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Walken a thin line. 
Monday, August 29, 2011, 04:18 PM - Caricatures
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I apologize for the lack of posts this summer. I promise to be better about posting new stuff!

This is a small oil painting I just finished for this week's Caricaturama Showdown competition on Facebook. The subject was Christopher Walken. He has always been one of my favorite faces to draw. And whenever I attempt another Walken caricature, I try a different spin to try to find the definitive likeness. I don't think I"m quite there yet. But this was a very fun one to paint because I was pretending I was Velasquez or Rembrandt in the overall look and atmosphere. So I changed the background and clothing from the original photo to create a more timeless portrait.

His face torments and haunts me in my dreams. So he is Walken, the tormentor.

Oil on Claessens linen, 16 x 20"



And a detail shot


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Annual Show of the San Diego Portrait Society 
Sunday, May 22, 2011, 02:24 PM - Portraits
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Yesterday was the reception for the annual all-member show for the San Diego Portrait Society. And I am very pleased to announce that my two paintings "Train of Thought" and "Don" won awards,

My 12 x 16" painting of my late friend Don Flaws won First Place Honorable Mention.







And my 24 x 30" painting entitled "Train of Thought" won Best of Show for this year.





And a detail:





This is a great honor for me as it is a show with a lot of other really strong and well-executed paintings. If you are in San Diego, you can still see the show until May 29. The gallery hours for the Poway Center for the Performing Arts are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm or during regularly scheduled performances at the theater (www.powayarts.org).

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A couple new still life paintings 
Friday, March 18, 2011, 07:44 PM - Other Fine Art
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I did a couple new small still life studies this week. One of these days I may actually start to put the flowers IN the vases.

Oil on panel (9 x 12")


Oil on canvas panel (8 x 10")

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A new illustration for The Night and Day 
Friday, February 25, 2011, 07:11 PM - Paintings
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The San Diego Union Tribune had me do a new illustration for their story on Oscar picks. I did this one in oils on gessoed panel. And before beginning, I decided to try to change up my illustration style a little bit. I wanted to simplify the process and use clean but painterly strokes. Dan Adel was my source of inspiration here, both compositionally and stylistically.

The painting shows Colin Firth from The King's Speech and Natalie Portman from Black Swan. Natalie's likeness was elusive. And when I finally got a sketch I liked, I found that once the Swan makeup is on her, it really camouflages her likeness anyway. And there didn't seem to be any way around it. If you look at the original Black Swan movie poster, it's pretty much impossible to tell who she is even in that. And that is a photo! So I thought I'd have a little fun with her and give her the crazy eyes from the end of the movie.

I don't know if I'll continue to paint in this simplified manner. But it is always a good exercise to experiment with your technique to try and figure out what works for you and what doesn't.







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A new commission is well received! 
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 01:11 AM - Caricatures
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Recently, I received a commission to paint a fast alla prima style caricature portrait for a young man in the Netherlands named Bowie. He just received the original in the mail and sent me this really nice video thank you card.





And here is my photo of the painting. I did this one without much of a pre-drawing. Just a quick sketch on paper, and I used that as a guide to paint the 12 x 16 inch gessoed panel.



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