A woman with the initials KB just tagged me in a photo from Andy Cohen's dog Wacha's instagram. I love that his cute doggie has an account! About six years ago Andy commissioned me to do a drawing of six of the housewives from the various cities. I know it's a fuzzy instagram photo but the drawing is hanging in the upper left part of the picture and those housewives would include: Lauri and Vicki from the OC, NeNe and Kim from the ATL, and Luann and Ramona from NYC.
There's a show on the E! Network called Botched and I guess it would be considered a guilty pleasure although I feel zero guilt watching. On the finale of this misadventure in the world of plastic surgery, we met an exquisite creature appropriately named The Glamorous Monique. She's everything I never knew I always wanted. Thank you E! for this glamorous gift.
Commission accomplished! Someone who purchased a painting from me last year, found a piece on my website and asked if I could make something in that direction and feel for him. The oil on canvas painting he liked I'd done in 2001 when I'd moved back to Cali after a time in NYC and it served as my goodbye to the endless stream of colorful people I'd see roaming the streets of Manhattan. It was really fun revisiting this style and finding new meaning in these characters. Very grateful to those who support my work.
I had the good fortune of painting one of Beyonce's backup dancers for the 2014 VMAs in Los Angeles held at the Forum. Queen B closed the event with a super-sized medley of her current hits..... I think her entire performance was 15 minutes long. I got to watch her rehearse the day before in the empty auditorium and oh my god was that cool. My task was to paint one of her dancers solid white which if you ask any bodypainters, it's one of the more challenging things to do. Her segment actually starts with the dancer I painted in her lap.
That's my painted girl front and center. Insane!
Funny thing, about an hour before the performance happened, Beyonce decided she wanted all the women in that opening segment to be painted white as well. It wasn't humanly possible to do that so a bunch of people had to pitch in and try and paint the other ladies. Beyonce posted a video on her facebook showing behind the scenes and I'm in it. Kind of a blink and you miss me type thing but hey, I'll take it.
That's me in the back!
Why not one more? :)
So that was my adventure in the world of Beyonce.... a nice world to be in.
Oh, here's one more of my lovely lady almost finished.....
I'll admit I'm not the most in touch when it comes to sporting events. I knew the World Cup was happening but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I was in a Sports Authority a few days ago looking for some undergarments for a body paint project and that's when I saw the FIFA World Cup logo for the first time on some giant display.
And it seemed like a great face paint opportunity. So I first enlisted the help of my beautiful friend Monica and this is the fun we had.
She let me give her the Mariah Carey hair treatment here. :)
And because a girl needs her options, I put her in this fro wig.
Thank you Monica! Also wanted to do that face paint on a guy so I got my friend Khalif, who I've body painted now 7 times, and here's what we came up with.
No wig needed for him, that's his real hair and it's real magic.
Thanks for viewing my face paint fun. Have a look here for further bodyart work. http://www.davidgilmorestudio.com/
Somebody please...... slap me for drawing these women from The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Slap me twice actually--- one slap per drawing. That's Shannon Beador on the left and Heather Dubrow on the right. Two very fun faces that are very fun to draw. #slapme
I had the honor of painting supermodel Constance Jablonski for the cover of and spread in Numero Magazine. The July 2014 Art Issue.
My task was to recreate the artwork of Alex Israel onto this model.
Above are examples of his work. A canvas is covered in a heavy stucco-like texture and then a gradation of saturated colors move up the canvas. Then there are side sprays of vibrant covers creating a chamelion-like experience walking around his pieces. The model I essentially glued sand all over her body in a wetsuit coverage area and then applied MAC Cosmetics chromacakes to do the gradiation of colors. I used European Body Art airbrush colors to do the side sprays.
What a fun and long day. I'm attaching all the images from the spread so please click on them to see larger.
Here's the hilarious The Bianca Del Rio from RuPaul's Drag Race. This drawing is from the beginning of the show which picks up where the previous episode has just ended. The four remaining queens have returned to the workroom post: runway walk, judges elevations, lip-sync (if needed), and filming the after-show where the cocktails fly. Watching them de-drag at the top of the show creates some of the best visuals as the lashes, wigs, and makeup comes off. Even with glitter all over the place and wig-hair, Bianca still looks ravishing. Go get that crown girl!
One more drawing from last night's RHOATL reunion show. This is NeNe sporting a drag race season one (no offense) lace front wig paired with an awkward bun that was an entirely different color and texture. And, it was starting to unravel by the end of the night which I believe was telling...... it's a mood bun. Hit pause on my dvr remote as NeNe served this sour, pouty, mean moose expression. #fixitjesus
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