Maestro Roberto Venosa
Wed, Aug 10 2011 02:12
Maestro Roberto Venosa
January 21,1936 - August 9, 2011
A dear friend and mentor passed on to another realm yesterday. Robert taught me much about art and life. For that I will be forever grateful. God speed Brother. I love you. I will always cherish the time we had together painting. Thank you for the inspiration.
Live Painting in Athens on Oct 16
Wed, Oct 13 2010 08:24
I will be live painting along with Kris D, David Hale and Keegan Keel at the Beats Antique Show at New Earth Music Hall on Saturday night in Athens. This is a show for all people who want to dance. Fans of electronic music and organic instruments will be blown away. Beautiful and seductive lead lady Zoe Jakes will steal your heart and the show too. From Burning Man to Bonnaroo, they are the real deal. Do not, I repeat, do not miss this one. Lynx and Abandon the Earth Mission open.
Beats Antique are an experimental world fusion and electronic music group, formed in San Francisco, California in 2007 when Zoe Jakes approached her manager, Miles Copeland (brother of drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police) about creating an album. Copeland green lit the project, and their debut album Tribal Derivations was conceived on Copeland’s CIA record label. Tribal Derivations was a concept album, created to complement the dance styles of producer/arranger Zoe Jakes, whose belly dancing is described as an innovative blend of traditional belly dance with tango, break dance, and Indian dance. The group’s second album, Collide, reached the top 10 of most downloaded artists under the Middle East and World Dance and the top 20 most downloaded electronic albums on Amazon. For their third album, Contraption Vol. 1, Beats Antique brings in collaborators such as hammered dulcimer player Jamie Janover, and beat boxer and hip hop vocalist LYNX. The group’s members, David Satori, Tommy Cappel, and Zoe Jakes use their varied experiences with world music genres to draw inspiration for their music with Beats Antique.
Into the Middle
Wed, Oct 13 2010 12:38
Into the Middle • 18x24 • Oil on raw linen
I've been trying new techniques with my oil painting. Studio paintings tend to get very meticulous when using the Mische technique of underpainting and glazing. Wanting to speed things up a bit a force myself to explore ala' prima painting, I have played with painting on a heavy toothed linen canvas. I really like the results. This piece took about 16 hours from beginning to finished painting.
Sun, Aug 29 2010 03:58
|Tears • 4"x5" • Oil on Canvas|
Freshly varnished oil painting entitled "Tears. I was experimenting with painting on a black canvas with some new Old Holland oils I had just received back in the Spring. This is a more structured style of painting I do, more like the poster work. I still prefer starting from abstracts.
Sun, Aug 29 2010 03:27
I completed two new paintings this past week. Both were small studies and highly influenced by two of my teachers Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffmann whom I studied under last year . I look forward to painting with them again in September.
I have tried many ways of painting, but find this abstract stream of consciousness style of painting my favorite. Just go with the flow. I don't think about the subject matter, I just paint. I let my mind pull out the images. It's very much like meditation to me.
For some reason this piece reminded me of the Easter Island monoliths staring off into the distance, thus the name. I loved the texture of the heavy canvas and multiple glazings. I used Old Holland Oils, Gamblin Radiant Oils, W&N titanium, W&N Glazing Medium and W&N Detailing Liquin
|Rapa Nuiscape 4"x5" • Oil on Canvas|
|Alien Daisies 5"x7" • Open Acrylic on Linen Canvas|
This piece was painted using the new Open Acrylics by Golden Paints. I really like the way they dry much slower than traditional acrylics. I have often stayed away from using acrylic paint. It always seems to put limitations on the way I paint due to how quickly it dries. These new paints had the traditional oil painter in mind with longer working time. I'd say they pretty much nailed it. There are significant differences, but with a little working time I grew to like them and plan on using them on some upcoming live painting sessions where oils cannot be used effectively.
Jamie Thomas Native Spirit Skate Deck
Thu, Jul 1 2010 02:40
The deck I painted for Nibwaakaawin and All Nations Skate Jam was used by Jamie Thomas and Zero Skate Decks to make a limited edition run to raise money for Native youth skate programs. It's is almost ready for release! Looks killer! They have shirts with the image also! Check 'em out at Zero Decks