Aida

Aida. Watercolor on Arches Cold Press Paper, 300gsm. 20 x 16 inches, 2013

Aida, my newest watercolor, is actually the last painting in my series This House of Glass. I tend to think of my work as a succession of projects - moving from one to another after I've accomplished what I set out to do. Now that THoG is complete I'm actively preparing my next body of work which promises to be a challenge both for myself and for my audience. But more about that later... in the mean time I intend to post two tutorials on my painting process as well as samples of what's happening in the studio.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome. 

Digital Art 101

Transient

In my continuing effort to understand and improve my digital art, I've started doing academic figure and portrait studies. Rather than pick up from where I am in my watercolor work, I have an inclination to start over - to relearn how to paint - with this new medium. I'm using an iPad in figure drawing classes and have been reading about palette configurations and brushing up on my color theory. There's something very rewarding about approaching my digital work this way. It's giving me an opportunity to break away from my normal process and reevaluate how I approach painting as a whole - both in concept and in technique. When the time comes, I'm curious to see how this digital practice will inform my large watercolors. 

The piece above was made late last night. The reference is courtesy of Claudia Hajian, a professional art model located in NYC. Check out her blog where she writes about her life, her work and much much more. 

Body Politic

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am pleased to announce that I will be part of the upcoming show Body Politic, opening Thursday, March 7th, at the National Arts Club.

Curated by Courtney Jourdan and Kristin Künc, Body Politic brings together works by Shawn Barber, Larissa Bates, Sarah Bereza, Saskia Ozol Eubanks, Christian Fagerlund, Renee Foulks, Robyn Frank, Jane Hamill, Alex Kanevsky, Steve Ketchum, Oh Joon B. Kwon, Jerome Lagarrigue, Allison Maletz, Nat Meade, Jenny Morgan, Jeff Muhs, Ethan Murrow, Scott Noel, Tim Okamura, Holly Ann Sailors, and Melanie Vote. Body Politic aims to challenge the status quo of figurative art by showcasing decidedly contemporary takes on the venerable subject. 

The human body is one of the most articulate and simultaneously confounding subjects that artists depict. Yet the schools of thought that guide figurative painting siphon artists into narrowly focused camps with controlled and codified vocabularies.

Body Politic—the upcoming exhibition at the National Arts Club featuring more than twenty established and emerging artists—aims to upset this status quo by amplifying the cacophonic surge of artists’ voices speaking through the body. Unexpected interpretations of the figure breathe new life into an historic subject, with unexpected and surprising outcomes.

In Body Politic, artists explore the figure as an object adorned, left hauntingly bare, celebrated in its physicality and peculiarities, objectified in its psychology; in many instances, serving to challenge mores surrounding carnality, beauty, and power. It is a landscape on which the human journey is written, a battleground where vestiges of change and violence can be seen, a burgeoning vessel that holds literal as well as metaphorical potential within its bounds.

The human body’s meaning is enhanced by so many nuanced visualizations, at once inciting discomfiture, intimacy, and empathy. Artist and viewer become coconspirators in Body Politic. The thrill of the flesh and shared desire to understand and acknowledge all that the body is capable of demands a new, unforeseen and invigorated, “body” politic.
— From the Body Politic Press Release

Body Politic
March 7-17, with an opening reception Thursday, March 7, 6-8pm.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Single Fare 3

Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens

This week, Single Fare 3 opens at RH Gallery in Tribeca and if you're in town it's an event not to be missed. The brain child of Michael Kagan and Jean-Pierre Roy, Single Fare 3 features works of art made with or on credit card-sized plastic Mew York City Metrocards. The show is an open call exhibition and draws the attention of all manner of visual creatives, from the novice to the established. Last year's exhibition attracted over 1000 artists working in everything from painting and drawing to sculpture and video. Each piece is sold for $100 ($200 for the first hour of the opening reception) regardless of the artists' stature. That means with a trained eye it can be a great way to collect work from some of the industry's top names!

The opening reception is this Wednesday, February 13th, from 6-9pm, at RH Gallery. It's open to the public but considering the appeal of the show it's advisable to arrive early. If you miss the opening the show will be on view through February 22nd.

I've contributed two pieces to the show this year, both seen here. Both are watercolor on paper mounted on Metrocard and represent two distinct personal memories tied to two distinct Brooklyn neighborhoods - Carroll Gardens (above) and Fort Greene (below). Each measure 3 3/8" x 2 1/8".

Fort Greene

Fort Greene

An Interview with Rooms Magazine

Marley

Marley

Back in December, I was fortunate enough to have one of my watercolors (above) featured in the tenth issue of Rooms Magazine. This month I have the pleasure of sharing a candid interview with Rooms Magazine's very own, Rhiannon M. Kirkland. We chatted about my past work, up coming projects, and the lessons of high school theater. You can check out the interview HERE.

Please note, some of the images are NSFW.

Jsun

Jsun

Sinead

Sinead

Sinead

I decided to kick off the year by designing a new set of brushes for Procreate and, well, one thing lead to another and here you have it - Sinead. Sinead was (or maybe still is) one of the Burning Angel Girls I drew back in 2007 when they were doing their "Adult" Drawing Classes. A word to the wise - if you decide to look up "Burning Angel" or "Adult Drawing Class" be prepared - it's very NSFW.

This little portrait was done with a single brush - a compressed charcoal brush I designed in app - and only 2 colors (white and 70% gray). I'm looking forward to doing more as the year progresses and getting back into color once I've honed my custom color palettes. Until then...

Happy New Year!