Painting Responsibly at Tevakanui | ULOG #TWENTYFIVE

Last weekend I was asked to do a Painting event at Tevakanui Dance Studio. This is the first time I have ever tried doing something like this.  When I have taught in the past, the classes were pretty small.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for costumes for the upcoming Tahitian and Hula performances of the children.  My kids train here at this school.

I attended one of these things at Town Square so I could get an idea of how to do this. I'm the only artist/painter dad out of all the kids and I got volunteered to teach. It didn't seem so hard at Town Square. I figured I could manage.

This was surprisingly fun.  It's a big change of pace to teach people who are there to have fun.

Lots of people came out, many who I had never met.

It was cool, to teach to people who were there to paint and enjoy themselves, not stress out over their grades.

It made me happy to see so many smiling faces. It's been a while since I've seen that in person.  Since I've been teaching online these past few years, I never get to see how happy or how miserable I make my students in person.

There were also people who were concentrating deeply on their painting.

Even the kids had fun.

There was also a bunch of food for sale in the lobby.

I didn't get a chance to eat much because I was busy talking and painting.

Luckily my wife got me some Butter Mochi and Banana Bread to take home.

Lots of sweets, but I was hungry for kahlua pork. Maybe next time.

My son took all these pictures and video.  I'd show the video, but it's shaky as hell.

This was hard on my legs to stand for so long.  Next time I will run the event for a shorter period. I probably ought to do some sit-ups.

I brought my Dad and my wife and they really got into it.

No one was clowning around.  Everyone was super serious and had a good time.  It might have run a bit long for the kids. I will run the next event shorter for them.

My Dad's painting turned out pretty well.

I stuck the Iron Giant in my demo painting.

The easels were great. Easy to set up and break down.

That's my painting on the left, that Keahi is holding his painting on the right. Paintings seem to turn out better when you're enjoying yourself.

Great fun for all.  Looking forward to the next event which should be coming up soon!

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Digital vs. Traditional: My Experience Part 1 | ULOG #TWENTY

Back again with more art.  Sorry I've been away, but I've been busy.

This painting above was a school piece.  It helped me to get my foot in the door with some local ad agencies here in Vegas

This is basically the last of my traditional work before I started going digital.

These medieval paintings were for the Excalibur Casino.  They ended up being comps and the finishes were done by a more famous artist who used mine as the basis of starting his.

I wasn't good at backgrounds and I wanted the freedom to move my image around.  I wasn't very good with Photoshop at this time, but I was able to isolate objects and move them around. They were painted traditionally with physical paint, but I separated them onto layers so that I could move things around.  That's why they feel so "cut out." I comped these in Xara.

The would have hired him to do this preliminary work but he was unavailable. That was why I got the job. I liked being able to create shadows and straight lines in the computer.  

This stuff was still so new to me.  It was hard to transition from painting traditionally into digital painting.

I used filters and effects to help cover up the parts of the painting I didn't finish on time.

This was one I wished that I knew how to paint in Photoshop with layers.  I was learning as I went along.  

I hate painting text because the client always wants to change the words.  It's often better that text is digital when the words aren't yours.

This painting seems awkward until you realize that all the blank white space is for the words.

I realized that I could just paint the parts I wanted to traditionally then cut and paste them digitally into my assignments.  I could just photocopy my approved sketch onto colored paper and start painting on it directly.

I started doing this all the time with my jobs. Doing this became fun for me.

I'm kind of posting this for my students so that they don't get so hung up on their Wacom tablets.  I want them to realize there are a million ways to get things done. The most important one is the one that works reliably.

I also posting this so that my students can see how I slowly transitioned from traditional painting into digital painting.

My next post will be about my "breakthrough" paintings that got me into the mindset of thinking digitally.

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Wine and Paint | ULOG #THIRTEEN

My wife Alison, is better at following directions. Her painting turned out just like the instructor's. I did this X-Wing fighter by following a tutorial by James Gurney on YouTube.

Acrylic on Canvas. 2 Hours. She had 4 mimosas and I almost finished off a diet Coke. Two hours. Brushes in bad condition(loose ferrules) and a six-color limited palette of cheap paint, kind of like Dick Blick pump acrylics.

This was date night and it was kind of fun.  I thought I'd be annoyed at a business model that takes my profession that I worked hard to become good at and applied alcohol and hip-hop music to it.  But on the whole, it's designed to enable people to go through step-by-step easy to follow instructions and wind up with a consistent quality piece.  This sort of event is for people who don't think they can paint. But they can drink and loosen up and get over their fear. That's the important goal, that feeling of success. What they don't realize is that the steps they are taking are designed for them not to fail.  Why would you go pay money to fail at something that's not your profession? There wasn't any real risk and most of the important decisions have been taken out of your hands.

You get to go home and feel good. That's a really smart business model. The place was packed on a Friday night.

Alison is a very creative person, but she has limited experience in painting. Last night was refreshing and stress free.

I'll have her post some of her own work soon.


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Abstract Vs. Realism

Abstract vs Realism, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 48 in.

As an artist and a responsible parent, I set out to test whether or not age old and time proven practice of realism could triumph emotionally, over the youthful vigor of abstraction.

Both of my children were given Soft Body Liquitex Acrylics

to work with on a pre-gessoed canvas)

stretched over 24 x 48 inches. The intent was to elevate our children’s artwork by simply increasing the size and scale of the medium. Our stainless steel refrigerator did not have magnetic capabilities, so the bare walls of our house became our gallery space.

Here is the finished piece:

To this day, my son prefers to work abstractly and my daughter still leans representational. Whenever he and I are waiting somewhere, he will ask to paint on my Samsung Note Phone and produce a monochromatic color field. I suspect this compulsion will accompany him into adulthood.



I made these paintings back when these two guys were still alive.  I always thought Worf's hair resembled that of James Brown.

I also thought Ray Charles would look better in Geordi's glasses than Stevie Wonder.

For a while, I had these for sale as T-Shirts, but before my shirts ever took off they got taken down by a copyright even though they're parody.

In any case, this was an experiment using acrylics and colored pencils.  In addition, I also used Tombo Markers.

I'm planning to do more of these mashups.