Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From Clary's, Savannah

Well its going slower than i would have hoped because I'm teaching 8-12 year olds drawing and painting every day and trying to spend time with the boys in the evenings. But anyhow, here's the first one finished and I'm starting a sister piece today. Maybe it will be a mini-series of three. Who can say.
Gabs is helping me with the children's workshop and its good to be working with her. Bradley is coming to the studio tomorrow to work on some framing. Spoke to Duncan Webb today. Its like being at the Academy but without the annoying chamber music.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Painting

A friend asked me paint a portrait of him and his wife and 4 pets in Yosemite Park for their 1 year anniversary. Drawing pets in general is scary, let alone make up something that doesn't look silly in the great outdoors, but I took it on anyways. I let the foliage pieces I painted in Savannah inspire me and I'm pretty happy with the outcome, overall. I wish I could go back and re-do the figures but live and learn I suppose. In addition to trees, Im learning I can paint animals really well, now it's you damn humans I have to learn how to paint...

No I don't think I'm a tree.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

first few things

Well I thought I ought to post something so that you know that I am actually working.

So these are the first 4 things that I'm working on.

Warming up so to speak. Nothing too complex. Just getting the flavour of my sketches down and trying to keep the freshness of my initial ideas on site. Thses are all pretty faithful to the sketches that I did at the time, but I have tried in each case to ramp up the volume, push the intensity. Create a little more depth. There's a figure in one of the windows too. There will be a hint of the spirit world running through many of my Savannah paintings like a barely noticable thread.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

First Post: Savannah Sketches


I was much more productive this year than in Santa Fe. I think part of that is due to the new sketchbook made by Katie. 300 lb paper does wonders. If you want to see my favorite 2 sketches you can to my blog.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Queue the Horns and Banjos and Cymbals

Savannah sketch today.

Finally figured this thing out!

In no particular order. That's all I've got for now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I did it.

Sons of Turner have now been immortalized in tattoo form.
And so has Herbert the crab.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I just got a big boost

Yesterday I felt inexplicably sad. Down. Really uncharacteristically folorn.
And then today I heard that I have been elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (which means I'm now MBK RI., FRSA) and I feel like a million dollars. Its a place where I hope to be able to explore creative thought with a view to making a real difference in the lives of people here in chicago around the world. Like my sock project that I talked about with some of you last year. Check it out at

Monday, June 7, 2010

Twigs, Trees, and Leaves

I did this one when I got home from Savannah.  The shells are from the beach and the stick is from Forsyth Park.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Disney World Photos

If any of you gets the chance to go to Disney World, go! Trust me, just go!

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Click the thumbnails for better resolution.  You can view the entire collection here.  Click here for the original post.  Have a magical day!


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Steam Engine

Just finished this today. Definitely inspired by the Roundhouse Museum in Savannah. Please critique, as some of you know, I don't usually paint this sort of thing. It was definitely a challenge for me.

Just a taste...

The bridge.

Look at this bad boy.

 The only flamingo I found in Savannah.


MBK told us to do this, so I'm doing it.
Lucas and I were just accepted into the Florence Academy of Art for the Fall semester. We shall be reining the terror of Chicago art students upon the populace of Florence for 3 long months. Wish us luck?

I'm horrible at this.