Monday, September 7, 2015

Illustration Friday: OLD


Hello, all.

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything here.  I have been using my Artist's Page on Facebook to share work and have let this blog go astray.  I have decided to rededicate some time to share works and ideas outside of social media.

This image is the result of a demonstration for a class I teach on Media and Technique.  It has evolved from a simple sketch to something more.  I began pushing the idea of Contemplation as I begin to give serious thought to the next direction in both my work and my personal affairs.

Acrylic Ink, Gesso, Charcoal, Pastel, and Coffee on board.
Total Working Time: 3.5 hours. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Illustration Friday: TRAIN!!!


Hello, all.
I have so many images that would fit in well with this week's subject, but I have displayed them all for different topics.  The only image that I could think of was an image that I submitted that was unfinished.
This is an image of John Henry as he accepts the challenge to race against the steam hammer.  I figured that this would work well.
In addition, I am also adding a repeat; a drawing of a train that I submitted a while back.  It just seemed like the right thing to do.
I hope you all enjoy!
Peace!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Illustration Friday: Yesterday

Hello, everyone.
I decided to take a hiatus from work for almost a year, as I needed to reconfigure the direction that I wanted my work to take.  I kept my hands moving, but purposefully did not produce any finished pieces until the beginning of 2013.
I came up with a series of portraits dealing with issues in the African-American culture.  I got close friends, family, and other relatives to pose for me. 
I felt that this fit the "Yesterday" challenge, as it addresses the paper bag test.  My parents, who grew up during Jim Crow, often spoke of being either lighter or darker than a paper bag.  This cruel test either made you acceptable in circles or the object of ridicule.  The guy posing for this is my Dad.
The painting is not finished.  I still plan to add a few elements.
More posting soon...
Have a great week.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Illustration Friday: Lonely

Hello, all.
It's been a loooong time, I know.  I have been working a lot, posting a lot of the imagery on my Facebook Business page.  There were some issues with Illustration Friday, and I didn't get any topics for a while.  I noticed this one, and just happened to finish a piece TODAY that I felt was a good fit.
At first glance, you may wonder why this would work for the word "lonely".  This is actually a self-portrait.  I am in an argument with myself. 
This was inspired by Beverly McIver, a well know contemporary artist here in North Carolina.  She teaches at North Carolina Central University in Durham.  Recently, HBO showed a documentary on her called "Raising Renee".  Good stuff.  Her work is personal, so I decided that I would try it.
I hope you enjoy...
Have a great week!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Illustration Friday; Round

Hello, all.
I have just finished work on a show that is up now at Theater Art Galleries in High Point, NC.  As much as I would like to rest, I have a new project in the works.  I will be participating in The Sketchbook Project. 
Anyone who knows me knows that my sketchbook is practically attached to me, so this seemed right up my alley.  I am working on the cover, and, as I progress, I will post.
In the meantime, another drawing focusing on the round bell of the train.  I liked this composition because of its repetition of curves and ellipses.  I had a ball drawing it.  I hope you enjoy it.

PEACE!!! Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Illustration Friday: Silent

Hello, all.
Participation in several shows has kept me productive, and I have not been able to cater my work to the Illustration Friday themes as of late.  I did decide to make an attempt to reconnect with this, however, and keep some work going. 
This is part of a series of 12 images that are related to John Henry.  In my research, I became fascinated with the complexities of trains.  Their mechanics are great, especially the older trains.  I ended up in Spencer, NC at the Transportation Museum, to shoot references of trains and train parts. 
Why does this fit for "Silent"?  Simple.  These machines were once active and vital, but have become dinosaurs.  They are on display now, for all to come and observe.  I even noticed that this train in particular was missing bolts and other parts. 
I hope everyone has a great week!
Peace Out!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Illustration Friday: Disguise

Hello, all.
I decided to submit something I did recently for a fundraising even at the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC.  We were given a 10"x10" canvas and told to do whatever we wanted.  I decided to use the opportunity to continue an ongoing series called "Livestock Playas". 
This is my 'Naag wit' Swaag".  I had lots of fun doing it.  He immediately popped into my head when I read about this week's topic.
Have a great week.
Peace out!