Monday, August 26, 2013

"In The Museum"
Graphite, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wardrobe Change

Marwari base painted in the style
of Indian wedding jewelry.

The gold base was pretty, but after it was completed the owner and I felt the piece as a whole was missing something, so we decided a wardrobe change for the base was the best solution. We decided upon a patina color and in the end I believe it was the perfect solution.

If you are curious to see how to create patina I documented the painting of a mirror late last year. Click *here* to view it.

Marwari with new patina base

Monday, August 19, 2013

First Tooth Box

Small porcelain box ready
for paint and designs.

Last time I china painted was back in 2010. Although the urge to put brush to porcelain has been there all this time since leaving Brooklyn I really haven't had an extreme push to do so until a very good friend had a baby most recently.

As I went through the list of baby items she needed and was to receive there was one that no one could find in a store. One gift I felt would be perfect for her. One that she wouldn't need too soon, but would need one day and so I decided to pull out the china paints once again after such a long hiatus and make a first tooth box for her.

Believe it or not, after all that time the paints were still fresh in their little metal containers and the lavender oil still smooth. After the third layer of building color and shape I realized I was back in the saddle again and missing the art of china painting.

I documented the process.

Friday, August 16, 2013


Finishes. More of them this week. I'm very happy to present this guy finally because he has been here in my studio quite a while. Some pieces just take a bit longer to produce than others.

This piece was a commission and I'm happy to say that my commission books are open. Please email if interested in working on a piece together. Time payments are always happily accepted.

Ed Bogucki's "Marwari"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Daydream by the Lake"
Graphite, Watercolor and Acrylics on Paper.

'Had I no eyes but ears, my ears would love
That inward beauty and invisible;
Or were I deaf, thy outward parts would move
Each part in me that were but sensible:
Though neither eyes nor ears, to hear nor see,
Yet should I be in love by touching thee.

~Venus and Adonis

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Old Table Made New

Old unwanted table had much potential.

It was old. It was painted. It was scratched and dinged. It was on the sidewalk with a price tag of $5. It quickly became mine.

I can't resist a good looking piece of furniture even if it has problems because everything can be sanded or repainted or repurposed. This piece received a new coat of paint, some dry brushing and a xylene transfer. I documented the transformation cause I thought it might be fun to view.

BTW, if you're doing Xylene transfers (with laser prints) be sure to do this in a well ventilated area (or outside) wear a respirator and wear gloves!!! No exceptions! Xylene is toxic.

Grey paint found in the "Opps" bin
at Home Depot. Creates a nice neutral base.

Base color darkened slightly
and edges of the table dry brushed.

Light peach/tan painted over the grey base.

Laserprint of the image which can
be transferred using Xylene.

Xylene is rubbed with a paper towel on the surface. Image side down and then rub more Xylene on the back of the paper
and burnish well. Image will transfer to the surface.

Finished piece which has found a home in
a quiet corner of one of my rooms.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Painting on The Lake

Over the past few weeks I have grown increasingly fond of a lake that is not too far from my home. I had been invited by some new friends to come and paint the landscape, so I grabbled the first opportunity that came about to do so.

The day was absolutely perfect, but the entire lake and beautiful backdrop of mountains in the distance was trumped by the sight of some small water plants sticking out from the water near the dock. I just couldn't resist painting them. It became a huge challenge to paint these small plants as people were water skiing and paddling boats about the water. Their actives produced an abundance of ripples in the water which was hard to capture with paint.

I couldn't help documenting the process as it unfolded.

"The Water Plants"
Acrylic on cotton canvas
14" x 11"