My inspiration came from riding a trolly around San Francisco holding onto the outside rail and seeing the city in a different way. I wanted to mix that with a local feel for the lifestyle of St Petersburg residents. Dali shares a trolly with Jack Keroauc, a mom and son back from a Ray's baseball game, the old man saves the day catching the boys hat as it's blown away, paddle boarding, artists and commuters alike.
An fans of Edgar Allen Poe out there? A fun typography project of doing some hand lettering on a journal. This was for a client who came up with an excellent gift idea of making a Moleskin brand lined journal truly unique.
I wanted to have symbols of an older time period without being too creepy and Poe-esque. The pressed wax seal, candle holder, old English styled lettering, tiny staring eyes were all enjoyable details to draw.
Recently I have been working on a few smaller projects which will be shared now. Working on the smaller stuff thats mainly lettering is a lot of fun for me. There was a surprise party for a co-woker who lives on a boat so I played around with the nautical theme. Happy Friday and Enjoy the lettering.
It happened. I have left a part of myself in Jamaica, after four visits since 2001, this experience was different than pervious trips; unique. A recurring theme for the journey became one we heard locals often saying, "Thanks and Praises."
The concept for this mural came to me during the drive through St. Ann's Parish, it is playful but serious in its message of Respect and One Love or One Heart. I found this to be a recurring theme that we all need more love, unity and respect for one another. Timeframe was very narrow from layout to finish in 4.5 hours. I am forever grateful to Chris for being so hospitable, for having met him, to break bread, to share in story and song.
This project was a labor of love that hopefully spreads more joy, respect, provokes thought, and causes smiles as people drive, moped, walk or zoom on by. The mural is in Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Directly next to the West End Road, in between the hotels of Samsara and Xtabi. Just ask for the owner, Chris aka "Flava King" to tell you the rest of the story.
Pay it forward.
Here are two watercolor paintings done with Escoda brushes, Pelican cakes and Watercolor pencils. The first picture is from the shared outdoor kitchen at an Airbnb property in Jamaica. Amazing meals, wisdom, stories and jam sessions exchanged around this hearth.
This next piece is from a vista at Xtabi Grill, an amazing hotel/bar to hang out, snorkel, catch up on the free wifi or eat some tasty food. Super helpful staff I would highly recommend this place to any traveling in the area of Negril, Westmoreland.
Crystal clear waters and some the best sunsets in the world viewed from the above deck, seawall stairs or one of several private caves the choice is yours. Getting back in touch with nature like this really helped to fuel the pencil on paper and to lift the mood within. Enjoy your next sunrise or sunset. Be inspired.
Full details on the mural will be in a separate post. Here are some of the watercolors that were started during the trip and have been works in progress since arriving home. More sketches and paintings to follow.
Respect and One Love.
Have a Happy Fools Day and Month of April.
The cast-molding has an awesome textured surface that created the illusion of fur. However it made keeping straight lines difficult. This project was a labor of love.
The opening happened last night for this year's Super Heroes on Parade project through the charity Southeastern Guide Dogs. The art event took place at the Sundial in downtown Saint Petersburg. Together with my sponsors at FIS we unveiled their dog statue, one of seven on the night. Thanks to Frances and the folks running the event who couldn't have been any more welcoming and helpful. There was a good sized crowd enjoying the evening's speakers, artwork and gorgeous weather.
Sponsors FIS got to name the sculpture "Roosevelt" in reference to their headquarters location. The paint process took two weeks and was done with Golden brand acrylic paints, sealed with Krylon UV resistant top coat.
The painting features a wrap around seascape of local landmarks with the Skyway bridge morphing into the skyline of St Pete, complete with the surreal Dali museum and expansive Vinoy hotel. The patriotic colors are a tribute to veterans including a USA striped cape, base and a custom pressed dog tag necklace.
To be selected for this contest is a great honor and it is all happening from a reply with work samples to a call to artists featured in the St. Pete Arts Alliance newsletter. So never be afraid to put yourself out there or send that email folks.
