Escape/Complete or Tiger Cycle

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny.  I’m having fun with this new off shoot of Defensive Postures. Which is strange, because thinking about the illogically couched logical conclusions of the series makes me sad. The titling of this piece was in reference to video games.  You yourself escape, you also complete somebodies business plan.  the act of getting away powers the machine. In other news, on my vacation I went to Dick’s Classic Garage in San Marcos, Texas and the San Antonio Zoo.  Loaded up on Pics.

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

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.

Cheeto McFluffybum and the Commissioned Portrait

I’m pretty much done with this one.  After going through the reference pictures, the most striking thing about Cheeto was his torso.  The pattern the hairs made had me wanting to do a portrait that didn’t only include the face.  I used some lying around pics because the pattern was nicely evident.  Also I thought I might be able to make it into a staff wielding action pose.  If anybody wants a commissioned portrait, try to get at me soon.  I probably can do about 5, if Christmas presents are the goals.  I wouldn’t call them exorbinantly expensive present, nor a particularly cheap one, either.  Pretty soon, the store will be working on my website.  Be looking for a range of 8×10 prints for stocking stuffers.