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February 8, 2013 | See comments »

Today there was an article in the Bakersfield Californian about the artist’s reception of Curiouser and Curiouser this Saturday. Take a look!



January 30, 2013 | See comments »

Today I was on the Scott Cox show KERN 1180 AM radio show to promote First Friday and my upcoming show Curiouser and Curiouser.

This First Friday we will be opening Perceptual Focus, artwork by Leonid Koff. Window Sill Pie Company will be selling their scrumptious pies, tarts, and candy boxes just in time for Valentine’s Day! We will also have Yvonne Cavanagh from BHS ceramics class to sell ceramic cupcakes to help benefit the BHS art program. Next door at Metro Galleries “Love, Betty” will open displaying the beautiful works of Betty Leonor.

Then comes 2/9/13, the artist’s reception at The Empty Space for “Curiouser and Curiouser.” What a great line-up.

Have a listen:

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January 22, 2013 | See comments »

When creating a show I first start by mapping out each piece using one color. I usually use a lime green, yellow, or orange. I do not draw on my canvas with pencil. I stopped doing that years ago when I realized it takes a LOT of time that I can use painting instead….

After I have them all “sketched out” (with paint) I go through and do all my underpainting. This leaves the canvases looking horrible. Where I know I want to apply red paint I usually use a pink underpainting, Green under blue, white under white, yellow or orange under shading, etc. There is hardly a rhyme or reason to the colors I choose for my underpainting. I feel color when I’m painting so it all depends on how each color makes me feel.

After the underpaintings, I line them up and one by one I pick them out to lay out all the detail work. This is also largely chosen by feeling. Am I in the mood to paint a rabbit today or perhaps the Queen of Hearts?

There is ALWAYS the one I like least… The one that sits like a wallflower making eye contact with me at each pass for a new canvas, but never chosen. Tonight I did things a little differently. My March Hare was the one I kept over looking. The one I almost cut from the show all together. I tackled it and he is now my favorite… This photo is just a teaser of the most undetailed portion of the painting. I can’t wait for everyone to see. His eye follows you around the room and the shine of his coat is just messy enough. Sweet Dreams…

January 21, 2013 | See comments »

I’m having a lot of fun adding the finishing touches to my works for Curioser and Curiouser… In this body of work I’m using live models and pictures I’ve taken for just the right expressions and poses. For example this teaser photo shows the angry face of yours truly. I can’t wait to share this show!


January 19, 2013 | See comments »

On 1/25/2013 I will be curating a one night show at The Foundry. The artist Jared Ormerod has had one solo show before. his works are interesting and original.

Yesterday morning I had a taped interview with Jeff Lemucchi from KERN talk radio. Here is a link. Take a listen! 01_25_13 show promotion

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