It was all up to the kid… Aim (check) Always sharp.
When we got back… drama.

Space police tapping my sleeping head,
My young arrow spitter is getting ready,
Turns out the president sent for us. Without Miley the aliens aren’t scared and invade…
This time Back Back to the future with a space invader theme!

 

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Small painting, “bear and friends”.

Just wrapped this one up, taking it to the gallery tomorrow.

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The pieces for the Hive show are ready to ship!

Shipping work out West!

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.

Painting info:
“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

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“Remember me as I was” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00

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“Sniffing the new hand shake” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00

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“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

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“El Tio Gio” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00

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Update, “The lines Attack” show at the Hive, LA

Working and getting excited about this new, in-progress, body of work (5×7 collage drawings, done with paper, paint and ink.) will be shown at the Hive Gallery in May for “The Lines Attack” show.

I have been attempting to illustrate a narrative that until now only lived in my sketchbooks, it’s a fractured series of vignettes that record my musings as I commute around the planet. Some of which, “A study on animal development in responds to auto injuries (in fast forward)”, and A rumination on advances in facial hair despite contrary marketing.

Alex Feliciano drawing and collage, 16 pieses displayed in a 4 by 4 grid of collaged images.

16, 5×7 inch paper drawings, Alex Feliciano 2014, for “The Lines Attack” show in May .

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Natural responds to trauma, as seen in fast forward (less bones).

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Wind blown beard and striped suit.

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Artist I don’t know, but like

So I was reading the jealous curator and found Jessica Brilli. She is a painter with an exciting brush and pallet. I picked up one of her pieces and wanted to share some of her work with you. You can also find some newer work at the Walker-Cunningham gallery

Jessica Brilli is an American Artist based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Jessica Brilli is an American Artist based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Jessica Brilli is an American Artist based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Two more paintings go up for sale on Amazon.

I added “Trade in My Ax For a Horn” and “Stranger Danger” to Amazon.

I need to set up a gallery so I can sell in the “Art” section. Any Ides?

A watercolor about riding around the tunnels blowing your horn.

Trade in My Ax For a Horn, 2005, Alex Feliciano    Buy from Amazon

A watercolor that reflects on the isolation of media

Stranger Danger, 2005 Alex Feliciano.    Buy from Amazon

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Now on Amazon, (I hope this works?)

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.

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I will be adding more as I make time to shoot and add them. Wish me luck.

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbook 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 :).Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbook 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbook This is where I started keeping a record and writing about “Frog”.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookI bought another lizard thinking “Frog” needed a pal, mistake, “Frog” didn’t like the idea.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookApple 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFrog and Elroy, Oh how I wanted to like those animals, but lizards are not cuddly, and can be nasty buttholes.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFrog doesn’t like Elroy at all.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookElroy has escaped, I hope him the best.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookI started thinking how Elroy’s life on the run would be. Attempts at jokes while looking for Elroy.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookSheriff Esther, If she didn’t eat Elroy… maybe she was going to find him. Maybe she did.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookElroy at the Bar, he has found his people, I wish him the best.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookElroy is still missing maybe he is having a good time.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookElroy is missing while I chop greens for frog… where’s Elroy?

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookMaybe Elroy was kidnapped by flies?

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFrog 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!”.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookOther lizard found in the yard. long story short, Sheriff Esther did eat it.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFrog The Lizard has been set free. That lizards whipping tail, shedding nails and spitting hisses will not be missed.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookEton, a trade show, I brought this book with me on a whim. It has spent years sitting on a shelf at this point.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFrom 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”.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookMore Chicago, a long drive, and some great art.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookIt’s a lot of blah, blah, blah, two pages stuck together, ripped and written on. Page 40 and 41.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookJust a strange yellow rabbit thing, this might have been in Chicago.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookThis book goes to Mexico. Road trip with Amanda to texas, I think we went to to see the Old 97’s

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookWorking with Blue acrylic, pen and a white marker.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFull color paint pens and the narrative about Elroy continues.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookRunning with the Lizards (rock music in the background).

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookI 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookThe 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbook Jazz band, this is the bleed through on a page spread that was encased, I was able to finish it on the reverse.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookThese pages squished together, I ripped them apart and made this.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFun with lizard flaps and dresses.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookNow for some red, black and white. This was a thing for a while.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookI rode the train to work (downtown Atl). I would try to work on a spread a little each day during the commute.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookMost days I didn’t fall asleep.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookNice 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookThis one was fun, lots of bits and pieces going on.

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Coffee cup raft floating in a sea of pink. I’m preparing the pages with red now.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookJuly 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.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookRed white and black, the new ink brush is making this fun. Pages 76 and 77. I made some stencils.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookFun with Ink pen, Making a neat lizard! Pages 78 and 79. Something to be said about keeping it simple.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbookMore red, black and white, Count the Lizards on my head.

Alex Feliciano's "all about lizards" sketchbook1 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.

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Plein air painting, NC

I was able to squeak out a one good one.

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

This week Nov 2nd – 8th, 2013

It have been a busy week, sent the “Dog Head” to The Hive Gallery in Los angeles, started nocturna (nighttime)l plein air painting, and corresponding with some great nocturna painters.

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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).

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1999, “Red Princess”, by Alex Feliciano

 

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Plein air painting.

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? 20131107-093608 (1)

(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.

