Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I love how her breasts look. For lack of a better term it has a perfect gravity. The shoulders are better aligned with the body and definitely more defined. The hands looked a little small for the body so I have gradually made it bigger so it is more proportional to the arms.

The legs are going to be next and I'm checking anatomy books to make I got the muscles right. The hips look a little too small for her size that will be adjusted by the next time I post....

Stay tuned......

Friday, June 27, 2008

Shredded continued ...

Finally I feel I've gotten to the point where I can post and show my progress. The waves were created by a mix of Prussian blue, titanium white, and cobalt and other earth colors. The waves that are crashing mimic her internal and external struggles. I like the way the crest turned out and the surf. When I made this i was thinking about the line from Still Here, where he says " My hopes the wind done scattered" I depicted that thought crashing of the waves.

The bird on her shoulder is going to eventually be shown picking at her jugular vein. Like a vulture scavenging for food. The bird depicts the Nay Sayers, the people, the things, and situations that we let destroy us. I thought of the part that Langston Hughes wrote, "Looks like between 'em they done tried to make me stop laughing, stop lovin', stop livin-"

This the full view of what I've done so far. I really like the way the background is turning out. I love how all the same colors dance through the painting to give it a sense of cohesion. I'm pretty happy with the composition and i wanted it tight on a long canvas without much width to show her confinement. The sand, the hands, the dress and the skin tone will be the new things that will be worked on for my next post... I will persevere.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Shredded cont...

I really didn't realize how big the feet appeared... it will be fixed. I really like the ballooning of the skirt caused by the wind. Next I'm going to start working on the hair and the chest, and work on the birds to get the color right. I still don't know what color I want the shoes though. i started using this medium called Neo-megilp that works like the maroger medium used by the dutch masters but without the fumes. I've basically ceased using my stand oil and other spirits. Now I can confidently paint in my small apartment without fearing of inhaling dangerous fumes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shredded-part 2

I began the painting the background first. So I could figure out the lighting first for the skin tone. I wanted to make sure I had an idea for her values. I'm going to lighting up the clouds on her left so it wont look it so black and dark.

Here I've painted the rest of the dress and skin. I want to lighten the background with cadmium orange, and alizarin crimson. Then I'm going to paint in the birds a dove and a crow. It could symbolize good or bad. The angel or the devil !!


This is a painting I'm finally working on drawings and sketches I've been doing for sometime a correlates with one of the poems i like as part of my poem series I was working on. I really like the proportions of the woman's petite body. I want to call it shredded or may be name it after the poem.
The name of the poem is Still Here by Langston Hughes. The poem speaks on beating battereed and beat down by the world but contineuing ti persevere. The power of perseverance and pushing through are one of the the many life lessons I really believe in and I am costantly being shown day by day, as I struggle with my life's passion.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This is the continuation of my homage to Tamara de Lempicka. This box is called The Girls, de Lempicka had a knack for showing the sensuality of women. This was the period in time that her awareness of her attraction to women was in full form. In fact she had several affairs while she was in a convenient marriage to Tadeusz de Lempicki.

This is not even close to done but at least you can see the progress of the work and the scale that I am working with.
This is also done in acrylics like the last one. Maybe soon I'll work in oils. But oils has a preparation that I don't have to deal with when I work with acrylics.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I've begun painting boxes a friend bought for me and thought I might like. I started with landscapes and changed my mind and I'm paying homage to my favorite artist Tamara de Lempicka. She was an art deco artist from the twenties to the forties. The first box I've attempted is called The Orange Scarf.

I've used acrylic as my medium. I really like the way it's turning out and I can't wait to put the hardware and accessories on it!