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Last Supper

Back At It!

Jan 2014 – Winters in Austin are not very hard.  Even the coldest snaps and random and rare ice storms inflict a mere trifle of discomfort and inconvenience onto Austinites.  This winter has had a couple of rough cold and wet patches which hasn’t been great, but the worst has been the weather’s affect on the Blue Genie studio.  The cold concrete soaked up every ounce of cold and made the inside temperatures way lower than the outside air, which put a damper on the progress on my painting commission.

However, with the better weather,  I’m back to work and it’s moving along again.
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Last Supper – Thirteen Days In…

Nov 2013 – The work on the Last Supper continues along as the painting moves past the underpainting and into what I always consider the real work – finagling with the drawing, checking composition, adjusting values, and building up colors and layers of paint.

Despite promises to the contrary made to a lot of colleagues about my work on this painting, Continue reading

Last Supper: Three Days In…

The early days of work on the Last Supper Commission continue…
All the work continues on the underpainting and cleaning up the rough edges of the transferred drawing.  I rescaled some of the figures (mainly the three men on the far left), slid Jesus over a little, and planned to re-position the column before Jesus as well. Here is a picture of where the painting was near the middle of Day Two;LS_003a
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work on the Last Supper


If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve been commissioned to paint a large scale painting of my interpretation of the Last Supper. After running the sketch by the client, I made some color studies, built, stretched and prepared the 11′ x 5.5′ canvas, and spent a few hours the other night transferring the drawing.

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The process of a commission – the stretcher

So I’m working on a commission of the Last Supper.  The first words out of my client’s mouth were: “I don’t want a copy of the famous one, I want it in your style.”  Feeling relieved, I checked out the space in her house it will hang, made notes about the dimensions and architecture, and found a suitable size for the wall it’ll hang on: 11′ by 5.5′.  With the dimensions down, I started a couple rough sketches, worked out some spacial ideas, and got approval on a preliminary sketch we both liked a lot.

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Solo Painting Show Coming Up in July

It’s official – Pump Project will be hosting a solo show of my new paintings in July.  ‘Accumulation & Interruption’ will run from July 13th until August 3, and will feature 25 new oil paintings, filling the entire gallery space. There will be an opening reception on July 13th from 7-10. A full press release and show statement will be posted over the next few days.

An Interview with Chris Chappell

Chris Chappell

Chris Chappell
(interview originally appeared on schliefkevision in March of 2006)

I met Chris at the ARThive in 2002 shortly after my arrival in Austin.  For the next few years, we painted side by side in adjoining studios at the ARThive and Blue Genie, trading jokes, eating lunches, and challenging each other to produce better paintings. Continue reading

Slide Talk!


January 17, 2006 – I was invited to present my work in a slide talk at the Women and their Work Gallery. After joking about my status as a man with some close friends for a couple weeks, the night of my talk arrived. I sat down across the road at the Texas Chili Parlour and hammered out a small speech to correlate with 15 slides over a burger and three beers. Continue reading