Work and Progress

8. Sketchbook: works on paper

San Francisco Landscape, acrylic on paper

San Francisco Landscape, acrylic on paper

When I travel I often take gessoed paper and insert it in my sketchbook, I also take a travel size acrylic set with me were ever I go.

absinthehouse 2

absinthehouse 2, acrylic and pen on paper.1999

This was from a sketchbook during 1999 year. I was starting to find other influences and the Parisian Cafe formula/style was getting old for me.It marked the beginning of the end for my Absinthe painting series.

Absithehouse1

Absithehouse 1, 1999

In the late 1990’s I read a book called “a History in a Bottle” which was about the 19th century drink Absinthe and the artist who drank it and painted about it . I was also very influenced by the Parisian painters of this period.

 Daughter to an Absinth drinker, study 1998

Daughter to an Absinth drinker, study 1998

   Lighting a Cig, 1997 acrylic and pen on paper

Lighting a Cig, 1997 acrylic and pen on paper

I was still an undergraduate when I was making these paintings and I was really influenced by illustrators who were finding success as gallery artist. I know that that sounds vague but what happen is I realized I was at a school who was teaching me to be a commercial artist and I was looking for something with more depth. so I took a major break from college and I dedicated my time to working for myself.I started to look at Parisian painters who drank.

Copy from vintage mag. 2002

Hataya Sleeping 1999

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