Saturday, November 13, 2010

I am currently reaching the end of my 3rd semester of graduate school. Here are some paintings that I have done since the end of the summer.

"I Dont Ever Want to be Your Cornerstone"
Acrylic on Wood Panels
"Four is a Crowd"
60"x 60"
Acrylic on Canvas
15"x 22"
Acrylic on Rives BFK
15"x 22"
Acrylic on Rives BFK
"Destroying the City"
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Wood Panel
"Flying in the Distance"
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New website

its been awhile since i have posted on here. im trying to get back into the swing of this blog thing. the summer was productive for the most part. i got my website up and im very pleased with it.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

this past week i have tried to do start doing small daily paintings. it was something that i did in undergrad while studying under professor steven pearson ( currently these small paintings are ways to work out new ideas and ways to experiment with interesting/new color combinations. i find myself learning alot from these daily paintings. i may do a small painting and really like the color scheme and want to use it in a larger painting. also, i may use a shape or technique in some piece and want to bring it into a different piece. i love the daily paintings and i think it is a tool that every artist should utilize. it helps me get the thought out of my mind that every piece has to be a "finished" piece. i think that any drawing/painting/excercise that u can learn from is a success. anything that you can do to help yourself grow as an artist is valuable. once again these pictures were taken by a small digital camera. so the pictures are not great, but the give you a pretty good idea. i will be scanning them in and getting better images

this piece has actually led to a new idea that i which to pursue. the grid was taken from a graphic novel page. the colors were chosen by reacting to the sage green that i first put down. my plan is to continue the painting and when elements go into different grids they will change colors in accordance to whatever color scheme i chose. im really excited for this piece and i think it could lead to alot of interesting paintings.

This semester i have continued to work on my abstractions and i am thinking alot more about what i am trying to convey with my pieces. I have posted many pieces below, some of which are finished and others which are not. the more i am painting the more i am beginning to discover what i am trying to do. i am very interested with colors and i love having colors interact in uncommon ways. i also have been trying to create these visual "landscapes" for my emotions. i want to play with the push and pull of layers and colors to help enhance these landscapes. i also use alot of shapes/signifiers that can be linked to graffiti. the pictures that i have are not the best pictures because i took them in my studio. i will post better pictures later when i consider the pieces finished. even though the photos may not be of great quality you can still get an idea of what it looks like
90% done


im not sure if this one is finished. i like how it looks, but the more i look at it, the more i want to add

roughly 70-80% done
maybe half way finished
95-100% finished
probably 75% done
90% finished
small daily painting

Saturday, February 6, 2010


we got about 27 inches of snow today. unfortunately i did not get any painting done, but i did get alot of shoveling done. and i also lost gloriously in monopoly and cooked alot of sausage and hashbrowns. all in all it was a good day.
the sidewalk in front of my house
our yard/driveway/buried cars
cars in the driveway
me attempting to dig my mom's van out
my snow gear
digging a path to walk next to our cars and get to the street

In my first semester of grad school I began to think alot more about what i wanted to convey with my art, and alot more about what i was interested in with the art i was creating. during the first half of the semester i was continuing to do the creature paintings that i had originally applied with. while i would do these paintings i would work on small abstract explorations just to experiment with color and to keep myself constantly working. eventually i found myself focusing more on the abstractions than the creature paintings. the abstractions allowed me to focus on color interactions and spacial relations without having to worry about how a creature would fit into the painting. the second half of the semester and up until the present time, i have been focusing solely on these abstract paintings. the first four pieces were explorations i worked on during the creature paintings. the rest of the pieces were ones that i consider successful pieces and were ones that have led me to my recent concept and body of work

Thursday, February 4, 2010

so i havent post anything in a long time. i feel really bad about it. i lost my camera usb cord, so i couldnt up load any pictures. however, i did find my cord and we are suppose to get 2 feet of snow this weekend, so i plan on doing a bunch of updating.  i think i will start where i left off. my last post was right before i had my final critiques at AU. For our final crits we basically had to set up our work and then present the work in front of a panel of about 10 teachers/faculty members. the critiques lasted about 30 minutes for each person and the weeks leading up to the critiques were very stressful for much of the program. everyone was trying to get as much stuff done and working up until the last minute. i took a few pictures of what i had set up. unfortunately i couldnt take pictures during the crit, the faculty may have thought that was weird.

it was pretty hard to get a really good picture of the whole set up, and since it was in the corner it made it even harder to capture all of it. i had about some pieces to show for final crit and i was pretty pleased with what i put up. the semester was a real transition period for me. i came into american doing these creature paintings that eventually evolved into these abstract paintings. the more i painted the creatures the more i began to realized that i was more interested in the color and spatial interactions more then the actual creature in the piece. learning this i began to create paintings that were more focused on this interest and completely void of the creature. my next couple post will be all about my new body of work and what im interested in. sorry for not posting in so long. many more posts will come shortly. i promise