Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Archives-oil paintings

Here are some of my old oil paintings from college and a year or so afterwards.

I love the idea of this painting. So much. This is an oil painting of some future post-apocalyptic world, where ancient ruins dot the landscape but the pollution is all you really see. The fairies in the foreground were, I figured, a product of radiation.

24x36" oil 1999

The following is a self portrait, with the background being a scene I witnessed up the mountain from my home. I was experimenting with painting more loosely; much of the paint was applied with a palatte knife.

oil 18x24" 2001

This painting is from a photo I took on a mountain, facing back toward the town where I grew up. The light was shining on the cliffs beautifully, while all the trees in the foreground were in shadow. I don't particularly like the bare tree in the foreground, but I do like the sky and cliffs.

oil on canvas 24x36" 2001

Archives-more old drawings

I recently came across more of my old artwork; I am going to show it in  a few posts before I tuck it away into the appropriate archive.   All measurements are approximate, as I don't have the artwork with me to check proportions right now.

This first one was a blatant copy of a book illustration, but I was quite proud of it, as I was only 12 when I drew it. The others are all drawings/paintings completed in college.

approx. 11x14 pencil on illustration board, 1991

A portrait of my sister superimposed over Great Temple of Amun, Karnak.
At the time, I didn't realize how very large the real location was, (the figure should be much smaller)
 but I still like this drawing.

For this assignment, we used photocopies of fish, butterflies and flies to create machines. I went the Star Wars route, with AT-AT like fish with butterfly wing feet, and warriors flying on...flies.
 I've always loved the post-apocalyptic feel of this piece.

Colored paper, spray paint, Xerox copies, pen. 24x36" -1997

This assignment involved drawing a real piece of fruit in an abstract way.
 Everything in this drawing came from observing a naval orange.
 Of course, I didn't realize the other ways it might be interpreted,
until the teacher commented with delight on all the phallic symbolism.
 Pen and Ink on Illustration board 18"x18" 1997

This assignment was about putting something where it doesn't belong,
but it still looks like it belongs. It is a gothic guy in an Egyptian tomb.
I always loved the idea of this drawing. I'm sad that the finishing
glaze I applied left permanent streaks across the painting though.

 Approx 18x38" Oil on illustration board 1999

This was the black and white study for the self-portrait painting I did in 1999. In some ways, I like this drawing better than the final painting, "Precariously Perched". Sadly, this drawing wasn't stored very well, and it had t be thrown away because of too much damage.

Charcoal and pencil 24x48" 1999

Monday, January 13, 2014


Ceramics and sculpture are not my usual forte, but I wanted to record these few pieces I recently found from classes I took years ago, in both high school and college. Sadly, there were several other pieces that I forgot to photograph before they were gone forever.

This first one was completed in college. I love the idea of it, I just wish I had thought through some parts a little more thoroughly. If I redid this today, I think I might dress the figures in robes or something more interesting. This is clay, spray painted with silver paint and black acrylic paint, mounted on wood. It is meant to be hung on the wall.

ceramic approx. 2x15x20"

These are two masks that I made in my high school ceramics class. I loved both of them, but I had no where to put them, so they're no longer around.

Rafia, leather, acrylic paint, clay. 1995?

This sculpture is (I think) made of sculpie? and mounted on wood. It is meant to be reminiscent of a yin yang- but depicts two people embracing.
The white sculpture itself is about 3"tall, and 5" across.

3x5" sculpie. 1997

Here is a side view of the same piece.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Four Cousins

These portraits are two sets of brother and sister, and the pairs are cousins with one another. It was a gift for the grandparents, and they were thrilled. These are 8x10 drawn in Prismacolor Pencil.