Series #1 The Nature Of Personal Reality

I finally finished this painting. I usually don’t feel comfortable sharing such personal work. It is a statement about how I know some things are bad (like my fears) but instead of letting them go, I freak out when they are leaving. It’s kind of like a bad relationship that you know is better to let go of but just can’t.

Fear Wait Please Don't Leave Me.

Fear Wait Please Don’t Leave Me.

The Pleasure of Pleasing Me

I know this title may seem selfish at first glance, but what I mean is I like the freedom it brings.

Having worked with clients for years, most of which I adore; and working with employers, my art is not my own when I work for commerce; but here with my little online sketchbook I can do as I please.

No Expectations to Meet – AHHHHHH

I haven’t been working on the Ipad so much, but I have been sketching quite a bit, and painting a little, here is a sketch for a painting I am planning to do when I return from my trip this weekend.

Reluctant Floozie

Reluctant Floozie

This is the first draft of an admittedly strange image I created while listening to a you tube video about Francis Bacon. Francis seemed a bit dreary about his view of the universe, I hope he has changed his mind since he’s passed over, but he mentioned painting on the reverse side of the canvas and I LOVE the effect, although the color does bleed through and fade. I am planning on sealing it and going back in to make the colors more vibrant- but I love the concept, I call this “FEAR WAIT, Please Don’t Leave Me!”, as Fear merrily ignores me and steps off the canvas.

Fear WAIT - Please don't Leave Me.

Fear WAIT – Please don’t Leave Me.

Symbols Exercise – how to create a symbolic logo with adobe Illustrator

Here is an assignment I gave to my class tonight on symbolic logo design.

This is a new exercise I used for the class so I decided to do it along with them to see how it works. Here are the results of my effort.

abstract logos

The objective of the exercise is to explore form using the pathfinder tool and primitive shapes in Adobe Illustrator within a one hour time frame. The objective is to create a series of alternative ideas using the words: minimalism, complexity, elegance, crudeness, antiquity, industry and technology for inspiration. I modified the exercise slightly from the original which can be found in an awesome book titled “the Logo Brainstorm Book” by Jim Krause, published by How books.

Creating Mixed Media Illustration with Gabielle

I found this very helpful.

This video is worth watching if you wish to add mixed media to your illustrations and paintings. I haven’t done this type of work before but the video gave me a lot of ideas of how to add depth to my work. I am excited to try it as an addition to my own techniques. I will post the outcomes soon for feedback – thank you to Gabrielle in the video she identifies her site and where you can find more resources.

Also thank you to Kimberly L Revels for posting it in the first place.

Faculty Show at Art Institute

Here is the work I am showing at AI

At the beginning of next quarter, I have been selected to showcase my work in the faculty lounge. Not exactly a major unveiling but I am a bit nervous about being judged by my peers.

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