MAKING BOWIE

Screen printing is a relatively new addition to my body of work and leads into future use in mixed-media on paper and canvas. In the video here I used the method of first applying an emulsion onto the screen and then using a powerful light to burn the image onto the mesh.

Screen printing was primarily derived from stenciling and is ancient going back to when it first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty(960-1127).

Usually one color is printed at a time, pushing ink with a squeegee through a screen mesh then allowing the print to dry before moving on to the next color. Depending on the design, the amount of colors will dictate how many screens will be needed. Originally silk was the material used for the mesh but this has switched to the modern version of synthetic threads. 

Andy Warhol is probably the most common name associated with this method of printing and made it an attractive for the fine art world. Other artists of equal or higher fame have used this method as well. Robert Rauschenberg was another artist using screen printing at a higher level with his amazing ability to combine painting, sculpture, technology and live performances.

RAINFOREST ON FIRE

As the rainforest is viciously burning these days, 21 years ago I was commissioned by the United Nations Postal Administration to create three paintings to be issued as stamps to bring awareness to this region. The subject at that time was already the critical future of the endangered Rainforest. At risk was the flora and fauna meticulously depicted in these paintings.

There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That's more than an 80% increase compared with the same period last year. The Amazon is often referred to as the planet's lungs, producing 20% of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. It is considered vital in slowing global warming, and it is home to uncountable species of fauna and flora. Roughly half the size of the United States, it is the largest rainforest on the planet.

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ROLLING STONES - MIRACLE ROCK FOUNDATION ART PRINTS

The artwork for the Rolling Stones NO FILTER tour/ Miracle Rock, is available in two sizes: 16” X 20” and 11” X 14”. Printed on museum quality watercolor paper. 100% of the sales go to benefit Olympic and Paralympic Team USA and Soul Arts and Music Foundation. Go to SHOP in this website to purchase.

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Rolling Stones Miami - Miracle Rock

THE ROLLING STONES “NO FILTER” TOUR

THOMAS ABRAHAM AND THE LEGENDARY "SOUL MAN" SAM MOORE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE 40 ROCK & ROLL FANS TO ENJOY A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE AT THE "NO FILTER " ROLLING STONES UNITED STATES CONCERT AT HARD ROCK STADIUM ON AUGUST 31, 2019, IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC FOUNDATION AND THE SOUL ARTS & MUSIC FOUNDATION.

THE "NO FILTER" ROLLING STONES, MIRACLE ROCK FOUNDATION CONCERT TICKET PACKAGE ENCOMPASSES THE FOLLOWING:
*CHILLING WITH LEGENDARY “SOUL MAN” SAM MOORE
*VIP PARKING PASSES IN MAROON LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF STADIUM
*GUESTS WILL ENTER THROUGH SOUTHSIDE PREMIUM ENTRANCE AND TAKE THE ELEVATOR DIRECTLY TO SUITE LEVEL 248 A.
*GUESTS CAN ARRIVE AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT STARTS TO ACCESS SUITE – DOORS OPEN 6PM.
*SUITE 248A WHICH IS SIDELINE SUITE WITH A FANTASTIC VIEW OF THE STAGE.
*PREMIUM LIQUOR AND LOCAL GOURMET ARTISAN CUISINE PROVIDE THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.


 BOTH THE "SOUL MAN" SAM MOORE AND I ARE PLEASED TO EXTEND THIS INVITATION TO OUR DEAR FRIENDS. THIS OFFER IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE DUE TO THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF TICKETS AVAILABLE.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, SAM AND I WILL SEE YOU THERE!

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Marilyn Monroe Mixed Media

Last time I ever created an original work on canvas where Marilyn Monroe was the subject was around the mid 90’s. Working now in a studio dedicated to screen printing, I have found a new enjoyment in creating art pieces. Getting into screen printing and starting a series of famous people with a criminal or suspicious past, Marilyn popped up in my search. Not really wanting to duplicate Warhols claim on Marilyn, I used a more explicit use of the “halftone look”.

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When standing at a distance, the variety of small and large dots come together to create Marilyn’s face. Up close Marilyn is hardly noticeable.

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GARCIA PAINTS GARCIA

My collaboration with photographer Baron Wolman in the past lead to a series of limited edition prints titled: “Jerry Waving”. He photographed the Grateful Dead near the beginning of their life in music and here I create one of three new pieces being offered. This video introduces a new image of Jerry Garcia from the library of Mr. Wolman where I embellished it using acrylic paint. This painting began with no direction and concluded with a surprising twist nearing the end.

"Eye of the Needle" Part 2/2

The title of this painting was nowhere in sight until the ending was approaching. In the meanwhile it was a complete open journey putting colors, shapes and textures on this canvas.

"EYE OF THE NEEDLE WITH X-RAY VISION"

With the desire to push myself just a little more, I decided to take this large canvas and create a challenge: Paint the upper half, cover it with brown paper, then paint the lower half without knowing how the two are going to mix. Later on when that area is almost complete, do a reveal to see how the two sections come together and continue painting to complete the work.

SUPERHUMAN ARTISTRY

Some works of art are so powerful they can render you speechless and trying to describe it to someone is almost impossible. new words need to be invented TO TRY AND EXPRESS. I MADE TWO VISITS TO the national gallery of art TO observe and study this masterwork by jean-baptiste carpeaux. MAKING A SCULPTURE IS A ONE-TIME ACTION, THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO MAKE A CORRECTION.

The facial expression of this piece is incredible as the child listens to the ocean within the conch shell. The anatomy and details throughout is mesmerizing. In many pieces by so many artists of such excellence, It appears that they were never satisfied until they were able to surprise themselves in their ability to provide such details.

michelangelo: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”.

