Part One:

 

Wet Zeppelin

Wet Zeppelin

Here’s the 1st draft of the mock-up for my painting to be auctioned at the Wet Zeppelin benefit festivity next month in Cayucos, CA. This is a composite, stitched together in Photoshop, of over a half dozen pictures I found trolling through Google Images — I nabbed Tort’s head from Dread Zeppelin’s site.

I’m going to be working with acrylics on canvas. It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve done any real painting, so I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I’m feeling pretty confident. My one worry is being able to capture Tort’s look — actually making it look like him. I probably should have a bunch more worries, but so far, just the one.

And being that I haven’t painted in a coupl’a decades, I had to buy me some new paintin’ gear. I went to Michaels, but the first time I perused their wares, I was with my wife and daughter and we were on our way to somewhere else, so I felt a little rushed. I didn’t want to drop a bunch cash on supplies without really knowing what I needed, so I left empty-handed. Went back on Sunday and scored all my necessities at 40% off or better. We usually get a 40 or 50% off coupon in the mail, which we did, but brushes were 40% off, canvases were 50% off, plus they included a coupon for 45% off paint — I saved a ton over what I would have paid the first time. Very cool — just hope I didn’t blow all of my Lotto Karma on Michaels’ savings.

Even though I really like the effect of the zeppelin splashing into the ocean in the background, I’m going to retool the scene and have the airship hovering right above sea level like it just dropped Tort off or something. I’m working with Stillman on the overall concept, and I think the painting might be more useful to him less the drama of another zep tragedy.

Anyway, step one is done.  Step two is to grid the canvas and pencil the layout.  Step three will be to paint the flats.  Then finally, step four, actual painting.  I’ll post the stages for the ten of you to check out.