When my wife and I decided to have a baby (a little girl due in August), I knew I had to do something special to decorate the nursery.
That’s why I put together this 5’X3.5′ mural populated with fantasy and children’s book characters. I’ll be filling in the correct constellation and poster on the door in the mirror, depending on when her birth sign is.
The medium is acrylic on canvass, which I tacked to the wall. I drew the sketch at about 1/8th scale, scanned it into the comupter and manipulated it so it was abou 4″X6″, and I then used an opague projector to throw it up on the wall and trace the lines.
A client of mine recently mounted two of my 4’X4′ paintings on the wall of his home.
The one on the left is a portrait of the painting owner as a WWII soldier about to ambush a Nazi fortress from above as the German soldiers below drink and play cards. (The owner is a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorius Basterds.”)
The one on the right I was actually going to destroy because I found it depressing. It depicts a bunch of notorious criminals and killers from throughout history, flanked by animated skeletons recognizing each other as if they were old friends. In the bottom corners are portraits from the crowd a famous lynch mob photograph.
I feel like I said what I wanted to say with that painting, but then it started to depress me. The more I thought about it, the more the depiction of these scumbags seemed like glorification, though I didn’t mean it as such.
Before I burned it, though, someone expressed interest and ask if they could have it, so I relented.
Either way, I think they both look cool together, and I haven’t previously posted photos of either of these works.
This painting started out as a lark — at the time I started it in 2009, Somali pirates were big in the news. Working at a newspaper at the time, I had been following their exploits.
I had an extra piece of illustration board and started a pencil drawing — I used no real research or preliminary sketches, just my imagination and vague ideas I got from reading Associated Press and Reuters articles about the subject.
Interestingly, this became one of my most popular paintings; I sold it within 6 months and it was featured in FIND Art Magazine and shown at the FIND Art Gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The size is 15″X20″. Within the next six months, I’m going to do a limited edition run of 100 full-size, signed and numbered prints for $100 each. I’ll post on the site when they’re available.
Here’s my Flickr slideshow showing my steps in the process for creating this piece:
I did this small-scale acrylic painting in honor of John Minor’s (pictured in the bow) 2013 retirement from his career as a high school history teacher. His family (also shown in the boat) commissioned the piece as a Gift.
Obviously, with this painting I spoofed Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 masterpiece, “Washington Crosses the Delaware.”
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