Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dark landscape - a copycat painting

This is my attempt to copy a painting I saw on Pinterest.

8" x 8" x 1" acrylic on canvas

And here is the beautiful original painting by Hester Berry:

oil on board

Sadly, I'm too impatient to bust out the oil paints and palette knives.  Squirt some acrylic on a paper plate and GO!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Help me, Tom Cruise!

A painting of Tom Cruise?  Why not!
6" x 6" x 1.5" acrylic on canvas

He needs a sparkle on the teeth.  I might attach a bedazzle.

Hopefully this painting does not summon some sort of Scientology demon into my home.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Heeeere's Johnny!

Here's Jack Nicholson from The Shining.

6" x 6" x 1.5" acrylic on canvas

I was trying to paint his face in the scene where he creepily stares out the window.

There might be some out of control paint blobs happening on his mouth.  There was a struggle.

Since I've been so lax about posting paintings, I thought I would drop this blog and let the domain name expire.  But then I saw a biker gang with "Veni, Vidi, Vici" embroidered on the back of their leather jackets.  Hell, that's all the encouragement I need.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sun and sandcastles

Here's the perfect February view:
8" x 10" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
Sandcastle sculptor
fiddler crabs and crashing waves 
sun hot on his back

I painted this off a photo I took in Pensacola, Florida. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Here's Jeff Goldblum

Another face!
6"x 6" x 1" acrylic on canvas
Jeff turned out pretty good.  I might be figuring out the right order to layer things when I paint these faces.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Two Christophers

Today I painted two faces at the same time, going back and forth between the two.
There is Christopher Walken:
6" x 6" x 1" acrylic on canvas

...and Christopher Lloyd:
6" x 6" x 1" acrylic on canvas

It's a young version of both guys.  I referred to a screen shot of Walken from The Dogs of War, and Lloyd from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

I spent less time fussing with Lloyd, and I like how he turned out better. 

Before these two paintings today, I started and stopped several landscapes and paintings from vacation photos.  I couldn't get into them, though.  It's kind of weird I just want to keep painting actor's faces.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Javier Bardem and Bird Bingo

I keep meaning to catch up on vacations with some landscape paintings, but I'm still stuck in my faces phase.

Javier Bardem is in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie (which I haven't seen yet).  The trailers for Pirates reminded me that he has a good face.

Remember him as the villain from the James Bond movie Skyfall?
dude, you're creeping me out a little

He also looked scary in No Country for Old Men
oh, now you're really creepy

But in real life, he's a pretty handsome guy.  So I had to paint his face to try and understand it.
8" x 8" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
His face confused me.  It's an unusual shape.  Plus his eyes and nostrils are not symmetrical.  It could be better, but I'm done.

Instead of painting, I spent a few days drawing birds on the computer.  Then I wrote a little code and developed an adorable Bingo game.  If you like sitting on your porch staring at the birds, maybe you will enjoy it as much as Nate and I do.

I created it as a page on my blog just to make something quick that we could play. It turned out so cute, now I kind of want to turn it into an app somehow.  Add more birds, maybe add some options.  I definitely want to draw more bird icons.
Give it a try!  Each time you load the page, it shuffles the birds in a different order.  So you can sit on the porch with your friend, load the page on your phones, and have a legit bingo game.