Something new. Something different. For reasons I can not yet share, I was presented with the opportunity to create a large scale painting of an African landscape. Based on four different photographs, I cobbled together a composition on this 48″X60″ canvas.
Here is the entire process in just over a minute with a luscious soundtrack courtesy of the one, the only, Kuf Knotz. Check him there, on Twitter and Instagram.
Most stop by for all things art, but today, I’d like to shift gears for a moment to discuss pregnancy and fitness. Check out my wife Erin Borbet on Fox! She is in this video with Massage Therapist Katinka Locascio, and Leah Keller, who is introducing her new fitness package The Dia Method.
Erin is an Acupuncturist, and she is also 7 months pregnant with our baby girl. All three ladies in the video are healers in different disciplines, who met during a road trip to visit legend Ina May Gaskin.
Leah launched The Dia Method last week, and it’s been getting an incredible reception. Erin’s been working out with Leah throughout her pregnancy, and our Midwife is truly impressed with her abs. Naturally, so am I. Definitely check out The Dia Method and give them a like on Facebook.
Here’s wishing all the best for Leah, a passionate, compassionate entrepreneur with a vision.
Rockland Lake State Park, Hook Mountain — my latest work, a commissioned painting and surprise gift for a fabulous couple on their One Year Wedding Anniversary.
Art Consultant Jessica Levy, founder and owner of JL Art Advisory, introduced yours truly to Bonnie and Michael… they wanted to come up with something special to celebrate this important occasion. The couple, as it happens, were engaged while hiking on Hook Mountain, at Rockland Lake State Park.
I don’t have a car, but I do have an amazing friend, fellow artist Jeremy Penn, who dropped everything to drive me up to the park to snap some source images. I presented twelve options, cropped-to-frame, but this is the one that resonated… and so it began.
Here is the entire painting process in just over one minute… for a photographic recap of each step, please continue.
While I prefer to let the canvas do the talking, I was encouraged to create an artist statement about this piece:
‘A world without hate wouldn’t be a world without labels, rather, it would be a world without hateful people. There are good labels, such as, “President of the United States”, “The World’s Top Golfer”, “Sexiest Man Alive”, “The Great Emancipator”… then there are hurtful, dangerous, and libelous labels, such as “dark skinned suspect” — the insidious term bandied about in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings. This canvas features pictures of people I’ve cut directly from the pages of The New York Post, and on the surface, collectively represent our society’s desensitized view of the press. The color palette is complementary, in the colors of several major New York Sport franchises — the blue and orange tones generate tension, mirroring the thoughts, ideals and opinions of our eclectic society. It is my hope that this painting can be enjoyed on a strictly visual level… upon deeper inspection, it should encourage one to reflect introspectively on their feelings toward a variety of people, with disparate roles in the drama of humanity, ranging from savior to entertainer to mass murderer.’
During Broadway Bares Las Vegas, Josh Strickland won my painting created live at Planet Hollywood. This year, however, before host Scott Nevins brought down the gavel, Director and recent “Mr. Abbott” Award Winner Jerry Mitchell, matched Strickland’s bid, asking if I would recreate the painting for him.
Here I am with Strickland, at Planet Hollywood, with the original Broadway Bares Vegas 2013 painting.
I’m down with OPP — O is for Other and P is for People, the last P is something simple: Projects. Matthew Pisani, as he is known on is tax return, is also MPISA… but where did this alter ego come from? What does it all mean?
I sat down with emailed him a bunch of questions to inquire about the big launch… The results? I’d say Here We Go, but that’s the wrong beer.
What is MPISA?
MPISA is a graphic t-shirt brand featuring creative-empowering messages. I am so fascinated by the creative vision, the various genre and media, and the originality of the process. The mission is to spread the word – just in case you didn’t already know – that being a creative is extraordinary.
Thursday, May 9th, will be a busy day for this guy. First, I have an accordingly priced/titled Jeremy Penn collaboration piece “The $25,000 Painting” showing in the Rachel Wells’ curated group show “Situation Raw“. Opening at the luscious Wix Lounge, this exhibit will ‘provide viewers with an emotional response through powerfully organic works of art.’ Also showing will be Marie-Dolma CHOPHEL, Brittany Brett, Jake Nelson and Cem Kurtulus. Here are the details:
Up next, Fight for Your Right to Fight NYC Showcase, a custom boxing gloves art show alongside 40 artists from across the globe curated by Fight The City. Following a successful preview at LA’s Toy Art Gallery, the show will be opening at the penthouse of the Times Hotel on Thursday. The gloves will then be auctioned off on the Fight The City ebay page, with proceeds going to help a very awesome charity. Here are the details: