Sunday, December 13, 2009

Artists by Artists

...just about to head over to the reception for the Artists by Artists show, and realized wow! it's been a while since I've posted here. I posted this new painting in different places, but not here... hmmm... The AxA show features local artists - portraits of local artists by local artists... The Bob/Tree painting is my portrait of Bob Nanninga for this AxA show.
I'll add more to this post later but wanted to get this up here too...I have a ton of details of this painting - there are for sure over 50 faces in this painting, so I took some detail shots of it to see them up close in case you're not able to see it in person... so.. more here soon, but for now, I'm off to the show!

The reception is today, Dec. 13, 1-4pm.
at the Encinitas Library Community Room
540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024
the show is up til mid-January.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I'll be at the Studio 2nd Street booth #5361.

we'll be doing demos at the booth
drawing, painting - traditional, digital..
plus a demo on Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
with Ron and others from s2s
upstairs in Rm. 30CDE

here's a painting I just finished
that will be there in the booth as well...

oil on canvas - 24x30"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Totem on Oak View Hill

oil on board - 2.75" x 26" (sold)


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bob Nanninga

In memory of a true visionary and good friend.

Bob passed away on Saturday February 14, 2009.
He was a huge inspiration to me and so many others.

He will truly be missed.

Portrait of Keith and Bob, August 2006
Bob and Keith posed sitting together on the stage at E Street Cafe, for a painting demonstration I did on a Sunday afternoon. With Bob on a stage, and people coming and going in the cafĂ©, it was difficult to keep this man still – which was the case all of the time anyway, but particularly apparent when he needed to be sitting still in front of me. He would see friends and jump up to run over and hug them. When he felt his eyes getting heavy, he quickly got behind the bar to make us all a special concoction ala coffee-Bob-goodness. The man was non-stop – a ball of energy. And his energy was positively contagious and addicting.

Portrait of Bob, January 2007
This pose was set up to show Bob’s tattoos, because each one has its own story. The furrowed brow became my focus, though, and during each 20-minute increment of the pose, I would paint in a different area until the furrow came back to his forehead. At the beginning of the pose, he was relaxed. But as the minutes started ticking away, the tension in his brow would build. His wheels were constantly turning. When Bob sat during these hours, his gaze was fixed on a painting of a darker clown character on the wall across the room that I had done called The Muse. He asked who she was, and said he wanted to meet her. I told him she was in my head, and was part of a body of work I had created called the “Refugees from the Entrenched Attitude Society”. He insisted that he should be a member of this group. “Maybe I could be the Manic,” he said. And that’s how Bob the Manic came to be.

Bob the Manic, October 2007
This painting is a brilliant example of a combination of two souls captured completely in their element. If ever there were a true show of method acting, this was it. Bob was The Manic. He dressed and acted the part, having also painted his face with white and red makeup. His passion gave me freedom to be - just to be – and to paint while being. Which in essence, is my most favorite place to be most of all. We didn’t do much talking, but it was like we were having a very long, deep conversation in which we got to know each other very well… or at least, when it became understood that we were so very much the same.

Bob for City Council poster, October 2008
This poster was done very last minute. He proposed the idea to me, needing it yesterday. He came by the studio, and we snapped some photos with natural light. The graphics were pretty straightforward from there – made green to encapsulate his quest for environmental goodness. This one particular pose exuded “Vision” and Bob was a true visionary. He had wanted to be elected so that he could make a difference, and was tremendously disappointed by not getting elected. Maybe what he didn’t quite understand was that he was already making a difference.

Friday, January 23, 2009

pics from the Circus Art Event

thanks to Veronica at Artistique Theatre for making this event happen... was a great turn-out and a lot fun!

visit the Artistique Theatre blog - click here - to see more pics from the Circus show...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Drips the Clown

Drips the Clown (sold)

approx. 82"x32" - acrylic on vinyl banner
(for the 101 Artists Colony banners this year)
I think clowns become sad because most people fear them blindly, and without any kind of understanding of what lies underneath the surface.
this painting really went through a lot of changes
from when it was started to its current state.

...listened to Clogs a lot when I painted this.
click this link to listen (2 songs,
Kapsburger and 5/4 from Lantern)