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UPDATE: I got an email from Mara.

  1. 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.
  2. “I liked this quote, ‘in the dark all cats are gray’“.
  3. Mara suggest using black,( I have never successfully painted with black but, time to try new things).
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Why am I doing plein (open) air paintings.

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.

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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!bob_self_portrait_gl9a
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plein air painting

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.

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JUVENILE BUTT ROCKETS, artist I don’t know.

This is one of those things you come across and unless you see them in mass can’t truly appreciate them, please visit JUVENILE BUTT ROCKETS‘ tumblr account, it is good for the soul. I found them on a comment post from another one of my favorite blogs,  The Jealous Curator.

THE ILLUSION THAT INSPIRED ROSALYN BUTT ROCKET
THE ILLUSION THAT INSPIRED ROSALYN BUTT ROCKET
A CZECH RASTA IN THE BEER GARDEN BUTT ROCKET
A CZECH RASTA IN THE BEER GARDEN BUTT ROCKET

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

 

This week Oct 26th – Nov 1st, 2013

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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.

 

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Card board dog head needs a better name than ‘Dog Head’. Help!

Looking for a name. I am called “Dog Head” but I don’t think that is right. please help.

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a close up of the cardboard doghead, yellow, gold, blue and purple I need a name.
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4 New masks before Halloween… a cardboard challenge.

Update: Dog Head is Done…

Final paint job and some minor fabrications to the base, it is now wall mountable.

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Below is a picture from the Back of Sis and Moon’s gallery, with Rachel Graham and Wendy Vogt, the dog head is almost done.

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The second Mask is done… meet the Sugar Skull.

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Here is the Sugar Skull hanging up at Sis and Moon Gallery in Alpharetta, GA.

The first Mask is done… meet the Thunder Lizard.

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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, alligator Thunder lizard (done), Skull (human), and a Bird mask. Saturday I will be back at the studio to begin painting them. Wish me luck…

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Saturday
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.

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Thunder Lizard, Alex Feliciano, Mask, green Aztec style

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.

  1. Seeing out of the mouth, is good.
  2. Add more fins to the sides.
  3. Behind the head is open, easy on easy off.
  4. Well balances.

Three more masks to go. Below is a larger image.

IMG_2687Tuesday 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.

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Thunder lizard, done. now head down to Sis and Moon and buy it.
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Damien wearing the Thunder Lizard, he made lots of scary noises, like, ” Raw Ew Uh! and Rorrhra!.
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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!”.

 

Sugar Skull
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.
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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.20131011-102158.jpg

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Going with a gold theme, maybe, I need to focus and figure out what it (the masks) wants.

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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

Post card of the Hive Gallery's, Master Blasters of Sculpture 5
Hive Gallery’s, Master Blasters of Sculpture 5

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

This week Oct 12th -18th, 2013

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New Paintings at Sis and Moon Gallery.

Hard to find “Feliciano Tindel Michi’s”

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.

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

This week Oct 5th -11th, 2013

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Masks, faces, bears, rabbits, dogs, and monsters

Here is the first collection of scaryfriends…

by Alex Feliciano. a series of masks, faces, bears, rabbits, dogs, and monsters. They have sold out. Second collection coming early 2014.

 

 

face, cleanshaven, by alex feliciano, green and navy male face
Cardboard and mixed face, “Clean shaven”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
blue and green cat face, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard and mixed cat, “Cat Face”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Running Rabbit in green and blue with color pencil, acrylic on cardboard, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard Rabbit, “Running Rabbit”, by Alex feliciano 2013.
Cardboard, blue rabbit with a pink star running, acrylic on cardboard, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard Rabbit, “Pink Star Running”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard bear face an Orange bear, just thr face no ears, on cardboard, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard bear face, “Orange bear”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard bear head, looking kinda sad, blue with orange top.
Cardboard bear face, “Sad bear head”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard bear face in brown and blue , happy, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard bear face, “Happy bear face”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
Cardboard monster face, in blue and happy. kinda hairy, by Alex feliciano 2012.2654
Cardboard, “Monster face blue”, by Alex feliciano 2012.
monster dog with purple, blue, and yellow spots
Cardboard, “Monster dog, purple and blue”, by Alex Feliciano
Whole bear in blue, painted with acrylic and colored pencils on cardboard, by alex feliciano
Cardboard, “Full bear in blue”, by Alex Feliciano, 2013
a scaryfriends monster, in bright reds and greens, a little hairy.
Cardboard, “Moster in lively reds and greens”, by Alex Feliciano, 2012

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Welcome to the 2013 Cardboard Costume Challenge!

Found this Today via http://thecardboardcollective.com/…..

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Welcome to the 2013 Cardboard Costume Challenge! 

Their Mission? to inspire the making of awesome handmade cardboard costumes.

They have decided that this year they wanted to adopt a non-commercial, non-competitive approach (less contest, more spirit tunnel) AND  to make the event more kid-centered(it’s such a valuable design opportunity for kids.) also wanted encourage adults, who maybe don’t own a sewing machine, or don’t think of themselves as “creative” to branch out and try dabbling in cardboard. more at… http://thecardboardcollective.com/

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

This week Sept 28th -Oct 4th, 2013

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

This week Sept 21th – Sept 27th, 2013

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Friday’s sketchbook review…

all about lizards

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.

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Pages 64 – 65

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Pages 66 – 67

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