Monday, December 14, 2009

Sketches

Occasionally I like to pull out my reference folders and do lighting studies or just practice drawing straight from photos. It's fun and therapeautic to focus on the lines and forms...I did dozens of these drawings this past week, but thought I'd share some here, since I rarely post sketches.


Did this one in the waiting room at the dentist while waiting for my sister. It was off of a fashion ad of some kind.


A couple of somnambulists...


Sketching some ancient serpent jewelry, and a beautiful fountain-statue from a huge book on Pompeii that my sister owns.


Just another light study from a Corbis image.


I think I'll do some similar studies with acrylics, amid last minute Christmas-shopping and gift-wrapping this week. I'm also conceptualizing for my next two pieces which will be part of the March show at CoproGallery. In that show, I will be in 'Gallery 3,' alongside the Hi-Fructose exhibition, Michael Page, and Eric Fortune. 2010 will be pretty light in number of shows (and paintings), as I'll be focusing on larger works only. I want to try new things, and hopefully include some writing alongside my September Corey Helford show (for that show, I will be alongside the awesome Krista Huot!). We'll see. More details soon!

Interviews & Publications

Been a bit backtracked in this sector, but there have been a few cool things as of late. A huge thanks to everyone here that shared my work and accepted me into their publications:

-I was featured in OMAG vol. 7 (Otis College of Art and Design's Alumni magazine) for my "Riddles in the Dark" show under the 'soloists' section.


-Nathan Cartwright did an artist feature on my work for the November issue of Citizen LA newspaper.

-I also got into Spectrum #16, which is a dream come true! Never thought I'd ever get published in it. Here's the cover of the annual, and my published piece. Even though they say it's called "Thania" it's actually "Titania." That piece was from December 2008's Corey Helford show.



-Kendrick Daye from Art Nouveau Magazine posted an interview with me recently. It appears that he mixed some of my old work into the post with my new work, so I guess it gives you something of a timeline from 2008 til now!

-Mystic Medusa did an interesting astrology-based interview with me for her astrology blog, so the questions are quite fun-- check it out!

-Andresi of VIZIOMAG named my Persephone piece one of 40 Awesome Illustrations-- thanks!

-Kate Wang of GenArt did a fun q&a with me and the 5 LeBasse artists for the "Go East" last month.

-Last but not least, you all should check out this super cool collector profile about a couple friends of mine, Gregg and Yvette Spatz. They have an amazing collection of mostly 'Spectrum' art, plus you can see one of my pieces that they own :)
More soon..

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Some new dark works...


The Bride of Frankenstein
16” x 20”
Acrylic on wood


“Judith & Holofernes”
12” x 16”
Acrylic on wood.



“Hunter”
7” x 7”
Acrylic on wood.

Here are a few overdue commissions I finished right after I got back from NY. For the top one, the client wanted a Bride of Frankenstein portrait, so I based it on one of the Bride's most famous photos and played on a mix between a wedding and a funeral for the mood.

For the second one, the client wanted a 'gothic' piece, so I did an extra dark take on the Judith and Holofernes story. I wanted to represent the King's decapitation in a different way than we see in most representations, so I had a stand-in statue for him being overgrown with flowers.

The last one was inspired by a photo of my friend Mariana, who let me use her self-portrait as a springboard for a little hunter-witch portrait. :) Since these are already sold, they will be shown in a special 'small wall' feature at the Hive Gallery, the gallery that gave me my first show. My sister put together an amazing installation for my wall that I helped her put up last weekend-- I'll take pictures and post them soon! It really adds to the dark feel of these pieces. :) Opening is tonight from 8pm to 12:30pm, details here. Hope to see some of you there!

My next show is another LA show, coming up in March at CoproGallery. Details on that soon, but I'm planning to go back to some larger pieces for that. Stay tuned...