I approached this painting a year ago. I didn't like the way it was turning out so i started it over again last week. this time 11 x 14 instead of 9 x 12.
Back when i was in New Hampshire i had a friend that was a hair stylist. They would do my hair for free, to repay the favour i told them i'd paint a portrait of their daughter. So to keep the painting momentum going i just fired this one out.
I finished this painting in under 20 hours; record shattering speed for me. I’ve never painted someone while they were around to watch the progress or even stand over my shoulder. It was surreal. I loved watching the look on her face as she’d run by and point, “that’s me!”
just picked up this bad boy and a sheet of 2' x 4' hardboard.
I'm within walking distance of a home depot. With my new print and mount technique i may never have to purchase a prepared surface again! Cost of the 2 x 4 sheet of hardboard? Under 5 bucks! that's what i'm talkin about.
I can float and mount my printed drawings on the hard board then trim them to size once the paintings complete.
On an even brighter note, tonight, we'll head to nearly 80 deg weather for an 11 day FL vacation. It'll be a white Christmas this year...a white sandy beach Christmas!
Finally, this friday, AVATAR!!!!!!!!! 3D, James Cameron, PEW PEW PEW!
"Alas, I knew him!" An illustration of Sam Worthington from the movie Terminator Salvation oil on board 11" x 14" Illustration By Tristan
Finally got the thumbs up on this guy and sent it off to the Society of Illustrators this morning. I had a ton of fun with this especially the skull as you may imagine. I feel like i pushed the mood on this piece more than any of my other work in the past. That's a technique i have to keep in mind going on.
if you've got any questions about it just ask. This guy's my favourite illustration and now hangs above my bedroom door.
Dis-info-nation, a fold out album cover for the band Feeding the Fire 11 x 14 oil on panel find more illustration at thewhiteleaf.com
This piece was essentially done AGES ago but i've been having a few creative differences with the client.
After lots of going back and forth through emails, phone calls and eventually photoshopped changes. The band agreed that my version was better than what they had in mind and the illustration should go to print in its original form.
we've got SOME TIME so hold your horses but it's been increasingly on my mind.
After seeing Paris and Prince Jackson yesterday that pretty much sealed the deal.
i also think i NEED a little girl.
All my life i've been told i look like Michael Jackson. whip these genes up with my wife and I'm pretty sure i got great shot at brewing some GORGEOUS children.
Of course comes the inevitable name game.
I decided that all great black men have names that start with the letter M, e.g. Malcom, Michael, Michael, Michael, Martin, Marcus etc
So I gave Robin my suggestions for names and her replies went something like this:
Megatron: No (had to throw it out there)
Marious : eeeeh maaaaaaaaybe
Maco: No (yes as in the shark!)
Mercutio: No (wtf why not?!)
Gretchen, Gertrude or Guenevere (NOT GWEN NEVER GWEN!). She liked Guenevere the most but i like Gretchen. She thinks it's too granny but i say HEY that's the point! it's throwback! Told her if we have three girls expect the trifecta
Akasha: She all but refuses! COME ON! QUEEN OF THE DAMNED!!!
whatcha think? it's about time i father some US Royalty!
I cashed in my credit card world points the other day and snagged a free deep fryer.
This is most dangerous to cool ratio item i own. It gets what i describe as "deadly hot" within seconds.
Keep all the health jokes and comments to yourself because everyone that has seen this thing in action has had the exact same reaction:
Gleeful delight and squealing followed by, "OHMG!" these french fries are awesome.
This thing cooks what i describe as "damn-good-sporting-event-concession-stand-quality-french-fries" in under a minute. Think i'm exaggerating? come on over I'm making spicy crispy chicken wings this FRYDAY!
On the polar opposite end of the spectrum we snagged the crock pot i've been pining for. So far we've made Mexican Casserole and baked four cheese pasta, both with about a 5-7 hour cooking time. The flavour this slow cooker opens up is unprecedented. I've never seen spices amplified like this. My fridge is busting at the seems with food. The Crock makes meals that feed dinner parties. I keep inviting people over and giving away food but there's still plenty left.
I'm currently gearing up for the 10 hour 3 packet pot roast; that's 3lbs of chuck! Who wants in?
This is something i've wanted to do for a while. We're packing up to move and my wife wanted me to take a picture of my setup...or should i say HER set up.
As usual one day i came home and my life was a lot easier due to my wife's redecorating/organizing gift. She moved my supplies to this tray and put the paints in these buckets. From there our IKEA addiction took over.
Here's the spread and how one can efficiently oil painting in an NY apt.
Sometimes i see it coming but more often i don't. Just like a bird that's firing around your house it's better to let it settle before you attempt to get a grip on it.
My wife doesn't doodle she decorates!
The above left photo is a corner of our kitchen. I had no idea what she had planned for those hanging baskets when she picked them up but at almost one year of marriage i've learned to stop asking "what are we gonna need that for." That's rookie talk!
First it held coffee, then something else, then something else i can't remember, then i think wine, then we got a wine rack and now it holds, 4 RED glasses, the current RED bottle of wine i cracked open this week, an empty milk glass with reeds and RED something or anothers. Clearly this matches the RED lunch box on the top shelf and the RED outlined bingo spinner she found online. Oh yeah what's that on the microwave? RED and white vintage S+P shakers. As i'm writing this she says she wishes the cabinets were painted something else but we're not allowed to do that.
In the photo on the top right we have the metal shelf that used to be on the right wall of her sewing nitch. It contains an assortment of old vintage sewing stuff that match. Not to mention the plastic containers that used to be ABOVE the cabinets in our kitchen, I have no idea how she got up there i just remember seeing them up there one day and now they're not.
Finally in the third photo almost nothing you see here was here before and I'm sure it won't stay there before our lease is up in a month. I did get her that Panasonic TNT 8 track player for the win.
What's my point here? I understand how and why everything goes where it does but i sure as hell could never put any of this together myself. There's a reason why rich men have black EVERYTHING in their homes. Expensive electronics are designed by men for men because we have no "real" taste in decoration; all men know this. Save for the few blessed with the gift of Jeffery Lewis <3 most men see organizing as putting things in a nice stacked PILE. We see decorating as throwing up a poster on the wall, framed if you really like it, signed and hard to find if you're trying to impress.
I'm learning though. I'm EXCELLENT at keeping things clean and i'm even getting better at putting things back where i found them. The latter gets difficult when where i found them changes so frequently. Nonetheless I enjoy my living, breathing apt of decor. I realized this when i threw a fit this week when we missed Target's sale on a bright RED crock pot. I NEED TO SLOW COOK POT ROAST OVER NIGHT! Today, i used my old World Points to purchase a deep fryer instead of a DVD or some other typical guy electronic toy. As i flipped through my options i couldn't help but appreciate how many home goods they had to offer. I later questioned what demographic i fit into now that I care more about appliances than portable entertainment equipment.