Token Redux – Painting# 69/109

by Lazarus on September 13, 2016


Token Redux #69/109 6 x 6 in. Oil on board #365paintings2016


You know it’s Fashion Week when you’re not working for Robbie Strohmeier but you’re still workin’ for Robbie Strohmeier. Ha! Lighting designer extraordinaire, friend and collector of my work.

This was a long time coming. I finally went back into Token. I LOVE NYC and this token is too much of a cultural icon not to do her justice.

When I first showed the actual token to Robbie he said he wanted first look if I painted it. I obliged and he said to consider it sold. He had to wait a while but here she is now finally completed. Felt good to get it out. Done and dusted. And just under the wire too…Fashion Week comes to a close starting tomorrow night! Besides, NYC deserves a gold coin. ;)


Sunflower- Painting #108

by Lazarus on August 26, 2016


Sunflower 6×8 in. Oil on board 8/26/2016 #365paintings2016


I got some sunflowers for homework last Sunday. Hiro strikes again! He knew I wanted to get to them this summer and I guess he remembered before before I could. :) I love them but immediately my head goes to Vincent van Gogh. How could it not? I pulled out a few that spoke to me and decided to suspend them against a dark background. Sveva thought this was a great idea, jumping up and smacking them when she could. That girl, I swear.

Sveva sunflower

I started out with a simple sketch in oil and ditched the idea of getting a smaller flower with all the stem floating in the painting and focused on one in particular. My suspending it of course was now killing the flower but I liked her where she hung so continued on and took a pic, knowing quite well that it wouldn’t be long before she began to wilt in the lights anyway. Made as many notes in color as I could that first day.

The second day I went in and got off to a good start but then everything fell apart as can happen when you’re using a fair amount of paint and moving from edge to edge. Especially with such a dark background. Wiped out by end of day.

The next day I had an idea that I wanted to investigate and once I did it changed the whole direction of the painting. I have this thing about flowers not just being flowers once I paint them. A lot of times a hidden meaning or core concept changes the shape of the flower and it represents something else. Sometimes to the degree that it has a whole story. 

It happened a bit like that this time, in a way, and there’s a clue to it’s deeper meaning within it. That’s a really fun thing to do. I love stuff like that. So it’s a florilegium like the Victorian prints used to appreciate the esthetic beauty of various  plants and flowers. But with a little magical realism thrown in for good measure. ;) I would love to do a more developed version of her… I hadn’t seen that one coming.



Four Seasons Tree/Summer – Painting #107

August 19, 2016

Four Seasons Tree/Summer 8×8 in. Oil on board 8/19/2016 #365paintings2016 It’s been one long hot summer. Fashion Week July came and went and took with it my wrists. Carpal tunnel set in and I had to take it easy for awhile. I’ve been watching my tree the whole time. She really is amazing in every […]

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Sky Thru Tree-Painting # 106

August 4, 2016

Sky Thru Trees 8 in. x 8 in. Oil on board 6/30/2016 #365paintings2016 I was thinking about going back into this one, but so much time has passed I feel it best to leave her be. What excited me was being and painting outside, in that moment. I don’t want to muck up such a […]

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Hydrangea After the Rain- Painting #105

June 29, 2016

Hydrangea After the Rain 6 x 6 in Oil on board #365paintings2016 Hazah! Went to Oval Park today with my new set up. Feels good to get the first one out of the way and I gotta say it went really well. I found a great strip of park to work in that’s for the […]

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Interior: Studio Doorway/Looking Into Kitchen- Painting #104

June 29, 2016

Interior: Studio Doorway/Looking Into Kitchen 6 x 8 in Oil on board #365paintings2016 I’ve been making myself uncomfortable by using the portable palette exclusively and painting in situations I’m not used to. It hasn’t been easy pulling myself out of my head and this depression and back into my work and what I know I […]

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Leaf Study with Bird- Painting #103

June 27, 2016

Leaf Study with Bird 3 x 8 in. Oil on board #365paintings2016 Everyday I write the book. I need to train myself to paint directly more often. That’s what I don’t get to practice as much in my paintings that require many layers. The chance to hone in on the initial brushwork in as few […]

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A Work In Progress + Beach Day!

June 24, 2016

Blackberry Bird progress pic. 8 x 8 in. Oil on board This painting has been on my easel while I’ve been working on other things lately. I keep working on it. Just wanted to give you guys a progress pic. Sandy Hook, NJ 6/22/2016 So, I finally made it back to the beach. Lots of […]

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Once more unto the beach!!

June 21, 2016

Detail of Aparecido 70 x 27 in. Oil on found object I’ve turned the studio upside down and gave it an overhaul in preparation for some renovations to come to my home that I’m very excited about.  (!!)  I think I’ve been preoccupied lately with wanting to get outside and so I shall! Once more […]

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The Magnificent Madame Furie- Painting #102

June 14, 2016

The Magnificent Madame Furie 6 x 6 in. Oil on board 6/14/2016 #365paintings2016 The Magnificent Madame Furie is currently convalescing from surgery in her cone as if under some spell. The scar above her eye betrays her plight but let it be known far and wide that she will absolutely be back to her ferocious […]

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