Saturday, February 16, 2013

Portrait of Maz Jobrani, Comedian

I finished the painting I did for my friend Maz.  He is a very kind, very sweet, very funny man.  if you haven't had a chance to see his special "Brown and Friendly" on Showtime this month you should record it.  Maz was the creator and brains behind The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour a few years ago.  You can hear him as a regular on NPR's weekend quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

A friend asked me what my palette looks like after a painting like this.  I've included that below.

Portrait of Maz Jobrani
16" x 20"
oil on stretched linen

Palette for Portrait of Maz

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wine Glass Strawberries

About six months ago I was on my break on the way to Dubai.  A flight attendant had these strawberries sitting in a wine glass on her work station.  I thought they looked so cool I shot a quick photo and today I painted them on my layover.  This will be the third and final painting for this trip.  
What a life.

Wine Glass Strawberries
6" x 8" 
oil on panel

This painting is available for bid:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Brussels, Outside the Hotel After The Rain

8" x 10"
oil on linen panel

In Kuwait again at the hotel painting ...  tonight a quick study for a larger painting of a scene I photographed outside of our layover hotel in Brussels after the rain.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Liliacs and Grapes

Liliacs and Grapes
8" x 10" 
oil on canvas panel

I did this for a class I'm taking.

I'm in Washington at the Dulles Marriot getting ready to fly to Kuwait tonight.  Since I'm traveling I'm limited to an 8"x10" panel.   This was very difficult because I couldn't achieve some of the effects I wanted in the background because of the canvas.  I should have used linen.   Also, with the 8x10 I had to paint small.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Children, Pallet Knives, and Toy Airplanes

So here I am, sitting in Kuwait in a hotel room with a small linen panel, a photograph of a cast metal DC-3 that I love, a palette knife that is waaaay to large, and a couple hours to kill.  I started out wanting to paint this thing in realism but sort of got lost along the way and thought it would totally suck.  

Ya know, I kinda like it.

Toy DC-3 
6" x 8"
oil on linen panel

Monday, February 4, 2013

Plein Air (no pun intended) & Maz

Last week I was working on a portrait for a friend, comedian Maz Jobrani.  Here's the progress so far.   Below that is a photo I took at work holding a painting I did in the hotel in Kuwait last night.  

All of this to simply acknowledge the fact that as Caesar said, "painting is good." 

 Paint here, paint there, paint everywhere, en Plein Air!