fresco christian art

fresco christian art

Thursday, September 15, 2011

one days work on a nursery

This shows the progression of one day working in a small bedroom. I do the background by roller blending two to three colors all the way around the room. Then I start painting in middleground. I'm working with rollers or big brushes for much of this stage. tomorrow I use the little brushes.
I live doing these rooms...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

check this out! SPEED PAINTING!

greggbugala has shared a video with you on YouTube:

Commemoration of 9-11; Twenty five minute speed painting. Time lapse film set to "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen's "Leap of Faith."

visions in motion mural

Here's the finished mural that the sketches have led up to....I put the finishing touches on it while they were getting ready for their open house. I painted the background with a sprayer and watering down the wall like I would using watercolor paper. The paint runs added the the expression. I also did some spattering.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

door disappearing act

This is a progression of a steel door that I was asked to camoflauge. First the layout, then the first color, then 2 glazes and darker grout color. The customer was pretty surprised.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Here's a progression from drawing to completed sketch which I just forwarded to the client. It's watercolor/gouache on Arches paper. Once I get approval, I will paint it on their wall. It's for Visions in Motion, the dance studio where my daughter gets lessons. I try and picture her dancing--that's my inspiration.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

april 14

Here's a one day mural I did in Frankenmuth for a good customer of mine. I used a projector to get a rough drawing which I then painted the drawing in black. I like to use rollers to build depth and I'm pretty good with blending colors with them. (you just have to keep the wall wet with a spritzer)
You know, I never really looked close at this album cover, but Paul is barefoot, and John's shoes are dirty white tennis shoes. On the street's sidewalks are people looking their way wondering what's going on. John's portrait was easy--since his hair is all you see! I had trouble with all the other's faces because I was in a little hurry. Usually it takes a certain amount of time per face, and if I spend less than that, it looks rough--and unfinished. You really gotta build up the face's mass to make it convincing and you gotta paint with decisive marks when finishing it. Lots of times, I'll skip the drawing and just draw it in paint, especially when I'm in the groove.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

fender hell

This is a re painted image I originally drew when I worked at Matt Assenmachers shop.
In the basement of his shop, was a large bicycle box full of junk bike parts and lots of fenders. It may still be there. We called it "fender hell." (this was when I was in my 20's) We the employees had a funny theory that the box was a spiritual "heart" of the bike shop, where the tortured souls reside. You didn't want to go to that place because your soul was in danger there. So I jokingly did a drawing which I hung up in the back part of the store, titleing it "rising from fender hell"
After I left the shop, I realized the painting was a metaphor for my eventual departing from the bike shop into a career as an artist. There was a "resurrection" that took place when I finally did quit.
So when my friend Lee Franz left the bike shop after 20 + years, I gave him one of these at his farewell party- which made him laugh. Then another guy I worked with at the shop from years ago, Dave Manges, actually hired me to do another version of fender hell which is this piece.
Originally, the painting was just for fun, a joke! When painting and drawing I think it's important to NOT take your self so seriously. Jesus said,"The kingdom of God belongs to such as these (becoming like a child)" I hope he forgives me for poking fun at haunted bike shops!