Latest Magazine Illustration

Latest Magazine Illustration art
This one was done for Colleague magazine, illustrating a story about women in leadership roles in education. It was drawn out in pencil first, then digitally taken into Illustrator.

Close up shots of the luscious ladies:
Latest Magazine Illustration art

Latest Magazine Illustration art

Latest Magazine Illustration art

Coldplay rocked the Forum!

Coldplay rocked the Forum! art

Photo by Coldplay.

Coldplay opened their tour for Viva la Vida last night in LA and the show was awesome!! Chris Martin has a great concert persona—he’s a fiery ball of energy, and he dances like a total spaz…so much so that he was audibly out of breath during several of his songs. He predicted at the start of the show, “I can tell this is gonna be a good one,” and it unmistakably was…especially when he announced that the band was bored of being up on stage, and they all ran out deep into the audience and climbed the stairs way up into the crowd.

People went absolutely wild….and, unbelievably, here comes Coldplay, trekking up right next to our seats in such a HUGE theater—what are the chances?!!!!! They chose a spot right near me, and it was so close I could see the sweat on Chris Martin’s face as he sang “Yellow”!!! Completely amazing.

There were bulbous big screens hanging from the ceiling that showed optically tweaked live video, and glittery butterflies dropped from the ceiling during the last song, “Lovers in Japan” as scenes of Osaka–streets I used to walk though, right near where I lived (couldn’t believe it!!)–flashed behind the band. I was dancing like mad all night…I had really been wanting to see Coldplay live for such a long time and their funky energy was contagious.

I’m loving Viva la Vida as much as the previous albums. I was completely charmed by the romantically poetic lyrics, especially “42”, “Lost?”, “Lovers in Japan” and “Viva la Vida”. This album plunges into a more eclectic direction with compositionally daring instrumental sequences paired with interesting melodies that feel more artistically charged and risky. What a great night.

Coldplay Track List for July 14th, 2008 in Los Angeles:

Life in Technicolor / Violet Hill / Clocks / In My Place / Viva la Vida / 42 / Yes / The Scientist / Chinese Sleep Chant / God Put a Smile Upon Your Face / Square One / Speed of Sound / Trouble / Lost / Strawberry Swing / Yellow / Death Will Never Conquer / I’ll Fix You / Lovers in Japan > Reign of Love. Encore: Death and All His Friends

Volcano on Rock

Volcano on Rock art

Castles

Castles art

a Turtle in Venice

a Turtle in Venice art

Beached Kelp

Beached Kelp art

Rock #1

Rock #1 art
As of late, I’ve found myself shooting more and more photography. Up until now, this blog has featured primarily oil paintings, then both paintings and illustrations, and now I’ll be expanding that to include photography. This was shot near Venice Beach, California. -G

Baby Pod Sketch

Baby Pod Sketch art
Well, it’s been a bit longer than I like to go without posting…so I decided to post one of my sketches. It illustrates the Illustration Friday topic “BABY” from a couple weeks back. The baby in utero is visible to the outside world through a window, similar to a submarine window, or a space bubble on an astronaut’s head. Keeping with the space theme, baby and mother stand outside a baby pod–an incubator of sorts that is a cute abode and a birthing station that doubles as a rocket. This image was inspired by the birth of beautiful baby Olive Radford!

Coming up next: I have a few projects in the works currently…a couple magazine illustrations, and a painting that will be the start of a new series I’m working on that will feature abstracted far away locations.

Portland, Oregon!

Had a fantastic time up in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying Portland city life, luxurious digs, flavorful meals, shopping, and so many gardens.

Portland, Oregon! art
Our fancy hotel Lobby

Portland, Oregon! art
Voodoo Donut, a crazy all-night donut joint.

Portland, Oregon! art
Portland was full of beautiful gardens, this gorgeous tree was in the Japanese Gardens.

Portland, Oregon! art
Japanese Gardens

Portland, Oregon! art
The hike through Washington Park to the Japanese Gardens…everything was soooooo green!

Portland, Oregon! art
Portland skyline from Washington Park

Portland, Oregon! art
Chocolate goodies at Moonstruck Cafe…Portland is a dessert heaven!

Portland, Oregon! art
Unbelievably, this Chinese Garden was right in the middle of downtown.

Portland, Oregon! art
Chinese Gardens

Portland, Oregon! art
Chinese Gardens

Portland, Oregon! art
Portland is a foodie paradise. Dinner at Red Star Tavern started with cooked oysters stuffed in their shells with crab and spinach, this aged Prime Rib Filet with Blue Cheese sauce and home-made onion rings, completed by champagne-watermelon gelato with waffle cones and milanos.

Unicorn Growth

Unicorn Growth art
Watercolor on Paper, 5″ x 7″
(Illustrates the topic “WORRY” from illustration friday)

Electric Love

Electric Love art

Watercolor on Paper, 5″ x 7″

Whalee!

Whalee! art
Oil on Canvas, 9″ x 12″
(t-shirt character design)

Whalee! art