Thursday, April 24, 2014

new website!

if you are linking to 45rpm directly through this blog, please note that i will no longer be updating it as i have updated and streamlined the site at its root address:
its clean, beautiful and will be updated more often.
check it out!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

new artworks.

i am starting to prep for a show in june with alex gruttadaro at joe bean coffee on university ave.
here is the first batch of paintings that i have completed for that show.
i am enjoying working the combined found surfaces, trying to find a balance where it looks as though the works have been excavated from within a wall, found under peeling wallpaper, or put together from objects left behind from the middle of the 20th century.
these works mark a new direction for me as i veer away from straight portraiture into something more painterly and less specifically about the subject. i have been inspired specifically by the work of mid-century painters richard diebenkorn, jasper johns and robert rauschenberg, along with contemporary artists vhils and best ever.

"the glow"
"laying back"
"blue skies"

Monday, January 6, 2014

narrative artists for drawing 2

we had a great discussion about some contemporary narrative artworks this week in drawing 2.
the students will be using the lyrics of death cab for cutie (block 2) and bob dylan (block 3) as jumping off points for their own narrative works.
here are some of the artists we looked at, with links to find out more about them!

clive smith (see more here)

david bowers (see more here)

edgar jerins (see more here)

joan mateu (see more here)

maggie taylor (see more here)

margaret bowland (see more here)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

artist of the week :: aj fosik

so, i realize that its been far too long since i have posted anything about my new artist obsessions. i end up using pinterest as my main place for sharing my artistic inspiration (and most of my student artwork ends up on twitter)... BUT this needs to change.

and aj fosik is the reason.

he did the sculpture that can be found on the cover of mastodon's 2011 record "the hunter", and from that moment on i loved his work. recently i was brainstorming with my good friend rob and he reminded me about fosik's work and it got me thinking about how i could use it with my students.
my studio art class will be creating animal bust sculptures (using cardboard) with an emphasis on color and pattern.

i love how fosik's work shows his crazy diverse interest in folk art, psychedelic art... and taxidermy - in such an interesting and unique way. check out 2 quick videos and some of my favorite works of his below.

friday wisdom

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

the artroom is now on twitter!

check out @titanART57 if you're interested in following everything thats happening in my classroom throughout the year.

i've always been anti-twitter, so we'll see if i can make this work for us
in a fun and meaningful way.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

newest work :: paul simon

somehow i forgot to post this a few weeks ago when i finished it... oh maybe its because i finished it the day that i hung my show, then had the end of the school year to deal with.
so, happy summer, here's "a window in your heart" (paul simon)... my latest collaboration with my son (he did the background).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

new artworks!

maybe its time to update my online portfolio.....

like we finally saw the colours of the world
sam beam (iron & wine)
pencil and spray paint on wood panel

(tonal bebop) harmony
eric dolphy
spray paint, oil and collage on canvas

a matter of time
jim james (my morning jacket)
mixed media

first to plug in
little walter
colored pencil and acrylic

soul stirrer
sam cooke
acrylic, spray paint and collage on cardboard

going to the ritual
rashied ali
pencil and acrylic on board