COVER THE NEWS

This large abstract measures 72” X 72” and is a mixed media of acrylic paint, newspaper, color pencil and fabric. Taking on such a large piece of area heightens the excitement of what is to come. First to go on was the gesso paint and the fabric. A torn shirt was placed randomly on the canvas and once it had bonded with the drying paint it was then ripped away from the canvas.

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ABSTRACT ATTRACTION

The mystery and unexpected changes along the pathway to making abstracts is the thrill of it all for me.

The fun is in the random placement of paint using brushes, spatula’s, sponges and then sometimes using a rotary sander to remove some of the paint.

Also adding other elements like mediums and paper to help create textures and end up with a mixed media piece.

One of the artist I have enjoyed studying is deKooning. I search the internet looking for artists who inspire such as AJ Atwater and Elizabeth Kuth.

This work is still in progress and Part 2 will be posted at a later time.

Are you a fan of abstracts? Is there an abstract artist you follow?

BOYS FIND TROUBLE IN SHORT FILMS

SHORT FILMS are very attractive to me and I wish I could see the ones nominated each year before the presentation of the Oscars. Even in general, where does one see a short film? Maybe I have access to these and i’m completely unaware.

I find that having a limited amount of time to tell a story is much more difficult to achieve than in a feature film. Both categories can fail as well and leave you empty and yawning. Not being a film maker I wouldn’t know the complexities of both shorts and features.

This year the five short films are mostly about boys in trouble except for one french film “Marguerite”. From Spain comes “Madre” (Mother), which I read was shot primarily in one spot and almost in one take. This reminds me of “ROOM where I discovered the amazing talent of Jacob Tremblay and fell in love with this movie, both main actors and how it was made. I just watched him do his magic in the movie “Wonder”.

One of my favorite Hitchcock films is “ROPE” , mainly shot in one room and about ten takes were used in one location. Walls and furniture had to be quietly moved by the crew to make room for the camera as the scenes moved through the rooms.

What I really enjoy the most are movies with a small cast, which end with where the film began, and a few other requirements. Whats your favorite type of film? Do you have access to short films where you live?

THE OSCARS RHAPSODY

the 2019 Oscars and the ceremony seems to be the most exciting yet. With so much controversy brewing in various aspects of award shows, this one has come out of the gate announcing that four awards will not be televised. It’s a dose of “less is more”. Once again everyone will not be pleased but it’s still fun.

 
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Each year the Best Picture award goes to a movie which on it’s own just might really be the best. But how do you pick an orange to be better than an apple? So in making the night of entertainment into a competition, the odds makers have their predictions for all the categories.

I created this sketch of Freddie Mercury almost a year ago and thought to post it and include it as my bet that Best Picture goes to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Which picture would you place your bet on as Best Picture? Tough choices for sure!


FACE OF HEARTS

My new release of “Face of Hearts” t-shirt is one of other designs in line soon to be released. Women sizes 100% cotton in white or grey. Long sleeve, short sleeve.

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SURROUNDED BY STARS


With the creation of the official artwork for the Grammys, there was also the added treat of collaboration. The V.P. and I would go over themes and concepts months before. Once the original art was completed it would go to the graphic designer and turned into all the various things needed such as: invitation, tickets, posters, CD covers and much more.

Sketches for the 41st and 43rd Grammy Awards official art.

Sketches for the 41st and 43rd Grammy Awards official art.

Nominees announcement for the Grammys always took place at 8:00 a.m. in L.A. The stars were all in the green room while a large gathering of reporters waited. The president of the academy would state a few things, introduce me and unveil my original painting as the official art followed by the artists presenting the nominees for various top categories.

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It would all move rather quickly and very organized. At the end of this portion the president Michael Greene, (profile seen at the very far right), asked everyone to gather around for a group shot. A thousand cameras went crazy. From left to right -- Producers Phil Ramone and Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Natalie Imbruglia, Magic Johnson, Myself, Wyclef Jean, Monica, Stevie Wonder, Rob Zombie, (?), and the president of the Academy Michael Greene.