Conspiracy Owl

This is a 12″ square piece I’m putting into Due West, the group show for the West Austin Studio Tour 2015.  It fits in the Defensive Postures series.  It was an experiment to see if I could make a smaller piece work in the series.  Defensive postures is mostly going to be larger paintings, originals more than prints.  Anyway, owls are fun and I’ve been toying with a smaller setting of constructed helmets for animals to wear.  It’s a nice bridge between the two series.(I just noticed this pic is partly a photoshop pre vis…but that’ll do.)owlsatblueowlsatblue

False Flag with redone background

After Kogyo, and one of my favorite pieces for Animaruprinto No Hitobito, I was never really satisfied with the background of False Flag.  It is a hazard when you work on a background and then decide what goes on it.  The new series is much more preconceived with multiple trips to photoshop to figure out what goes where.  False Flag is how I used to do things to a t:  do a background, flip back and forth between pics to do the render.  Anyway, I like this better.  It lets the figures breathe and it is finally clearly about a game of cat and chicken.

Rabbits Four

Rabbits Four

The Defensive Postures series continues with this rabbit inspired piece.  There are four rabbits represented, so I called it Rabbits 4.  The wasp nest imagery is symbolic of the series central theme.  I’m going to probably work it into future paintings.

The Lions in Retreat

A new painting in the Defensive Postures series.  This one sprung from the picture I was using as a desktop pic since I inadvertently changed it during Honeybear Massacre.  I really like the head on the palace guardian lion, and since I used his legs in Honeybear, I figured why not throw in the head.  I really like the blue stencil over the city.  Have be careful not to overuse it.

Underdrawing of new painting

A few words about how I work.  I use slow drying acrylics and very thin acrylics made by Golden Acrylics.  I have adapted an old masters technique (my understanding of it) to suit these media.  First I will do a detailed charcoal(nero) sketch on the aerosol surface.  This tends to come up in acrylic washes, so I’ve taken to illustrating a dark and light comic style illustration that will withstand washes.  Over this I glaze burnt sienna slow dry.  This establishes the middle tone.  I reestablish the lights. and darks, blending them in wet on wet.  What then stands is a tricolor underpainting.  Like the old masters, I will glaze colors over this toned skeleton.  this resembles coloring a photograph. Opaque highlights follow, usually with high flow thin acrylics.  Pictured is a comic style underdrawing from a new painting.  Sometimes they come out nice.  This one I might actually redo on the computer to do a silkscreen run.