Monday, November 26, 2007

Max (finish)

I finally finished this small portrait of my son Max. This was too fun and i hope to paint him every year. I put it in a small antique frame that I bought on Ebay and I'm giving this to my wife as a gift. I'm posting a picture here of said cool frame.

This is oil on wood and is about 3 inches in diameter..very small.

Button Factory Open Studios

This weekend (December 1 &2) is the Button Factory annual open studios in Portsmouth, I'm in studio #224, come on by Saturday or Sunday between 11am - 5pm if you'de like. I have a few bottles of red wine and maybe you'll get to meet Max. I only have a few paintings on the wall but it will be great fun to meet people, drink some wine and talk shop. There are over 70 artist represented and tons of great art to see. It's really a great time, I hope to see you there.

(click the link below for more info and directions):

The Button Factory


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Ball Player sculpture (in progress)

Last night as I climbed into bed, I was going through my sketch book and came across my "Ol time ball player" drawings and thought, "I should really do a sculpture of these guys". I grabbed a gob of sculpey clay and started smashing it felt great. My wife fell asleep so I kept sculpting in bed, making a mess, until I finished this a few hours later.

I don't know what it is..I feel I have to make stuff lately. My productivity for 2007 has been very low and I swear my insides are responding by screaming for me to create more stuff. (Note to my insides: "Max will be in day care soon, so relax until then and stop keeping me up at night making crazy sculptures until all hours"...)

It was too fun though..maybe I'll consider sleeping more after I'm dead. For now, here are a few photos of the sculp in progress. I'm going to smooth out the surface and eventually paint him.

I'm going to post the original sketch I used as reference too.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Computer company poster illustration (finish)

I scanned my sketch and banged it out in Photoshop pretty quickly (for me!). I think the speed was necessary to give it energy and keep the color and lines fresh looking..great fun!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Computer company poster illustration (sketch)

I just got a quick turn-around assignment from The Botnay Bay computer company in Portsmouth, to do an illustration for there Christmas poster. it will be large (54x42") and hang in there window. It has to be a simple composition to be able to be seen from the street. I submitted this sketch and got the go-ahead to color it for the finish.

I'm busy as hell but it feels great to take an assignment again...I'm doing this for pure fun and to get some kinks out..a cupla holiday bucks is good for the soul too.