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Friday, March 9, 2012

Shelby



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Shelby

Oil on Chinese food take-out container, 2012, 10.5"x 10.5"x 3"

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This painting of a friend I made on a Chinese food take out container. I consider these as "ready made" forms to paint on. You can unfold them and then refold them into any shape you want. Here I just made a simple bowl shape which distorts the face in a crazy way. I've been concentrating on portraiture as of late, just to try and get a handle on it. There are endless possibilities for shapes when using these containers. I made a series using this format of still images from the original movie of King Kong. Every still in that movie is beautiful like a gorgeous painting with a violent but innocent ape as the subject. I also did a few skateboarder ones based on the photos of Glen E. Friedman of skateboarding legends Tony Alva and others in the 1970's skating empty pools in California. Here is a link, http://www.andrewkrieger.net/chinese-food.html.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Untitled Guy



Untitled Guy

Oil on Birch form, 2012, 4.75" x 3.75" x 2.5"

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Todays painting is of a guy on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit. These paintings are a lot cooler in person, the effect of the face on the corner of the painting really brings these people to life.



Saturday, March 3, 2012

Culkowski



Culkowski

Oil on Birch form, 2012, 4.75" x 3.75" x 2.5"

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Todays painting is of my friend Jake Culkowski, I've done a few paintings of Jake already, but on a larger scale. He is a local musician and plays in various bands around town. Hanging around Jake is like hanging around a time machine, because he seems to have stepped right out of the 1970's. It reminds me of that movie with Brendan Fraser (Encino Man) when he was a recently thawed caveman hanging around some high school kids teaching each other life lessons. Actually I never saw that movie and I'm totally guessing at the plot. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Figures On A Beach




Figures On A Beach

Oil on Birch form, 4.75"x 3.75"x 2.5"

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Todays painting is from my found photo series, it's of some friends together on the beach. I had drawn the image for this quite a while ago and set it aside, but after a recent bout with the winter blues (I'm tired of being cold) it started telling me to finish it, so I listened and I do feel better. Summer is coming! The title is an insider reference to a Detroit band from the early to mid 1980's. Thanks for the title guys and cheers to you! here is their song Swimming.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Picking Teams, Summer




Picking Teams, Summer

Oil On Birch panel, 2012, 4.75"x 3.75"x 2.5"

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On a day like today where it feels like spring and the sun is shining, although it is still winter, I should feel warm and have a brighter outlook. I don't. So, I thought I'd cheer myself up with a summer painting. I play softball in the summer with a bunch of great characters and people. The first thing that happens besides opening a beer is to pick the teams. We usually play two games, and in this painting the sun is getting low in the sky as the second game is about to be sorted out. I painted this on one of my right angle panels. I enjoy painting on these sculptural forms.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Girders, Rivets, Shadows, Sky


Girders, Rivets, Shadows, Sky


Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"


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Todays painting is a close up view of a junction between two steel beams on a railroad truss bridge. The sharpness of the light and the shadows that they made struck me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Portrait of El Chupacabra


Portrait Of El Chupacabra

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"


Todays painting is a painting of a portrait of El Chupacabra. A legendary bigfoot type creature. El Chupacabra roughly translates as goat sucker. There are some red flowers of some sort here too.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Adobe Wall, Wedding Dress


Adobe Wall, Wedding Dress

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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Todays painting is another portrait of a friend.

Friday, February 17, 2012

White Dress


White Dress

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"


Todays painting is a portrait of a friend. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ms. Murphy


Ms. Murphy

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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Todays painting is a portrait of a friend, the beautiful Ms. Murphy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Trestle Bridge, Shipyard


Trestle Bridge, Shipyard

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"


Todays painting is a bit of a departure for me. I am abstracting things a bit, although there are still some identifiable objects in there. Steel girders, trusses, the back end of a ship. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

House On Fire


House On Fire

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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This is another view of the house in Detroit I saw burn down. The smoke coming off of the building was intense as the fire ate the house from the inside out. Houses all contain their own histories and memories inside them, this one after the rubble is cleared away will have had its history erased, and its too bad. This was one of the last houses on the block, I'm sure the other homes died a similar death. A whole neighborhood burned to the ground, house by house, years apart. Everyone remembers the Great Chicago Fire or the fires that destroyed Atlanta or San Francisco, and Hurricane Katrina that destroyed  a large portion of New Orleans.  No one will remember these Detroit house fires individually even though they have been equally, if not more destructive, and have the nation rally around our community. Its just history lost, without ever making history.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Detroit House Fire


Detroit House Fire

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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A friend and I went out one evening with the intention of shooting some photographs and we came across this house fire in an abandoned house on the east side. It was well under control when we arrived, after following the smoke from a few miles away. This kind of thing is all to common around here and its been gone over ad-nauseam in the press and elsewhere about our cities problems, but when confronted with something like this. I defy any artist to turn and walk away, it is such an amazing, destructive visual spectacle that can only leave you spell bound.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Snowfall, Michigan Morning


Snowfall Michigan Morning

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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I love seeing fresh snow on the road right after sunrise. I perhaps did push the colors here slightly (sarcasm), but when you are traveling and the sun is starting to rise, it usually makes for a memorable day and I wanted to make sure I didn't forget. Although now I only remember this as a yellow sunrise.

Monday, February 6, 2012

House By The Tracks




House By The Tracks

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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This is on Chicago's south side. I lived in a house in Ferndale, Michigan that was very close to the tracks, and the sound of the train horn and the rumbling on the tracks was very soothing, especially at night.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Factory Roof


Factory Roof

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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This daily Urban landscape painting is the roof of an abandoned factory in Gary, Indiana, although it could be anywhere, there are a million of these places in the old industrial mid-west. There is a sadness to some of these old forgotten bits of machinery and the forgotten lives they used to support.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Del-Ray Sunset


Del Ray Sunset

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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The painting features a tug boat on the Rouge River inlet right off of the Detroit river with its lights twinkling in the oncoming darkness. The tug had just passed a drawbridge I was standing on when the alarm sounded and the bridge started doing its thing. I felt privileged to be there to witness what I thought was remarkable, but to the workers on the boat and the bridge operator I'm sure it was just business as usual.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Industrial Landscape, Rooftop Shadows


Industrial Landscape Rooftop Shadows

Oil on Birch Panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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This painting is is a view from a rooftop of an abandoned factory. The shadow struck me as well as the duct work or exhaust pipe or whatever it is, I thought it had a lot of character.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chicago Houses


Chicago Houses

Oil on Birch panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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A view of some backyards and houses on Chicago's south side.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Between Train Cars



Between Train Cars

Oil on Birch Panel, 2012, 5"x 5"

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I took a train recently to Chicago from Detroit, the Wolverine Line.
This is the exit door between the cars.