Thursday, January 31, 2008

Giselle pulled...

I have pulled the painting "giselle" from my website. it was originally done to talk about eating disorders and the needs of self-image with actuality. New is that an old friend, a dancer has been dealing with a life threatening illness, and I felt my painting was a bit too close for comfort. It was powerful before I had this tidbit of bad news, now I think it might be something best left for the galleries, where we can have a chance to discuss the themes, rather than smacking you in the face with it and leaving it at that. Giselle is currently hanging at the Blue Elephant Gallery in Frederick MD, flanked by two pieces that may raise eyebrows on their own.... Bishop of Bones and Mother and Child. Each is ornately framed in traditional Icon frames I had made in my studio, goldleafed and antiqued to make them look like gothic relics.

here's mother and child

Monday, January 14, 2008

long weekend in the studio


the use of my new wacom tablet is getting more fluid. i had a marathon weekend working on elements of puapualenalena. i keep wondering if these are going to have the same impact that my oil painting gets. there seems to be something impermanent with these files. after the story is published, i will be doing signed individual prints of these elements... i make them at 600 dpi by roughly 10 inches... plenty of info for large prints.

this piece is typical of the style i'm working in.

i was looking for Fred and Barney's Winston commercial online, and found this gem, too.

Wilma and Betty gettin down

git yer dancin' shoes on.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Can I Blog about a Blog?

Matt Dembicki has just posted the Puapualenalena area of the Tickster book blog. Please pop over there and post your comments. I need to look legit among these comic guys. They're drawing circles around me, so you need to bolster my image before they jump me for not being an official comic artist. Matt was a great help by calling me "inspiring" and "professional"....AHHAHAHAHHAHA!!!

The RUSE is ON!


http://trickster-anthology.blogspot.com/2008/01/puapualenalena-wizard-dog-of-waipio.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Book Project Progress now online


My fellow DC regional artist friend and editor, Matt Dembicki has a new blog up about the "Trickster" project. check it all out at the Trickster Blog . I've been cranking along on my 10-page portion, Puapualenalena, Wizard Dog of the Waipi'o Valley by Thomas Cummings.
Here's one of the evil Hula dancing Demons:

Friday, January 4, 2008

anthony quinn foundation

it sounds like a minor inquiry i had made in december may pan out into an actual exhibition of anthony quinn's artwork at shenandoah university. i had asked the foundation's curator about copyright issues concerning aq's work, and we got on the subject of his collected works. it sounds like the foundation and archive didn't know about the collection at su and mr. quinns visits to the university in the 1980s... well, things are in the works, and it may just become a show at the university. my pals down at the university sound very excited about the prospect.

i'll post more as i find out.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

2008 - additional blog fun

well... here it is. no fanfare. hoping to expand on my contact with fans and collectors of my work, as well as adding to my network of like-minded painters. we tend to work and exist in a self-imposed  isolation. i'd like to break out of mine a bit by cataloging my struggles and successes as an artist. i'm far too old to not know what i'm doing, but i really don't know any "good" way to break-in. just keep painting and posting.

more soon.

z