Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
This is my tribute to just a few of the teachers at CCS who taught me for 4 years. Don Kilpatrick, Gil Ashby, Cathy Gendron and Chuck Gillies. I've learned so much from them and I am forever grateful. These are all 36"x48" canvas panels. I still would like to keep working on this series and paint more teachers that I didn't get a chance to. There's so many. I feel as though this series is not only a tribute but it is also about my life. These people were so much a part of my life for the past four years and now a new chapter is beginning.
Monday, September 14, 2009
These are studies that I did because I'm doing an Independent Study this semester with one of my favorite teachers Pat Underdown. I plan to make a series of large scale paintings in acrylic 36"X48" all of CCS faculty members as a tribute to them. This will be the first painting, Gil Ashby.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I made this illustration as a tribute to Michael Jackson. His tragic passing has left myself and fans all over the world grief stricken. Michael was just a kid at heart who wanted to make the world a better place. He was undoubtedly the biggest star on earth. R.I.P. Michael you will be missed enormously. This can also be viewed as part of Stephen Kroninger's Michael Jackson show on the Drawger website here.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
It is now legal for same-sex couples to be married in Iowa. Hallelujah! Iowa is now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont are the others. I think Melissa Etheridge said it best when proposal 8 passed in California:
"When did it become okay to legislate morality? I try to envision someone reading that legislation "eliminates the right" and then clicking yes. What goes through their mind? Was it the frightening commercial where the little girl comes home and says, "Hi mom, we learned about gays in class today" and then the mother gets that awful worried look and the scary music plays? Do they not know anyone who is gay? If they do, can they look them in the face and say "I believe you do not deserve the same rights as me"? Do they think that their children will never encounter a gay person? Do they think they will never have to explain the 20% of us who are gay and living and working side by side with all the citizens of California? I got news for them, someday your child is going to come home and ask you what a gay person is. Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away." -Melissa Etheridge from her official website.
Another great quote from Wanda Sykes after prop 8 passed: "We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country.”Sykes said Prop. 8 supporters “pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay."
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
This is something I'm working on for the Detroit Lions Holiday Card competition. I wanted to do a snowman because it's neutral and not assigned to any one religion. I thought of this sad, lonely little snowman sitting all alone in the middle of nowhere being snowed on. Maybe the snowman is me (sniff)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There was a Detroit Zoo poster competition at my school and everyone had to submit something. I Painted this in acrylic transparently. My idea was that I wanted to make it look like a watercolor painting. We only had less than a week to work on it. Now that it is finished I'm just glad I had something to turn in.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I'm painting portraits of great women artists, who I admire, for my senior studio class. These are specifically women artists who are faculty at CCS. The first artist I chose to paint is fine artist, Nancy Thayer because I think her abstract paintings are so beautiful. Next I'm painting illustrator Cathy Gendron because I love her whimsical editorial illustrations. Finally I want to paint art historian and a fine artist, Beverly Smith because I really like her and I think her extensive knowledge of European art and architecture is really impressive. These are at the sketch stage so far and I will be painting more women artists as the semester progresses. Stay tuned!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is an editorial piece that I'm working on for my senior studio class. It is for a magazine article about how violence against the gay community can start with words. I call this "Words Attack" I came up with this idea of a gay man running and ducking from these hateful words as if he were ducking out of the rain.