Friday, March 7, 2014

Gravity #16 (12th Wave)

I'm so glad that Make a Wish of Alaska and Washington chose this piece for their annual sold out Gala and Auction!

This piece will be for auction (along with Gravity #14) tomorrow!

For those of you not into football, the colors were inspired by my local football team, that just happened to win the Super Bowl this year.

I started on this piece right before the NFC Championship Game, and kept working on it through the Super Bowl.  As a non-football fan, I feel like the entire city welcomed my artsy, nerdy self into the football fold with open arms. There was quite an energy in town surrounding the team as the season was beginning to wrap up, and this piece is my interpretation of it.  The fact that they actually made it all the way to the Super Bowl and won it was amazing.

Click on any image to enlarge.

Additional lighting shots, to show you how it reacts depending on the available light.

This is the first diptych that I incorporated a spacer during the actual creation.  As such, a spacer has been provided with the piece to aid in proper mounting.  You can see the spacer below in these in progress shots:

Detail shot of signature:

Additional detail shots:

Interesting paint interaction of gravity lines.

Another interesting paint interaction.

Again, final piece:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gravity #15: The exception to the rule

I suppose with every rule set, one wants to make an exception from time to time.  The only thing I didn't do with this piece that I've done with all of the other gravity paintings, is actually lay gravity lines on it before finishing it.  Maybe I will later, but I doubt it.  I mean, I've already signed the piece!

Oh, and this one is more figurative than the rest.  Literally.

When I was about halfway through working on this piece, an image of a woman emerged to me, reminiscent of Nude Descending a Staircase.

This piece measures 10" x 22"
Deep panel (a bit more than 1.5"deep)

Here's how this piece evolved:

At first, the comet-like image was somewhat reminiscent of a veiled woman, perhaps in a Burqa, looking straight at the viewer.
Original under painting
But, after some contemplation of the piece, some of the lines stood out.  I had to try something a bit new. So, I applied blue masking tape to the piece before the airbrush pass.
Masking out the image I saw in it.

Right after airbrush pass.
 After the tape removal, the final piece is quite brilliant.
Another shot of the final image, before signing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gravity #14: One of Two Gravity Paintings you can find at Auction in March!

The good folks at Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington really liked this piece, and will be auctioning it off on March 8th for their annual Gala and Auction!  I think one of the main reasons they liked it is because it is so incredibly dynamic!  For example, look how different it looks int he two photos below, based off of not only the lighting, but also the spacing of both parts of the diptych.  One interesting thing about this piece, is that unless your head is between the two pieces, the part further from you will appear to be brighter.  Each part of the diptych measures 6" x 18", and the piece comes with some guidelines on ideal spacing.

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The other piece to be auctioned off is making a cameo at the left...

I told you the farther one is always brighter!

An example of how lighting affects this piece:

Here's a shot of the base colors, before airbrushing or gravity lines.

Detail of the signature:

Additional detail shots:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gravity #13: Don't worry, this one is lucky!!

Gravity #13 was made at the same time that I was working on #12. In fact, the original idea was to start one green and cover with a purple background, and do the opposite to the other.  You'll see below the beginnings.  This also measures 12" x 6" and is suitable for displaying on a shelf or on one's wall.  For those interested this is also currently available for a $300 donation to an agreed upon charity.  Use the contact form on the right if interested.

Click on images below for a larger view.

One type of lighting...
Different lighting really affects these paintings!

In addition to lighting, angle plays a huge role in how the painting looks:

Similar angle, different lighting
This side is a lot darker!

Here it is next to its companion piece, #12.  Note that these are best displayed with the two wooden supports actually touching each other, unlike this image below.  That makes the lines between both supports flow much better.  You can see a hint of Gravity #16 (12th Wave) on the left.  That piece is one of two that will be at this year's sold out Make a Wish Charity Auction.

 Can you believe this is how it started?!?

Detail shots: