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June 03, 2018


621 Them Apples


Main621 Them Apples
20x20 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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This is the demo painting I started at last night's art walk and finished this morning.

May 28, 2018


620 Waltz with the Weird


Christine620 Waltz with the Weird
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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This is my demo painting from yesterday, when I was teaching a private portrait painting class to beautiful Christine. We referenced an image of Christine as captured by Nick Holmes for the work.

I guess Basquiat is still on my mind as I ended up infusing some of his aesthetic onto her top ... which spilled into her face and hair ... all a process of what I call "Waltzing with the Weird" ... where I encourage painters to take the representational abstract and push it to a point where it can waltz with the weird, waltz with the wild.

May 26, 2018


619 ShadowBell


Shadow619 ShadowBell
24x18 inches :: original acrylic and collage on stretched canvas
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When I was a girl growing up in Bakersfield, one of the most wonderful things in my life was being part of the bell choir at First Congregational Church. It was directed by a woman named Eleanor who was dedicated to music, bells, we students in the choir, and most of all, her German Shepherd named Shadow. During rehearsals, Eleanor would bring all of us cut up apples and cheese to enjoy as snacks as Shadow watched over us and the beautiful sounds of the bells filled Plymouth Hall, the room where we practiced. I fell in love with German Shepherds because of Eleanor and Shadow.

This work was painted referencing a photo of one of the humans who comes to paint privately with me in the studio. Christine. She's been making such amazing strides. And she also loves her German Shepherd. Anyway, this is her German Shepherd. I also added collage with pink paper.

May 21, 2018


618 El Sol


Elsol618 El Sol
12x12 inches :: original oil painting with collage on canvasboard
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I was recently at a dinner event to celebrate El Sol Academy, a public charter school in Santa Ana. I took an image of a historic house which is part of the campus, all prettily dressed up with twinkle lights. It's a building that is incubating lots of wonderful ideas for continued excellent educational programming. I referenced that photo to paint this work and then decided to add collage to it. El Sol ... y las estrellas brillantes.

 

 

May 12, 2018


617 Paris Ferris


Ferris

617 Paris Ferris
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of a Ferris Wheel by @sincerelyjules for this work.

May 02, 2018


616 I Am Titanium


Titanium616 I Am Titanium
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on cradled board
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Recently when I was demo painting in my crowded studio during an art walk, I was feeling great as lots of people were giving me great feedback about my process, my subject, and my color palette. I felt so understood.

At one point, this guy came up to me and said "Duuuuddddeee are you using Titanium White?" And I said "Yeah, that's one of the tubes of paint I'm using." And then he said "Wow. That's my favorite color. I learned about Titanium White through a Bob Ross video. I think it's a totally awesome color!" And he hung around some more enjoying the scene, mingling with other people, and then went along his merry way.

I thought to myself: What a fun weirdo ... probably really stoned and definitely misunderstanding my work as he fixates on his funny penchant for Titanium White.

The idea of being misunderstood has sometimes gotten in the way of my expressing myself. But the thing I realize is that it's not the end of the world to be misunderstood. And sometimes, I think misunderstandings or misinterpretations can open up very unusual realities, dreams, and universes where new funky ideas can blossom. Like I can see a whole short story/musical built around this dude who loves Titanium White and who goes on to creating huge murals with lots of Titanium White while rocking out to music by Sia.

Speaking of music by Sia ... I just about collapsed when I saw Michael J. Woodard performing Titanium. What a performance. And what a song.

I referenced my paint tube and paint brush for this work. #allaprima #goldenartistcolors #titaniumwhite #sia #michaeljwoodard

You shout it out
But I can't hear a word you say
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up
I'm bulletproof nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall, I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium, I am titanium, I am titanium, I am titanium
Cut me down
But it's you who has further to fall
Ghost town, haunted love
Raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm bulletproof nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am

April 22, 2018


615 Abuelito


Tony615 Abuelito
18x24 inches :: acrylic on stretched canvas
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This is a commissioned piece that I did for a client who wanted to honor his beloved abuelito. It was a joy to paint.

April 11, 2018


614 Cora


Cora614 Cora
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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This work is first dedicated to Cora, the protagonist in The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Through the pages of this book, I've escaped to places and escaped from places with Cora. Not just places but states of mind, states of emotion ... sometimes with intent and sometimes without. Magically, actually.

Cora's journey reminds me of the places I travel in terms of my emotions ... wanting to stay at an emotion and hold onto it ... but in spite of my strong will to either stay or to go, it seems that the traveling happens in spite of my will. I just wake up sometimes and think to myself ... why am I at peace? I wanted to stay in the grief. I wanted to stay in the hurt. How did I arrive at peace? And then another time I'll wake up and wonder how I got to melancholy when I was basking in the warmth of and joy of sun. Am I moving forward? Or am I weaving in and out of tracks real and imagined? Does joy rest in hurt? Does hurt rest in peace?

This work is also dedicated to singer, Michael J. Woddard, whose recent performance of Golden Slumbers by The Beatles took my breath away. And made me think that surely, once there was a way ... and perhaps a way still, as we weave in and out of tracks that might be underground and imagined or on the ground and under the real blue sky ... sometimes through our will and sometimes magically.

 

March 25, 2018


613 Stormy Weather


Stormy2613 Stormy Weather
20x20 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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March 24, 2018


612 Emma


Emma2612 Emma
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Parkland massacre for this work. What an inspiration she is.

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