Thursday, November 07, 2019

NYC Metro Card Kara Walker No. 1

One of my favorite artists:

NYC Metro Card Kara Walker No. 1
2" x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card
Available for purchase here.


Some close ups:





I went through many false starts and wipe offs before finally feeling good about this likeness - here some process shots of this bumpy ride:









Sunday, November 03, 2019






Process:






NYC Metro Card Taxi In The Snow No. 24
2" x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card

Purchase info available here.





NYC Metro Card Chrysler Building No. 19





NYC Metro Card Chrysler Building No. 19
2" x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card

Purchase info available here.


NYC Metro Card Bagel No. 25





NYC Metro Card Bagel No. 25
2" x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card

Purchase info available here.


NYC Metro Card Andy Warhol






Process:










NYC Metro Card Andy Warhol No 1
2" x 3.5" Oil on NYC Metro Card

SOLD


Nightline

Nightline No. 1
2" x 3.5" oil on NYC Metro Card

NFS



For Week of October 21, 2019

‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in All Key Demos For 2nd Week in a Row


Yeah, it does.

NYC Metro Card Chrysler Building No. 18









NYC Metro Card Chrysler Building No. 18
2' x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card

Purchase info available here.

Friday, October 25, 2019

A fresh batch of Metro card paintings in the works

First up, the ubiquitous NYC taxi........







NYC Metro Card Taxi No. 22
2' x 3.5" Oil on Metro Card
SOLD


Although this painting has sold, you may find other paintings available for sale here.




Thursday, October 24, 2019

Oil Portrait Study " Peter" with Process

This final 5"x7" oil painting came to be after a lot of stops and starts, scrape downs and wipe offs, re-shapes and adjustments but I'm content with this result:


First steps were sketches in charcoal and some light washes :




Gradually building up layers:




I was pretty happy at this stage, since it was very loose and expressive:



 I revisited it the next day because I wanted more detail and also felt there wasn't enough volume to the head, the darks and highlights weren't quite right yet - I wiped down the forehead and neck/shoulders:


And then attempted to bring the shadows/highlights back in but it was still a mess:


I also felt the likeness was off - I was working from my own reference photo and knew it was off. I took this last pic of the painting into photoshop and compared it to my source and could see where the position of some of his features were off and the width of the face was wrong. Had to wipe elements away - that was scary but I knew instantly that it was the right thing to do:


As I re-worked the face, I could see it coming together - the head was more of a 3/4 turn (as it should be) whereas the first efforts had mistakenly flattened the face to the viewer:



And done:


"Peter Study"
5" x 7" Oil on wood panel