Sketching on the airplane on the way to New York for the premier of “The Conductor” a film which has taken about a year to complete and literally the last 3 months straight, 15 hours a day, blood and tears (literally), up until right this moment where it sits safe in my pocket. If I have anything to say about this, my first feature film, I can honestly say it’s perhaps my most treasured creation in my life at this moment. I believe I’ve finally found the medium with which I can express myself almost exactly how I want, and I hope you all get to sit in the dark for an hour and be taken on that journey too.. (trailer will be released late next week) but for now, you’ll have to contact @havengallery to see if there’s any more seats available for Sunday’s screening (Saturday is already booked full) and honored to be shown in conjunction with the artist, Nadezda (@twistedmatter ) for her debut solo show of over 40 paintings. 🍷
Morning moleskin sketch. And the winner of the #specimensketchin is @luciuswelchart ! I love when results turn up against the expected, that’s how we evolve, without preconceived notions, and it was nice to read how “surprised” everyone was at how much they enjoyed getting out, sketching from life and upgrading some grey matter. Anyone who draws anything from life at least once a day will be a better artist (and person) than they were if they didn’t. 🍷☺️
Morning sketch in graphite on moleskin. Today and tomorrow are the last days to go out to any science, history, or nature museum, sketch some stuff from life, and post with your admission ticket and the tag #specimensketchin to win all 4 books. Since only about 20 people in all of America have entered, I’d say chances are still pretty good. #stupidalgorithm 😊🍷
Painted these two Plein airs in the Collector’s Editions of MANN vol. 1.3 Plein Air, whoever gets the first might have some wet pages included.. (available on the website) stupid cold today with @oldenkamp @twistedmatter @magdalena_kusowska @devon_fay_art @ggbaby and would stay out there all day if I could.
Last night’s feverish attempts at catching those fleeting colors in a freezing and windy obviously) Tahoe sunset. The struggle of catching that which changes in a matter of moments is worth more to me than any other. So much is learned beyond just painting; palette, brush handling, intuitive color mixing, confidence, notgivingafuckery. Good times with @oldenkamp . A few more days to win all 4 books! You’ve got to make a little effort and read the last few posts, I ain’t givin’ away to laziness! 😉😘🍷
This morning’s freezing with friends for some Plein Air, always a good time. Incase you missed these: “A Solitary Mann” - the full documentary by @loic_zimmermann is now online (link in bio) and from today until February 14th, you can win all four books by just gettin our to any science, history or nature museum, sketchin some stuff from life, and posting them along with your entrance ticket and the tag #specimensketchin .🍷
First rusty Plein Air in the Tahoe wilderness. Having not painted in 2 months while working on “The Conductor” this felt good in the fresh mountain air.
A painting, another free win all four books, and a photo of a cat. That should work, right? Cats surpass all algorithms. "Composition 174" - 36 x 60 in. - Oil on Panel - 2017 - Currently at the @maxwellalexandergallery in Downtown LA. WIN ALL FOUR BOOKS! yes, it seems the soul of social media keeps secrets from us all. Anywhere in the United States of America! (international, keep your pants on.) Go out to your nearest Science, Nature, or History museum and sketch some things from life, tag #specimensketchin and you must include a photo of your admission ticket. Creatures, animals, specimens, whatever, however, who cares if you're good or not, its more important to sketch from life, and to bolster your local community to get out of the house and do the same. Anytime from Saturday, February 10th, until Wednesday February 14th. Winner will be announced on Thursday the 15th. What a great date idea for this silly Valentines day thing... and what a great way to maybe bump into that other single shy nerdy artist sketching the same adorable field shrew, eh? eh?? Please. I suck at social media, too busy doin' stuff. So just comment gallore on this and help spread the word, yeah? Also.. a veiled cat in pillows, because everybody
Two people?! Are you serious, San Francisco? What a depressing realization.. I mean, even if my art is crap in your eyes you could Ebay the books for stupid cheap and buy some more of that rediculously expensive paint supplies. I had high hopes that we could inspire a revival of the serious art community, and learn some stuff about nature, (the source of much inspirations!) But, TWO PEOPLE?! Now I feel bad that I convinced those two people to go sketch amidst the sea of young drunks trying to make out in front of aquariums... sheesh. I believe it’s now safe to finally admit that SF has changed too much from when I first came here and lived within a sea of artistry. (Perhaps not for you, but for me.) for that reason, both of the lone souls who participated will get all four books. Congrats @lowfi_steve and @jonitosart .. message me with your address. Perhaps I’ll do this again for every US city soon... after a stiff drink of reflection, that is. 😊
Tonight’s the night in SF! Head out to Nightlife at the @calacademy and sketch some of your favorite specimens and creatures, post them on Instagram with a photo of your ticket and tag #specimensketchin for a chance to win all four volumes of my silly books! Get out and learn some shit while sketching creatures, what a great way to live. 😊🍷
Specimen sketchin at last Thursday’s Nightlife at the @calacademy - WIN ALL 4 VOLUMES of books: How? Go to the next Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, sketch a bunch of your favorite little (or big) creatures and specimens, post them in Instagram with an image of your ticket and a random winner will be notified Saturday February 3rd! You must tag #specimensketchin on your post! This is not a competition about technical quality or skill or vision or nothin.. just get out and sketch some animals from life (these ones hold real still too) and upgrade your grey matter on nature! (And have a cocktail... of course.) #specimensketchin @calacademy Inspired by last Thursday’s watercolor night at the Academy of Sciences hosted by @t.bozic - a good idea for sure, thanks!