Friday, February 26, 2010

new canvas

I have not painted much in the past 2 weeks or so.  I have been focusing on building more stretchers for canvas.  During breaks at work I would put one together so I don't have to waste my time outside of work doing them.  That plan worked out great.  Now I am stretching canvas in the studio.  I forgot how time consuming it can be and how beat up my knuckles get.  I can't wait to get painting on them.





I have one more to go and then to the gesso.  I am going to call it a day for now because I am sure there is more snow to shovel.  Rochester is getting hammered with snow,  but it's all good because it is snowman making snow!   

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MP Landis

I came across his work while searching etsy.  I stopped by his site to see more..  He has a great sense of color.  I am also a big fan of his line work.  Here are a few images of his drawings/paintings.




Monday, February 15, 2010

campione del mundo

I think it is almost finished.  I am not to sure about the red butterfly, I may paint over it.  I know I am getting close to the end because today was a difficult painting session.  I am trying not to over paint an area and that is what happened to the bulls face.  I wiped it off with thinner and tried to repaint.  Not sure how I feel about it now.  I wanted to add some highlights but am not sure if it needs any.  Same goes for the lips and tongue, I over painted them but I think I brought them back.  Let me know what you think, be mean if you want, I can take it.

Just realized how much glare is in the images, sorry.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

3rd time not a charm

I was rejected from the Made in New York exhibit once again. Yeah, that's all I got right now.  Instead of Ali, I am actually the guy down for the count in the image below.  Maybe next time!

Monday, February 8, 2010


I just realized how competitive I am.  I guess it goes with the perfectionist trait.  Shits about to get ill.


Painting was so natural today.  It was like any color that I mixed was right on, brush strokes just fell into place and things were just happening.  This doesn't happen often so I was pretty happy with myself, which also doesn't happen to often.  Manchester Orchestras shake it out was on the radio and I was just rocking out while I was moving backwards to get a look at the painting, I was excited.  I don't know what made me look, maybe my subconscious took control, but I guess the floor just was different under my feet.  I looked down and realized I was doing a jig on one of Jens drawings that I had put on the floor.  I have never had that kind of change in emotions before, excitement to terror in like 1.5 seconds, yeah faster then a Ferrari.  What a dick is all I could think.  I was able to erase most of the boot marks but it was just such a delicate drawing, very soft.  There are a few marks but I will have to see what she thinks.  What really sucks is, in my opinion, it is a really great drawing.  I think I should buy it from her, which is prob weird because it is my wife, but I feel horrible.  She also really likes the drawing.

Here some images of the studio and paintings......

Sunday, February 7, 2010


New Orleans needed this.  Super Bowl XLIV champs!  Congrats!

Friday, February 5, 2010

todays paint session

Here are the changes I made today at the studio.  At first I really hated what I had done,  I was pissed.  I kept painting and think it is moving in the right direction.  There is still a lot more work to be done.  So much for a painting a month.  I will try though.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The worst trait anyone can have.  I have it.  Nothing is ever done because it could always be improved.  It is self destructive.  I hate being a perfectionist.

I wonder if Michelangelo was a perfectionist?  Just a thought.

Monday, February 1, 2010


A little facebook chat Friday night produced a great quote:

When life is feeding me lemons... I puncture the damn lemon with a drawing tool and let it bleed.
                      -T. Massey