Monday, July 27, 2009

Grant's Bowtie

I enjoy painting money, it's challenging and it's an available subject matter. The fact that it has a place in American art history also makes it appealing subject. John Haberle and Otis Kaye are my favorite painter of currency. Not only do they render the bills to perfection, but they show a clever wit in their work. These artist may also refer to events that are current to the times in which they live in. A clever twist to a trompe l'oiel painting can sometimes be as important as the technical skills it takes to produce the painting.
Keeping contemporary trompe l'oiel fresh with subject matter of today with a nod to the painters of the past, keeps this painting style interesting and a constant challenge.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bargain Art

For great subject matter you don't have to look very far, or spend lots of money! Thus the name for this piece is 'Bargain Art'. The painting is done on a 1/2 thick panel. The corners are rounded and the piece is not framed. It just sits on a mantel or table. Many people have picked it up and tried to use the etch a sketch or remove the coin. Much to their surprise they find that it is a painting.

This is a nice example of how a frame would hurt a painting not enhance it. Some of the most successful trompe l'oiel painting can go without framing. Once a frame is added it can take away from the illusion. To deceive the viewers eye is always a trompe l'oiel first goal.