First there was Art All Night – an annual, twenty four hour art party held in the former Roebling Wire Works factory building in Trenton, New Jersey. Then, there was Art All Day. Since 2012, Art All Day, Trenton’s city-wide open studio tour – and all around arts festival – has illuminated the cultural life of New Jersey’s capital city.
I have been participating in Art All Day since it’s inception. Much of my work is on-sight murals and custom projects so I only have a small home office. So for Art All Day I team up with George Zienowicz at Z-Signs, 202 E Canal St. Trenton, NJ. George has helped me with numerous projects over the last few years and is a great friend. Normally, Colleen Larkin-Ayers does a pottery demonstration but this year she took the year off to see the rest of the sights at Art All Day.
I was supposed to paint fellow artist, Jesse Vincent’s Scion XD at this years Jersey Fresh Jam. As time wore on and I was swamped working on other pieces I knew that I would not be able to get to it at that event. We agreed that I would work on it at the next event which happened to be Art All Day. It was a neutral grey so it would work with almost any palette. I talked with Jesse and she agreed to give me free reign to express myself. I asked her if she had any ideas and she said that she loves the Philadelphia Flyers! So I decided just to rock with it! I wanted to limit the design so that I would be able to finish during Art All Day, so on the sides I only painted the bottom half of the car. The first step and biggest pain in the ass is masking and scouring. I carefully masked off all the lights and scuffed all the areas of the car that I was going to paint.
I started with the hood and painted a skull because she is “punk rock” and also I thought it would look mean coming at you. I also like to use the back of the vehicle to be a face using the back window as shades. With the front and back worked out I used the dynamic abstract designs and patterns to connect the front and back. On the drivers door I snuck in the Flyers logo and on the passenger side I added the Philadelphia skyline. From there I used my blues/oranges and grey scale pallete and went to town. It all came together nicely.
It was great meeting and talking to the new people that came around on the tours. So until next year!
I was referred to the Suri Family by photographer Ricardo Barros. After talking to the family they liked my series of abstract cityscapes. This was fine by me because that is the series that I am focused on and I really enjoy painting like that. After surveying the walls (one was orange, one green and three white) located in a large open room on the lower level of the residence. I was also asked to tie in a plum color that was on the cabinets. Great I knew the plum could work with the oranges and that I can add the green with blues on the complimentary side. After creating a few designs in photoshop I was able to go in a few weekends and evenings and knock the project out just in time for a big party they were having. I love working in these patterns and free flowing with the designs.
After I painted the HV Stampede I was asked to do a live painting piece at Pennington Day on Saturday May 16, 2015. Pennington New Jerseys Largest Street Festival. So the concept that we talked about was when urban meets rural. So I created a rural scene and filled it with my signature patterns and designs. I added a grain silo and old truck as th focal points. The background sky contains a simple funky legible “Pennington”. I used warm and cool colors to give the piece depth. I got great feedback from everyone and I am very pleased with the outcome.
We have been waiting since 2006 to paint the back wall at Terracycle but never could because it was owned by another company. This year I found out that Terracycle was buying the building and we would be able to paint this “virgin” wall. Ras and myself had not painted together in a while so we decided to paint together on Sunday, April 27th. Ras recently saw a Bobby Fisher documentary and said he wanted to do a chess themed wall. Being a chess fiend I was excited. Ras showed me the reference for the portrait and I worked the chess theme into my piece. CLICK ZOOM
More about Bobby Fischer,Check out this documentary