This is a portrait of Cia from the Julia Kay Portrait Party on Flickr. I am way behind on my portraits since vacation but I’m hoping to paint some new members soon. I am trying to get a more expressionist feel with my latest portraits. My one wish for the ArtRage app would be to be able to drip the paint.
On a sort of related note – the de Kooning exhibit just opened at the Museum of Modern Art. I’m really excited about seeing so many de Koonings under one roof. There is a great web site just for the exhibit which is very informative and a good way to get an intro to the work being shown.
I created this portrait of Shirley McClaine as a demo for the IPad event at the Apple Store last week. I used a lot of pattern in this one because I wanted to demonstrate masking and using different collage elements that I keep in my photo albums. I like to scan in different textures to use on my pictures and I also use some of my Hipstamatic photos. I created a black and white drawing first to show how I add color and use the masks. I usually don’t work this way because I draw the colors in right from the beginning, almost in the same way I paint. I love the immediacy of Inkpad and the way you can make quick changes. The “undo” button is one thing you don’t have luxury of using in real paintings, and I have to say that I have become very spoiled by it!
Full Disclosure: I have not stayed at the StarLux Hotel yet, I have only admired it from afar. I’ve wanted to stay here since our first visit to Wildwood about 10 years ago. I try to get some pictures of it every time we go to Wildwood and this time I was lucky to get some night pictures. I love the retro architecture and the neon lights.
I would love to get up in the morning and look out at the ocean and the Wildwood Sign from the hotel. Will I get to stay at the StarLux next summer? I can just imagine the amazing photos I can take in and around the hotel. From pictures I’ve seen online there are lava lamps in the room – another great reason for me to go!
I recently joined Tumblr and started following someone who posts vintage movie star photos. I am discovering some starlets like Ann Blyth who I wasn’t really aware of before. I get daily inspiration from all the artwork posted. Can you suggest any good Tumblrs I should follow?
Last night I was fortunate to be part of the Art on The IPad Event at Tice’s Corner Apple Store. David Scott Leibowitz’s presentation was an over view of mobile art and the various art apps available and artwork of the mobile art community. Matt Connors gave a presentation on Sketchbook Pro and Mikey G. (the Godfather) created some Toonpaint and Strip Designer comic strips during the event. A great night all around and a great warm up for the Mobile Art Con in October.
David Scott Leibowitz
Matt Connors and David Scott Leibowitz
Drawing with Inkpad
After seeing my Inkpad portrait of Lady Gaga with a lobster headpiece, a Flickr friend comments that she had gotten the look from Isabella Blow. I looked her up and found some wonderful pictures of her. She was a magazine editor and an international style icon. She died in 2007 and seemed to have had a pretty sad and tragic life at the end. I think her life would make an amazing movie.
I’m really excited about the new Moo stickers and mini cards I just received in the mail this week! I’m trying out an assortment of my Inkpad images on the stickers and cards because I think my more graphic artwork works better on promotional materials. One of the things I like about Moo is that you can upload images from Flickr so you can constantly update your business cards as your portfolio changes. I also made a sticker of my self portrait with the QR code, and I was uncertain whether a smaller QR code would still work, but it does work! I will have lots of cards to give out at the upcoming Apple Store Event this Saturday and the Mobile Arts Conference at the end of the month.
I also will be putting new stickers in my Etsy store and will also include bonus stickers with all print orders, so stop by and take a look.
Mini Moo Cards
Mini Moo cards
My Self Portrait With QR code and the back of my mini cards