I want to thank all of the amazing people who stopped by Newman University to check out the “Two-Headed Beast” exhibition. I also want to thank all of the people that purchased art tonight. Your patronage is much appreciated and I am honored whenever anyone spends their hard earned cash on my artwork. I want to thank Mary Werner for inviting me to show at Newman University. I can now check off another item on my bucket list. I want to thank the amazing Marc Lyle Durfee for hanging the exhibit. I also want to thank Greg Turner for sharing the walls with me and being a continued source of inspiration. I would also like to apologize for my brief absence this evening. I was asked to say a few words at Ted Krone and Ann Krone’s retirement shindig at Friends University and I had to abandon my post to pay tribute to two very wonderful people. If you happened to miss the show tonight it will remain on display until May 15th. And don’t miss our “Art For Lunch” artist lecture on Tuesday, April 28th at Noon – 1:00pm.
Work In Progress – Almost finished. The final tally will be 16 new paintings. Number 17 wasn’t meant to be. The last 2 paintings were a huge departure from the other paintings. The crayons must have triggered an untapped well of creativity that I haven’t visited in a very long time. I had fun breaking crayons and making scribbles. I wish I had more time to make a few more. The image below is a detail of a painting called “Gumball Machine Head” and it happens to have Greg Turner’s handwritten title list pasted on it. So it is technically a collaborative painting of sorts. Well… My eyes are getting fuzzy so I must finish my work before the sandman pays a visit.
Work In Progress – Right now I’m listening to the album “Mechanical Animals” by Marilyn Manson while I paste paper on a 4′ x 3′ panel. This album is always in heavy rotation when I’m painting. I’ve probably listened to this album a million times.
Work In Progress – I always put 2 or 3 coats of water based Polyurethane varnish on all of my paintings which helps protect the paintings from the elements and makes the colors more vibrant. It is amazing to watch the colors transform as you brush on the varnish. 99% of the time I’m perfectly happy with the colors being more vibrant but sometimes subtle colors or details end up becoming more visually striking than I would like. Such is the case with a painting called “The Deep.” I ripped off layers of paper to reveal some of the comic book pages pasted underneath and originally these images were very subdued (30% opacity). However, when I brushed on the varnish the images suddenly became very vibrant and are now at 100% opacity. Which I’m not crazy about. But I still like the painting overall. The other downside of using Polyurethane varnish is the migraine headache I get from the fumes. But it will make a shitty painting look beautiful. Magic! Back to work.
Work In Progress – I apologize for the lack of “Two-Headed Beast” updates. I’m happy to say I won the battle against the evil intestinal gremlin and I am now fully restored to my usual 70% healthiness. (I am a fat guy with sleep apnea, allergies and high blood pressure) I spent the past few days catching up on various freelance graphic design and illustration projects (because my woman needs cigarettes and my cats need tuna.) Now my sole purpose for living is to paint like a madman. I have nothing else to do. No other commitments. Just me and the easel and the Smashing Pumpkins. With the mighty power of black coffee I will now create something pretty to arouse your eyeballs. I have 13 new paintings finished and 4 more in the works. I just purchased a fresh box of colored pencils and crayons in the hopes to channel my inner child. In the meantime… Here is a detail shot of a painting called “Turner Vision.” It is by far the most colorful and organic piece in the show. Back to work.