11.20.12 – Doin’ Studies.

Oil on Canvas Board 

20_minute_figure

Here’s a 20-minute warm up pose I did today. Not bad. I’m pretty happy with it!


11.13.12 – 90-Minute Portrait of Karen

Oil on Canvas Board

Karen_portrait

After four shows, the Giants winning the World Series, and an eventful Halloween in October- I’m back in the studio, doing what I love the most: painting stuff. Here’s a pretty academic oil portrait of our awesome figure model, Karen. 


Shedding Expectations

I really believe that we don’t really change…we all come to be who we always have been. This one is part of my first series in a time of self-reflection and shedding of expectations. It’s finding the little kid in you that
dances as an ultimate “Fuck You” to a society full of false idols and unattainable expectations. 

Losing_my_religion

Oh, and in case you’re worried, I actually haven’t been very dark and twisty these days. On the contrary, actually. You have to be in a good place in life to express the shittier parts. 🙂 


This One is Personal.

Oil on Canvas 

The_dress_

I’ve wanted to paint this image for a long time, I felt I had to. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and maybe a painting is worth more. Who knows. All I know is that I’ve struggled to capture all the emotions I’ve felt in the past two years: the love, the loss, the hope to live up to expectations, followed by all its apologies– while struggling to let go of the ideal and embrace all its consequences. In this painting, I wanted to portray the grayness of reflection, the stillness of solitude, with a sense of hope depicted by a change in wind; the flutter and ephemeral nature of love. I’ve been told it’s haunting, surreal, and full of emotion. I just wanted it to be beautiful. 


9.18.12 – Someone Kill Me.

Yes, this is all brushwork with sumi-e ink on rice paper. Tiny little brushstrokes, and I’m not done yet. Color and wash to come…

Brush_painting-_in_progress

Guess practice makes perfect.

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"Art is a harmony parallel with nature." ~Paul Cezanne

Graphite and Ink on Paper 

Harmony

8.14.12 – Did a couple renditions of my ikebana arrangement, and this one came out okay. I’ve been trying out different techniques with sumi-e ink, rice paper, and bamboo pens, but it’s like trying to paint on toilet paper. Total mess. Gotta keep practicing. 


Book Cover Art for "The Ultimate Prophecy," by Jacqueline Kojikian

Book_cover

Carlos and I worked together this weekend to come up with a design for the author of The Ultimate Prophecy, Jacqueline Kojikian. Jacqueline is a good friend, a loving mother, successful lawyer, and now, a published writer. What can’t this woman do? Congrats Jacqueline!

Check out the Kindle version of the book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Prophecy-ebook/dp/B0076C7P8U%3FSubscriptio…