Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Julian WIP #2

At the end of a long day.  It looks pretty funky right now, but I have blocked in the background.  What looked like a really dark face, now looks much different - right? Hope to get some time to work on it tomorrow.  The weather is improving and the lure to go outside is strong!

Julian - A New Work in Progress

A few years ago I met Julian and he posed for me.  Yesterday I started a new portrait which will feature him as an Indian wrapped in a buffalo hide.  This is the very beginning.  I am painting on an 18x36 piece of Mylar which has been double painted with a black gesso background and then sanded.  So far I have put about 4 hours into the work.  Later on I will take it down to the gallery and do a painting demonstration.  I will let you know when so if you are local you can come and watch!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eagle Feather Fetish

Yesterday I finshed making this wall hanging.  I used an imitation eagle feather with sinew, leather, horse hair, turquoise and other beads.  The smaller feather is from a domesticated dove.  It was given to me by my new friend Larry.

Eye of the Storm Printed on Canvas

I have decided to bring this to the gallery today - printed on canvas.  This takes care of the glass glare.  The snow looks fantastic!  It is 10 x 20 and framed in black wood.

My Heart Soars

This is the first time I have offered my graphite work on canvas.  It is framed with a 1.5 inch matt black frame.  This drawing was taken from a photo of my daughter Laurissa.

More Cookie Please

This week I printed out a 10x20 canvas giclee of my large 18x36 painting of Cookie.  I am going to take it down to the gallery sometime today.  Since it is printed on canvas with archival inks, it does not need a glass cover.  This makes it so much nicer to view as you don't get that glare.  It is framed in a black wood.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ode to Martha

Martha is a fellow artist.  I met her at the Santa Fe Indian Market a few years ago and we shared a booth.  She is a talented weaver as well as an out spoken representative of the Winnebego tribe.  I admire her very much.  I am working on this portrait of her and plan on surprising her at the upcoming Heard Museum show in March.

Behind her is one of her latest weavings called "Blood Quantum".  Many people don't know it, but each tribe has the ability to restrict it's membership to any level of blood percentage (or quantum).  For some tribes this means if they marry a non native their children will not be a member of the tribe.   You cannot sell your art as an Indian according to the US government if you are not a tribal member.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Eye of the Storm

This drawing is nearly complete.  I was intrigued by the idea of adding snow to the overcast sky - something I have never done before. 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Gallery

I am a member of a Cooperative Gallery located in Prescott Arizona, called "Arts Prescott". The gallery is where many of my works end up being displayed.  It is located in the downtown district in what is referrred to as "Whiskey Row".

Another Subject Wanders Into the Gallery

David wandered into the gallery and agreed to let me photograph him.  He showed up about a week later in this full length coat ready to go.  I really liked his beard and mustache which is what made me want to draw him in the first place.  This is my drawing of David - still a work in process.  I have just determined how large I want the finished drawing to be (20x10) and I am working on a background.

Just How Many Cowboys Are There in Prescott?

Since moving to Prescott Arizona last year, I have had the opportunity to meet many of the local characters. The first time I saw a pack of cowboys in their boots and hats walking down mainstreet I ran after them and asked if I could take photos. Well it's now been months later and I have made friends with all of them and painted or drawn many.  Here is one of the faces...