Works in Progress

"The Wish is Granted" 2014-2015 Acrylic on Canvas 30"x60" about 90% finished

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Above is a progress shot as of April 2017. You can see an immense amount of reworking the composition and addition of the last remaining details. From here on out it’s just refining detail and balancing light and colors.

"The Wish is Granted" portrays a Tibetan-Style wish-fulfilling dragon, spilling from the heavens, presenting humanity with the gem of the Earth. HIs message is simple - "you only get to make this wish once, so make it count".

After almost 3 years as an open tab, I’m gearing up to finish this painting, hopefully by the end of April/early May
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Early Progress shot after reworking the original painting based on the model circa 2016.
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Original painting circa 2014, left much to be desired. I really rushed the beginning of this painting, not doing the early work required to make the vision how I knew it should be. The body was weak, the hands childish, I knew I had a lot of work to go and working from my imagination was a bit taxing so I made a model based on the painting pictured below, so as to bring a heightened level of realism and drama to the painting.
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Following the advice of James gurney, I built a model from wire, tinfoil, clay, fake fur and glass eyes, all coiled up, it measures about 24” long. I built a diorama, lit the scene as imagined and gained valuable insight later applied to the structure and light of the painting.

“The Sleep Walker” 30-50% complete. 2015 Acrylic on wood 30”x30”

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“The Sleepwalker” portrays a person’s bedroom window opening out to a whirling green vortex that appeared while they were dreaming. We see the person on their somnambulant journey along the islands of their lawn as they reach out into the mystic dream portal. I like to think of this as a Lucid dream in which the little oneironaut is actively seeking information, knowledge, and wisdom, hidden in the dream realm.

However lofty my intentions, I’m just not please with the painting overall, it lacks a lot of something I can’t exactly name, in short, it puts me to sleep.

For now I’m sort of just letting it incubate until I can figure how to make it more interesting.

“How Bout an Apple” 20% Complete Acrylic on Wood 2015

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Above is a digital draft over the original painting showing more the direction the painting is going. I think I’m going to intensify the atmosphere by dropping a layer of night washes of deep blues to pop the orange light in the foreground. still not sure how to paint adam and eve.
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Above is the original as it stood right after the first paint session circa 2015. Haven’t worked on this one much in the last couple years but looking forward to completing the tale
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Painting live circa 2016 @ Plant Teachers Visionary Convergence.