These are some of my paintings this last week of 2020 that I have spent in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Asheville in North Carolina.
This is an old color study that I found while reorganizing some of my old portfolios. I will post some more old gems and rarities like this in the enminent future, especially ones that have never been posted or never have left the studio/sketchbook. This teapot was from an old knock-off silver set my grandmother gave me when she passed away. She raised my brother and I almost by herself, so she was very much like a mother to me. So, even though it is not worth much in a monetary sense, it is worth more than the Sun and the Moon for me personally.
She wasn’t big on Art, but she always believed I could be a great artist if I put my all into the brush she would say. We lost her almost ten years ago when I was only in high school. Grandma Dot is what I used to call her, short for Dorothy. She also turned me on on of my favorite painters even nowadays, John Signer Sargent. Can you see the influence of Sargent in the wet on wet oil style and color filled highlights?
I am also considering making a series of short videos that discuss my studio process and my major influnces from the Old Masters of Art History. I think combining some old works from sketchbooks and portfolios that have not seen daylight in quite some time with historical influnces would be a good way to showcase some of my old work while also informing my artistic peers and the public at large about important works of art/artists that they may have unintentionally neglected or could further their apperication.
I recently got some new hats. The first has the Super Mario ghost character, Boo, on it. The second features Majora’s Mask from the N64 Zelda classic. My love for this classic Zelda game inspired me to create an N64 emulator with one of our raspberry pi boards and the RetroPie.
I was impressed with the over 50 game systems that RetroPie offers. I had ordered a set of Super Nintendo controllers and a set of N64 controllers that have usb ends instead of the original plugs.
We formatted an SD card with Etcher to put on RetroPie. Then we plugged everything into the raspberry pi and started to configure things. I am actually still having some problems with programming the joy stick 100%, yet everything else is working great with the original style controllers. After programming the controllers, we had to run some code to add a controller hot key for entering and exiting the emulator.
After everything was working, it was apparent that games still needed to be put onto the system. I was able to download several games for free online. When you download an old game file to put on an emulator, its called a ROM. I obtained the ROMs for Super Smash, Mario Party, both Zelda games and Banjo Kazooie just to get started.
The ROMs go onto a usb that is plugged into the raspberry pi. I am very glad I was able to finish this project and share all my old games I loved as kid with my son, Roman.
So, I have been working for a couple hours everyday on inkwash and watercolor illustrations. These are a couple of them. I have been working on simplicity of line work and effective color management with this more illustrative or cartoonesque style.
Some new works for the Halloween Season!
This is a short video and grahpic I made, look for this launching on 0ct.31st! I used a mix of Mario and 8-bit influences to get the old school feel.