Just a quick note to let folks know that I’ll be appearing live tonight (Oct. 26th) at 7:30pm on the Sissy Gamache Show! Sissy invited me on to talk about my pinup art..so exciting! The show can be viewed on tv where available and live online via the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Sissy’s weekly show features guests from the arts and media discussing their contribution to their profession…visit Sissy’s website for more info.
So, I survived another year at the NY Comic Con! Every year seems to get bigger and better. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth. Your comments and support are so greatly appreciated. Those who came by early received this year’s limited edition poster, featuring my latest painting of model Kim Falcon in a 40’s style patriotic pose.
featuring “American Pride”, 36×50 in., oil on linen (original available)
I was happy once again to have both men and women interested in my art. In fact, I think the women might have edged out the men. Sunday was kids day, and my youngest fan was an adorable little girl (maybe 2 years old) who refused to move from her eye level view of my painting “Casting Call“, which must have appeared to look like a fairy princess to her. I was pleased to make her smile by presenting her with a business card and her dad was happy that she then agreed to move along. All in all, it was a very successful albeit tiring weekend and I’m excited to get back into the studio to continue creating.
I’m in booth #2039 this year and hope lots of you will stop by and say hi. There will be a new commemorative Comic Con poster unveiled later today. I’ll post a picture after the booth is set up. I just posted a video interview taken at last year’s show on my what’s new page - go check it out!
Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA is including some of my pin-ups in their upcoming show, Immortalized. The gallery opening is Friday, September 9th. Hope some of you can make it!
The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2011 from 7-11pm highlighted with 22 classic custom cars and hot rods as organized by Sponsor Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, Cuties for a Cause pin up girls passing out goodies, STONE beer, catered food and wine provided by VINZ Wine Bar, live music by Gino and the Lone Gunmen and awards for artists and sexist pinup girls.
I worked on my portrait of Sabina Kelley some more yesterday in the studio with Paul McCormack and again today on my own. I took the painting outside today to photograph it in order to get a better picture to post. It’s a beautiful sunny day here. Bright light is the best for photographing paintings, otherwise you can go crazy trying to prevent shadows while achieving the best representation of color. The first photo below is the photo I took outside. You’ll see that there is a little piece of white paper taped to the easel just about the painting. That’s used to set a white point in photoshop which helps to correct for color shifts. This is a much better representation of the painting than the one I posted yesterday which was photographed in low light and got washed out when I tried to adjust the white level.
The next image is just the above photo cropped with a border added. You can see that during these two days I worked a lot on the details of the hair and also completed both her shoulders. There is still some refining to do, but I’m excited to get this piece completed.
I had a great time meeting lots of pin-up fans this past weekend at the NY Comic Con. I appreciate all the wonderful comments from men and women alike - it’s that kind of feedback that really keeps me inspired! Perhaps the best comment of all came from a little girl on Sunday, who upon passing my booth and viewing my pinups commented simply, “Pretty!”. I loved that! In fact, female patrons outnumbered men about 2:1 and lots of them dragged their man along to view my work. I guess pinups are a hard sell when compared to the legendary Spider Man
Now that the convention is over, I’ll be going back to work on some commissioned and spec pieces as well as posting more in-progress shots. First I need to get cleaned up around here - I caught an episode of “Hoarders” on tv last night that scared the begeebies out of me! Time to get organized!!!!
This is the 3rd Year I’ll be showing my pinups at the New York Comic Con in NYC. It’s always an exciting weekend, and I look forward to unveiling some new pieces along with old faves. Hope to see lots of you there!
A new series of guitar picks featuring several of my pinups will premier later this week at NAMM 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. The picks are licensed exclusively by Steve Clayton, Inc., a US based, family run custom guitar and accessories business with many years of experience. It was a pleasure working with the owner Steve and his daughter Chrystal to develop this line of picks based on my pinup girls, since we all know how well pinups and music go together. If you’re going to NAMM, check them out (and pick up some of my pinup picks) at Booth #4590, Hall C … and don’t forget to tell them I sent you
the image above is from the new 2010 Clayton catalog which will premier at NAMM 2010
“Underground Inspirations.” 2009 Summer/Fall issue
I’m so excited to have my “Fishnet Stockings” painting featured in the current issue of Carmel Magazine!
It was used as the lead image for an article about The Alternative Cafe gallery in Seaside, CA which featured my work during their recent “Garter Belts and Gasoline II” art show.
Although this painting (based on the image of the amazing retro pinup and Gretsch Guitar spokes-model Kim Falcon) has been very popular and was featured in several other publications, I’m especially proud to have it appear in Carmel Magazine. Carmel, CA has always held a special place in my heart because of my total admiration (and school girl infatuation) for one of it’s most famous residents and one time mayor, Clint Eastwood (whose photo also appears among the pages of this issue!).
the article (on pages 210-213) is available on-line by going to the link below: