Monday, November 12, 2012

Super Portrait Model, Very Angry Portrait Model

I had a few small oval frames I have been wanting to use for portraits of toys. My family is very hard pressed to throw anything away, so I have most of my childhood toys which are not in a big box in my basement. We took pretty good care of our toys, though a few occasionally become dog chew toys and still wear the scars to prove it. While it is may be seen as a bit weird for a guy in his 40's to get out some toys and start playing, painting them is a very grown up way to have almost as much fun and much less likely to result in odd looks- maybe. It is interesting to stare at toys during the painting process that were so much a part of my childhood. Odd and forgotten memories resurface.

I started my first set painting portraits of G.I. Joe and Tonto.

The next two portraits are also of toys from my childhood. I am not 100% sure how it came about, but I am guessing the  Superman doll looked a bit wimpy, or maybe the tag just fell off, so I apparently used a ball point pen to write "SB" for Superboy.

Super Portrait, oil on linen, 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012
 The next portrait is of one of my favorite super heroes as a child- The Incredible Hulk.  I had the toy. I had a subscription to the comic book. I religiously watched the T.V. show with Lou Ferringno. The Hulk was a guy I could identify with. He got angry and smashed stuff. Sometimes that is the best solution. I try to not do that so much these days, as it usually results in me having to fix something or buy a new one of what ever was smashed- like my plein air umbrella that accidentally hit a tree about 30 times on a bad day out painting. It is immature. I am now all growed up, and don't behave that way anymore.
Angry Portrait,  oil on linen, 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012
Here are the figures in poseable action.
The entire set of action figure portraits is on now on view at Gallery 42 in Mason, Ohio. Contact them about portrait prices.
I am also taking commissions for portraits of your childhood toys.

I still have the 6 million dollar man, and Evel Knievel, and some Planet of the Apes action figure to paint. 

American Heroes, oil on linen, each 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saturday Art Opening and a Little Secret

I wanted to let you know about a few Art Events I will be involved in this November.
If you come to at least one, I will think you are totally cool.
If you attend both, you will receive Gold Status in my contact list. *
Behind The Dryer, 24" x 18", oil on linen, ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012
This week:
Art Opening at Gallery 42 in Mason.
I will be the featured artist for November.
Open House, Saturday November 10th, 5 -9 pm.
Live music, Wine and hors d' oeuvers and me.

117 West Main St., Mason, OH 45040
Contact:   513.234.7874
The show will feature my new Basement Series and other various still life and landscape.

Next Week:
Also, Once again I will be participating in the Secret ArtWorks fund raiser. 

Basement Bulb, 7 x 5, oil on linen. © copyright Richard Luschek 2011
 Secret ArtWorks:
November 16, 2012
120 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

This is a fund raiser for ArtWorks so you have to buy a ticket to get in to the event. You get to purchase a Secret art work with your ticket price. There will be 100's of 5" x 7" works of art for sale. I have one card in the show. Tickets for the event can be purchased here. Tickets.
Shown above is my entry for last years event, a painting that kick started the basement series which will be on view this Saturday at Gallery 42.  

* Gold Status members are not subjected to any special treatment or discounts. It is little more than silly name I came up with. Though you may use this as a resume filler.