Thursday, April 30, 2015

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu - Commissioned piece
Hit me up with a celebrity, or personal pic you'd like turned into a piece of pop art. 
16x20 - $25
18x24 - $35

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One thing that has always plagued me as an artist is not necessarily my style, but that I don't have a specific genre that I belong to. I've been told this by other artists and an art career counselor. Your greats always seem to fall into that field:
John Morton Barber - Maritime Artist
Thomas Kinkade - Painter of Light
John Howard Sanden (personal favorite) - Portrait Artist
William Bouguereau - Traditional Realism

I could go on and on, but you get the point. I have a few followers on my John Price Art Facebook page, and even a few on this blog. If you've been reading for years, you've watched me go from charcoal portraits to a little bit of abstract work to pop art and the list goes on and on. I seem to be all over the place.

I've tried to stay in one genre, and I can't. I get bored easy. One or two charcoal portraits, and I'm done. One or two landscapes, and I'm done. It's very difficult to explain. My mind goes all over the place when I do my work. My studio goes from spotless to a complete wreck. One would think my life is in shambles, but it's not. I generally have a schedule and I stick to it. Get up, drink coffee, work out, paint, go do a show, come home, paint, go to bed. At some point in there I eat.

I never set out to be a great artist. I have very little formal training in art. Everything I've learned, I've either learned it on my own, out of a book, or talking with other artists. I sat through two semesters of art in college - 1 for painting, and 1 for drawing. I remember the drawing teacher telling me, "I don't know why you're in my class. I don't think I can teach you anything." I was only in the class because it was a requirement for my degree.

The only reason I'm posting this is because someone asked me that yesterday. They noticed I used to do Civil War art, and now I don't do it. This is the reason why. My mind is all over the place. Lately, I've been asked to do a lot of pop art portraits. For the time being, that's where I am. Who knows what I'll be painting this time next year?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jonathan Davis - Pop Art

Step 1: This is how it's done people. You start out with a canvas and paint it all kinds of wonderful colors.

Step 2: Outline that sucker like a boss!
Step 3: laying in the darkest colors.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Who is your favorite celebrity? Hit me up and I'll do a Pop Art image of them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Colorizing an MC Escher lithograph.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Big Freedia

Those who know me, know I'm not big on clubs and parties, but I was afforded the opportunity to go see Big Freedia and did a pop art painting of her. While everyone else was trying to get her attention with their phones, I stood out and waved a huge painting of her. She invited me on stage, took some pics with me and autographed the piece. Very personable and nice!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Timelapse video of the Nighthawks Mural

This is a time lapse of the Nighthawks Mural.
If this doesn't work, try this youtube link:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recently, I went to an art show where there was a great deal of artists displaying their work - some that were absolutely fascinating, and others, well ... not so much. Upstairs was the "All Media Show" where traditional artists, sculptors, digital artist, and photographers, were all judged. Downstairs was the "Photography" show.

What I found fascinating was the person who won first place in the Photography show, also won first place in the All Media Show. I guess I don't understand how one media can dominate like that. Why does the photographer have the opportunity to be in two separate shows? I know there's an art form to taking a good photograph, but the piece that won just seemed like there was nothing in it that was worth anyone's time.

Am I upset because I didn't win? No. I wasn't in the show. I just went to see what was on display. I guess I don't get it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nighthawks Mural

This is the completed work of the Nighthawks Mural. Understand that this is not my original work. I've always admired the painting 'Nighthawks' by Edward Hopper. The first time I saw this painting was as a child, thumbing thru an art book and I fell in love with it. I didn't capture the emotion that Hopper did, but it was fun creating it nonetheless.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nighthawks Mural - in progress


1. Checking the walls to see how this paint will react. You can barely see it, but there are three different kinds of paint on the wall. 
2. Waited 24 hours, painted over it, put a nice grid on it and taped around the wall. Mural time ...
3 & 4. Top left portion of the windows in the background are complete. Trying to match up Edward Hopper's color palette. 
5.Darkest parts of the background is complete. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Wedding Portrait - In Progress

My apologies for the layout of this. When I try and center the two top pics, blogger makes the decision that everything needs to be rearranged. In doing so, the pics get mixed up.