Coltrane, 2014. Ink, collage and digital color.
My first QDC post of the year is a portrait of John Coltrane for our group’s contribution to Jazz and Draw. If you aren’t familiar with Coltrane’s legendary work as a saxophonist and band leader, Coltrane Plays the Blues is a great place to start.
Coltrane was a great musical figure to explore in this piece. I’m looking forward to seeing the other portraits from the rest of the QDC.
Happy Birthday to an all around excellent babe, Vickie Verhagen! See you in New York!
A little technique experiment from a few weeks ago.
Soapy Smith, 2013. Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5” x 11”.
Jeff “Soapy” Smith was one of the most skilled confidence men to ever live and one of the most interesting historic figures of the American West. He ran cons in Fort Worth, Texas; Creede, Colorado and Skagway, Alaska before he was killed by a group of vigilantes.
Shot through the heart on the Juneau Wharf one foggy night, his last words (according to witnesses) were “Dear God, don’t shoot!” I’ve painted him after his death, the Aurora Borealis shining a mournful salute in farewell and a crop of forget-me-nots springing up around him.
These artworks were all made a couple weeks ago during my monthly volunteer shift at the Dallas Museum of Art. The first is a collage self-portrait made for a display of staff and volunteer art. The two portraits were drawn for some visitors who demanded proof I was an artist.
I haven’t uploaded a sketchbook page in a while. Here are some sketches of me working through ideas for the Mary Toft portrait.
Portrait of Mary Toft, 2013. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 8”x10”.
Mary Toft seemed like a fitting historical figure for an Easter Sunday falling on the last day of Women’s History Month. A poor resident of the English countryside in the Eighteenth-Century, Toft began a hoax that convinced people she was giving birth to rabbits. If you’re wondering how she pulled it off, it involved her putting baby rabbits into her, um, well—actually, I’ll let you look it up yourself. I first learned about Mary Toft from the wonderful Baby Geniuses Podcast, and The Awl has a great article about her.
Mary Toft, everybody! This is my first finished piece for the Quickdraw Collective and i hope you like it.