It’s Summer Time, which means Vitamin D, Antiheroes and Guggenheim #6. Here are the simmering updates… enjoy… thank you for being here.
1. 6 Down, 14 To Go
In 2009, my first painting as a professional artist was The Guggenheim. One Gugg was good, but not quite good enough — so I decided to paint the Guggenheim each year for 20 years. Here is year #6, entitled “Pink Guggenheim”. But wait! There’s more:
In 2009, I decided to paint the Guggenheim each year for 20 years… this is #6…
Would you like to see an entire painting come together in 90 seconds? Please enjoy… with an incredible soundtrack courtesy of musician John Haesemeyer. While I was in Chicago last week, I popped into an Italian joint to grab some food and met John over some chicken parm and vino. Imagine, an artist, and a musician… at a bar.
As a reformed
Madison Avenue Tribeca-Based Advertising business director, I confess — I’ve imagined myself as Don Draper… sitting cross-legged in a fine suit trendy jeans, sipping Wild Turkey ginger-ale, smoking a cigarette smiling, pitching the world’s finest campaign mollifying the procurement department…
And so, here is Don Draper, my latest Antihero… in a time lapse video.
As with each of these characters, the two-part question is this — how and when to capture them? With Don, I felt a wonton pose mid-date with yet another one of his faceless ladies was it. Cool. Calm. Lucky Strike dangling with that “who, me?” look.
As magic carpet ride that is Michael Jackson, Inc. continues, I find myself in Los Angeles. I’ve been dying to paint here, so I decided to spend a few days and find the best rooftop view in Los Angeles. Thanks to Joseph and the awesome team over at Perch, mission accomplished.
My plane landed at 4pm… by 6:30 I was set-up and ready to paint this gorgeous view of the Title Guarantee Building.
I met Michelle Javian through a friend, and after a five minute conversation, I donated my Sheep Meadow painting. Her charity, Harboring Hearts, is doing amazing things…
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1. Michael Jackson, Inc. is #1…
Here are some photos of the evening taken by the talented Glen Davis.
A book about MJ’s stacks, stacked neatly at Forbes.
Introducing Antihero #4 — Tony Soprano. Where to begin? Not only are the Sopranos my favorite painting companions, the late James Gandolfini’s portrayal of Tony is one of the great character turns in history. I’ve watched the series start-to-finish ten times, and will continue to do so for years.
Here is the video of the process… soundtrack courtesy of frequent collaborator MH the Verb…
How do you choose one iconic moment over six incredible seasons? I decided to use this snap from Season 1 Episode 5, when Tony is sitting in the lobby of the college Meadow is visiting, looking upward toward the Hawthorne quote, “No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true”.