Beware the Eyes of Marx

Acrylic on Canvas board
20x30 inches, 1993

Heh... I wonder if people will get the title pun.   I finished this in my Senior year of High School, but it took FOREVER.  I'd say about 100 hours of time.  I really didn't know much about painting, and I must have painted everything 3 or 4 times over.  I also painted everything with a tiny brush, and was VERY obsessed about the details.  I still see major problems with certain elements in this piece, but overall, one of my better ones, even if it is 14 years old (sheesh).   Sorry about the quality of the file.  It is a scaled image of a bad scan of a poor photo of my painting, so it has lost a lot in the transfers.

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Out of Darkness

Acrylic on Canvas
2x2.5 ft, 1995

*Sigh*  Scans of photos just don't do color paintings justice... This was the first Christmas present for my wife, Michelle.  I finished it in little less than 40 hours, but I wish I had more time to put into it.  I remember being sick all that week, while she was with her parents in St. Mary's.  I worked in the cold painting studio on campus, listening to my Robin Hood and Conan soundtracks, painting furiously.  This is a basic Juxtaposition piece, with the melancholic greys and withered trees to the right, and the vibrant, living trees to the left.  It was pretty symbolic of my life up to that point.  Michelle helped me out of my own darkness.  She was (and still is) my elven princess.

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Variations on Homer's Girl & Laurel

Acrylic on Canvas
10x14.5 inches, 1996

Well I finally got a new scanner, and I get a good scan of my most unimpressive painting.  This one was more of a project than a painting, but a great project nonetheless.  It involves taking a famous painting and creating an exact duplicate except for the colors, which are changed dramatically in order to create a different mood.  


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Different Colors


Oil on Masonite
2x3 ft, 1997

This is another bad scan of a photo of my painting.
     I wanted to create a tension here, an uncertainty of whether the angel would escape hell or be drawn down.  The colors are much more subtle in the original, and less washed out.  I also see major problems in proportion and definition.  It sucks because at this time, I was taking a painting class, and the instructor wouldn't let me draw out my picture before hand!  No, really, she wanted me to paint without any sketches, and just "let the painting evolve."  The technical quality is not nearly on par with Eyes of Marx, and that is a shame, seeing as how it was 4 years later and I was in college.  Man, I hated that instructor, and I hated making art.   I took a 2-year break from painting after that class...
     I always thought it strange that we never saw angels in trouble.  I mean, they were always at peace or kicking butt.  If ever there were a war between heaven and hell, there would be casualties on both sides.  We can't kid ourselves, War is Hell.  I just hope no-one looks at this picture and thinks I'm Satanic.  I'm leaning towards the "escape" possibility.

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The Road Home

Watercolor on paper
9x12 inches, 1997

I'm not very good at watercolor.  In fact, this was done in a drawing independent study I had.  I don't know why I had to work with watercolors in a drawing class.  I hated them at first.  Sadly, my favorite one is in the possession of my mom, so I haven't scanned it (she lives in LA).  This one has a nice simplicity to it, though.

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