UPSIDE DOWN

Here’s a large unstretched 83” X 83” canvas painted in acrylic.

At the start I wanted spontaneity to be the point of this new piece. The upper half was the first part to be painted and later I flipped the canvas to then work on what is the bottom part. I covered the lower half to avoid being influenced. Later on the brown paper will be removed and then the final outcome will be completed.

REMOVER OF OBSTACLES - GANESHA

This beloved elephant-headed Hindu god is known by many other names but most commonly referred to as “Ganesha”. Worshipped as the remover of obstacles, (note the broken chain at upper left) this deity also places obstacles in the path for those who need to be checked.

Ganesha is connected to the Hindu mantra “Om” and personifies the primal sound.

The symbols of Ganesha are meant to bestow life lessons to help steady the mind and evolve with spiritual positive progression.

Some of the symbols included in this 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas painting are: one tusk, the trunk. blessings, a mouse, OM symbol and the Ganesha symbol.

 
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I'M NOT A SUSPECT - RAG13

The collection is called RAG13. A reflection of how technology and lifestyles have changed and altered our lifestyle dramatically. EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE TRACKED AND MANY OF US OFFER INFORMATION FREELY ABOUT ALL OUR MOVEMENTS, PURCHASES, LIKES, DISLIKES, WHO WE ARE WITH AND SO MUCH MORE.

We have given up certain rights, created suspicion, placed cameras everywhere to live in a somewhat safe society. OUR SMART TV’S, PHONES, COMPUTERS ARE All equipped to records us in some fashion. then we have passwords and usernames we need to remember. there are codes when can use to use to find who is observing us.

there’s more to read in the “About” section of rag13.com

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THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE

Mornings begin with sunshine so I chose Golden Benz Yellow Medium to start the journey of this CANVAS. Take action, sit back and allow for vibration, take more action, feel inspired, and trust in exploration to lead to that “Aha”!! moment.

Running visuals in my mind of the methods I have used to spread paint or create patterns as a foundation. LAYErs and layers will occurr and possibly the addition of a black and white abstract painting on top of a very colorful painting. I like to think in adding layers, then uncovering colors and patterns with various tools.

This is part one of an ongoing blog in the development of this painting.

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PAINTING LADY COCA

this was Another fun piece to create because it begins with an unknown direction. It’s like the start of a new day where we begin with the usual morning ritual. by nightfall when we return to bed, we will have gone through a variety of visual and auditory senses, detours, and other experiences which make the day complete. we start with some sort of plan, but a lot of it was spontaneous.

in my art, i often think about how can i do certain parts different than before? in this piece i decided to change the surface of the board and use @GOlden molding paste. this gave the effect of painting on a textured wall.

a portion of the coca cola design was added mainly because of the graceful letters and the stark red and white colors.

the black stripes of the fabric hinted for the inclusion of musical notes or piano keys but i chose the fender guitar shape instead.

BURNING QUESTION

“Man with a Burning Question” is a screen print on watercolor paper with acrylic paint and details using pen and ink.

First application I did for this work was to brush water onto the paper followed by adding acrylic paint and allowing the paint to spread out. The paper is then sits for a while until completely dry.

The original image was drawn and then “burned” onto the fabric of the screen which now serves for producing a desired quantity of prints. Burning is the term used to describe embedding an image which is on acetate, onto the screen using a powerful light source.

Next up is the process of securing the screen on a table, perfect paper alignment, making a test print and then the actual production.

In this video I added hand-embellishments after the printing using more acrylic paint and then pen and ink. “burning man with a question” now becomes a varied-edition where no two prints are alike beyond the central image.

MAGNIFICENT BEAUTY OF WATER

After photographing water for over three years starting with a cheap camera and elevating to a powerful Canon 80D, I have been blessed to explore and discover on my own the magical beauty of water in frozen action.

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My photos are taken without the use of fancy filters or photoshop. If I don’t grab an exceptional photo, then so be it. the above picture “travelers” automatically shifted to black and white due to the intensity of the sun shining directly into the lens. It may take weeks to capture something exquisite or surreal worthy of exposure to the public.

The most interesting experience in taking these water pictures is that I enter a level of meditation, a sort of groove where I am connected to the water almost to the point where I know what image will appear.

there were times where people or animals would clearly be recognizable in these abstract fluid shapes. A thin sheet of water having droplets on the edge separating into droplets looking like planets.

 
 

"WHITE BALANCE"

Do you find that abstracts are creations consisting of thrown paint, random childish action done without much thought? Actually at times that might be true, but there are serious artists who create from emotion, from a level of consciousness.

This painting was a long process only because I have discovered that something has to occur at a deep level to know that I have reached completion. Different tools are sometimes used to find that connection even in ways I would never expect. In this painting for example, I suddenly used the pouring method of Jackson Pollock.

I like a level of control and really enjoy the surprises which occur from using the rotary sander to expose what’s below. Coming up though I will experiment even further with different surfaces and gels to make the paint create it’s own abstract for me to use as a background.

ALL TOGETHER NOW

How can we make sense in a world that doesn’t ?

I, Me, Mine.

How many times do we encounter people who make us feel we live in their world? Life has become so distorted, deceptive and suspicious that even with the astronomically advanced technology at our fingertips making us all so much closer, we are at the same time distant and wary of our surroundings and each other.

Artificial Intelligence is stepping in to help us along in dealing with getting through life and little by little removing the need for humans to interact. Computers speaking to robots speaking to computers.

“All Together Now” is a 24” x 20” silk screen, hand embellished print. No two are alike in the treatment of pen and ink, watercolor and color pencils. Available in the SHOP for purchase.

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