My sponsor pairing was with FIS a local software and financial services company that does work with clients across the globe. Just as impressive to me as the scope of their business, was the charity outreach that FIS participates in both across the world and throughout the Tampa Bay Area. It has been fun and challenging to brainstorm and work with a group's batch of raw ideas to eventually a finished design, a statue that best embodies and pays tribute to what the company's core values are all about. Above is a color sample done with watercolors, the statue itself will be painted with acrylics and sealed with a high quality, UV resistant, clear-coat.
The unveiling for the first ten sculptures of this year's showing, of which I have been selected for, will take place on March 8th at the Sundial. Documentation of the painting process is being done with time-lapse video but I will wait to post those until after the unveiling.
I would like to do more art on greeting cards they are relatively quick and simple to make. Unique cards are in demand in spite of the digital alternative I think these types of analog gifts still resonate with the recipient.
Happy Black History month out there. Above is a sketch of JerryX a local musician who played at Kerouac night. I find many similarities with art and music on a variety of levels. And would not have been able to make most of the art in my life without the help and energy from listening to music. We wouldn't have the majority of our modern music today if not for the influence of black musicians on creating instruments and new genres, new ways of thinking about and structuring music.
Growing up in such an international city as Atlanta, gave me a much appreciated insight into diversity, southern history and race relations. The public schools I went to took not just the month of February to celebrate historical moments minted by minorities. This helped open my mind to the importance of figures from politicians like Shirley Chisholm to sports figures like Leroy Satchel Paige, to musicians such as Art Blakey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Robert Johnson the father of Delta Blues. The Jazz Renaissance movement caught my interest in how many artists and musicians collaborated, lived together or who's work was clearly influenced by the works of peers, swept up in the societal whirlwinds of cultural change.
We were lucky enough to see, on a high school field-trip, many of the massive masterworks by Romare Beardan in various mediums. The scale of his hand crafted collages, mashups of southern life, in the computer age would be impressive but collage work of that size and intricacy in the 1930s is astounding. The portal these images provided into the life and strife around Beardan, his imagination, the time period and the importance of expression through music or other means clearly made a lasting impression on me. Even the drawing class we did that day. I made a mistake and asked the local instructor for an eraser and he kindly pointed out to me....its funny I recall his face, clothes, grey hair at the temples but not his name. He pointed out to me, that art pencils have no erasers for a reason and that there are no mistakes, work with it, he encouraged.
The original art has been purchased and the image will be used for a small sized, 5 by 5 inch sticker, on the bumper of an epic '59 Caddy, company car at Chris Field's gym, Studio Physique. Located at 3100 22nd Avenue North in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Updates to follow on this one when the sticker is applied.
Once blasted and mined, the site is now serves a totally different purpose. As protected park land, a popular surf spot, and as educational resource to learning about the many species of wildlife living in or migrating through the area. Imagine you are looking left to right across the bay and valley to get the most out of these two connected landscapes.
Swimming in the waters were otter twice as big as their east-coast, river-dwelling, cousins. And sharing in the same space or hunting ground were the ever curious seals, popping up like wet dogs with massive whiskers. I had never seen many of the creatures spotted during this trip in the wild before. Many birds, the most rare being the elusive peregrine falcon, nest among the sci-fi-looking rocks and peaks of beautiful Morrow Rock; which appears to change colors during different times of day.
If you're ever in and around the Santa Barbara area and fancy a road trip. Then check out the village of Morrow Bay which is only an hour and a half drive north, bring some binoculars or a good telephoto lens. If you time the seasons right and feel adventurous you can even kayak out to watch migrating whales.
A pencil sketch of a local bluegrass band, The Florida Mountain Boys playing in an outdoor courtyard setting at the Ale and Witch Pub a few months back.
More drawings and posts to come in the coming months including some from recent travels to California. Peace and Love.