Sunday, September 27, 2020

"Skirts on Fire"


One of the performers that march the The All Souls Procession each year is a group of Flamenco dancers. As they march, the wave their skirts back and forth very vigorously, to the point it looks like they are on fire. It has made such an impression on me that I decided that I had to paint them. To be honest, it has been a difficult painting to pull off, but i think it has finally come together.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

"Maison Bertaux"



This painting is a scene from a recent trip to London. While in the Soho region of London, I came across a charming French cafe. After stopping for coffee, I took a few pictures and wandered on my way. Later that night, looking through my pictures, I found the perfect painting to go with my European street scenes.

During the execution of the painting, I tried something new. In the past, I’ve leaned heavily on a pigment called Transparent Oxide Brown. This though always left a orange/brown cast to my paintings. This time, though, I replaced the pigment on my palette with Transparent Oxide Red. It has made for a wonderful, more colorful painting.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

"Selfie"


This is the second in my series inspired by the All Souls Procession, an annual event in Tucson, Arizona celebrating and remembering those who have passed on. This piece is a companion to "Mirror", a similar piece, showing someone in sugar skull makeup looking in a mirror. This is a self portrait.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Unveiling Party

On March 23, 2019, "Let's Eat and Drink While There is Oil in the Lantern" was unveiled to the public for the first time. A gathering of family and friends were at the event. It was there that I handed over the reigns to the piece to its new owner. A good time was had by all.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

"Let's Eat and Drink While There Is Oil in the Lantern"



This piece is inspired by medieval reenactment. It shows two people at The Estrella War, an annual event in Arizona, where people gather to practice armored combat, and the arts and sciences related to the Middle Ages. The event is sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

This piece shows two old friends back at camp, cooking, and the camaraderie and brotherhood at the event.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Mirror"


This is the first in my series inspired by the All Souls Procession, in Tucson, Arizona. The All Souls Procession, according to their website, "is an enormous community-created, non-commercial event to creatively honor and celebrate our dead." It is a parade of sorts where people dress up. In particular, many dress in the fashion of Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that also celebrates the dead that occurs around the same time. This piece shows someone putting on sugar skull makeup for The Procession, while looking in a mirror, hence the name: "Mirror."

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