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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sketchbook Works

Sketchbook Works

Sketchbook portrait

Drawn in my sketchbook, a live portrait of Nick Georgiou as he sat for me in the Rocket Gallery.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gates Saguaro

I painted this saguaro on the way back to Tucson from Gates Pass. Oil on metal panel, 4"x 5" inches, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Memory of a Scent

Portrait commission for Richard Dixon. Charcoal and white chalk on paper 18 x 20 inches.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Camera shoot

Collecting reference is sometimes a spontaneous occurrence. In this case, the 5:30 pm western light just happened to present itself by shining through a large picture window in the studio. We jumped on our cameras.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Show at Cafe Zope, Tucson, AZ

I like the informal atmosphere of hanging in a shop or restaurant opposed to hanging in a gallery. People are able to LIVE among your paintings. They socialize, eat, drink and observe their surroundings casually. However, in a gallery, people attend specifically to "see" the art. The gallery has proclaimed that their art is in fact art and that it is appropriate or worthy for public consumption. The viewers can be much more critical and can tend to have their guards up. They're not "living" with the art or experiencing it in a casual manner. It is most likely experienced much differently than the artist had originally intended.

Show at Cafe Zope, Tucson, AZ

Here's another photo of my work hanging at Cafe Zope. The paintings were still wet when I hung them.

Show at Cafe Zope, Tucson, AZ

Show at Cafe Zope, Tucson, AZ

oil study for "Heather"

"Heather", oil on canvas mounted on wood, 16 x 20 inches, 2007. This was painted at The Rocket Gallery, May 1st, during the opening reception for artist Nick Georgiou.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This is the rare and endangered giant river otter.

Portrait of Nicholas Georgiou

16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, April 2009, by Titus Castanza. Here's a portrait of my friend Nick. He sat for me in my studio. He was originally wearing a dumpy t-shirt, so instead, I put him in a suit jacket and tie. It really helped plant the sitter and bump the him out from the background, using value. The fluorescent lights contributed to the cool overcast to the painting that I learned to like.

Figure model 21st of April

Here's an example of a drawing that was done with a live model. I may go back into it in my studio (without the model) to push the values and details. I want to push my imagination. I use reference, whether it's live or from photographs, only as a springboard for a finished piece. Reference can be a bit limiting and is not meant to be taken so literally.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Self Portrait April 2009

I made myself from oil and canvas. 8"x10"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Graphic design

I drew this up entirely using Adobe Photoshop. It's still going through concept revisions, but will eventually end up ten feet high, hand painted and on a jewelry store wall.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

color study for Airplane Junk Yard

acrylic on illustration board, 20 x 15 inches, 2009.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Aircraft Junkyard pencil study

Pencil on bristol, 2009, Tucson, AZ