This week was destiny came to model for us. I was teaching my Street Art class till 7:30 so showed up a bit late. I missed the one minute warm-up poses. Great lighting as always and the snacks are good although right now i’m working on my heath so no cookies.
I got there just in time for the last two five minute poses.
Line drawing in Red ink of Destiny stretching with hands forward. Five minute pose.
Hunched and resting, line drawing with red ink of Destiny, five minute pose.
One leg forward, sitting on a large black cushion, Painting with shapes using the roller tool in Paper 53 in pink and mauve tones. Destiny, ten minute pose.
This painting of Destiny resting on one hand, using orange tones, last ten minute pose.
Painting with purple tones, while Destiny sits in a large chair.
Painting with red pillow, a twenty minute pose while Destiny naps.
Last Pose of the night, a purple toned painting of destiny while she rests with her feet up.
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.
Every painting is getting more pumped to get to the next one.
The patterns in this one is making me happy, slowly I go.
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.
Love, a “P” meets an “E” for some alphabetical lovin.
Smile peace, this is how you smile with half a jaw.
More smile peace, having fun with letters, ‘PE’.
What would you wish for, if it was Friday? Rainbow powers….
This is what your old mix tapes have turned into, free and wild.
Fun watching the kids race up and down the hill.
What dogs wish for on Fridays? Trips to the woods….
Touch his nose it should be wet. If it’s dry then your dog might be sick.
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!
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
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
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 yellowCadmium Yellow Med. — warm opaque yellowCadmium Orange — medium opaque orangeCadmium Red — warm (toward orange) opaque light redAlizarin Permanent — cool (toward blue) transparentUltramarine Violet — violetUltramarine Blue — warm (toward red) blueCobalt Blue — "true blue"Manganese Blue Hue — cool (toward green) water blueCadmium Green — opaque light greenSap 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Found this Today via http://thecardboardcollective.com/…..
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/
Dire wolf head for the wall. I started with my dog as a model, and tried to keep it simple. Also keeping supplies simple: a pencil, a box cutter, t square, Elmer’s glue and some scotch tape.
– I quickly sketched my dog, Maggie’s profile. In the picture below you can see it cut out.
I used the two profilesI cut to guide the build. Internal supports where added to so pieces could be built independently them jointed after they where ridged.
This is the the head now, I plan to smooth and paint while maintaining a very square profile. I would love to hear and comments or links to your mask, helmet, trophy sculpture.
Ok I said simple right well I thought about it an decided to smoothen out the seams and that led to tubes of acrylic/silicon and then tubes of 100% acrylic.
And on day 3: I adde the acrylic and started to really add some shape.
I added 5lbs of plastic clay to the cardboard/silicone head. Two days of working the clay I feel like it’s getting there.
Haven’t been able to get back to work on the head. Looking forward to finishing up and start the mould process.
I have been working on the head, added lots of clay building the neck up and adding fur texture around the face and collar. I have also started 4 new cardboard pieces, at The Sis and Moon Gallery.
Some of my paintings feature a dog. I like to use “Cow“, he was a big Black, white and tan dog. You can see him in the painting (BlueRoom, left, 2009). He is in the background and he is in the painting on the wall, laying down between the red chairs.
I did a piece dedicated to the dreams he might have had, he was a very active sleeper. I thought about it and tried to imagine what smells would look like. Below is a detail (Cow’s Dreamscape, 3of3, 2008) of Cow.
The triptych has changed over time and givin me chances to re-imagine what it is like to see with your nose. Below is the triptych as it is now..
The first panel was purchased by a collector in 2008 from the “Hive” gallery in LA. I loved the idea of the piece i created a new first panel. Below is the set as it was originally.
This drawing is part of a larger group show “Line Attack 2” at the Hive Gallery, for more info about the show visit the Hive Gallery’s website and for more pieces like this, visit my archives page.
From the Hive’s website…..
The Hive Gallery is proud to present:
May 2013 Line Attack 2!!!
Opening: May 4th 8-11:30PM $5 Suggested Donation for opening show Show Runs: May 4- June 1
*A portion of the proceeds for our opening show will go to non-profit Fighting for Fitness, helping train “at risk youth” and obese children in fitness and martial arts
Featured Artist 1: Adam Roth- “Adam Roth and the Archive of Discoveries proudly present The Age of Astramid, the first of our ongoing exhibitions from the Argyle Excavation.” Featured Artist 2: ShaqJizz Tall Wall Artist: Lisette Pastor Aranda Installation Artist: Paul Arden
Line Attack Artists:
Michelle Andrade David Bow Kristina Collantes Rusty Jordan Carlos A. Etcheverry Andy Michelsen Dustin Garcia Hamo Bahnam JT Steiny Keenan Kellar Alex Chiu Juliette Bensimon Marchina Josh Crampton Champoy
Alex Feliciano A’Misa Chiu Annie Terrazzo Ashford Harrison Brandon Sopinsky Brendan Waegner Carol Powell Daisuke Okamoto David Bow Emily Wong Ivan Godinez Ivan Vega Jango Jim Jeff Stratford Jeska Lee Keith Wong Kelsey Short Laura Cosner Mariya Suzuki Mary Delousina Megan Elizabeth Ford Monica Martinez Nathan Cartwright Nicanor Evan Nikki Garcia Poling Pascal Cormier Preston Craig Rick Strieck Rob Sussman Roxy Morataya Scarecrowoven Simon Sotelo Shannon Pollak Walt Gorecki Yumiko Awae Zea Zoso
Front Room DJ’s: DJ PR Koolskull Mafv Gamma
Back Room Dj’s: TBA
LIVE DOODLE DRAWING BY: Line Attack Artists
The Hive Gallery Resident Artists:
Alyssa Beasley /Annie Terrazzo / Arlou Somo / Artrates.com / Ave Rose / David Reyes / Diana Levin / Doug Meyer/ / Dulcinea Circelli / Ellen Schinderman / Glenn Fox / Graphation / Greg Gould / Gretchen Ingram / Hollis Hart / Ink Pen Mutations / Jennifer Korsen / Jinx / John Dang / J.Salvador / Keith Wong / Lisa Levy / Luciano Martinez / Marcel DeJure / Marigrace Alebelda / Mark Posey / Meirav Haber / Michelle Hall / Mike Street / Nathan Cartwright / Patrick Haemmerlein / Randy Kono / Rob Sussman / Sara Hedstrom /Sarah Ockuly / Sarah Winkle / Shrine / Sonik / Stephan Canthal / Stephen Holman / Superpao / Teod Tomlinson / Walt Hall
BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS BY: Alex Chiu http://alexdoodles.com/ Champoy www.champoyhate.tumblr.com Daniella Batsheva http://daniellabatsheva.com/ John Haley III
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.