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