Last night, I had the pleasure of joining a truly talented group to pay tribute to a wonderful charity: HopeForThem. Musicians, artists, St Germain and a crack team joined forces at Gallery 151 to provide entertainment, raise money and gather toys for the children of Haiti.
This 20″X20″ live painting, which is set for auction, represents my contribution.
Here is the video process… coming up next, a few photos along the way.
Ari Lankin setting up… I was the easel on the left.
This is the photo I used as a reference… I’m on a major Old NYC kick, so this Gotham dandy was just what the doctor ordered. For the record, there is no such thing as a doctor who prescribes artistic ideas… at least not outside of a dream. Actually, the Good Doctor might.
Started out with some graphite, something I haven’t done in ages. Got a rough sketch down quickly.
Oh Payne’s grey, how you never fail to amaze me… starting to hack into the structure, playing with line variation.
Things became dark quickly in Gotham.
Working in a rotation of Payne’s grey, ivory black, titanium white and a round of graphite hard-line scribbles.
This was the most ominous point of the painting… it beckoned some highlights to create order. By the way, the “O W” in the foreground is not a reference to a certain movement. It just happened to be on the building and I like letters. Of course, if you want to think it’s intentional or Freudian, that’s your right as the viewer.
More sense being made, but the sky, she is too light.
Some more digging in with the pencil. Starting to get real close.
Fin. Another fine live event painting experience, thank you to everyone at the foundation, St Germain and a shout to Ari Lankin for getting us involved.