I've had a studio at The Compound in Oakland for the last few months whilst I worked on the mural project. They have some great old letterpress printing presses there so I took advantage of the opportunity and made some prints. I can't remember the last time I made any kind of prints and had forgotten how interesting it can be. The image is from the painting Five O'Clock in the Morning, and I used a mix of collograph and linocut.
I've got to do more of this stuff ....
Sometimes random projects outside of my own art present themselves.
Here's an interesting one. I was asked to make a 16 x 9ft WPA style mural for a new restaurant. They gave me some original digital artwork by Mark Mcintosh used in their other restaurants to use as the basis for the design. Farmworkers harvesting corn and a triumphant brewer turning it into beer. Being a fan both of the WPA era style, and of working large, I took it on. It's been a fun challenge to work in a more representational style for the first time in a long time.
Now it's complete and installed at BJ's Restaurant in Santa Rosa CA. It looked huge in the studio but much smaller on the massive new wall - a very satisfying project though.
New website, new blog. But I wanted to keep a few items from the old site up and visible so here are a few transplanted former posts.
Flourish - Fundraiser for the Oakland Art Murmur.
I'm taking part in this fundraiser for the Art Murmur, Oakland's First Friday art walk/social phenomenon. Inevitably every grassroots activity that evolves into something big ends up with running costs and overheads. If you can, please support this event and raise cash to ensure the future of the Murmur. I have a piece of work in the auction, and along with many other artists made these "trading cards".
Tsunami Disaster Relief Print
Still available - send me an e-mail!
Best Western book available at Blurb
This book collects together thirty pieces from 2004 to 2008 about travel, landscape and memory. You can browse the book here "Best Western" and it can be purchased direct through the Blurb website.