Sunday, October 16, 2011
I've recently been inspired by hubble images of happenings in space. These two watercolor paintings are somewhat representative of the "Mystic Mountain." Jets from newborn stars stream from the peak of a cloud of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula. Scorching radiation and fast stellar winds from super-hot newborn stars shape the gas and cause new stars to form.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The week of Thanksgiving, I worked aboard a cruise ship as Youth Staff. I began the journey in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where the ship was in port to leave for the Caribbean. I arrived at my hotel in Florida alone. It was a nice Hilton Hotel and I had a king size bed all to myself. I did not have internet access, a car, or again anyone to be with. So, I spent most of the night at the hotel bar, chatting with the hotel employees. I felt inspired by my journey that I was embarking on, so I decided I wanted to take a go at doing some art again. I have not done any art in a year s
ince I moved into my parents house because I have been sad and uninspired.
So my first try at art again is on the bottom. It is a collage of beach imagery, a drawing of a palm tree outside my hotel room, and one of my favorite phone book characters (running away).
The next day, I got on a bus with a bunch of people I did not know and boarded the ship. Cruise ships are weird, in my opinion. The crew areas creep me out, and all of the passenger areas are trying to be nice but can't quite get past this Vegas trashy look. Anyways, my job was to entertain the teenagers on the ship. The Teen Room was pretty awesome. There were about 13 PS3's a, 2 foosball tables, an air hockey table, an obscene amount of TV's, games, a juke box, and a DJ booth. So, it was fun. I got to get off the ship and go to the beach on 3 different occasions on the 7 day trip (Princess Cays, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas).
When I was in St. Maarten I sketched the architecture of a couple buildings while laying on the beach. This sketch is in the middle.
Lastly, the sketch on the top was an automatic drawing I did on the lido deck while everyone else was on the beach in Grand Turk. I had to work that day.
This is a video of the shuttle to a beach in St. Thomas. <3
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I did this painting with acrylic on wood. It is reminiscent of Kara Walker's work, but I was not thinking about that at all when I did this (although I love her work and respect her very much). I actually just used some images I found on the Internet and put them together into a new composition. This painting was a Christmas present for a friend.
Friday, July 3, 2009
This portrait of the Late Pope John Paul the II was done by me for one of my best friends, Justin Braun, who is admirably in his 5th year at the Pontifical College Joshephinum.
I did this painting of the Virgin and Child for my sister Abby's birthday present. Myself and others particularly like the eyes of Mary in this painting. I enjoy doing religious art because of my deep love for the Catholic Church.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
These are watercolor paintings that I did for a few friends of mine. They are each roughly 3 ft X 5 ft. The first, is my own rendition of a photograph of John Bonham (drummer for Led Zepplin). The second I named after the friend I did it for, Alex. He is a great guy and also makes great tea. The third inlcudes an image of Virgin Mary as she has been represented as The Virgin as Apocalyptic Woman with a crescent moon and the earth beneath her feet. It is set in a scene I had previously drawn up at a live Souleverlift concert. I consider myself a sort of Surrealist since go about painting and drawing using automatic drawing as a means of expressing the subconscious ( a form of art making developed by surrealists). I use music as a means to help me release thought and express whatever otherwise would be repressed.