This is an enormous painting, 8'x4', called "Disembodied Man" that I created over a decade ago for the H. Poto gallery called "The Big Show".
Over a decade ago I painted this enormous piece (8'x4') for the H. Poto gallery in Sarasota Fl. Helena Poto (the owner of said gallery) put on a show called "The Big Show" all the artists were supposed to make big pieces. I picked up a sheet of plywood and got to work. The show had so many talented artists creating huge works and I was proud to be part of it, the painting didn't sell but I was still happy that piece was created out of the show. It has been in my house ever since.
I was lucky enough to design the set and work with the Homespun players, a truly talented group of creative individuals, on the latest project "The House of Bernarda Alba". The final few shows are this weekend at the San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts and if you haven't caught it yet you really should.
I'll pat myself on the back a little and say the set looks great, but I'm really a small piece of the puzzle. Amanda Stevens' keeps the aesthetic of the play together seamlessly integrated from scene to scene with her beautiful costuming as well as prop selection/design. Her Husband Micah runs the lights and sound-FX which are surprisingly high quality for...
I have a harebrained scheme. I love old video games and the old style pixel art work inside so I wanted to make some for myself and friends. It turned out awesome and pretty easy for me to do with the tools in my studio. I can even print them on canvas which is pretty cool. I can do them so fast in fact I figured, hell I'll do them for $5, so I did. I set up an Etsy shop and a Fiverr shop.
I think most people will do it for a kick, especially for a friends birthday. Why give them a birthday card when you could send them a pixel version of themselves that says "Happy Birthday" or whatever you want on it. I've even had people Pixelize their dogs. I have fun maki...
So I may have recorded (most of it anyway) one of my latest paintings, a commission for the Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island. At first it was just supposed to be a simple
beach-scape, but good Lord did that look boring, so I was given the green light to let loose a little. The result is a painting that I really like on its own merit, not just as a beach painting disappearing into a hotel wall somewhere.
But then I had this time lapse and I was all, what do I do with it? So I sat down and edited the 11 hours of footage into roughly 2 minutes of speed painting. Also I learned I need a better camera.
But then what. Who wants to watch a beach painting happen...
I've known Ryan since we were grouped together in A.P. Art way back in high school, during the era of Con Air, O.J. Simpson being known as something other than a professional football player and the Heavens Gate people taking a spaceship ride to oblivion. Apparently I'm old.
I've been around artists my whole life, I've seen many talented people, many more talented than I (something my narcissism makes difficult to admit, but true nonetheless) most of them are no longer creating art anymore, at least not as the driving force in their life. They let the brushes dry up and become a memory. Ryan is not one of those people.