Pardon my long absence from posting.  I really needed to take a break and refocus my efforts on new work.  Recently I have dedicated myself to a whole new world.  I love painting portraits, and I’ll never stop, but I have decided to reserve portraiture for commission work only for the time being.  My personal work is now focusing on monsters.  I have several ideas in the works, but the first few pieces I have begun to work on have been a lot of fun.  Below are studies I have done to work out some of the kinks or more difficult areas.

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Gouache Color Study – Kaiju Destroy the Grove in Los Angeles

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Gouache Color Study – The Male Gaze

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Gouache Color Study – Moth and Topiary

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Gouache Studies from sketchbook

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Gouache Studies from Sketchbook

Drawings down on the final canvases and ready to paint!

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I’ve been spending some time doing master copies lately.  Here are a few of them plus one random gouache sketch of my living room.

Edward Hopper

 

Edward Hopper

 

Monet

 

Monet

 

Monet

 

Arthur Mathews

 

my living room

           So with Spring’s new growth I thought this would be the perfect time to shed away my older work to make room for the new.
          Beginning March 31st I will be showing my older works and offering them up for auction.  To help my paintings find good homes the minimum/opening bidding prices will be very low.  In addition to auctioning my paintings I will also have several drawings available for sell, as well as a portfolio full of miscelleaneous sketches from over the years.
           I am currently without a website (and in the process of building a new one) so instead I would like to direct you all to my Facebook Fanpage ( https://www.facebook.com/reallygoodpaintings )to see images of all my work.  I will be posting all of the show/auction updates on Facebook as well.  If you haven’t already “Liked” my page, now is the time!  The show/auction will run from Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 22nd at Muse Art + Design (4224 SE Hawthorne Blvd).
Here’s how the auction will work.
First, place your bid by doing one of the following:
   – Come by Muse to see the pieces in person and place your bid
   – Email me at marcus.gannuscio@gmail.com (my new email)
   – Message me through Facebook
**Please do NOT call Muse to place bids.**
Then I will assign you a bidding number when you place your first bid
and ask for your name, email, and phone number.
To start the bidding for any painting the minimum bidding price must
be met. To outbid a previous bidder you must increase the final
bidding price by $25.  Cash, credit/debit cards, checks are all welcome.
You may bid any time March31 – April 22nd
Last but not least, please enjoy and feel free to forward, tweet, and post the exciting advertisement my sales team has put together!

Back to working with Gouache.  My fiancee, Acey,  did the cover art for Lauren Edman’s album “It’s Always the Quiet One” and I assisted with six little birds perched on the figure.

I once had a teacher say if you want to make good paintings use bad reference.  Thus, I had a question: What do serviceable or bad film stills look like when you paint them?  The first painting is an 8×10 inch oil painting I did of Mr. Bean.  I love Mr. Bean!   The second is a 9×12 oil painting I did of some actor in a really bad shot from a really bad movie, Birdemic.

Recently I started working on a project to help a friend with some concept art for his film!  He’s determined to make the first GOOD Bigfoot movie!  Yeah, can you think of one?  Probably not.  Anyhow, this first round of pictures are some quick sketches
I did to get in the mood.  The second set of pencil drawings are character studies I did based on his descriptions and the vibe I got from each charater after reading the script.   It’s going to be awesome!  Be on the look out.  Soon I’ll post some key concept drawings of various scenes.  If you’d like to see more I’ve posted all of the character studies to my Facebook fanpage and you can see them all there under the “Sketches” photo album.


 

 

Recently I wanted to play with an monochromatic/analagous color scheme, and explore temperature within one color.  For the first painting I used a cool yellow (Cad Yellow Light) and a warm yellow (Yellow Ochre) along with white.  The image started out as an abstract watercolor and as I worked the picture it became a landscape.

In the second painting I used cerulean blue for a warm blue and ultramarine for a cool blue.  The image is a copy of Puvis deChavannes’ The Poor Fisherman.

 

I just finished watching a documentary about the development of Pixar, The Pixar Story, and felt inspired to draw a more finished piece, since I’ve been mostly working on quick, rough studies.  I’ve been meaning to draw this lamp for two years now, and this seemed like a perfect subject since Pixar’s first iconic character, Luxo, was a desk lamp.  If you have the ability to stream movies from Netflix you should watch The Pixar Story!

New sketches of animal skeletons I’m doing as research for my new project, Moulting: The Anthropomorphism of Everyday Life.  To read more about the project please see my Kickstarter.

What you see below are some small pen & ink and gouache thumbnails I’ve been working on for a new series of paintings entitled Moulting: The Anthropomorphism of Everyday Life. To fund this new project I am raising money using the all-or-nothing fundraising site Kickstarter. I just launched it a couple of days ago. To read more about the project please visit my Kickstarter page – there you will find a video, an in depth description of this new series, and the list of rewards for those who pledge. Any amount is a huge help!

 


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