During my recent trip to the MidWest, I saw a beautiful drawing by Theodore Roszak, one of my favorite sculptors. Tonight I spent some time revisiting his work.
Today, while standing in line for Free Farm, I quickly sketched the tents. Not great.
I then headed over to the Mission Gardens and stared at an acrylic cube for a really long time. I struggled trying to get the angles and proportions correct. Another one that is not good.
Today my mom and I hit the art museum during my MidWest visit. I've been really excited to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibit. No picture were allowed, but I've included ones I found on the internet.
I was really excited to see a drawing by Theodore Roszak because I've only ever seen his sculpture.
Here is an example of one of my favorite pieces by Theodore Roszak.
A good friend's son recently died, so I painted a portrait. I'm unhappy with the way the mouth turned out, but I like his hair. It took me a long time because every time I sat down to paint his picture, I became overwhelmed with emotion. To help me, I turned the picture upside down and painted this way.
Today I met up with a friend for a small art gallery opening. It was nice in that I ran into friends that I haven't seen in a while. It was also nice to meet a new artist who had such a great attitude. It was refreshing.
I met Shirley Chong outside of the gallery. Shirley was super cool and I loved their work.
Outside the gallery, above the door header.
Every year, the de Young Museum hosts a show where they invite florist to come in and pair their work with artworks in their collection. There were some really great ones and a few that were extremely amateurish.
First though, I wanted to visit pieces by two of my favorite sculptors–Stephen De Stabler (left) & Nick Cave (right)
I always have to stop to admire the genius brushwork of John Singer Sargent.
Then it was off to see flowers and art together.
Without a doubt, both my friend Airy and I agreed that this was the best because it moved away from classical flower arranging to art.
Inspired by African art
Somewhat literal, but beautiful regardless.
I'm preparing to delve into painting a still life and so when I passed by these paintings, I took note of the way the artist dealt with the upper corners.
I've completely rewired this lamp that I've used for performances in the past. It was covered in salt and dirt, which ate through the metal base and shorted out the lamp.
I created a new base and eventually the entire thing will be covered in salt and wax. I still need to create an off-white fabric tube to place over the top switch part.
Many years ago, my friend Billy and I worked on a stop motion TV show called Phantom Investigators. During the shoot, he was murdered in the East Bay.
After the production, I ended up getting a bunch of the props. In one of the shows, there was a graveyard and we made a tombstone for Billy and I decided to give it to his dad.
It needed a base, so I quickly fabricated one.
i'm trying to alter a wax seal. My plans are to not only add depth to the skull, but to eradicate the cross bones. I will use a Dremel and epoxy putty to alter it.
I am still having a lot of problems with watercolor painting. I'll keep practicing.
Airy's current work in progress.
If I were to try and save this one, I would use white gouache and eliminate the 3 avocados on the left. Even then, it would not be great.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.