Two Birthday Presents

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Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would try to post these before I headed out for the festivities.

Two birthday presents for two close friends of mine -- one is incredibly late, and one is right on time. Also, I included a picture of my work space, just to give an idea of what sort of tools I use...


"Ellen Tree" - ink and watercolor on wood - 6" x 6"


"Bo Tree" - ink and watercolor on wood - 6" x 6"


Also, here's picture of my very messy work space.

Happy New Year!

Family Christmas Presents

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Haven't been able to post for a while because of the Christmas rush... but since everyone has gotten their presents, here are the last few that I painted for gifts. "Two Monkeys" is for my sister and fiancee since they're both monkeys in the Chinese zodiac. "Two Bunnies" is for my parents since my mom doesn't like the paintings where I draw "scary" things.

=)


"Two Monkeys" - ink and watercolor on paper - 15" x 10"


"Two Bunnies" - ink and watercolor on paper - 15" x 10"

Two more Christmas Presents

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Two more gifts for two close friends . . .


"Green Cats" - ink and watercolor on paper - 10" x 7"


"Nikki and Eve " - ink and watercolor on paper - 5 " x 8 "

"Merry Birthmas Jane"

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"Merry Birthmas Jane" - ink and watercolor on paper - 10" x 7"


Birthday / Christmas present for a close friend of mine =). She liked it, hooray!

Work Graffiti

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I still can't post the Christmas presents I've been painting for friends and family, but at least there's some other interesting stuff going on --

So at work they're installing skylights in our building. To shield the rest of the building from all the construction dust and noise, they put up temporary walls made of plywood. They even painted them white so it fits with the rest of our office decor! . . . and essentially they looked like one big canvas to me...

I started small, with little figures around the edges. And when no one yelled at me, I went nuts. Here are the results to date:

(click through to see larger images)





Newsprint Number 5

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Hmmm... I finished (or have almost finished) a piece that I really love! But I can't show it, because the intended giftee almost certainly checks my blog regularly. Boo!

Oh well, I'll post it once they've received it.

In the meantime, here's a piece I did a while ago that I liked quite a bit. I'm pretty sure I never got a chance to post it, so here it is.

"Newsprint Number 5" - marker on newsprint - 24" x 36"

Christmas Presents Part 1

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I've started working on Christmas presents for friends back home in Chicago. I'm pretty sure they don't check my blog, so it should be okay to show these here =).


"Liska Family Portrait" - ink and watercolor on paper - 10" x 7"
- my friend Colette, her husband and daughter


"Traxler Family Portrait" - ink and watercolor on paper - 10" x 7"
- my friend Kevin, his wife and son

Ink Experiments

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"Ink Experiment 1" - ink on bristol - 14" x 5"


"Ink Experiment 2" - ink on illustration board - 14" x 3"

Felt like doing some ink and brush experimentation tonight =)

"Blue Octo"

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"Blue Octo " - ink and watercolor on wood - 12 " x 12 "





I liked Pink Octo from two days ago so much that I wanted to try something similar with a different color palette. I finished the wash and the background last night -- and painted the Octo tonight.

Hope you all like it =).

"Pink Octo" - WIP

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Haven't done a big wooden piece in a while... I'm liking where this one is going so far =).




"Pink Octo" - WIP - ink and watercolor on wood - 20" x 16"

Three Octopi

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"Clear Octo" -- ink, watercolor and pastel on illustration board -- 7" x 5"


"White Octo" -- ink, watercolor and pastel on illustration board -- 7" x 5"


"Black Octo" -- ink, watercolor and pastel on illustration board -- 7" x 5"

These octopi are three new pieces for the upcoming show, "Blue Light Special" at Lower Haters gallery in San Francisco. Here are the details:

When: December 12, 2008 ~ * ~ 7pm-11pm
Where: Lower Haters Gallery
597 Haight Street @Steiner
Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm-7pm

visit http://www.lowerhater.com for more details!

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Also, thank you to everyone who came out to my solo show opening last night! It was a really great time and I got a great response to my artwork =).

If you weren't able to make it out to the opening, no worries. The artwork is up until January 31, 2009 -- Click here to see more gallery details.

"Red Fish"

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"Red Fish" - ink and watercolor on wood - 8" x 6"


No rest for the weary... here's a piece for the group show that opens a week after my solo show =)

"sideshow" -- my solo show is all ready to go!

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Hi all! My solo show, "sideshow" is all framed and ready to hang. In case you haven't heard, the show starts this coming Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Given. The opening reception (free food and booze) will take place from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday. For more show details, check out the flyer here: sideshow flyer

If you live in San Francisco or the Bay area and think you can make it, feel free to RSVP on the Facebook event that I created. Check it out here.

The pieces below will all be shown, and the prices are accurate. They will be on sale at the beginning of the opening, 7pm on Saturday. If interested in a piece, please contact the gallery at info@givenonline.com. To maintain parity for those coming to the show, please wait until after the opening has begun, 7pm on Saturday to express interest in a piece.

Dec 2 update: there will be twenty three pieces shown, two were pulled due to size constraints... =P


"Lure" - ink and watercolor on paper - 16" x 12" - $700


"Will o' the wisp" - ink and watercolor on paper - 16" x 12" - $700


“Dark One” - 16” x 12” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $700


“Cthulhu” - 16” x 12” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $700


“Goliath” - 16” x 12” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $700


“Tree Droid” - 15” x 11.5” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $700


“Depths” - 16” x 12” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $700


“Sideshow” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


“Puppeteer” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


“Strongman” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


“Firebreather” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


“Magician” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


“Ferris Wheel” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350


"Green Explorer " - ink and watercolor on wood - 8" x 8" - $300


"Orange Explorer " - ink and watercolor on wood - 8" x 8" - $300


"Purple Explorer " - ink and watercolor on wood - 8" x 8" - $300


“Yellow Balloon” - 6” x 6” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $200


“Green Balloon” - 6” x 6” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $200


“Blue Balloon” - 6” x 6” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $200


“Purple Balloon” - 6” x 6” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $200


“Eating” - 5” x 5” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $150


“Playtime” - 5” x 5” - Ink and watercolor on wood - $150


“Green Crossing” - 10” x 7” - Ink and watercolor on paper - $350