80” x 30” (6.7’ x 2.5’). Mixed media (acrylic, marker and newspaper collage) and carving on wood panel.
My Dad texts me, Is this your painting in the Phoenix Home & Garden? And I’m all, PROBably not. And it was! In an ad, 2016 Top Design Sources Special Issue, and I have to say it’s just exciting and fun to see my work in magazine print, especially considering all the city scenes I clip from newspapers and magazines and collage into my paintings. Don’t be surprised if this clipping of my painting ends up in one of my upcoming paintings! How full circle is that?!!
But seriously I’m honored that Art One chose a couple of my pieces for this ad; they certainly have a mind-blowing quantity of super interesting and inspiring art. (I’m pretty sure they told me about the ad and I forgot.)
So anyway here is one side of Madame Tussaud’s (left), and 71 Grand Street (lower right circle); details about these pieces are in the previous post.
Madame Tussaud’s, Looking East (Side 1 of a double-sided painting), 40″ x 36″, mixed media on panel:
Madame Tussaud’s, Looking West (Side 2 of a double-sided painting), 40″ x 36″, mixed media on panel:
Time Square, Noon, 27 x 36, mixed media on panel:
71 Grand Street, 36 x 26.5, mixed media on panel:
Diving Girl, acrylic, newspaper and mixed media on carved wood panel, 36 x 26 1/2
and Mr. Lucky’s, acrylic, newspaper and mixed media on carved wood panel, 39 1/2 x 36
Thank you to Barbara Burghardt Roether for going with me on a scary cloudy gloomy day to the deserted parking lot of Mr. Lucky’s on an especially bleak stretch of Grand Avenue, a strip of wrong side of the tracks that runs diagonally and industrially and strip clubby through Phoenix. Barb took the pictures for me, because she knows what she’s doing with a camera and I do not, while a zombie-looking guy appeared across the lot and walked straight at us, slowly. We got the pictures we could and fled. Thanks so much Barb! It was fun being in the zombie apocalypse with you!
and a bit more about Diving Girl:
The Diving Girl shows up as matchbooks and hood ornaments and neon signs wherever delightful vintag-y things may be found, in a red or blue one-piece, either singly or in threes. There are several iterations of the three-girl sign that lights up girl by girl, apex to fingertips in the water. The one in this painting has been apexing over the Starlite Motel in Mesa, Arizona, since 1958. In October 2011 a massive hailstorm knocked her to the ground and she wound up on display in a mall while funds were gathered for restoration. She’s back in the sky now where she belongs, but for a while we got to see her up close and personal, rivets and all. Here she is on the ground after the storm:
(Those are not my pictures–they were on the display at the mall.)
Here she is at the mall . . .
and here she is again, in my painting in an ad for Art One in the Arcadia News:
More signage to come!
216 West 22nd Street, acrylic and marker on canvas, 48 x 60
Essex House, acrylic and marker on canvas, 60 x 48
View from the Spanish Steps, acrylic and marker on canvas, 60 x 48
Siena, acrylic and marker on canvas, 35 1/2 x 48. Darth Vader stencil is made from a photo of a stencil of Darth Vader on a wall in Florence. Stencil graffiti was prominent there and in Venice. Here are some examples, including our friend Mr. Vader. I’m leaving out the x-rated teddy bear.
Darth Vader, Florence
New landscape Moleskine journal. Rule is I can only draw in it on the fly. No taking pictures and drawing later. I’m forced to draw fast and not care about making it perfect. Todd at Thai Hut February 15 2014.
The sushi chefs at Hana, 7th Ave and Missouri, our favorite new sushi place. It’s BYOB which is great because you get a lot of really good sushi but your bill isn’t insane because you had a couple glasses of wine. Because you bought your bottle at the cute French pastry and wine shop across the street! No cork fee. SUSHI! The people are really friendly and BUSY. Cuz they know what they are DOING. Very popular neighborhood place.
Breakfast Monday morning at Melrose Kitchen before work. I know, right? Phoenix doesn’t have a Melrose. But it does: one big one and lots of little ones. Melrose This, Melrose That. There’s one of those artsy arch things that goes over the road, a metal laser-cutout paneled thing that says Melrose, so we know where we are. This is Melrose. This is Melrose Kitchen, 7th Avenue north of Indian School, a place what serves some damn fine vittles in the am.
Tourist Shop in Victoria, BC, Canada, February 2013:
Reg at Ole Brass Rail for Breakfast 4/7/13:
Esplanade with Todd April 12 2013:
AMC Dine-In Theatres Menu:
Switch Restaurant, Breakfast, May 5 2013
Woman at the Vig:
Malee’s for Todd’s Birthday:
Ivan, our favorite sushi chef at Stingray, July 12, 2013. He works too hard. We say when we’re leaving, Take a break! Take a day off! And he says he will but I don’t think he ever does.
The Main Ingredient Ale House and Cafe with Dad, 7/18/13. It’s in an old house at 7th Street and Osborn. Great sandwiches and beer, beautiful patio.
Todd at Rainbow Donuts 7/13/13
Harrah’s Casino with my sister Barb for her birthday:
On my way to Chicago for Mary’s wedding:
Looking at the magazine on the plane. “Millionize your lashes.” WHAT???
In-flight magazine perfume ad:
La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop Salsa Bar. 16th Street and McDowell. Favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Guy at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop, 16th Street near McDowell:
Tim, Bobby, and Steven. Gus & Reg’s bday bbq, February 10, 2013. OptiFlow, my new favorite pen, on paper, color added with digital clone painting from photographs.
Steven was looking like something out of The Great Gatsby and I told him so and knew I wanted to draw him, which meant pointing my phone at him and going all rude and click click click. And Tim and Bobby too. Luckily no one was incensed or appalled, which is what I fear everyone will be when I start all up with my camera in their face, though that’s usually more with strangers. These guys here, if they even saw me taking pictures, had the good manners to ignore it and say nothing.
Who says there’s no more Gatsby? WHO??