Sunday, September 18, 2005



Originally uploaded by Ponycar.
This is a digitally altered version of one of my preliminary sketches for the NightWaves painting. The original was drawn on newsprint with a graphite pencil. It was maybe a thirty-second sketch.
I took a photo of the drawing and downloaded the image into Adobe Photoshop. I added a few enhancements to it and wa-la instant art.
I think it looks kind of edgy and moody.
I may try doing this with a more polished drawing. I like how it has the appearance of a "Lithograph"

Friday, September 16, 2005



Originally uploaded by Ponycar.
Ooooh sizzle baby sizzle. What a painting this would make.
Look at all those red-hot chili peppers popping off all that cool green grass and leaves.
I have been waiting for the last three weeks for my peppers to turn. I new when they did the color would be fiery. I took this photo this afternoon right after a passing thunderstorm.
Searching the web I found this recipe.

24 small hot red peppers, seeded and sliced lengthwise
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons salt
2 whole cloves
1 1/2 cups white vinegar

So now I think I'm going to go and try to make my own version of some Louisiana hot sauce.

Sunday, September 11, 2005



Originally uploaded by Ponycar.
Well summer is over and I'm finished with this friggin painting. I'm really not sure what I want to say about it. My vision for the painting looked a little different then where it actually ended up but that always happens.
I built allot of color on color. I tried to give a different texture to what was happening inside the glass to make it look more like water. I broke up the color with small short strokes and used somewhat disparate color parings to create a refractive look to the glass. The flowers just kept evolving. The one thing I don't like is how the flowers seem to recede into the painting. I tried pretty hard to have them pop off the board but they still seem to just blend into the rest of the colors. The further you step back from the painting the more you see a pixilation effect and the colors start blending together. The paint came off the brush pretty severely which eliminated any chance to build in any high detail but that's ok it makes for quick work and that is much more to my liking. I would get so frustrated if I had to capture every detail in the glass or flowers. I would much rather show and create emotion then render details.

So does it feel like summer? Does evoke innocence?

Some technical things. The actual color is much stronger then in the photo. Also this is the first time I have ever painted on a wood board. I really like how I didn't have to deal with the texture of the canvas and how smooth the paint laid down.
I had an illustrator professor once tell me that when you believe you are finished with a piece of art you're really only about halfway done. So now’s the time for some contemplating. Maybe I'll discover what's lacking.
Next up Jonah’s Last Look 2.

Monday, September 05, 2005


Jonah 2 sketch

Jonah 2 sketch
Originally uploaded by Ponycar.
In parallel with the summer clovers painting, I have been working on a second jonah's last look concept. I have posted my original sketch for the idea. I had sketched this out about a month ago and am currently working on a version that is oil on a wood board the same medium I am using for the clover painting.
I felt the need to add a human element to this painting. Something to show the futility of Jonah's struggle to save himself. I have added a hand reaching to grasp the tail of a fish as if in some way that will save Jonah from drowning. There is some obvious irony in the fact that ultimately it is a giant fish that swallows Jonah and vomits him out onto the shore. I wonder what laying in a pile of fish vomit is like? Anyway, I think you get the picture.
The lines are fluid always showing motion, the hand gesture reveals someone in the last moments of a hopeless struggle and the fish is as proud and oblivious to the man's struggle as a fish can be.
There are many many places to go with the meaning of imagery like this political, personal and spiritual. The biblical story was based on a man running from God's calling. I think we all can relate and apply this struggle to or own lives in one form or fashion. In the end Jonah realized that following the path that God had laid out for him was the only true road to take. A lesson I have to be constantly reminded of. Thank God Jonah went through this turmoil because now all I have to do is just read the story.
FYI in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina I have added links to some of my favorite charities. Also here is one of my favorite prayers; Father, help them.
I have a great love for the South, God bless New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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