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Josef Martinez

By |August 31st, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Josef Martinez


Congrats to the attacking talents of Josef Martinez, striker for Atlanta United and the Venezuelan national team.  In his second season with the club, Josef the "Hat Trick King" has broken the single season goal scoring record with many games left in the season. He has netted a total of 28 goals in 26 games. Long may that success continue!  This is a tribute piece that evolved from spoofing different Atlanta advertisements for SoccerCon back in June.  Can you guess which Rap group's billboard this portrait pay homage to? Done with Posca Paint Pens and Micron pens to keep those clean lines. Work in progress, could use some red to tie the whole color scheme of ATLUnited FC together.

RhythmInAction

By |August 22nd, 2018|Syndicated Content|

RhythmInAction


Live drawing done for drummer and artist Ron Anderson Jr aka RhythmInAction.  Done during a show at the Bunker in Ybor City with talented bassist RugawdMusik. Been working on touching this one up, adding Ron's logo, with some banners and text in the background.  Hire me as a live painter for your band, function or performance.  Pen and ink image done with FWinks and Posca Paintpens.

Directors Choice, the Studio at 620

By |August 2nd, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Directors Choice, the Studio at 620


After showing twice in larger group shows at Studio620 in January and June, I was elated to receive news of being chosen for the Directors Choice exhibit for July along with six other artists. The artwork was on display from July 9th-July 30th. The versatile space that is the Studio at 620, 1st Ave South in St Pete, Florida celebrating its 14th year in business, hosts a variety of events from participating in Second Saturday Artwalk, open mic nights to performing arts, live music and yoga classes to name a few.

During the closing night of the show a panel discussion with five of the seven artists took place, hosted by gallery owner Bob Devin Jones.  Interesting discussion with insight into our earliest memories gravitating towards creating art, inspiration or themes behind our work and where we see ourselves and the city of St. Pete in 3-5 years.  Enjoyed meeting other creatives, learning why like myself they moved to the area and getting the local artist's perceptive on how the city has transformed in the last twenty years.

Gratitude to the staff at the gallery for all the work they do for the art community and also hanging a show that really flowed, capturing the viewers attention. Enjoyed the variety of art on display from 3-D sculptural work by Alan Johnson, to 2-D abstract paintings on metal by Angela Alvarez, figurative work by Patton Hunter in oils and acrylics, botanical paintings by Mary Khosh, work sealed with encaustic wax by Eva Broadbent, watercolors, pen and ink illustration, charcoal drawings by myself and canvas prints by Katie Deits.   This was my first opportunity to display a large amount of art with thirteen works total on display.  Recent works mainly made in 2017-2018 on canvas, paper and wood, including three black and white images from 2006.

Directors Choice, the Studio at 620

Copa Mundial 2018

By |July 7th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Copa Mundial 2018


Hope that everybody out there is enjoying a summer of fun. Most of my recent art has been fútbol themed as I have been stricken with World Cup Fever! Lots of effort getting artwork together for last months ATLSoccerCon more on that in another post.

Recent chalkboard art for MacDintons Pub in St Pete, FL hand lettered sign art done with love between the Argentina vs France match and the Portugal vs Uruguay thriller. Layouts with white charcoal pencil and finished with Bistro brand water soluble chalk markers. If you know anyone in need of sign art of chalkboard menus email me James (at sign) artbyjamese.com


Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering

By |June 11th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering


New signs up in recent weeks for exhibits at Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Pete, Florida.  Amazing to watch the visiting Tibetan Monks creating a scared sand mandala and in turn to have a dissolution ceremony where it was swept up, blessed and reunited with nature after a procession to the waters of Tampa Bay. Chalk lettered designs done by hand with Bistro brand liquid chalk markers and laid out with a white charcoal pencil. 

Much like the sand mandala the monks created, this chalk sign was around for less than a week before being wiped clean.  Take note the monks explained they were not destroying the sand art they made but rather it was taking on another stage of creation. Similar to our cultural differences trying to understand death and life as separate, from the Buddhist perspective, there are no endings only beginnings.

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering


Reminded me of the impermanence of life and often the art we make may not be around for a long time but that shouldn't lessen its potential impact on other people and neither should it lessen the inherent value of art and expression.  Some moments can't be captured on a camera, some things take time to do properly. Made me feel better about the path in life I am on, a journey of discovery as an artist, helped me feel good about taking 5-6 hours to design, layout and finish chalk boards. Much like the monks folded over the mandala, drawing and shading with grains of sand, we contort and bear with hot environments or surface challenges and overcome those hurdles to make art. Hopefully it captures the viewers attention and provokes thought. 

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering



Dolls & Where They Live, exhibit is currently on show within the lovely air conditioned gallery space of Florida CraftArt.  Opening was last Friday, June 8th and featured a variety of dolls, creatures and environments, from dark oddities with shades of Tim Burton to welcoming miniature tree houses full of charm and detail. Check out the show and its numerous events and workshops, on display until July 28th.

"What's so funny about peace, love and understanding..."
-Elvis Costello

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering

By |June 11th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering


New signs up in recent weeks for exhibits at Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Pete, Florida.  Amazing to watch the visiting Tibetan Monks creating a scared sand mandala and in turn to have a dissolution ceremony where it was swept up, blessed and reunited with nature after a procession to the waters of Tampa Bay. Chalk lettered designs done by hand with Bistro brand liquid chalk markers and laid out with a white charcoal pencil. 

