Wednesday, December 30, 2009

a cry for help

sneak peek available here

January 8th is the reception for Thinkspace Gallery's special exhibit, A Cry for Help (7-11pm, exhibition runs till Feb. 5th). This benefit show will feature work from over 100 artists including Wesley Burt, Kris Lewis, and Andrew Hem. 20% of the total sales will be donated to Born Free USA and Animal Protection Institution, which are non-profit organizations aimed to advocate the protection of animals. Thinkspace will also be hosting animal adoptions and special talks during the reception.

I'm contributing my Coming Apart But We're Falling Together piece to this event. Come and be an advocate!

Oh, and I hope you have an awesome New Year's!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

things other than work

Things to learn that's on my to-do-before-i-die list:
-play the violin
-break dance or ballroom dancing
-fluently speak a third language
-cook edible food

Things I do on my spare time:
chill (w/ industrial designer Michelle Om)


chase squirrels

Monday, December 14, 2009

live for the sake of your soul...

... because doing otherwise would be irreverent. And if we don't, it will slowly but surely dissipate from our body, leaving a vacant shell bare of existential aesthetics. If you've no family or friends worth living for, then live for the sake of your soul.

Live for the Sake of Your Soul, 12"x16," acrylics & color pencils


Friday, December 11, 2009

new painting & originals for sale

Sometimes, people warily subject themselves to malignant temperaments that spread throughout their bodies like cancer. With apathetic dispositions, they let it corrode their psyches -- slowly but eventually. It's repulsive, shameful, foul, but we all share this prevalent disease. In a desolate and unaccompanied manner, we tear ourselves apart, but fortunately, there's always someone falling beside us...and life isn't so tough anymore.

"Everything will be okay." - Unknown

Coming Apart But We're Falling Together, 14"x20," acrylics & color pencils
(Will be showcased at Thinkspace's A Cry for Help show in January)


I've updated my store as well. Below are the originals for sale. Please contact Andrew Hosner at for purchasing details. Thank you very much!

We Vomit Carcasses of Unattended Thoughts
acrylics & color pencils (framed)

When Red Days Settle in Blue Hours
acrylics & color pencils (framed)

To the 9, We Will Go
acrylics & color pencils (framed)

To His Content and My Demise
acrylics & color pencils (framed)

acrylics & color pencils (framed)

Monday, December 7, 2009

painting process & art basel miami

I've promised to some that I would explain my painting process in details but have neglected to do so. My deepest apologies. Hopefully this post will atone for my estranged commitment.

Painting with acrylics (preferably Golden or Liquitex) can achieve an array of impressions because of its versatility. Personally, my acrylics are heavily diluted in which values are achieved through thin glazes. I treat it as if it were watercolor. Reasons why I prefer acrylics is because of its permanence and opacity. Watercolor has a tendency to fade when subjected to further glazing. When noodling out the details, I use color pencils (I'm partial to Prismacolor brands). Most of my paintings are executed on Rives BFK - the back side with the linen-like texture. I've experienced on a variety of papers including Stonehenge, watercolor, illustration board, canvas, and I'd recommend doing the same to find a surface most suitable for your own painting demeanor.

When starting a painting, I tone the paper with a mid-value sepia. Once it's dry, the sketch is transferred via light table. To make sure the sketch doesn't smear I use Sureguard to fix it. Remember that fixative is insanely hazardous - may cause cancer, deformed babies, a third appendage, so on. Usually, I'll hold my breath as I spray then sprint to the next yard over to avoid the leftover fumes, or you can buy a secured face mask ... I'm too cheap to purchase one. Also note that you should only spray sparingly because thick coats of Sureguard will repel water-based media.

Once it's dry, flat washes are laid to clarify the general forms. After the basic shapes are overlaid, I'll start adding in value with more glazes. The color pencils are applied when I'm noodling out fine details. If you've ever worked with Rives BFK you'll notice that it tends to soften when subjected to water. When this happens, I'll fix it again to give the paper some surface teeth. This process is repeated, alternating from acrylics to color pencils, until I'm satisfied with the outcome. It's a tedious process but can beget tremendous subtlety.

Oh, and I just got back from Art Basel which was a riveting galore of contemporary innovation. Recap below.

(Aqua Art Reception)

(mural by Antistrot and its spectators)

(sharing wall space)