Thursday, December 17, 2009

last minute holiday show..

Tomorrow night there is a show at Mew Gallery next to Sabrinas cafe at 9th and Christian featuring myself and different artists such as Dan Hughes, Greg Pizzoli, Emily Wallace,  Steve Streisguth, Kevin Wallace, Tim Gough, and more!
With great music by Chicken Ate the Dog and the Divine Lorraine!
Below is my painting for the show. Maybe the holiday spirit is getting to me and making me feel all warm and mushy inside.

Monday, December 14, 2009

f*ck cute

So my solo show is up and running now at TrickGo Clothing at 1135 Pine Street.
Here's an awesome video that was made at the opening. The show will be up for about a month so if you want to check it out Trick Go is open Weds. Fri. and Saturdays from 11-7.

And here's an awesome video of me and some friends working on the space before the show.

Friday, December 4, 2009

makin' that munny

i love painting custom toys, and this was probably the most challenging thus far considering its wee height of 4"in. This new piece and more to come for my upcoming show this Friday Dec. 11th at TrickGo.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keeping Busy

I haven't been such a diligent blogger in the past month due to the amount of work I've been trying to get done for my solo show with TrickGo Clothing, which will be on December 11th.
I hand cut and painted these letters to make a customized sign for the window of the gallery at 12th and Pine. Below are some pieces I will have for sale at the opening.

This is the t shirt design that I did for the show, which will be printed on v neck american apparel shirts in the same warm grey color as the background. 
I will post the flyer for the show with the official time and address once it's ready.

Friday, October 30, 2009

my childhood home

Here's a new piece I just completed, for a solo show I have coming up with Trickgo. This is a portrait of the house I grew up in, in East Falls. The type and everything else is painted in acrylic. (on canvas).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

my studio mate

I do all of my painting out of my studio I have set up in the living room of my home.

Here's Bighead sitting right on top of the spot where i was sketching.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I haven't been blogging much recently, and for this I am sorry. I'm working on a project now trying to come up with t shirt designs for Trickgo clothing. These are my final sketches, I'll be working on the 1st and 3rd designs and creating the finals in Illustrator doing vector art. I just bought a new bamboo pen wacom tablet so I will be testing it out with this project.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Painting on Wood

So I've been really bad this month with updating the blog, but I've been working alot with my serving job. These pieces aren't really illustrative, but I like to paint what I feel like sometimes. No sketches involved.. just straight drawing and painting on the wood pieces. Wood is a fun surface to paint because it isn't as smooth as illustration board, therefor I have to work more the achieve sharp and crisp edges.
I'm going through a weird phase where all I seem to want to paint is triangle patterns. It feels like Picasso's blue period or something. Post graduation pattern slump?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Custom Nose Toy

Hey guys! I had this piece in a show at the new Jinxed location at the Piazza in nolibs this past first friday. Everything other people did looked great! I love customs!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Piece for Autumn Society Show

I just finished this painting for the upcoming Autumn Society group show that is themed Dia de los Muertos. I don't get to paint people alot so I decided to do a portrait of the Aztec Goddess of the Dead. The flowers around her are Marigolds which are commonly used during the festivities of the holiday. 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Travel Piece Finish

Where I want to be when I can't stop sweating in my studio.
Where half of my friends moved when we graduated. : (

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Travel Piece

I travel to NJ alot during the summer. Here's color studies for a painting I am working on. I'm going with the first one, which was really the 2nd study. After this painting I think I'll be doing a painting featuring England, maybe one with Philly, we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

painting and music

One of the most important things that helps me have fun while i'm painting, other than watching movies and crappy vh1 shows, is listening to music. My fav. albums/artists in the past few weeks have been:

woods- songs of shame
passion pit- chunk of change (ep)
grizzly bear- veckatimest
100 masterpieces classical music (mozart, chopin, vivaldi, handel, etc.)
white denim- fits

older favs:
vivian girls- self titled
animal collective- merriweather post pavilion

Monday, August 3, 2009

New Patternnn

This is the second pattern i've done for my friends blog called mcjawn.
It should be up on the site soon. 
(Hand painted and digitally combined)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Website Up!

After devoting most of my spare time for the past week to being on the computer, I have finished the new and improved version of my website I used dreamweaver to build the site, which took a long time, but for me is easier than trying to figure xhtml.

Below is a preview of my home page:

Here's a self portrait I did for the home pages on the site.
Below:  A view of my old website, I don't think it had much of a personal touch to it before but I had a lot of fun with it this time around.
Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

keeping busy

Having just graduated a few months ago, I'm finally feeling the slight sense of panic that what I choose do to with my art now is going to make or break me in terms of starting a freelance career. So I decided to revamp my webpage, because I wanted to achieve a more fun and professional look than the current one has. Until that is completed I am just having fun experimenting with painting different things.

Below is a jewelry box I bought from AC Moore, painted with acrylic.
Photographing out back of my house attracted some onlookers!
My room mate Cayt is also an illustrator, her work is cool.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pattern Design

This pattern design has been in the works for a month now and I finally finished it. I designed it for my friends blog mcjawn, which is a philly art and culture blog. Doing the pattern the way I did is hard because you really don't know what the end result will be 'til you are finished and able to tile it together. I think it might've gotten a little busy with the contrast, but I am happy with it overall, hopefully my friend likes it!
Below is the first part of the image which has to be split into four corners, with a separate image painted in the new negative space.
Here is the resulting design, which is supposed to smoothly tile on the corners.
The end result!

Euro Trippin'

So I am finally back on the scene after being away for 3 wks. in England and Sicily. My favorite parts of England are always walking around towns and looking at old castles and buildings. While there I was able to see my grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins, which is nice because we only see each other once every 2-4 years.
Below: Ruins of Okehampton castle built in the traditional motte and bailey style.

A lit building somewhere in Sicilia.
My cousin Andrew and I at the Oriole Ball in Oxford. 9 hrs. open bar pheww!
I managed to stay in Bristol for one night for the sole purpose of seeing the Banksy exhibit at the museum there. Banksy is a street artist who does a range of things including animatronics.
His art isn't necessarily my style, but the exhibit was well thought out, and fun to walk around.

This was the only drawing I managed to get done in me sketchbook. It's just a drawing form observation of a porcelain cat that was in my grandparents' sitting room.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Custom

I bought this Mighty Mugg blank from Urban Outfitters a few months ago for $4.99, and I haven't gotten a chance to paint it until now. Mighty Muggs are blank toys made out of recycled materials. This one stands about 6 inches high. It is loosely based on what my one friend whom I painted it for looks like.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Green Series

Here's two out of three pieces I have done thus far in a series of works about being "green" and all the cool stuff about it. I would like to keep building on this.. so there will be more to come!