Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ceiling update

ceiling update--sistine chapel

Just starting to lay in some structure..

Sisitne Chapel update

I have started rolling on my Sistine Chapel now. A lot of prep and planning work. Any sponsors interested can contact me, I am getting a lot of press for this project I will link to today. My current sponsors are listed to the right.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sistine Chapel studies---by gardega

The studies have begun...I'm deep into dissecting the Sistine Chapel structure and design. All studies are for sale to help fund my mural.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sistine quick breakdown

I have begun my mural

I have started my Michelangelo mural on my ceiling...Let the games begin. Not sure why I torture myself so but I am only comfortable on the edge and the edge often involves me attempting near impossible projects. Will document whole process on this blog..


press or work inquiries..

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

sistine chapel

I am painting an exact copy of sistine chapel on my ceiling..buying scaffold today. A lazy artist is a dead artist...I have nerve damage from my last ceiling mural, sure this will not help the matter. This is a serious cant half-ass mr. angelo

Friday, February 17, 2012

statue of liberty painting--by gardega

I painted this for ambassador publishing. I handed it off yesterday and it was approved. Art is only done when you stop painting, you can noodle anything to death. There comes a time to let the baby go off into the wild blue on its own. I could always make things better but you also have time factors and have to move on to new works. Every painting I do (even illustration) is done with a new approach and a certain zone of discomfort. I would probably be better doing cookie cutter illustration but I like to learn and learning sometimes requires failure. I think this piece works it will print well. Sometimes printing ruins a piece and sometimes it makes it better. my favorite part is the flame, the least being the under part of torch. A bird is useful to show scale in any work. Clouds can help separate things. The statue clashed with the blue and the clouds worked to pop it out. Always try for a diagonal in art, never be static..or too centered...If you are painting for print always paint larger. It will look better when shrunk! (chinese secret)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


My art director liked my cover but said it could be better..he is usually right. Each year we try to hit a new level of quality. Why bother making something good...try to be should sing. If this doesnt sing ill repaint. Sometimes deadlines make you settle. Time is on my side on this piece

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Back to work

I took off about four days. I didnt  go somewhere warm nor did I go to Vegas. I was in the middle of nowhere upstate near canada. I sat and drew for four days and thought about art and life. I also spent some time in an indian casino. I dont gamble so it was fun to observe the people who do and to experience the whole casino thing. It is amazing what four days can do to a person. I was running on empty after a year and a half of art labor with no breaks. I was starting to get sloppy and make mistakes, I was burnt and fried like a cheap taco and hardly knew it. Sometimes the best vacation can be to just go sit somewhere and reflect...

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I am away for a few days. First days off in over a year. Time to retreat into self and think about the future. Sometimes you can work yourself into a numbness and it is important to take a little time of and breathe and reflect. If you don't take time off ever, you risk getting sloppy in your art and life and making mistakes. Reflection is important, the road ahead is informed by the path behind. The past is a nice place but I wouldn't want to live there. I am making some changes in my art and its path soon..stay tuned..

Alice in Winter Watercolor

12  x 16 inches on arches paper to purchase