A big thank you to my reader Patrick who commissioned me to do a portrait of an important person in his life for an important person in his life. Hugh Metzler was an actor with the Quannapowitt Players, Inc. community theater in Reading, MA. From the company's website:
It is with a heavy heart that we must pass along some sad news. Hugh Metzler, a long time life member of QP and fixture both on and off-stage, passed away on August 14, 2012. His presence will be sorely missed. He will always be remembered for his many performances on stage, as well as his generosity and friendship off.
Patrick asked me to create a portrait for Hugh's wife which wouldn't be just a straightforward painting, but would like it to have some background detail that spoke to Hugh' love of acting. So I used pencil, pen, and ink and placed the theater's logo in the lower corner.
Happy to report this protrait was well-recieved. Patrick also purchased this original acrylic on paper painting from me last year.
Thank you so very much Patrick for including in this lovely and thoughtful project.
My friends Steve and Don opened their first frozen dessert location recently in Marina del Rey, CA called Snow Flower Ice. They make shaved ice which is inspired by their travels in Taiwan and the stuff has the texture of frozen cotton candy. Magic! I was very honored to create a mural in the front portion of their space. A couple things to work around: the entrance wall has a large photo of the shaved ice which needed to stay in place, the walls are heavily textured, and the opposite wall had three framed information boards and a fourth to be added shortly. Here's what I came up with....
And so it begins...... decided to make the large photo a thought bubble.
Also as their concept stemmed from travelling in Taiwan, I chose to make a mascot or a face of Snow Flower as this lovely lady. And created this very colorful wave of scrolling detail to flow through the entryway.
Is she looking at me?
Now onto the other side which is a longer wall.
Oh these textured walls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that's that!
If you're in LA, go check out my friends at Snow Flower Ice at 4260 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 424-500-8396
This is Nene Leakes from the Real Housewives of ATL letting just a little bit of her inner bad girl aka NayNay out. I hit pause on my dvr remote shortly after Nene called her good friend Cynthia's husband Peter a "bitch", or I mean NayNay called him a bitch. And told him to stay out of women's bizz-ness. Then she rolled her eyes and fake gagged herself and made a very unflattering array of faces as Cynthia went on to passive aggressively say they should be nicer to each other.........
Wow, I'm behind on sharing some of my work...... At the end of November, I painted a mural in Nidor Vapor Gallery in Venice, CA. It's a combination: vapor (e-cig) seller and gallery. Very Venice Beach. The area I painted is in the vapor lounge and as such, I created five large heads exhaling vapor. It's at 74 Market St.
I give you NeNe from The Real Housewives of the ATL sporting an awkward ponytail while reading someone about something. Read, read, read.......... Her library is never closed. You can tell when NeNe's delivering a serious dressing down as her right eye squints a little. That's when she means business. #slapme
The new season of the RHONY looks batshit crazy and leading that procession is Aviva Drescher. I saw a quick preview while on the treadmill at the gym a few weeks ago and I had to cover my mouth from laughing so hard. There was an extended 30 minute sneak peak this week on Bravo and Aviva has gone loco! I took a screen capture of her screaming (scream capture) and just did this quick rendering. It looks like the scream capture but not so much like her....... She kind of looks like a blond Sophia Vergara here.
No Superbowl for me...... instead I decided to sort through unwatched programs on my dvr starting with a show on TLC titled, "Buying Naked." Say what? Not sure how long this has been on but in a nutshell--- a realtor named Jackie has cornered the market on selling homes to nudists in some town in Florida. There's lots of strategically placed vases and chairs and bouquets of flowers to block frontal nudity but it's also butts-a-plenty. The nude part wears away pretty quickly but realtor Jackie and her more is more approach to makeup kept me watching. Here's what I'm talking about.....
That generously-applied eyeliner..... That eyeshadow gradation of deep purple fading into a shimmering lilac....... Those magenta cheeks........ And who doesn't love a royal blue gown paired with a fire engine red lip? I'm on-board and so I had to draw realtor Jackie.
You go Jackie! Honestly I don't know if this show has been on for months or if it's new.... it's double clicked on my dvr and I look forward to seeing what other combos she creates. I'm hoping for a coral lip with a kelly-green jumpsuit. Heaven!
My friends Marcelino R. and Pieter du Plessis got married this past weekend. Their ceremony was officiated by Shangela who you may know from RuPaul's Drag Race. I was a big admirer before but after watching her beautifully, humorously, and thoughtfully perform the service and then meeting and talking with her afterwards, I have a whole new level of respect. As a thank gift for Shangela, the couple commissioned me to do a portrait of her. It's 18" x 24" on a wooden panel. The background is acrylic paint, the hair, earrings, dress and body are ink and then the face is 100% makeup-- including the eyes and teeth. I wanted only the face to be in color and the rest black and white.
For the makeup I used MAC and Makeup Forever and then it's sealed for 8 coats of polyurethane. Watching Shangela unwrap the painting and then her great reaction was itself a gift to me.
Side note: look how beautiful Shangela looks. Her makeup was perfection! Cheers to you Marcelino and Pieter! I love you both.
It's been a spell since I've drawn any reality TV people. Have been a busy boy lately and also I'm done drawing those fucking housewives for now. Done with NJ and I can't stomach Miami. That will all change though when those BH lovelies return. In the meanwhile, I'm totally late to the party that is The Long Island Medium on TLC. It's a very hard g in Long of course. Oh my god yes is all I can say about that woman. She gives me everything and more than I could ever expect from a reality character. I may question her psychic capacities but I'd never, ever, EVER question what's happening on top of her head. It's glorious. It's perfect. I think I've found my Halloween costume. Hit pause on my DVR remote and did this roughly 15 minute sketch of this Jersey treasure.
Here's a little show and tell..... I body painted for an AT&T commercial about a month ago. It's a series of commercials that air during college football called #bethefan starring Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family. The direction I was given was to make this football fan look like he'd done it himself but only slightly better. Good, but not too good. :)