Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mystic Mountain Nebulae


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.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Caribbean Cruise








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
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Watercolor Monoprint

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

Religious Art: Arcrylic on Canvas

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.