Moving Day 15104

I finally finished my sculpture sequel to my police car- I’m really proud of it. I wanted to make a sculpture that articulated and condensed the overwhelming problem of how to deal with all these blighted houses. I mean, it’s more than that- but that feeling of being overwhelmed turned into a joke was sort…

Commissions- New Challenges

With the show being pushed back to August 2022, I’ve had time to take on some big projects. Below is a six foot long version of the Phipps: These are taking a lot of time. Some of that is because babies are not sleeping and some of that is the cold. The garage is cold…

Self Portrait (N. Braddock Portrait 6)

These portraits are coming much easier Deciding where the glass goes is getting to be pretty difficult. I would like to do more extravagant portraits. Those are coming. I think up until now I’ve been trying to stick the landing on just…better, more accurate portraits. I’ve been consciously updating the portraits I did ten years…

Space Station 15104

The third entry into my rust belt futurism series, this is probably the most carefully constructed. I did number of sketches beforehand, trying to get the angle right and my use of forced perspective was a journey of trial and error. I was surprised at all the math and angles I was happy to think…

Mon Valley Portrait 4/ Space Station Sketches

So, five portraits so far, four glass paint hybrids, one more of a regular wood based portrait. I’ve been experimenting with backgrounds. The first portrait (of Jonathan) I made sort of a vague version of what was actually there. In the last portrait, I took out some of the complications of what was there to…

North Braddock Portraits: New portrait, plus all four together at once

I made this painting in my series of acrylic/caulking/glass portraits. I’m still experimenting with how to combine those elements in an engaging way. I’d like for them to eventually be more than the sum of their parts. I like this portrait, but I think I still want to push this style forward somehow I’m pretty…

Mon Valley Apocalypse

After every huge painting (see “Trains/Dragons”) I promise myself I’ll never sink so much time into a painting again. Usually, my huge paintings end up being weirder and more experimental than my little ones. This painting is both weirder and more ambitious, in at least content, than most of the rest of my work. It’s…

Community/Police

I finished this painting a few months ago, but didn’t post it. I have three finished paintings I haven’t posted- I think I got discouraged about blogging. I realized, though, I need to blog so I can remember all the thoughts I had while making the work. I made this painting in thinking through the…

Art Show 2021: Halfway Point

I’m halfway to my art show and here’s what we have: Six abandoned houses:       Making the abandoned houses is a ton of fun and it’s pretty comfortable and easy for me. I could make a ton of these, but I would hate for it to seem that I think that abandoned houses…

Rust Belt Futurism: Braddock Starships 1 and 2

I’ve made these two Braddock spaceships as part of an idea I think of called “Rust Belt Futurism”. I am trying to find a way to articulate the way we implicitly think of the future as non-specific and non-local. The weirdness of seeing Braddock- as it is- in space is funny, but I hope that…

House #6 + odds and ends of ideas

  Here’s House #6- maybe the last of the abandoned houses. We’ll see- they’re easy to do and they turn out really good. Every once in a while I like to put on the site ideas I’ve half way thought through. We’re about a year an five months away from my gallery show at Unsmoke,…