Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hogarth + Doc Martens = Fun

The favorite rebel shoe of punks past and present is the Doc Marten combat boot. I myself, have owned a few pair. This month, Doc Martens has released a new series in collaboration with Sir John Soane's Museum on Hogarth's most famous art series, "A Rakes Progress". I love the satchel, but I think I might need the boots! You can see it all HERE.

Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens

"The Levee" by Hogarth

Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens

"The Heir" by Hogarth

Hogarth Leather Satchel by Doc Martens

"The Orgy" by Hogarth

Hogarth Collection by Doc Martens

"The Arrest" by Hogarth

This is not a sponsored post. I just love these shoes.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Choice Hotels Commission

In August, I landed a surprise corporate commission for 25 paintings. Choice Hotels is rolling out a cool rewards program for members of Cambria Hotel & Suites, which involves collectable coasters and free drinks. I was asked to paint a site-specific landmark or a landscape for each of the cities that hosts a Cambria Hotel & Suites.

I had a lot of fun on this project. I also felt the crunch of a fast turn-around - 25 pieces in 6 weeks. But I have to say, I learned a lot about myself as an artist and as an illustrator. Working on this commission got me thinking about my "style" and the manner in which I process visual information. I'm inspired to get back to my own subject matter and experiment a bit. So here are my first 25 pieces for Choice Hotels.

Lake Eerie in Avon

High-Line Park in Chelsea NYC

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Columbus, OH

Red Rocks in Denver, CO

Cherry Orchard in Traverse City, MI

Las Olas Bridge in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Capitol Building in Madison, WI

Downtown Plaza in Maple Grove, MN

South Beach in Miami, FL

Historic Yates Mill in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Capitol Building in Noblesville, IN

Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, PA

Hummel Park in Plainfield, IL

Arbor Park Nature Preserve in Plano, TX

Black Hills National Forest near Rapid City, SD

Roanoke Star in Roanoke, VA

Paper Mill on the Fox River in Appleton, WI

Town Square in Rockville, MD

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden in White Plains, NY

Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

Trolley Museum in Washington, PA

North Dakota State University in West Fargo, ND

Armory in White Plains, NY

Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO

Friday, September 25, 2015

Artist Debra Cartwright

I cannot stop looking at Debra Cartwright's soulful watercolor portraits. Her work is sublime. Last year I wrote about water colorist, Jay Bailey, and since then, I've been trying my hand at watercolor portraits. I haven't been very successful, but at least I'm giving it a go. But Cartwright's work is so inspiring, thoughtful, empowering and fun. Her work makes me want to re-commit to working in watercolor. See more of her work and read about her here:


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Home of James Ivory

The New York Times Magazine just featured the home of James Ivory, of Merchant Ivory fame. His home in Upstate New York is the stuff of my dreams. I am especially drawn to the hand-painted wall treatments found all over his home. Oh, and also the stacks and stacks of books in every room. Dreamy. Ivory's home also features wonderful period relics from his films. What a treasure trove! Read all about this extraordinary man and see more photos of his home HERE.

And just for fun, a little video tour of his home: