Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Space Woo

This is a 8 1/2" x 11" print of one of my large format paintings. I really like this image. It feels strong without the need to add color to it. That's the advantage of working in black and white. You can see the strengths and weaknesses of a piece more clearly. I think that I will offer prints of this piece for sale through my Etsy shop.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dreams for Sale - Jo Anne Kurman's Poetry Book

Here's a look at the finished layout for the
cover of Jo Anne Kurman's poetry book,
now available through amazon. DreamsForSale Thanks
Jo Anne!

Friday, August 28, 2009

One Hot Summer Day

Today it reached 87 degrees in the studio with wildfires raging on both sides of us here in LA. but we made the best of it

Sun Goddess

This is the original painting for the CD cover . I thought it looked good this way so I'm posting it on ETSY if anyone is interested.  Makes a good  avatar I think.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surf City Allstars

I recently did some work for my friends in the "Surf City Allstars" band. I Designed the package artwork for their new audio CD. It's called "Acoustic Vibrations". With some of the founding members of the "Beach Boys" and "Dean Torrence" from "Jan and Dean".
It sounds AWESOME Guys!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tiki Time

A friend of mine had to remove a large Palm
tree from his back yard because of power lines.
I asked him to save some large sections of it so
that I could try my hand at carving a Tiki. Heres
a look at how it turned out . Wielding a chain
saw is not quite the same as wielding a paint brush.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Posted for the "Illustration Friday" topic of the week.
It wasn't till I read Earl Wilson's definition that I made
the connection with this piece which didn't have a title
till now.
"Poise: the ability to be ill at ease inconspicuously."
 - Earl Wilson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Burning Desire

This is the next piece that I will be painting. I had a time
trying to choose a title. This guy is part pirate, part fire
god, so I guess that makes him a "Firate". Then again, he's
part islander, part surfer, part boat ... I don't know where
this stuff comes from, but it just keeps coming! Might look
good with some indication of a jungle behind him. We'll see
what transpires. - Mahalo

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cast your fate to the wind completed

I have so much fun painting, especially when I'm in the
flow, like I was on this one. On those occasions I could keep
working on a piece forever, but at some point you have to
say it's complete.


Here's a cool little piece I just finished. I've been painting
on panels lately and must say that I've been enjoying that
substrate. Here's a shot of my desk as I get ready to post
this one to my online Etsy shop. Here's the original oil
painting flanked by the value study pencil drawing on the
right and a print of the original artwork on the left.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Designs

Great day! Generated a bunch of new drawings
in my book, transferred 4 new drawings onto panels
and continued to work on new designs for casting.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cast Your Fate to the Wind

In my blog from a couple days ago I shared a piece that is
being used for a book cover. I'm working on the painting
now, and thought I'd show you how that's developing. The
original drawing from my notebook is shown above.

I transfer the drawing onto a prepared board using carbon
paper. A red pen helps me see where I've already drawn.

Once the drawing is on the board, I go over the line with
a fine liner brush and oil paint.

I start to build up the values with a burnt umber under

Friday, February 20, 2009

Creating a Reusable Mold

The other day I came across a little face sculpture that I had
created some time ago ... What can I say? I was inspired. I have
so many ideas and would just love to produce a whole series; a
wall of these little guys. So I've decided to make multiples of
this one and others to come. Check out this piece as I take it
from the original sculpture through the mold making process.
Above is the sculpted piece ready for casting.

I make a wall around the original to retain the liquid rubber
and apply a releasing agent.

The amber liquid is slowly poured in on the original.

Once cured, the original is pulled out and the mold is ready for casting.

Here's a shot of the poured plaster in the mold. I have used a special
hydrostone plaster that is used in high end statuary which takes paint
quite nicely.

Voila! The demolded sculptures.

Building an inventory

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Cover

I've been having a lot of fun developing this illustration for my friend's book of poetry and other creative writings. I'll be posting some photo's of the original doodle, as well as photo's of the painting in progress. Here's a look at the tight drawing and suggested layout for the book cover, to wet your appetite.