I’m always inspired each time I travel to a new place. One of those places is Bahamas. It’s this strangely familiar place I gravitate towards. Feels like my childhood all over again.
At the end of the island there is a spot called Tiloo Cut in Elbow Cay. When I first saw this I fell in love with the emerald colors of the ocean. In this painting you can clearly see why.
I got myself into painting my first mural in the office. We thought of breaking wall first and making it a window that will face another wall… but plans changed last minute
Special thanks to Alexandra Molina for jumping in through the last phases of this piece and helping me finish it.
Hot, muggy, fun and spicy. This is a spot for romance, art, jazz, and Cajun everything! Each time I visit I can’t help but pig out. Good thing this is a town in which you can burn calories by getting to places on foot. The European influence is quiet heavy. All buildings are different and some have a unique story to tell. Eventually like every tourist I got sucked into checking a out a few eerie graveyards. I was surprised on how detailed the tombstones were. The above-ground cemeteries resemble a time in which New Orleans was under the Spanish rule. I must of overwhelmed my camera with pictures. The way the light was hitting the tombstones was magical. I decided to paint a few pieces to experiment with light and a new (to me that is) style. Below is the result…
I spend a lot of time in the ocean but haven’t been inclined to make any surf art. I was snooping through my friend’s surf trip pictures and came a across a fun wave. I changed the colors a bit to make it stand out. This is the result.
A-Frame – Jamaica
Oil on canvas
We all see color in a different way and we attach our own symbolic meaning to it depending on our life experiences. A color can change our mood and take us back in time. Universally blue has a soothing psychological effect, when stressed out we take walks and admire the blue skies or water.
My “Deep Blue” piece is a photograph I took of an interior of a blue vase. Yeah, I know…who in the world cares what the inside of a vase looks like? Well I do and it somehow inspired me. I was so intrigued by the blue circles I ended up painting them. This painting truly sets my mind at ease and allows me to drift back to the days when we had some amazing sets rolling in during winter in Florida.
Four years after completing the painting I added a unique and playful texture to the triptych and got amazing feedback. Here are the before and after pics…
I’ve been overdosing on black tea today due to the rainy gloomy conditions. After work I drove to the art supply store and picked up a canvas. I didn’t have any ideas of what I was going to paint on it. There was a small line and while i waited I browsed through some pics. Green bamboos caught my attention. So this is layer one…two hours of green and yellow lines…
The hardest part when it comes to painting is mixing the right color. I’ve been asked numerous times: “How do you mix your colors correctly?” I feel dumb-struck when I hear that question. I really don’t know how I mix the colors “correctly”, it just happens. You might picture me with a brill set of oil paint and dear brushes, but in reality my collection consists of five tubes and simple brushes I find on sale at an art supply store. There my top secret published — now take notes! I found this great guide for beginners and intermediate painters who want to know how to “correctly” mix colors. I wouldn’t try it myself since I’m a genius jk but thought this would answer the question.
Finally, I’ve decided to sell one of my pieces. The black frame is included and it measures 30″ x 42″ (with frame). There are no reprints of this piece and I would like to keep it this way. The only prints I’m willing to sell are of the photograph but not prints of paintings (I’m against that).
The colors I’ve used for this piece are ivory black and titanium white (oil).
This is the final product…
Finally! My Everglades painting is completely finished! I brought it to work with me today to show it off prior to framing it. The frame I selected is made out of stainless steel and has a nice textured finish. Too bad I have to wait till next week to frame and hang. Ideally best time to frame an oil painting is six months after you complete it, but I have no such patience and must hang this piece for once. My walls at the office are bare and depressing.
In addition to this painting I made a bunch of little ones (different sizes) in b&w to compliment this main piece. I’ll post a picture of the entire thing when it’s up on the wall.