Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mood, texture and grit

I have been terribly busy lately but had a minute and thought it fun to post some of my fine art and a small color study.

The thick paintings are what I tend to do for the gallery world. They are done in oil and get very thick. I believe if someone is going to shell out the money for a painting it should have the added bonus of some real texture. The type of texture you can't get any other way but good old fashioned paint. I build these painting up until the desired texture is achieved. Most of my early attempt at gallery work were all done Alla Prima (one sitting, direct paint strokes) no fancy glazing. I developed the technique and just had fun with it. I plan to so some story illustrations for a book I am working on using this technique. Might be fun.

Beside the texture I have always been attracted to gritty parts of town... Are there any better places to get moods.
The small nite scene was done between assignation at work. It was only about trying to capture the feel of that all too familiar sick fluorescent light that you see late at nite near bar and liquor stores. I just love that light.

Hopefully my next post will be of some quick sketches I have been doing lately with my left hand.... Always fun to see what you come up with. John Nevarz posted a few of them a couple weeks back on his site. More to come.


martin wittig said...

More Great stuff!! Beautiful colors, and the compositions are equally great:)

Goro said...

damn....wonderful colors!!

kookiejar said...

Simply great!!...... Loved all of them...... beautiful textures n moods!

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Aaron said...

Wow. Wish I had your touch with a paint brush. Really awesome stuff.
Top work, for sure.

Mattias said...

Stunning, they are so full of mood

Hans said...

Beautiful images! The colors, mood, lighting and composition is just amazing. Wish I could see them in real life so I could get the full effect of the texture as well. Thanks for the inspiration:)


Alina Chau said...

WOW!! Amazing as always, love the texture and lighting!! Sooo rich great atmosphere!

Armand Serrano said...

These are fantastic paintings. I second you on that one - there's no digital medium yet that can truly mimic the good old oil paint texture and brilliance. I definitely love the alla prima style and that what makes oil paintings very special. I appreciate you showing these.

Don Shank said...

I love these! Especially the top one. Really nice work.

A. Riabovitchev said...

I love this!Beautiful!:O)

lautrette said...

Hi Sam!!!

those three color paintings are BITCHIN'!!!!!

but no surprise...they always are...
congratulation for the last one,on 4 of July! good trick to don't foget the date...
well , hope evrything is going well for you and hope to see you soon.

shellywan said...

u astound me... wow. it's beautiful. composition, lighting & color.... Thank you so much! and please keep posting! ^0^


cdeboda said...

Very nice moody paintings!

Ryan said...

Jeez, these are incredible.

chris chua said...

I really love the Jr Liquor one...great sense of mood and feeling in all of them.

Grant Alexander said...

Love your work Sam! Just beautiful!

Jon Han said...

Awesome paintings.

Taesoo Kim said...

These are just too awesome. I've seen your works through your brother-in-law, Mario. I would love to see more of your gallery stuff as well as your production works.

Donna Leong said...

Really inspiring work you have here! Just beautiful!

Ujwala said...

love your style

OV! said...

great stuff man.


mackaydesign said...

So fantastic. I was at DreamWorks today with Danny's class and they showed some of your paintings you did for Shark Tale. I recognized them from a presentation you gave a year ago at Art Center. So rad up close and in person.

Miwa & Mikael said...

Mind blowing!

laurent b. said...

The "liquor" is a great piece!

John Rocco said...

Great stuff! I had the pleasure of seeing your work when I was at Dreamworks on Shrek. Keep up the great work!!!

UrbanBarbarian said...

Brilliant work... Too brilliant, if you don't mind me saying...

craig said...

I don't know if light is catchng the edges of the paint build up or it's little flecks of paint, but the texture effect of the top piece is fantastic.

Felix Lim said...

I found your blog through Nevarez's and so blessed that I did.
That southside painting took my breath away! I will stare at it for a little longer to find out the secrets of its beauty.
Keep inspiring us Sam.

Nathan Fowkes said...

Sam! Great to see your blog up. You're even more vesatile than I realized. Cheers.

Mark McDonnell said...

I miss you.


LOOCH said...

Wow, I instantly feel like I'm there...beautiful!

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