Much like the sand mandala the monks created, this chalk sign was around for less than a week before being wiped clean.  Take note the monks explained they were not destroying the sand art they made but rather it was taking on another stage of creation. Similar to our cultural differences trying to understand death and life as separate, from the Buddhist perspective, there are no endings only beginnings.

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering


Reminded me of the impermanence of life and often the art we make may not be around for a long time but that shouldn't lessen its potential impact on other people and neither should it lessen the inherent value of art and expression.  Some moments can't be captured on a camera, some things take time to do properly. Made me feel better about the path in life I am on, a journey of discovery as an artist, helped me feel good about taking 5-6 hours to design, layout and finish chalk boards. Much like the monks folded over the mandala, drawing and shading with grains of sand, we contort and bear with hot environments or surface challenges and overcome those hurdles to make art. Hopefully it captures the viewers attention and provokes thought. 

Sacred Art Tour, Dolls and Chalk Lettering



Dolls & Where They Live, exhibit is currently on show within the lovely air conditioned gallery space of Florida CraftArt.  Opening was last Friday, June 8th and featured a variety of dolls, creatures and environments, from dark oddities with shades of Tim Burton to welcoming miniature tree houses full of charm and detail. Check out the show and its numerous events and workshops, on display until July 28th.

"What's so funny about peace, love and understanding..."
-Elvis Costello

Mural Tours Sign for FLCraftArt

By |May 11th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Mural Tours Sign for FLCraftArt


Call or sign up online for weekly walking tours of local murals curated by Florida CraftArt Gallery  Enjoyed working on both sides of this large sidewalk sign and doing new chalk lettering, hand made with love.  Once a month there are bike tours, limited to twenty people, done in partnership with Coast Bike Share. For a discount bring your own bike.  The colors were inspired by Coast Bike's logo and a recent record store day find, Purple Rain by Prince.

Mural Tours Sign for FLCraftArt

100 Films Part 2 at Green Bench Brewing

By |April 13th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

100 Films Part 2 at Green Bench Brewing

The opening reception for the 100 Film's Show at Green Bench Brewing in St. Pete, FL is tonight from 7-11 PM. The art show was rescheduled from last week due to bad weather.  Should be a gorgeous night for the event.  Showcasing the work from 100 artists who submitted work samples, were accepted to participate, given a list of 300 films to pick from, we all received the same 1ft square wood panel to render their work upon.  This is my first time participating in this event or any show curated by Chad Mize.  Decided to challenge myself and stay away from repeating subject matter like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars and chose the oddly relevant again Cold War film directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Can you guess which one?

"Dr Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" for a black and white film released in 1964 the themes at play have been revived by our current political climate.  Themes rearing their ugly heads again like the tension of a shooting war between Russia and United States, atomic era brinkmanship, espionage, jingoism and school yard style squabbles between immature leaders that hold the fate of the planet hostage.  For anyone up for watching a classic, check it out. You will hopefully enjoy and be slightly frightened by both the parallels and how little we have truly advanced in the fifty-four years since then.  Peter Sellers is a comic genius in the film playing three different characters including the President, a former Nazi scientist and a British Officer of the Royal Air Force. 

Hope to see you out at the show tonight, the final image has a twitter bird icon on each of the bombs. Symbolic of the damage that can be wrought on many levels from both the physical and digital bombs launched by our current, "stable genius" President Number 45.  Acrylic paint and ink on wood, sealed with a UV protector top coat.  Happy Friday to everyone out there.

Florida CraftArt Gallery opening night; Dia de las Muertos

By |April 6th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Florida CraftArt Gallery opening night; Dia de las Muertos


Freshly done chalkboard signs for a new client in Florida CraftArt Gallery to help promote their nuevo exposition, or newest exhibit.  Check out the opening event 4/6 from 5:30-8:30pm tonight in St. Pete, FL.  This show was curated by Mark Noll and includes 200 plus pieces of art, with one hundred and sixty sugar skulls on display.  Each work of art tells a story and is part of the offrenda, or tribute, paying respects to the 3,000 year old Aztec tradition of remembering the dead not with grief but with a celebration of life.  Two months of events are planned around this central theme, closing night on 5/26. To find out more info and sign up for events like opening night face painting use this link to FLCraftArt.

My skull is paper mounted to wood, a watercolor painting meets and ink drawing, entitled "Son's of Medellin" it is a tribute to my SCAD professor who passed away, George Alvarez.  And to Andres Escobar, a professional soccer player with over 250 games played, appeared for his country 51 times, the Captain of Columbia's National Team during the 1994 World Cup, nicknamed, The Gentleman. Best known for his quote, "Life does not end here."

More on breathing new life into their stories in a previous post from March. Sign art done with Liquid Chalk Markers, got these at Whimsodoodle my new favorite art supply store right in downtown, St Pete off 2nd Ave South.  Super excited about having art in another gallery show and to help take FL CraftArt's sidewalk signs to a new level.  Did a preliminary drawing with a white chalk pastel pencil, this is the most info I've even been asked to include in a sign. But definitely a fun hand-lettering challenge. Hope to see out at there this weekend. Cheers.

Florida CraftArt Gallery opening night; Dia de las Muertos