still-it's life

This gallery showcases my representations of Still Life. Will there be fruits? Vegetables? Flowers in a vase? Wine and cheese, anyone? Or perhaps those are a bit too prosaic for this artist. See how this gallery develops. The images may be a bit less dynamic than my usual fare but, still, it's life.

CONVERSATIONAL
BUSTS: a series
of images

The inspiration for these 'Conversational Busts' came from one of my design jobs where I had to Photoshop jewelry onto bust models. I thought the bust models were quite lovely and would make fantastic art pieces. Thanks to the numerous texture layers I used, I think they do.

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SURF + CITY

Still life boards, standing tall and waiting patiently for the the opportunity to catch the perfect wave. This was created to hang at a laundromat in the heart of an L.A. County beach city that features art on its walls by local artists for the enjoyment of its patrons. I put the abstract cityscape behind the boards to represent Santa Monica, a very cosmopolitan beach city.

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Call CSI. Barbie's lost her noggin...again! This piece was inspired by the neighbor kids in a former neighborhood. They had a habit of pulling off their Barbie doll's heads and leaving them scattered around. I took a photo of one and thought; this should be made into art. But shouldn't we all look so happy when we lose our heads?

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her head
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I visit war themes in my artworks because, like death and taxes, it's the one thing humanity can count on in this world. The abandoned boot and somber rose represent the loss and utter futility of war. It can also represent any battle; physical, spiritual or emotional. Several color adjustment layers were incorporated for the dramatic palette of my first foray into still life.

BLACK BOOT  BLOODY ROSE
A HAPPY THREESOME

I guess I'm not above being prosaic. Sunflowers have been done and done by artists, some quite famously. But I have always loved these big, happy blooms in a sunny, friendly color. Is it any wonder they're a favorite still life subject? Of course I gave these my own twist with the erosion-corrosion effects, my personal signature.

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An interior study: vase and chest

No real inspiration for this lusciously colored triptych. Just a bit of a Warhol-esque repeat of subject coupled with a desire to see how the different layer effects would affect each of the images. I believe it's a perfect trifecta of color, texture and still life subject.  

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'It's not you, it's me'

'I don't deserve you'

'We've grown apart'

'I need time to find myself'

'We can still be friends'.

Whether you've heard those words, or said them, you're a cliche, as is this image, representative of the very human penchant for drama. 

LOVE IS A MANY
CLICHÉD THING
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LOVE TO WAR

Love. War. The two go hand in hand. There is much to LOVE in this life. There is much to WAR about in this life. And battles come in many shapes and sizes; from the bickering among family to full blown confrontations among countries. Those who have a belief system in things beyond the corruption of this world know that love wins.

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WAITING NEVERMORE

How many texture layers were used in this somber image of waiting (for what...for whom?) Let us count the ways: 5 on the wall, 7 on the floor, 3 on the roses, 3 on the table, 5 on the window frame and 3 in the sky. And under 30 layers is not many for a Sketchie Beast creation.  

NON-COMPLIANT
COOTIES

Ah, 2020. Where everyone developed a very unhealthy (pun intended) fear of 'cooties'. On the other hand, I have always loved Cooties...those hard plastic body parts in primary colors. A favorite childhood game that inspired the image with a 2020 twist. This piece is also part of my 2020 Vision Series and inspiration for an amusing BLOG post.

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