Freshening Up!

Just like people, sometimes paintings need a makeover!
For some reason, after thinking this painting was finished ( I even exhibited it several times!)  I couldn't stop myself from going back in and freshening up this paintings.  It just felt too dark and in need of some freshening up!   Here are some "after" photos below!

This one is available, let me know if you are interested!


"Focus" oil on canvas
It took a while, but I finally finished this one up for a wonderful customer!  Can't wait to see how it looks in her house!  To see the progress of this painting click here!

New Work...

Playing with scale.
As you may or may not know, I am also a jewelry designer.  Having another creative outlet is a wonderful thing as an artist!  It allows me to explore and create many different ideas and mediums.  Here, I've let my two mediums crash into one another!  What I've found really great is how the scale and scope of my work gets really thrown for a loop.  when creating jewelry, some of my pieces I consider gigantic, but, when paired with a painting, they become miniscule! 

On View...

One from the Molecular Mentality Series.
At Cupcake in Fells Point!

New Work...

Will probably log in a few more hours...but thought I'd post a photo of the painting I've been working on lately, entitled Focus.

You may have seen the post about the artistic exchange I did with singer/songwriter John Forte.   The premise behind our artistic collaboration was he'd create a song inspired by a painting I had done.  As he worked on the song, he sent me rough drafts and concepts he was conjuring and creating. The first draft he sent me was very surreal, almost trance-like, and I listened to it on repeat as I began working on the painting above.
Here's a before pic. 

A little more back story...
When John and I met, the synergy was pretty amazing.  We began walking through
the streets of New York, as complete strangers, and when we returned from our walk, it felt like I had reunited with an old friend. I know it sounds hokey, but it was a lovely thing! 

At one point during our walk, we were getting philosophic and discussed how, what you decide to focus on in life is so important.  You can focus on the negative or the positive.   I tend to be one who does the latter, I guess I feel like it's easy to focus on the negative.  I think it takes more energy, creativity, and effort to seek out beauty, kindness and joy in all the chaos and craziness of this world.  If being happy were easy, then everyone would be happy.  I think it only takes shifting your focus.

This doesn't mean that I deny the fact that there is some serious eff'ed up things going on in the world.  Believe me, I am very aware.   I just don't care to add to the negativity that's already out there.  My mission in this lifetime is to inspire and create as much love, kindness and joy as humanly possible.  It's a lofty goal, but one I try to abide by daily.  Some days are tougher than others, but all in all, I know it's the best way for me to live.  Anyway, the reason for spouting off all of the above, is to let you know that the main thoughts going through my head when working on this piece was joy of meeting John, listening to his rough drafts, and meditating on the concept of "Focus". 

Update:  Here's a link to an acoustic version of the song.

On View...

This painting "What If She Stood Up?" just found a new home!  It's pretty big (approximately 3 x 6.5 feet) and the idea that comes to me when I see it, is if the girl stood up, she'd burst through the edges of the painting and out into who knows what!  To me it's about our potential and all the "what if's" we go for and those we don't.

New Work...

Dropped these off at Grace Kelly's up in Gettysburg. I love the way they look with the old brick, primitive coffee table and Windsor chairs.

What's Happening...

One of the interesting things about being an artist, is that a lot of fun, strange, and unexpected things tend to happen in your life.  You never know who you're going to meet, and what adventures lay ahead of you.  It's a long story of why and how, but this past year I met up with the amazing singer, songwriter and Grammy award winning producer John Forte in New York.  Basically, we decided to engage in an artistic exchange...
Premise- I'd bring up a painting for him, and in exchange, I'd get a song that he would create, based upon his interpretation of the painting.  
Cool right?!
To me, the painting  "A Closer Examination of the Components of Love" (pictured above)   is about love, and all of the hardships and battles you face and endure in the name of love.  Be it the love a mom has for a child who is driving her nuts, or the love that keeps you in a relationship despite the fact that your lover is also quite capable of making your life miserable.
Anyway,  John's interpretation just blew me away.  The song "Upon Closer Examination" he came up with is so intense and honest- it just breaks my heart and gives me the chills every time I hear it.  I really love it!

And guess what.... *it's available on iTunes now if you'd like to get it for yourself and give it a listen!*  

John and his band in Russia- photo by Ian McAlpin
If you get a chance, I highly suggest you also go see him play live. But, you'll have to wait a bit, since he is now touring Russia.   I promise you it'll be worth the wait. 

On View...

This is a commissioned piece that I did for Courtney and Rich Dyer. They had seen some of the drawings that I did for the Hotel Victor in South Beach and wanted something custom for their new home in DC.

On View...

This print, along with several others are available in the gallery below the hotel.
Here I am with one of my pieces at the Hotel Victor.