Archive for the ‘art inspiration’ Category

Influences on My Art: ManRay & Meret Oppenheim

March 10, 2014

Paintings by Phil Dynan
Continuing with the homework assignment from my current CalArts class in “Art History for Artists”. MANRAY & Meret Oppenheim greatly influenced my work. These paintings were published as Art Prints by Verkerke.
Going to a Manray Retrospective at Beaubourg while I was living in Paris changed my life. It was also my introduction to DaDa and I find it is always in my mind!

How I Got There

August 20, 2013

Dannys
Last night driving down Highway 99 near Gerber (CA), saw this building (this version in my mind). I stopped and learned that the building was originally part of an almond ranch; then it was Danny’s BBQ – named after the owner’s son, Danny – who lost his life in the war. After it was a restaurant, it was sold and became a Card Room. Now stands vacant and dilapidated.
Here is the photo that Ana took for me while I was getting the history of the place from the current owner:
Dannys-orig
I added “Danny” (a photo of my Dad when he was home between being in the RAF and joining the US Army Air Corps.)
army-figure
Used Photoshop & OnOne software. Hey, you can’t there from here!

MOCA Mocha

July 25, 2013

Mocha-Final Inspired by a photo of Evelina Galli by photographer Alice Poghosian, and painted as a collaborative effort with Anastasia Nelson. Motivated by current pop culture, this fashionable visitor to the LA Museum of Contemporary Art talks on the phone and sips a coffee while Matisse watches from the background. 30×48 canvas.

Camel Taking on Personality

April 23, 2013

Texting in Egypt

Texting in Egypt

You can see the progression in this painting (over the last seven weeks now). The camel is really taking on some personality. This painting is in collaboration with photographer Natalia Maks; and both Anastasia Nelson and myself are doing the painting.

Rosie

April 16, 2013

Rescue Sheep

Rosie

Rosie came to us as a very sad and weak little lamb. We turned her over to Ana’s parents and here she is – beautiful, strong and happy seven years later! Painting is a collaboration between Anastasia Nelson and myself.

Have you seen her?

April 13, 2013

"Red Meret"

“Red Meret”

Enjoyed working on this piece….has anybody seen her?

London Mural

April 8, 2013

London Mural

Shot this on my way to Bethnal Green life drawing session. Nice Mural! Looks just like Aurelio, my neighbor back in California.

Portrait of Ben Lang (Cambridge)

April 2, 2013

Ben_ProgressionPortrait of Ben Lang (Cambridge) using his mobile to text in front of Picasso’s Self-Portrait….. this is the progression over two months of painting. finished today! With help from Ana…

Sunny California – working outside today

March 28, 2013

Cow_SignProgress
Painting outside today – this sign is a modification of our Happy Cow painting, going to be used outside a dentist’s office.

Spot of Tilbury

March 26, 2013

Spot of Tilbury

Spot lives with Anya and Adrian in Tilbury (UK). This is a 24×30 inch acrylic on canvas.