Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6' Abalone mermaid

I've started to block in more colors on the flesh, adding warm highlights and cool shadows. I've also started to "grain" in some 23K gold leaf, adding an antique look to the piece.

Recently, my friend Dave gave me a shortboard blank that he had rescued from a dumpster after a "Beach Blanket Bingo" theatre production! It was saturated with housepaint and had been sitting in a storage unit for 3 years. I gave it to shaper, Jeff Scardine (http://jscardine.blogspot.com/) and he was able to work his magic and create an amazing retro "pumpkin seed" shape from a shabby blank. It was almost impossible to resist the temptation to surf it, but I knew it was destined for art.
So far, I have painted a bird's eye maple stringer, heartwood rails and redwood center panels. An abalone mermaid is being painted on the bottom. I will be updating as she comes together.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Moe"Uhane is complete!

Here are some of the completed photos, without the gloss coat.....she received her gloss polish today and I pick her up tomorrow, so come on down to see her at the second Open Studios this weekend, October 23-34 from 10-5pm, as well as other new paintings!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Moe'uhane" Mermaid surfboard

Here is my latest hand-painted surfboard, shaped by Jeff Malmen.. I have titled her, "Moe'uhane," which means "dream" in Hawaiian. She is still a work in progress, but I plan to have her finished by this weekend, October 16-17 in time for Open Studios. Please come by and see her, as well as my latest paintings. I'll have prints of my last mermaid surfboard, "Malia"(see below) and many other prints available for purchase.

On this piece, I hand painted the woodgrain as a faux bird's eye maple and walnut finish. On the bottom of the board I am painting a Hawaiian mermaid as I see her resting at the bottom of a Hawaiian reef, encircled with Butterfly fish, coral and abalone as she dreams of a handsome fisherman.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

6 hot days in the making.....

The Utility box is finally finished....
it was tough to paint in the 114 degree weather. On tuesday it was 104 degrees, but at 3:30 in the afternoon, I brushed some glazes on my treasure chest and the paint was still wet 10 seconds later! I looked up and saw that a bank of clouds had moved in and the temperature dropped 20 degrees in 20 minutes. At that point the paint could be blended, mixed and glazed. I could finally make some progress. I spent a total of 6 days on this project, feeling almost like a celebrity. I was painting on the busiest street in San Luis, and everybody saw me working. I was honked at, yelled at (all positive statements), people gave shakas, thumbs up, and thanked me profusely. It was very satisfying to see people grateful for the art the utility box artists were providing for the public. It didn't even bother me when an old lady came up and started shaking her cane at me when she found out that the paint was not going to wash off.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Utility Box Art project in San Luis Obispo

I was honored to have been chosen to paint a large utility box in downtown San Luis Obispo along with 12 other artists. My rendering is of a 15 foot Pacific Octopus crawling out of a treaure chest, reaching for a deep sea diver helmet, in honor of hte 15 foot Octopus that my grandpa killed in 1946 after it terrorized all the divers out at Port San Luis.
The festival commenced on saturday, when the temperatures hit 104 degrees. Needless to say, the paint stopped blending, my brushes dried up pretty bad, so things are going a bit slower than planned. Here are some photos to see the progress:

It's supposed to be 106 today and 102 tomorrow. Needless to say, I will be working on an oil painting in my studio these days. The box must be completed by Oct. 9, when it will be sealed with Frog Juice sealer, so I have a little bit of time to wait for the marine layer to return so I can blend my paint!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Malia" the Hawaiian mermaid is done!

I finished the final glazing of the woodgrain and added in 23 karat gold leaf to the areas where the sun reflects, such as the water, sarong, scales. Peter Mounier photographed her last week and here are the final shots.
Now it's all in the hands of the glasser now...she is getting her final coat of gloss polish resin today. the art should have a lot of depth and richness after the final buffing.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hawaiian mermaid update

Here are the latest photos of the Hawaiian mermaid on the faux wooden board. Due to the hot dry weather lately, it's been difficult to paint in acrylic glazes because they dry so fast, so it's taking quite a lot of work to get her looking how I want. I still probably have another week on her and will be posting weekly updates.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I've been able to work more on the mermaid; developing colors for her skin tone. I have been using a wide variety of warm and cool reds as glazes, when normally I just stick with my warm red for fairer skin tones. Being a Hawaiian mermaid, she will have a sarong draped across her chest and a plumeria in her hair.

The artist with up-and-coming artist son, busy at at work in the studio.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here is an update of the woodgrained longboard I am currently working on. The Hawaiian mermaid is coming along, but still lots of glazing, detail, rocks and background info to be added. More updates next week.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fiberglass to Wood

I forgot to take a picture of this board when it was handed to me by Jeff Malmen--he shaped it especially for me to paint. It's a nice size of 8' and is an incredible shape. For now it is just hot coated, which I what I prefer to paint on. When I'm done painting it, I will deliver it to Jeff so he can put the final gorgeous coat of gloss resin on it. He will buff it out to a shine.

This board was solid white, with a 1/4" basswood stringer and a redwood glassed-on fin. Here is the work in progress:

Faux redwood and heartgrain wood with crossfire

You can see where I am going to paint a Hawaiian mermaid on the bottom of this board. She will be laying on lava rock, near the edge of the shore.

More updates to come as I work come closer to finishing it.....