My latest selfie for 2017:
I’m quite a goofball, something I had tried in the past to not let be part of me. But as fate would have it, that’s the way I was born, the way I had grown up, and will be that way for the rest of my life. So I’ve come to the point of the crossroads that this is how I am, and this is what I have to live with, and so I have let go any efforts to try to act straight and just be a wack job that I am. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of, each and every one of us were made and born as unique individuals, as God intended, not to be same monotonous zombies as society constantly strives to form us into.
I had bit of a fun with this piece. I had originally planned to paint it in acrylic after washing down the wood with some watercolor, but then pastel came into my hands, and I liked how the pastel creates an interesting textural effect on the wood surface, and it’s easier to manipulate than acrylic. The texts you see are actual titles of some popular songs, two of them “Poker Face” and “Born This Way” belonging to the shock queen Lady Gaga. I think in some ways she and I share the same weirdness. “Basket Case” is from Green Day, and the last one is modified from the real title “Baby What I Say” by the King of Rock Elvis Presley. It was kind of funny how putting these titles together like this actually sums up my overall being. Ive also included a video of the process:
And while on the topic of selfies, I’ve decided to put together some selfie pics I have done from when I first started my artistic journey in 2013 up to now. I thought it would be interesting to see how my art has progressed over the past four years by comparing the selfies in different styles.
Of course there will be more selfies in the future, as I said I plan to make at least one every year based with different techniques and styles at my discretion.
Here is another tribute portrait for the recently passed, this time of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali. Actually he passed away late last year, but it’s like now I’m finally posting this on the board. I had started on it last year, but I wasn’t happy with how it was coming out so I had stashed it away out of my sight for some time until my brain could clear up. Then one day I came across the Time Special Edition magazine at WalMart with its feature on you guessed it, the Greatest. I flipped through the pages after pages of photos until I got to the end that shows the older Ali with his lips tightened and holding his fists up as if ready to punch whoever is standing in front of him. Even in his later years struggling with Parkinsons he hasn’t lost his spirit that made him famous, like he is ready to fight to the end and not let the disease or age bring him down. I liked that about the image, and seeing how there are countless portraits showing him in his fresh youthful days, I thought, why not portray him as older but ever so tough, and this was the result. I painted mostly with ink on a scrap piece of wood that was actually a cabinet door I had dug out of a trash can from a random house on trash day. Yeah I’m so cheap nowadays I don’t buy the fancy canvas or wood panel, I look for used scrap wood that’s still durable. I then roughed out the image with sand paper and added splotches of watered down red and blue acrylic to represent the bruises that has been part of his life. It is as if he is staring down at death in its eye and goading it to take him on, he’s not going to be taken down without a good fight.
Rest In Peace, oh The Greatest.
Happy Easter. Hop hop.