24 September 2010

Hell to Pay

11" x 17", watercolour, 1997

Red looks really weird in jpegs and on the Internet in general, so this painting (as most do) looks much better in person. I wanted to play up the vengeful expression on her face by making the black and red areas flat, but the red ended up looking kinda like velvet, which is a pretty cool conceptual contrast if you think about it.

The gun is actually a water pistol I've owned for many years and it showed up later in this painting (and maybe a few others --I don't even remember anymore).



18 September 2010

Alfred Hitchcock

22" x 15", watercolour, 2001, private collection

I made this double portrait of Alfred Hitchcock by combining two B&W photos (from magazines) of the master director. I flipped the one showing his very famous profile (it actually had a bird atop his head!) so that the main portrait (which I colourized) could "peek" out from inside it. I wanted the background to be grey and moody, sort of evoking his films, and the foreground bright and celebratory (and, I suppose, idolizing him, what with the golden halo), paying tribute to this master of cinema.

My favourite Hitchcock film: Vertigo.

13 September 2010

Lipstick Levins

This year, Picton, Ontario was one of the dozens of cities and towns around the world playing host to the 23rd annual International Festival of the Stick, and Small Pond Arts was where it was based.


We set up a Museum of the Stick in our barn and my contributions this year were three drawings of musician Tony Levin playing the Chapman Stick. To further the pun, I used lipstick, which I found to be similar to oil pastels, but much creamier. I used nearly an entire stick for just three drawings.



Lipstick Levin (1, 2, 3)
17" x 14", NYC Retro Red Lipstick on Bristol board, 2010

The Museum of the Stick at Small Pond will be up for a few more months for those not fortunate enough to be able to make it out to Stickfest on 12 September.