Thursday, October 24, 2013

Finish, start, remember...

 St. Addax, mixed media, 5'x5', 2013

St. Addax is done and dusted. Time to begin another. Below is stage one of 
the next painting which I think will involve an elephant in some way. I trimmed 
the edges with a fabric border. It kinda looks like a blankie and I kinda like that.

Here is something that has nothing to do with an addax or an elephant but I see it
everyday and it makes me smile.  It is an original work by my dad and me (please
note badass title:  Layla & Daddy) done when I was probably about 8 or so.  The
choice of black was a bold move but I have to say it gives the piece some weight.
I'm sure it was totally intentional.   

Saturday, October 19, 2013

As of late...

Here's what I've been up to.

 addax/St. Francis painting

 feathers in a jar

snack time

ark style


The End

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

U-haul Hippo

These two things were in my apartment complex 
parking lot and I liked them so I took their picture.

I thought it would be a good
 idea to make this hippo movie.

If you're having technical diffs opening the 
video you can check it and others like it here.

St. Francis/Addax Painting

First came this...

I've been working small lately so I wanted to work large.  I want to make big movements using big brushes.  So I ripped off a 5 ft. by 5 ft. square piece of canvas from the roll that's been collecting dust in the corner and tacked it to the wall.  Then I went to sleep.

Next came the idea.  Ideas need visual references (in my case anyway).  I took the Addax pic several months ago during a photo recon mission at Cabella's.  I knew I wanted to include the image in a painting but didn't know how or when.  The time has come.

The image itself I found compelling but as I researched the Addax I became intrigued with it's plight.  The Addax is a desert-dwelling antelope indigenous to Africa.  They are listed as critically endangered with less than 300 existing in the wild.  BUT...there are over an estimated 2,000 Addax on private ranches in the U.S.  These animals can mostly be found on conservation hunting ranches in Texas and other southern states.  From my understanding, no more than 10% of the herd can be hunted annually.

conservation:  prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss.
hunting:  to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.


extinct: no longer in existence.

I've got to think about this one......

Let's move on to the next reference pic shall we?  St. Francis of Assasi, the patron saint of animals and ecology - I simply wanted him in the painting.

day one

day two