Thursday, October 28, 2010
Alien Skin. It's called Exposure 3. But since all I'm doing is playing with art and not making much money at it I'm trying to control myself. Instead of buying more software, I thought I'd see what my Alien Skin Eye Candy software could do with my new abstract painting and created a marbleized version and a version using lizard skin (both above). I could play all day!!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
After noticing how many interesting wasp nest collections there are on the internet (see "Politics and Wasps" posting below), I googled to see what other interesting carrot art is out there and found the two images below at this interesting carrot museum web site. The Rene Magritte picture, in particular, is quite fine and reminds me of how much I enjoy his art. Amazon has some good books on him including this one: Magritte
Thursday, October 21, 2010
HuffPost I figured out I could combine the Mono Lisa picture I drew a few years ago on the Saatchi website with some garden photos and a downloaded picture of Beck to create a new collage. Maybe if Beck wants to see a half man half monkey he should simply look in the mirror.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In 1976, while they were shooting Star Wars in Tunisia, I had very little to do at work in California so I set up my easel and painted some wax food from American Graffiti that was in George Lucas's office. Thus was born my appreciation of the great American hamburger in art (see oil painting below + postcard from the Tunisia location from George and Marcia). After Star Wars opened in 1977 work got a lot busier and I stopped painting for many years. Now that my entertainment industry years are behind me, in 2005 I've repainted the all American hamburger.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I did a Paros Weeds sketch June 2010 then this oil painting which has gone through various forms from just the two weeds with a plain background, to two weeds against a pen & ink background to this final view with some of the background painted in.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
More alphabets are on my website at Redcrowartworks. Any image found there can be purchased directly from me. I'll print, sign and mail a museum quality poster OR a cheaper version can be purchased from my account at artistrising.
Additional alphabet product is available at Zazzle
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Andy Warhol as reference (view the New York Times linked slide show to see the image referenced).
My biggest critic says of this 12x16 oil painting "That doesn't look like your sister. I think you should give up on portraiture."
I agree Susan is better looking than this painting (as can be seen from the photo below) and she was never in this hotel room in Paris (I was, in 2003) but I kind of like this painting!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I first scanned a painting done by my mother in the 1960s or 1970s of a beach in Santa Barbara (see below), then digitally added the following:
1. A cut-out of a boat also painted by J.L. Autrey
(see further below)
2. A cut-out of Newfe the dog running (a rare event) photographed in Portland this year (see below)
3. A cut-out of one of the neighbor Smith kids I played with in the 1950s (see polaroid photo below taken in our El Sueno yard in Santa Barbara).
I put all the pieces together and printed out a digital composite to use as reference. But when I tried to paint my digital composite, I hated it so I painted over most of the background and then added some houses and smoking stacks from a painting by Hungarian artist Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka of Castellammare Di Stabia
Without the computer, it would surely have been harder to combine paintings and photographs of Santa Barbara, Portland and Hungary to come up with a new painting in the old medium of oil on canvas.