The New Digital Puritans

Screenshot of my watercolor painting,  Marley , censored by Google+.

Screenshot of my watercolor painting, Marley, censored by Google+.

Censorship and social media are two institutions that seem destined to continually intersect these days. For artists trying to establish themselves online and make use of the global market, a healthy Internet presence can have a vast influence in making the unknowns, known. Unfortunately, for work that challenges, defies, arouses or upsets, the hurdles are many and severe. With service policies that favor the innocuous, many artists find their place on sites such as Facebook and Google+ limited at best.

Several weeks ago, I sat down with Samantha Villenave, to discuss my experiences with online censorship and how it’s affected my work and my practices. The resulting article was published earlier this week on Hyperallergic. Click HERE to read further. Warning, the content of the article may not be safe for work. 


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. 

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

Digital Painting - Courtny


As many of you know I've been experimenting with the iPad's capabilities as a painting medium for a few months now. This is my latest piece, once again done in Savage Interactive's Procreate with Artist Harware's Sensu Brush and Targus' 2-in-1 Executive Stylus. I worked on this portrait in my spare time over the course of a few days. Altogether I'd estimate that it took just under 4 hours to complete. During that time documented my process which, if you're interested in reading about, can be found after the jump. As always, if you have any questions just leave a comment and I'll be happy to replay as soon as I can. Enjoy.

Work In Progress

Here is a detail from Aida, the latest addition to This House of Glass. I started by laying in a monochromatic blue underpainting to define the shapes and space of the room and figure. Then I layered in transparent washes of local tone to further define the structures and light source. At this point I'm laying in reflected light and pushing the shadows further to establish the value range we'll see in the finished piece.  Check back for more soon.

Related posts: Finished Drawing Transfered Drawing

Digital Painting on the iPad


Ever since David Kassan showed me a time-lapse video of his first iPad painting I've been dying to try it for myself. After a long wait, I finally got my hands on an iPad and started experimenting over the holidays. Thus far I've used Sketchbook Express, ArtRage and my app of choice, Procreate. I've also tried out a few different stylus', preferring the hand-held approach to the 'finger painting' method. At the moment I'm using a Targus 2-in-1 Executive Stylus which combines a conductive touch-screen nib with a traditional roller ball pen.

Recently, the good folks over at Targus caught wind of my doodling and asked to interview me about integrating the iPad into my work. You can check it out here: Artist Pushes Creative Boundaries With Apple iPad.

UPDATE: Targus recently contacted me informing of coupons for their online store available on The Raw Feed. If you're interested in trying the Targus 2-in-1 Executive Stylus check THIS LINK to save a few dollars on your purchase.