Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chrome Horse

This is a really neat old hood ornament I have painted a few times now...four to be exact. I think this came from an old firetruck. I'm not sure how old it is, but it's been around awhile. Amazingly the finish is in great shape. Reflections slip and slide all over the surface!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Use your Imagination

I started this yesterday as an example for a lesson in one of my advanced classes. I rarely have students draw from imagination, focusing mostly on more traditional drawing and painting from life while effectively utilizing the elements and principles. Anyway, this is a fun break that they seem to enjoy. They start with a few small pieces of watercolor paper each. The surface of the paper is misted with water, and then a few drops of concentrated watercolor are dropped on the surface. More water is misted, and then a piece of plastic(dry cleaning bag, grocery store bag, etc.) is mashed on the paper and placed on the drying rack. After the piece is totally dry(next day), the plastic is removed and a totally random mixture of shapes and color are left. Students immediately start to "see" things...much like seeing things appear in big puffy clouds. They then work into the piece with prismacolors, sticking to basically an analogous color scheme to allow the watercolor base to still be seen and create an overall sense of color harmony.
This piece will more than likely never go beyond what you see, just thought I would post something a little different.
What do you see?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Faded Glass


Top and bottom pieces of a broken bottle rendered using black and white along with a realistic color scheme. I typically do not create paintings layered with meaning, but I suppose this one could be an exception...I'll let you decide what it means to you, if anything.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Green Pieces

18" x 24"
Top and bottom pieces of a green beer bottle. Open. Drink. Smash. Arrange. Paint.