Monday, October 11, 2010

Michelangelo Hung Behind NY Sofa for 27 Years


"I had assumed it was going to be a copy," Forcellino said.

Still, Forcellino skeptically visited Kober's home outside Buffalo to view the painting, and the trip left him a bit breathless.

"In reality, this painting was even more beautiful than the versions hanging in Rome and Florence. The truth was this painting was much better than the ones they had. I had visions of telling them that there was this crazy guy in America telling everyone he had a Michelangelo at home," Forcellino said.

Full Story Here

Monday, September 06, 2010

$50M Van Gogh Cut Out of Its Frame With a Boxcutter

Broken cameras blamed for theft of van Gogh worth $50M

Hadeel Al-Shalchi Associated Press

CAIRO—None of the alarms and only seven out of 43 surveillance cameras were working at a Cairo museum where a Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen, Egypt's top prosecutor said Sunday.

Thieves made off with the canvas, known by the titles of "Poppy Flowers" and "Vase with Flowers," on Saturday from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in the Egyptian capital.

Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud told Egypt's state news agency Sunday that the thieves used a box cutter to remove the painting from its frame. He blamed the theft on the museum's lax security measures, calling them "for the most part feeble and superficial."

The rest of the article is here.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Here are some of the aforementioned sketches :)



Wednesday, September 01, 2010

First in what I hope will be a series of work in this style. I'd been doodling this image so much I decided to finally get something down on canvas. Just a little 11"x14"


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finally Finished

Well, I've been in a pretty deep creative funk for awhile. Trying to brute force through it doesn't seem to work much but you can't beat emotion as a motivator. On top of the usual depression over still being broke and working for a pittance in a job that bores me after 3 years of this damn economic depression, the plain truth is I was missing the kid. So I finished my painting of her.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New techniques reveal just how tacky our ancestors were

Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that's required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.

Although it seems impossible to think that anything could be left to discover after thousands of years of wind, sun, sand, and art students, finding the long lost patterns on a piece of ancient Greek sculpture can be as easy as shining a lamp on it. A technique called ‘raking light' has been used to analyze art for a long time. A lamp is positioned carefully enough that the path of the light is almost parallel to the surface of the object. When used on paintings, this makes brushstrokes, grit, and dust obvious. On statues, the effect is more subtle. Brush-strokes are impossible to see, but because different paints wear off at different rates, the stone is raised in some places – protected from erosion by its cap of paint – and lowered in others. Elaborate patterns become visible.

Read the rest of the article here

Friday, July 02, 2010

hi larry, us

Dude cracks me up.

Unfortunately, sounds too familiar. *warning: dirty words*

"It's like Twitter"

Friday, June 18, 2010

Eh, it's a job

kidding... drawing rarely feels like a job.
Was working on some more digi-stamps for Coll's site

Here's a colored version of the kitty

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bisbee, Arizona

Abandon Hope!
Two of these grim fellows guarded the entrance to the house beyond.
We named them Baruch and Balthamos.

The History Room
The History Room
The Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast

Lavender Pit Copper Mine
The Lavender Pit
This used to be a mountain.
Mined out in 1974.
Banksy Inspired Graffiti
Saw this near the museum in Bisbee.
Not Banksy, according to my small bit of research, though Banksy was in Utah recently.

Not sure if this is an abandoned lot that had graffiti or if the rubble were part of the exhibit.
The former, I think.

Wall Art
One of the nicer bits of random art.
Desert Flower
Saw this flower on the entire trip. It grows, along with dozens of others, at the top of a ling spike. An explosion of green spikes guard the base.
We wondered if the flowers were as petal-soft as they looked. They weren't.

Random Gargoyle
Two of these guys hiding in the vines.

Queen Mine
Going into the Queen Mine

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Pickles, the drummer...

...doodly doodly doo."

Some doodles while waiting to leave work.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Copic Marker Classes

Ya know how you put stuff somewhere, totally planning to take care of it later? Yeah.

Back in April, My awesome friend and flying monkey wrangler Colleen sent me off to get my Copic Marker certification so I could be her site's resident guru. It was pretty interesting and although I have been using markers since before there were Macs, I still learned a couple of things. I also got some epic markers and a couple of multiliners.

Anyway, nuff plugs. With no further dudes:

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Yeah, not too many male motifs to be found.

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Some doodles.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I scanned some sketches I've been working on for
This series is based on the Wizard of Oz

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The Cowardly Lion

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The Scarecrow

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Okay, here's the short version:

About 7 years ago, I got an email invite to this event. It was an art festival in Florence, Italy called Biennale. Kinda like Basel Miami I'm assuming. Anyway, I didn't think a lot of it, especially since I really couldn't afford the $3000 entry fees, not to mention the travel expenses. I requested the full package anyway and received it a few days later. It was a pretty impressive packet of info, but, still relatively broke, I put it in my files.

Flash forward a few years to 2007. I'm working for Phoenix Art Group and someone mentions Biennale and I say something about getting an invite a while back. Chick about choked on her dried vegan seaweed. Apparently it's a really, really big deal and getting invited is too. I don't think she believed me, to be honest, and I couldn't find the info pack after all that time.

So I'm watching one of my favorite films; The Big Lebowski, and at the scene where The Dude has returned to Maude's place at her request and the "video artist, Knox Harrington" (David Thewliss) is there. Eventually Maude comes home and after a bit, the phone rings. Knox calls to Maude and says, "It's Sandra, about Biennale."

Every time I hear that I cringe, thinking of the big opportunity that I missed.

Jump to yesterday. I got my second invitation to the event!

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Yeah, still can't afford to go, but at least I have some time to raise the funds, right? Yeah. It's 2700 Euro to enter. That's about $3350 in real money. And again, doesn't include hotel or airfare. But still cool to get the invite!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sneaker Art

I bought these high tops awhile ago. Decided they needed something.

First, I clean the toe of the shoe with some alcohol.
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Using a pencil, I roughed in what I wanted to draw before going in with a marker.
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Using a black Copic marker with the brush nib, I simply ink my design.
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If you make a mistake, Copic markers clean off easily with alcohol.
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The finished product!
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New Name, New Direction

So, it's been some time since I posted here and I figgered it was time to reboot this thing. Hence the new name and new focus. Where before the focus was art and art news in general, I'm going to use this blog more to both get my work out, but also as a motivator for myself. Inspiration is only half the issue. My biggest problem as an artist is motivation.

So stay tuned

Monday, May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta

Sad news today. Epic fantasy artist Frank Frazetta died today. His most famous works graced the covers of Tarzan and Conan novels, as well as Molly Hatchet's first three albums.

Death Dealer