After Eddie Van Halen died, I started drawing and painting portraits of Van Halen again for the first time since 1996. This is one of those paintings. Oil on canvas. ALMOST done.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I finished my tribute drawing of legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragones`. It's an 24" x 18" graphite drawing on paper. I'm happy with it. I've titled it "Mustachioed Maestro At His Craft".
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
If you don't already know, Van Halen was MY FAVORITE BAND. Sammy Hagar is still my favorite musician, but I wouldn't have discovered the Red Rocker if it wasn't for VAN HALEN in 5th grade. That's when I discovered music as an important part of my life. Anyway, you can read a bit about my VH obsession and Sammy Hagar obsession HERE and HERE.
THIS painting, I feel, as of January 19, 2021 at 9:23am EST , is finished!
I'm not much of a watercolor artist, so I'm leery of making a photo realistic project out of watercolor. But, I had a successful watercolor piece recently and got cocky. Plus, the death of Eddie Van Halen in October 2020 still felt fresh and surprisingly hard to shake. I knew I wanted to do a portrait of Van Halen as a whole (with Sammy, that is. THAT is MY Van Halen. I loved all VH, but like the one offspring in every family, I liked David Lee Roth less). I went through countless images of the band, planning on drawing them in graphite as I appreciated them, as I remember them. It was going to be black and white,and I was doing a colorful oil painting of Eddie and Sammy jamming on stage.
But, once I got the confidence after that little watercolor painting, my mind was set: large, colourful Van Halen tribute in watercolor! I started a NEW search for an image to work from, and found one that was burned into my memory from sophomore year in high school: 1993 Whiskey a-Go-Go concert VH played to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band playing that venue. It was staggering how the streets around the club were flooded with fans! Police werethere, helicopters and reporters swarming! News reports across the nation covered the hysteria. I was SO jealous because I couldn't be there. But I did see them later that year at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan!
This painting is the BIGGEST watercolor painting I've ever done (before this, I did some 9" x 1 2" illustrations ) at
36" x 24", or 3ft x 2ft. I might enter this into ArtPrize this year!
Friday, January 15, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
As the year 2021 begins, I've somehow gotten a new lease on creating art! I'm working on 3 separate projects of my own, and I'm excited to work on them, which I haven't felt that way about drawing or painting in...well, years, really! I don't know what it is, but I am enthusiastic about getting back to these projects every day! I even want to skip work, meals and sleep to keep at it!!
These pieces are not being made to sell. Just for me and to maybe put in an exhibit, who knows?
These ARE works in progress. The b&w graphite drawing of cartoonist (and idol) Sergio Aragones` is 18" x 24"