Available Originals, Open and Limited Editions prints. I left the blog pages available for those of you who are interested in seeing the text and videos that accompany the images. There is even a place for you to comment if you feel like there is something to be said. I've limited my main gallery to works that are available for purchase.
Blue Girl done in Adobe Fresco
This work was done with a friend in mind who wanted me to draw her. At the time I was creating more surrealistic figurative and faces based on no one in particular and I stressed to her that I wasn’t really taking commissions because my head wasn’t into portraits. Still isn’t really, but I am using more photo references when doing studies. I set out to make this work representational, but with a Modigliani type feel to it, and with her in mind, but I didn’t think she’d appreciate it, and I was right. She didn’t. But I think it captures her general impression when you get away from that -there is a camera pointing at me so I’m going to smile- look she has in every photo I saw when looking for a reference. I’m trying to think back in history when any painting was approached with that “smile for the camera” type look we see in candids and portraiture today, usually if a smile was included it was to express a reflex emotion like laughter. Having to sit for such a long time I’d imagine lended itself to a more natural expression. I would approach my photography the same way when I was shooting models. I’d never go for that “look right here and smile” or “pageant” type shot. They look so unnatural and devoid of mood to me.
Self Portrait Digital using ArtRage. Been thinking about recreating it on the easel
Gestural figure drawing done in Adobe Sketch and ported over to Tayasui Sketches for the watercolor bits. It is one of a few gestural figurative that I started drawing with my old iPad prior to 2018. I was likely using a Wacom Stylus or the old Pencil tool that I carried with me before Apple Pencil. This figure had no reference and I was testing the pen and ink with watercolor applications because that is what I use to work with long ago in traditional mediums.
Through the fog" is one of my returns to ink and watercolor which is a medium I enjoyed in my youth, except now I do it digitally and I am thrilled to enjoy some of the same effects with today's tools. I can make my studio anywhere.
Digital Oil from photo reference. This work was done using ArtRage and a Wacom stylus