Here is a little something new for my blog. I want to start including things I do for work as an Art Specialist at Disneyland. Not so much as part of my personal Art Gallery, but more about having an online portfolio. Ironically part of the reason I did this double park map last summer was to get it into The Disney Gallery on Main Street. I know if I ever saw a map like this I would buy one. And I think a lot of others would do the same, it’s something that’s never been offered at the Resort. Well, long story short I talked to some people about having it sold in the Park. The good people in Merchandise loved it until they found out I was not a salaried cast member. Queue the “Price is Right FAIL” sound. Apparently it has to do with legal reasons. So, at this point I just keep it as part of my portfolio until I have a salaried position. I think of it on deck to be in the stores until I get a higher position with the Company. Currently there are 2 large 10′ x 10′ prints of these maps backstage for Guests who go through the Disney Performing Arts program. The original piece was painted last Summer, it took about a month and a half to paint on a 3′ x 3′ wood panel. If people can’t see it in stores, at least they can take a gander of it here on my site. Enjoy.
“What are you guys, going to a volley ball game or something?”
Pulp Fiction rules, it’s Quentin’s masterpiece. There has been a lot of paintings done on his movies. It’s always been on my list of things to paint. But not sure what i wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do something for sure with Jules and Vincent, but wanted to do something a little different. That’s why I put him in his change of clothes towards the end of the movie instead of the traditional black suit and tie. As bad ass as that is, not many people can pull off those dorky clothes. If you’re wondering about the background, it’s inspired off the wall in the restaurant when shit went down with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny.
But when it comes to painting Vincent Vega, I will probably do a companion piece to this one with him, also in his dorky clothes. But what’s more exciting to me than that is I really want to do a piece that has both Vega Brothers in it. Him and his “brother” from Reservoir Dogs, Vic Vega (Mr Blonde). That might be coming up sooner than later. Stay tuned for more Pulp.
My first U2 concert was Nov 14, 1992. It was the ZOOtv Tour at Angel Stadium. I was a freshman in High School and took my first girlfriend who was equally obsessed with theband. Basically it blew my mind, and became a religious experience. Since then I have been a loyal subject of the Church of Bono. Yea, he is hard to swallow sometimes, but that’s why I like him. I’ve been to 5 U2 shows since then but none of them were back at Angel Stadium. So in 2009 they brought the 360 Tour to the Rose Bowl. HOLY SHIT, it looked like they landed a spaceship on the 50 yard line. Black Eyed Peas opened and were worth the price of the ticket alone. So when word came around that the North American tour is coming back to CA, I wasn’t totally sure if I would shell out the cash again. As awesome as the shows are, it ain’t cheap. But then they announce it’s going to be at Angel Stadium. Not only is it ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY CONDO, it’s at the same place I saw them for the first time almost 2o years ago. OMFG I sounded old right then.
So I’ve always loved underground concert posters and thought it would be cool to make one for these 2 shows in Anaheim. Let me know if you want a print of this.
“The Edge” Bless You.
Last Saturday night I was thinking about what I should paint next. I have a few things in progress, but wanted something in between. I have always enjoyed stuff based off famous paintings and René Magritte’s “The Son of Man” has been askin for it for a while. At first I thought what else would be good with an apple, and Snow White came to mind. This is when Google is your friend, so I do a search and sure enough it’s been done. Figures, it makes sense. Besides, everything has been done. So I thought about plugging Mario/mushroom in, OF COURSE it’s been dine already. But I didn’t want to toss out the urge and momentum to get something new painted so I landed on this idea of Fozzie and a tomato. It’s a miracle, it didn’t come up. So I went for it.
For those who weren’t dragged through Art class here is the original and a little backstory on WTF?
Last weekend the Autumn Society opened their much anticipated show, SHELL SHOCK, at the Gallery at Brave New Worlds Comics in Philadelphia. The bad news is I couldn’t make it out there, but the good news is there has been a lot of good pictures and some great coverage for this show. Not many art shows could handle the awesomeness of having the TMNT Van show up, props to Brittney Schneck. Thanks to the real heroes in the half shell Chogrin, the good people at Brave New World, and the Autumn Society for putting this show together. For this one I didn’t send any prints along with the original to sell. But if anyone wants a print of my Shell Shock entry “Raising Shell” I’m selling them here on my site for $20, plus shipping. The print has all 4 Shells on a 13″ x 17″ image. Email me if you are interested.
Photos by Chogrin Munoz, Matt Cavanaugh and Philip Michael.
I’ve been pretty busy with work lately, so it’s been a while since I had been able to get some painting done. The idea from this piece came to me after watching Bansky’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. I was blown away by how some of the street artists combined the most random things. So later that night this little mash-up came to me. I had the idea on deck while I worked on my 3B and Turtle pieces. So once that was finished and work calmed down I was finally able to work on this over Memorial Day Weekend. After I finished it, it started giving me a little Dia de los Muertos vibe to it. Totally not part of the plan but I’ll just call it a happy accident. And needless to say this painting could be the movie poster for the Scary Mary You Tube trailer. Just in case you haven’t seen it, check it out.
I wanted to make sure everyone saw this brand new kick ass poster for the new Shell-Shock show. It was certainly worth the wait. What’s really cool about it is it’s a collaborative effort of a few talented Artists. Each with their own style put into it. Big Turtle kudos to Glen Brogan (Albino Ravin), Bobby O’herlihy, Edwin Vazquez, and of course Chogrin. I officially want to help out with a poster for a future show, just sayin. Even though on my piece I entered for Shell Shock had the different colors of each turtle to give it that Animated series vibe, I really like how for the poster they just did the old school red masks. If anything, maybe people will ask why they are all red and learn a little something about the bad ass works of Eastman and Laird. I’m putting my entry in the mail tomorrow, save travels my acrylic friends.
At first when I heard about the upcoming TMNT show by the Autumn Society, I did automatically think about doing a pin up of Miss April O’Neil. As much as I would like making that happen, and might just do one of these days, I kept thinking of what else I could do for this show. While snooping around the art mecca that is Art Supply Warehouse looking at canvases I thought that those little 8″ x 10″ oval canvases look like the perfect shell shape. Then it hit me, I grabbed 4 of them and started working on these guys. Hope you like them. Look out for these Heroes in the Half Shell starting June 3rd at the SHELL SHOCK show at Brave New World Comics in Philadelphia.
Coming up early next month is the GOONIES themed art show, “This Is Our Time”, put on by Chogrin and the good people at The Autumn Society. This is also the 3rd show I have been lucky enough to be a part of with them. The 2nd one being the TMNT show that opens the day before in Philadelphia, but more on that later. As for a movie like the Goonies, over the past few years I have seen a ton of awesome art inspired from this movie. It’s great to see what scenes stick out to other artists and inspire them to pump out some amazing stuff. It has easily reached cult status and deserves all the recognition it receives. From the sound of it, this show will include a few favorites from years past that you may have seen before, and also a ton of newer pieces from Artists across the country. When combined, all of a sudden you have the best art tribute to the Goonies. Sloth would be proud.
I myself will not be able to attend this show, but I will be sending “Andy, You Goonie” and some prints up to Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon for the big show. I can’t wait to see what other pieces end up in this Goonies show. Big thanks to Chogrin for inviting me to be a part of this one, exciting stuff. Stay tuned for more info on this show. I’ll be looking for some good coverage of the show and share it here come June 4th.