Rockford Fosgate. The very reason my wife and I live in Arizona. Rockford Fosgate, or “Rockford” as they’re called by employees, hired me in 1986 and moved my wife and me to Arizona. It was a work “adventure,” and accounts for nearly 15 years of my career. Now, some 20 years later, I find myself painting a piece including both the Rockford name and another very popular brand for the company’s president. Giclée prints of the piece are available now.
The folks at Rockford had worked with Maker’s Mark, a wonderful brand of bourbon whisky, to flavor two different barrels to their taste, the bottles to be the stars of the design. I also had a barrel top to work with, so I laid it all out and it worked very nicely. We sold Rockford Fosgate neon signs way back, so I plugged one of those into the background to get the logo and the red color to balance the wax bottle tops. I initially used a gray surface, but decided to keep the entire background black for dramatic effect. Rockford’s colors were always red and black, so that figured in as well.
The last 18-plus months have been extremely busy for me. I’m grateful for all of the commission work. Fortunately, I’ve been able to squeeze a few of my own, related creations into that time.
I’ve lived in Arizona for the last 34 years, and during that time, I’ve been taken by many traditions of nearby Mexico, especially the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. Some of the folks who’ve seen my latest works, which are related to Dia de los Muertos, have said that the tradition seems morbid to them, while others–like me–understand its significance.
Gia’s portrait was a commission for some great friends. Sweet Gia passed late last year, and my portrait of her was a surprise Christmas present for her family. Gia was a beautiful Yorkie, with golden, flowing hair and a sweet face. She was a joy to paint, and it was an emotional moment when I presented her to the family.
Presenting a portrait of a beloved pet is often an emotional event, especially when the pet is deceased. As they say, there is no love like that of a dog. I guess that makes it especially difficult when they are gone. Their absence leaves a big void in peoples’ lives.
Here’s the secret to bringing out the magic in your artwork: lighting. When hanging a piece of artwork, consider not only how it fills a space in your home or office, but how it will be seen, not only during the day, but also in the evening. Some aspects of displaying your artworks can’t be controlled, but lighting can often be adjusted, and the proper lighting will make a world of difference in how good your artwork looks.
The more I paint, the more I realize how much I don’t know.
Every painting is a learning experience, and–like every other painter out there, I’m sure–I want to get better every time.
Recently, I realized that I am a “conceptual” painter. That means that I know what I want the painting to look like when I’m done. I just thought every painter was the same in that regard; not so.
I continue to get emails from artists who say “do this” and “do that,” but I only know one way to paint. I watch other painters to see how they work, and am often blown away at how they structure a painting, how they use color, all those things, and it’s exciting to me to learn new things.
Only 100 bottles of Clase Azul Ultra are made each year, and only 50 make their way to the United States.
A shot of Clase Azul Ultra costs $250 in the bars that offer it.
The ceramic bottle is hand painted and decorated with gold, platinum, and silver.
I can’t describe how delicious Clase Azul Ultra is! I’ve tasted nothing that even comes close. I’m so sad it’s gone, but the bottle will serve as a reminder of this precious gift from my daughter and her significant other forever.
I chose to keep this painting as simple as possible to keep the focus where it should be. What a presentation!
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