Painting Last Night (with updated photo of Skull Car Painting)

It takes an environment devoid of distraction to paint. There is always distraction. For me, that would be Facebook.

I work from photos I’ve taken here at the car forest. For the most part, the painting is accurate to the photo, though sometimes, little changes are made, details of which, I won’t bore you with.

I’ve been getting started painting past midnight lately. No reason to adjust my schedule for anyone else.

At NadaDada Motel, Vegas, I’ll be showing paintings like these and other stuff from this here desert resort. May 4th weekend, 2012.

My show will be called All  Your  Bus  Are  Belong  2  us.

Watch the following slideshow to see the skull car as the painting develops. It’s not done yet but the finished canvas will be shown here when it is.

More to come, stay tuned, and as always, please share my endevours far & wide and SUBSCRIBE!

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Van Gogh paintings with Tilt Shift applied for 3D effect (

A Moment in Pictures with Dianna & SK

Dianna Sion, my friend, my sister, and SK James. I love them. We got NadaDada off the ground in Reno. They came to visit this weekend and we had a blast. Here’s a moment we shared together in the car forest. The bus glowed this evening in the sunset.

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And Now, the Much Anticipated 7 Foot Horse Skull (not quite finished)

Driving out to the car forest to paint something, I had an online comment from a friend in mind. He suggested I paint something from real life, something around me. I spotted a horse skull I had never noticed on a fence out by the pig pen or pig sty-whatever it’s called. (just to be sure… No pigs there now. Fence is only half there; shed is barely hangin’ on but there was this skull.

Anyway, I took the horse skull from the fence. It was tied with rusty wire. I also took the wooden stool there with a patch of carpet almost fully rotted away. It’s barely standing but I needed a pedestal for the reference bone material. I used a big rock to pound the old nails back in. It didn’t help much. The legs are not of equal lengths and the nail holes don’t hold tight anymore.

I imagined how this stool with horse skull would look sitting in the middle of a white gallery in a big city. It’ll have a rainbow of paint on it by that time, dribbled from my cans and brushes amongst the sagebrush.

So painting this skull on the white station wagon, I had Georgia O’Keefe in mind. I was also thinking of Lucien Freud. I’ll explain..

I turned around and saw the landscape behind me and I almost included a rendition of that landscape in my skull painting. This is an O’Keefe move. Her paintings featured heightened color renderings of skulls and cactus and wood, often against the stark Western landscape of which she lived, New Mexico.

I was thinking of Freud because, from the start, I wanted to use alot of colors to paint this subtle dry white of the skull. At this moment I’m not quite finished with this skull painting; I’ll work on it today when I’m done writing this.

I just want it to remain airy and faceted from different angles, “sculpting” the skull’s shape before your eyes. Will they ‘buy it’? That’s the Freud move; He would paint flesh and bodies and see if the colorful illusion worked.

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