Mamma MOMA

Going to the Museum of Modern Art in New York is spiritually uplifting. It reminds me why I paint. It reminds me that I am not alone in my need to paint. Walking around the MOMA brings me almost to tears. I get sappy just thinking about it. The power of the art housed in that building cannot be expressed in words. The block emanates beauty. The following pieces were painted on site in New York after the recent visit to my favorite museum.

Central Park, Inspired by Impressionism:

After Noon Fall. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $200.00

The MOMA Sculpture Garden, Inspired by Expressionism:

Water Soluble. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5.5″ x 3.5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Alberto Giacometti’s Tall Figure III, Inspired by Existentialism

A Cafe Plant, Inspired by Constructionalism:

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Taste the Rain(bow) (wow)

Skittles is a dog. Skittles has owners. Said owners wanted me to paint Skittles. Maybe next week.

Abstraction of Skittles. Watercolor and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″.

Unframed: $150.00

Power the Toaster!

This weekend, Chris Reyes, Tom Enright, Kevin Tracy, John O’Malley, Mike Pepplar, and I made a video game for Game Jam 6. Our time limit was 48 hours. Given the time constraint, I’m very happy with our results. You play as Zap, an electric spark whose sole goal in life is to successfully travel from a power cord to a toaster enabling toast to be created and freed from its toaster prison.

Below are a few of the backgrounds I painted for the game.

Here is a sheet of some of our characters.

Click here for a screenshot.

After Dark, in the Park

Marble Hornets Entry 4 abstraction.

Some say the figure is The Operator himself. I am not convinced.

Entry 4 0:23. Mixed media on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

 

Dribbble Dave

Artists today are some of the luckiest of all time. The internet has afforded artists the ability to speak directly to their audience, without the filter of an art dealer or gallery. Immediately after finishing a work I can post it online. The work will be seen by hundreds of people before it is even a day old. While there is nothing like looking at a painting in person, social networking allows artists to share exactly what they are creating while they are creating it.

I am a huge fan of what sites like Twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, My Space, and Flickr have done for contemporary creatives. Recently, I was invited to join Dribbble. Dribbble is like Twitter, but for designers and illustrators. Updates are called “shots,” as they are small screen shots of your current work. There are a lot of basketball references (not all of which I understand). I was lucky enough to get “drafted” to Dribbble by the very visually talented David Everly.  To show Dave my gratitude, I painted the following abstract portrait of Dave’s current Twitter avatar.

Dribbble Dave. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Marble Hornets Abstractions

The following abstract paintings  are inspired by the popular Slender Man Chronicles as recorded by MarbleHornets on youtube and twitter.

Introduction 1:14. Mixed media on paper. 5″ x 5.”

Unframed: $250.00

Entry 1 0:34. Mixed media on paper. 6″ x 5″

Unframed: $250.00

Entry 2 0:43. Mixed media on paper. 5″ x 5″.

$550.00

Everyone’s Favorite Subject

This abstraction is about one of the most thought about subjects in human history: death. Not the afterlife. But the exact moment before your own life ends.

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The Impending, Inevitable Uncertainty. Watercolor, ink, marker on paper. 5″x8″.

Unframed:  40.00

Abstract ACEO

These ACEO were created in response to how well recieved my Ninja Snowman was.

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Bumble Bee Burrow. Ink, marker, paper, and colored pencil. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Blues Improv. Ink, marker, paper, and colored pencil. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Both are the size of a playing card. They are fifteen dollars each.

Ninja Snowman

This piece was featured in the Savannah College of Art and Design’s 2004 calendar. Can you find the ninja snowman? He wasn’t drawn purposely, but after being pointed out to me I can’t help but see him.

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Ninja Snowman. Ink on bristol board. 2003.

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More Kitties, Kinda

“Not everything I paint has to be a masterpiece.”  That was my mantra that got me to start working again after a very long break. Its easier said than accepted. I spent a very long time working on quite a few pieces today. These are the only two I’m satisfied with. Tomorrow is another day.

Abstraction of a Cat’s Eyes. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9.5″x3″.

Unframed: $28.00

Harsh Light on Cat. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″x9.5″.

Unframed: $32.00

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