Tom Petty

I’ve been a fan for many years and even had the pleasure to see Tom Petty during his most recent tour this summer. It was phenomenal! That’s what had inspired  my most recent canvas work that I completed end of September. This isn’t the first time I’ve painted Tom Petty but this is my largest and most vibrant piece to date.

I never imagined that it would be the last time I would see Tom Petty. I never imagined he would be gone after inspiring me to paint and bring to life one of his great performances.

His music spanned decades. He inspired so many more than just myself. My completed canvas, inspired from a concert, is my tribute to the legendary Tom Petty.

Runnin down a dream

 

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On the Horizon…

I know it has been a while since I have written or shared anything. I don’ think I am one with a lot of words, but I will make more effort to keep you up to date on what I’m up to!

So, as some of you might know, I did a replica of the Titanic completely out of wood. I also did the USS North Carolina completely from wood. These projects really taught me a lot about wood working, carving techniques and feel I really honed in my skill with wood, especially with the North Carolina.

I recently sold my latest Guns ‘n Roses so want to do another one. This will be far more detailed than my previous piece. I will be really elevating the three dimensional aspect of the logo.

You can see the original piece, the barrel of the guns are flat. I want to change that and truly make it 3 dimensional! Here is a sneak peak of what I’m up to!

Guns ‘n Roses has a new home

It’s great to see someone who has just as much passion as I do for Rock n Roll! My Guns ‘n Roses has been sold to a customer who really gets rock music and has been a huge fan of Guns ‘n Roses since Appetite for Destruction came out in ’87!

He was great to send some pictures of his Guns ‘n Roses collection with my piece now among his other prized pieces! What a collection!

I appreciate sharing the pictures and seeing where my work goes. Its great, the passion and love continues! Great collection!

The Division Bell, a new

9 months ago I mentioned I had sold my original Division Bell, Pink Floyd’s 14th studio album, at the local art show on Long Island. Well, I have been hard at work creating a new Division Bell at the request of a client. I have been able to use this as an opportunity to dive right back into my wood working and improve upon my work.

I thought I would share the piece’s journey, from just an outline to a finished product ready for my client. Would love to hear what you think!

Pink Floyd 3 This is the original, since sold.

 

Here is a slideshow, showcasing the journey of the Division Bell.

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And a final close up of it ready to go!

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The finished product

 

 

BONZO

He was considered by many to be the best drummer of rock and despite all the Led Zeppelin work I have done, this is the first time that I have painted his likeness.

John Bonham (1948-1980) was the drummer for Led Zeppelin from 1968 until his death in September of 1980 where he passed away at the age of 32. He was known for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming and distinctive sound and without him, Led Zeppelin could not continue.

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“We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”  signed Led Zeppelin.

 

 

The Civil War

I am a HUGE Civil War buff. My guest room is themed and I have been to Gettysburg on multiple occasions. I have a friend who shares this passion as I covered here. I finally found some time to do a new one on the Union side. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain!

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He was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. He became a highly respected and decorated Union officer, reaching the rank of brigadier general (and brevet major general). He is most well known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.

Jeff Daniels portrayed him in the 1993 movie of Gettysburg and that is the likeness I chose to capture. You can see it available here.

New project and getting back to my roots

I am going back to my roots. As you might know, my work first started back in the late 80’s using wood as a medium, in many instances making three dimensional paintings using a router and other carving tools to give depth to my work.

I have recently sold some of my original pieces, the 3-D album covers I had in the made in the 80’s and 90’s. That alone was amazing, to see fans out there who crave rock art! It also triggered a desire to go back to where I started. Working with wood as a medium to create rock and roll art.

If you have followed me before, you’ve probably seen pictures of where I paint with my easel, paints and other tools. That is usually in my home, in a room I have dedicated to my work. But I also have a space outside that has traditionally been used for my wood working tools. With new woodworking router tools in hand, I am setting to work on my first wood work! What that is, I won’t say. You’ll have to stick around and find out!