Art, Coffee Shop Folks, Harriet, Paintings, People, Portraits, Visual Arts

“Harriet II”

Harriet II
Harriet II. Acrylic on canvas (2019)

This is one of my most recent full-frontal mechanized assaults on the noble and esteemed science of aesthetics. The portrait is of Harriet, who I met when she was 15 (and I was 40), and who I watched grow up into a self-confident and remarkable person.

At the time I met her, Harriet went by the nickname “Grey”, which had been given to her because — as she would say — she was “half Polish and half West African”. That is, half-white and half-black, hence grey — and hence one reason for the greys in the painting.

Art, Paintings, People, Portraits, Terese, Teresums, Visual Arts

My Full Frontal Mechanized Assault on Teresum’s Good Looks

So Teresums calls me up:  “What you doing?”

“Bug off!  I’m busy painting a picture of you.”

“Paint me with a pirate’s eye patch.”

“No way!”

“Paint me with a pirate’s eye patch, you donk-meister!”

So who can resist such charm..?  I experimented with the hand a bit, and don’t quite like the result.  Also, I dislike the background, and the painting really doesn’t capture her.  But the eye patch came out just fine, which after all is the important thing, right?

Terese April 2018 sized

Art, Paintings, Portraits, Visual Arts

My Most Recent Effort to Subvert Western Aesthetics

(About a one minute read)

14×18 Acrylic on canvas

For some reason, the camera I used to take this photo of my most recent effort to subvert Western aesthetics punched up the reds.  In the original, the reds are more subdued and blend in better.

Art, Drawings, Portraits

Wanting Something for Nothing

I quit sketching on a regular and frequent basis about seven years ago.  Since then, I’ve sometimes promised myself I would start up again.  Yet,  until very recently,  I haven’t actually gotten back into it.   As of today, though, I’ve been sketching for an hour or so a day over the past couple of weeks.

At the moment, I prefer doing portraits in a variety of media including graphite, Conté crayon, and carbon pencil.

Now, the big challenge I have at this point is to find some way of getting some results I actually want in only an hour or so of work.   The problem, you see, is that it seems most of the really cool,  attractive art requires a huge investment in time, patience, and energy.  That is, there are drawing styles that routinely consume tens of hours to execute.  Unfortunately, I have neither the motivation nor the patience to pursue those styles.  Consequently, I’m looking for a far, far cheaper way to get a result I will still enjoy.

In other words, I want something for nothing.

There absolutely has to be a style or technique out there somewhere that will allow me to achieve cool and personally pleasing results with only an hour or so investment in each work.  I know there absolutely has to be one because I’m an American and all Americans are born with an inalienable right to fast food and fast art.

Art, George Wiman, Nudes, Photography, Portraits, Visual Arts

“River Tyburn” by Miru Kim


River Tyburn, London by Miru Kim

This work is typical of Kim’s exceptional series of nude self-portraits that she has taken in the infrastructure beneath cities around the world.

My thanks to George at Decrepit Old Fool for introducing me onto the series.

Art, Digital Media, Portraits

Mwali by Lois van Baarle


Mwali by Lois van Baarle

Drawn in photoshop CS3 with a wacom tablet. Textures from

Lois van Baarle is a young cosmopolitan of Dutch nationality who is currently studying for her masters in animation.  In the last few years she has moved from traditional techniques to digital art and animation.  I’ve formed a very high opinion of this artist’s competence and creativity.

Art, Drawings, Emotions, Nudes, Portraits

Timid One by Asmodeusz

Timid One by Asmodeusz

Pencil: 2b
Paper:  Unknown

So far as I can discover, the young artist who produced this bold, slightly disturbing work goes only by the name of Asmodeusz.  She seems to be mostly interested in photography, yet she nevertheless wields a powerful pencil.  I think her drawing is as near technically perfect as anything I’ve recently seen.   Beyond that, it conveys to me multiple layers of emotion ranging from anxiety to sadness.  Of course, at this hour of the night, that might be only the coffee speaking.

Art, Drawings, Portraits

Kurt Cobain by Jenna Bastable


Kurt Cobain by Jenna Bastable

Pencils: 2h through 8b
Paper: Not Specified

Jenna Bastable is a 17 year old pencil artist from New Zealand who is currently intent on developing her skills at realism.  I admire her ability — which is on display in the above work — to create a portrait that comes very close to photorealism without loosing its integrity as a pencil work.  I consider that an impressive accomplishment.  Also, I can’t help but notice her shading is superb and renders Cobain’s skin with a warmth — almost a glow — that I’ve seldom enough seen, but which can be one of the attractions of working in graphite.  So far as I can tell, there’s not a shade nor tone out of place in this work.  I think she’s a brilliant, dedicated young artist and I fully expect her to run away to the big city someday where she will fall in league with a gang of international jewel theives and forget art altogether — for that is so typically the tragedy of our species.   However, until that day comes, I plan to follow her career.

Art, Drawings, Portraits

Portrait of Damon Albarn by Niall Swords


Portrait of Damon Albarn by Niall Swords

2b and 9b pencil possibly on Arches paper (?).

Niall Swords impresses me for a variety of reasons, but especially for this fascinating description of Damon Albarn.   Perhaps I am just being my usual delusional self here, but it seems Sword has made a brilliant choice to render the eyes more vividly than the rest of the face, and thus intensify what must have been an intense expression to begin with.  I also love the way he perches Albarn’s head on a massive black shape.  And I think that works, at least in part, because Swords is really quite masterful in rendering depth in this drawing.