Friday, January 30, 2015

KYOJIN # 15 clay sculpture

KYOJIN # 15,  clay sculpture,  2015

Orange is not my colour at all. It's very rare that I'll use it when I'm painting.
I also don't wear orange because it clashes with my skin tone. It makes me look like I'm sick with a fever.
But the fine lady sculpture pictured above does the orange thing just right. Love her hair and blue eye shadow.Very cool.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KYOJIN clay sculptures # 13 & # 14

KYOJIN clay sculptures # 13 and # 14

Panda Bear Girl # 2 and White Cotton Bunny Rabbit

OMG, I think the white cotton bunny rabbit is the cutest! Just look at that adorable face and those super long fuzzy ears…just too much.
Am I fan of my own work? You betcha!
Yes, I have to admit that my clay sculptures are always surprising me and I have my own personal collection.
Do I sound vain? I don't care.
I think these sculptures are magical and I hope to make a million more of them.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Everyday life: more clay sculptures

Another Asian girl, 2 new swimmers in bikinis and a white fuzzy bunny rabbit.

Clay sculptures seem to be the thing this month. I've been spending many days working on new ones, but I need to find a way to pace myself so that I don't spend an entire week sculpting without doing any painting.
Funny how things evolve.
Now I find myself trying to balance my painting practice with my sculpture practice.
My sculptures are no longer taking a back seat to my painting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Historical portrait: Young Lady by Rubens

Young Lady Holding Rosary c. 1609-10 by Rubens,  acrylic painted canvas collaged onto painted wood panel,
(11" x 14"),  2015


So this "new painting" isn't really new. Anyone who's been following my work will recognize this pretty young lady as an historical portrait that was originally painted on a round canvas. The wood panel was once a flower still life painting. I had a vision and went ahead and cut out the historical portrait and collaged it onto the painted wood panel using the "marouflage" technique.
Personally, I think the final piece brings out the best of both paintings. It makes it modern, light and not so serious. I like it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Everyday life: seriously

I seriously thought about buying this t-shirt and wearing it. 

We rented this movie the other night. I wanted to see Tilda Swinton and her crazy makeup. I am seriously considering making some artwork based on her character. Love her teeth and eyeglasses. Seriously.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Everyday life: new swimmer sculptures

Swimmer clay sculptures
This week has been a clay sculpture making week for me. I received an order to do a commission for 2 clay busts as a wedding gift for a couple in Australia.
As is my habit, I always end up sculpting a few figures at the same time. It makes it easier when it comes time to apply the paint, to paint them simultaneously . This allows time for the paint to dry on one sculpture while I work on the others. The worst is to paint one section of a sculpture and have your fingers smear the wet paint on the other parts of it. Unlike a painting, you have to hold the sculpture while you paint it.
Pictured above are 2 new swimmer sculptures….# 34 and # 35. I've tried my best to keep an accurate record of the exact number of swimmers that Ive made since the beginning.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Virginia June Series # 4

Virginia June Series #4,  acrylic & ink on paper,  2015

Another recent portrait that I finished yesterday. I always begin with a piece of paper and think that I'm just going to do a quick sketch to warm up, but hours later, I inevitably finish with a complete portrait painting. And than I think, why didn't I work on a canvas or panel instead? It's all psychological…paper seems less daunting and less of a commitment than working on canvas or wood. But it's not really. You can't paint over a painting on paper and start over like you can with a painting on canvas or wood.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Swimmer # 32 clay sculpture

KYOJIN Series # 12 (swimmer # 31) ,  acrylic on clay,  2015


This swimmer was initially sculpted over a month ago and sat in my studio unpainted. I had to think a little bit about how I wanted to make her. I think the sunglasses are pretty cool. Her hair was too big to make a swim cap over it, so a bandeau was the perfect answer to that dilemma. No comment about the striped blue zebra print bikini.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Clay Sculptures

RUBY series clay sculptures,  2015

I took my sweet time during the holidays and worked on some new sculptures. Here are the first four of the year. I'm keeping the black haired girl in the white red dot dress for my own personal collection. The other three girls are listed in my ETSY shop.