Monday, November 14, 2011

11-14-11. Our boom box.

Shadow Shadow 2 [SOLD]

"Shadow Shadow 2", oil on canvas, 18x24 in. For sale on Etsy.

This is my second painting about the word "shadow". Find out more about the first painting (which has been sold) at this link: I included the chocolate shadow cake that I baked from scratch, and, this time, the CD case for Endtroducing... by DJ Shadow. The Carmel Clay Public Library sticker is visible on the CD case.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

11-12-11. Hibiscus 31.

This concludes the series of hibiscus sketches. The next step will be to make a book of the 31 drawings. I'll keep everyone updated while I work on getting this done. If everything works as planned, a copy of the book will be available to purchase through Etsy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

11-07-11. Hibiscus 26.

Frangipani (Bauhaus) [SOLD]

"Frangipani (Bauhaus)", oil on canvas, 16x20". For sale on Etsy.
This piece is the companion to my earlier painting, "Hibiscus". The styles are different, but a similar process was used to compose the painting. 

The frangipani blossoms are based on part of an image found on Yahoo. A structural formula overlays the blossoms. This structural formula is for a compound isolated from the bark of Plumeria bicolor, a species of frangipani. I found the structural formula within a patent for an iridoid-saccharide compound, filed in 2004. I found the patent by doing a Google Patents search for "frangipani". There are possibly some medical uses for the chemical compound.

I loosely followed a "Bauhaus" style, with a limited palette based mostly on primary colors, and strong geometric forms. The result is slightly Cubist. I reviewed the history of the Bauhaus while working on the painting. Their style seemed appropriate for my piece, fusing science with art, which is similar to what the Bauhaus was trying to achieve.