Another experiment in the idea of modern ”rustic art” and what “country art” could be without the same old cliches. Exploring the organic design qualities of what makes rusting machinery as well as natural things like fossils, cactus, bones, weathered wood and the like, so visually appealing (to me) and how they can apply to new forms. Hill country organic rustic surrealism something something™ ? I like it.
The 2nd annual WEST Austin Studio Tour hits this month. April 27-28 and the following weekend, May 4-5. I will have matte prints available and will be taking orders for limited edition canvas prints. Stop #27 on the tour map.
ART OF TEXAS STUDIO & GALLERY ~ 812 Brentwood St. Austin, Tx
I have enjoyed working over the last year with my friend and fellow artist, Jamie Rood. Jamie was one of my favorite Austin artists and photographers for years and had always remembered me when I would drop by and see what new works he was revealing at local shows. Over several years, Jamie was kind enough to invite me to assist in the workings of his Art of Texas Studio & Gallery- to get to see the raw location shoots, digital art layering, lighting and manipulation that go into the creation of his art. That being just the beginning as starts the meticulous, hands-on production and print processes involved in the canvas and matte prints made from these works. I have pulled a few of my favorite Rood prints here in all of their rustic, subtle psychedelic beauty. It’s been a blessing to work with Jamie, and an honor to have work on display in his gallery for one of Austin’s largest and best organized community art events.
I started this painting in high school as a watercolor experiment at about 20” x 30”. At the time I was unable to achieve the look I wanted and went on to other projects. A few years ago I visited my family in Dallas and took digital hi-res photos of the painting right off the wall and was able to continue the experiment- did several versions of additional touch up and layering with the digital tablet, printed those and hand painted acrylic and ink layers onto the prints, rephotographed and combined into this version. Catcher 2012 version. Looking forward to more.
Logo created for the Republic of Austin. Launched in June 2009, Republic of Austin is a blog that chronicles life, art, people, music, food, style and events in Austin, Texas. ”Written by folks in our 20′s and 30′s, we want to share our love of Austin with the world.”
Winner, Texas Social Media Award, 2011
Voted Best Local Blog 2010 by the readers of the Austin Chronicle.
Voted Best Local Blogger 2010 by the readers of the Austin Chronicle
Was very fun developing the look and line art for this image. Chris Apollo Lynn, editor in chief and founder of ROA had a vision of a historic and official looking seal and branded image centering around the blog’s mascot and ‘social coordinator’, Roary Dillo. I think we hit it. I always enjoyed the blog and it was an honor to get to contribute to the visual history of the site.