Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rise of Darth Vader

This painting is currently on display at the Riverside Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ.

I attempted to do this painting several years ago. But, I abandoned the painting for numerous reasons.
The antique frame required quite a bit of repair.
Darth Vader Pez Dispensers were used to give the frame a little more dazzle.
I had to visit three different stores to get enough Darth Vader heads.

Slave to the Show Skateboard

This painting/skateboard is currently on display in the Riverside Renaissance Center for the Arts.

A lot of effort went into the typography. Numerous sketches were made seeking out the ideal styling of the lettering.

For some letters only half of it was designed. Since the letters O, H, and W are symmetrical I took advantage of the convenient computer capability to copy and reflect the left side of the letter to the right.

Sing It

Mixed Media
The words in this painting are intentionally backwards. Making it more challenging for you to participate with this person in a solitary moment crying out the music he privately listens to.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pen and Ink Study of a Tree

Pena and Ink on Sketch Paper
This drawing was done as a study for the ink drawing, Walking towards my Peace of Mind. The styling of the leaves were inspired by this painting by the artist Grant Wood.

A Walk Towards Peace of Mind

Black and White ink on Paper
My drawing titled, A Walk Towards Peace of Mind, for the PCS in Millville exhibit. 
Inspired by my occasional need to get outside and go for a walk. 
A task that I know is healthy for both my body and mind. 
Despite the simple pleasure, it's a personal struggle set time to do on a regular basis.

Sketch of an Eagle

Pen and Ink on Sketch paper

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Video - Replicating Salome Receiving the Head of John the Baptist

 Observe the different stages of the recreation of this painting completed by Bernardo Luini

Only 6 colors were used; 
Lead White, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Viridian Green, Sap Green
Using these colors either as a transparent glaze or opaque color, with the addition of Lead White paint, I was able to achieve a diverse range of colors to successfully achieve the range of hues necessary for replicating this painting.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Watercolor Studies

One of a variety of styles of artwork I enjoy exploring. These watercolor paintings inspired by theatrical sunsets and/or sunrise. Despite intending for these paintings to be more abstract, I’ll accept them as landscapes.

The Mirror in the Painting Studio

The mirror is a great tool in the painter's studio. 
By seeing the painting both backwards and smaller one can see areas the painting that need refinement and/or correcting.

Intro to Arcylic Painting Workshop

Acrylic paint on wood
For the Intro to Acrylic Panting workshop I taught at the Chester County Art Association I created these paintings for the How to Paint with a Palette Knife lesson.

Pencil sketch of my friend, Jeffro

Pencil on Sketch Paper
I did this caricature sketch of my friend and amazing artist, Jeff Kilpatrick.

Philadelphia Cartoonist Society will be Exhibiting!

July 15th thru August 13
Millville, NJ

Concetta Barbera
Eamon Dougherty
Tim Durning
James Kaminski
Jeffro Kilpatrick
Christine Larsen
Melissa Lomax
Richard Marcej
Kyle Margiotta
Paul Palko
Perry Santulli
Kelly Vulfolaic

The Rise of Vader

Oil on Masonite Board
A painting for the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society Exhibit in at the 
River Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ. 
More in the information on the exhibit  can be found here:

Work in Progress

Always near,  during the painting of this artwork, I keep the pencil sketch, the painting study (behind the line drawing) and copy of the inspirational painting, The Return of Spring.

I did a great deal of research on the costumes of the storm trooper and Darth Vader.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Magnifying Glass in the Artists Tool box

For the painting commission to replicate Francois Boucher's, Morning Coffee (or titled The Breakfast,) I found myself using the magnifying glass to render certain details as precise as possible.

Inspired by William Blake's Eternity

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by William Blake's poem, Eternity
He who binds to himself a joy 
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise
The background painting, before the hand and butterfly was painted in, was a lot of fun to do.
Temporarily, I was a little sad to paint over it.

In Progress...

Detail of the painting replica of Salome Receiving the Head of John the Baptist

Oil on Linen
A detail of the painting commission of the master work, Salome Receiving the Head of John the Baptist by Bernardino Luini