Pop-Up Art is what I call my three-dimensional paintings that are interactive in that they have elements that seem to move
as you move in front of them. Eyes that follow you as you walk by, for example; which is what I have done so far.
Here are the images in the order as I remember them, starting with the first ones at the bottom of the page and the newest
ones at the top. Some do not have pictures because I sold the piece before I got a picture. If you have one of these, please
email me a picture. I would also love to get names and/or addresses to learn where the pieces are currently residing. Please
email me if you have one and send me some details.
I have started to number the pieces consecutively and have estimated the number for some of the early ones that did not
get numbered. Those numbers may change in the future as I learn their rightful place.
At the bottom of the page is a more detailed explaination of the origin of Pop-Up Art and how I came to make them.
Who Dat? Another cat but like all of them, different from the rest. This one continues the evolution of the painting technique.
Each piece seems to be getting more and more sophisticated.
This piece is currently at Tu Tu Tango at Universal City Walk at Universal Studios in Studio City, California.
Aproximate Dimensions: 27 x 24 inches (69 x 61 cm)
Goldie Fish is the first single fish painting and only the second fish painting in the Pop-Up Art series. I really like the
way the fish scales, and fins came out.
There was a bit of a challenge getting the eye to work while not painting a seperate head on the acrylic panel. A seperate
head would disrupt the smooth fish body as you moved in front of the painting. After thinking on it for a day, I figured out
how to do it. This is the first painting that uses this new technique.
The third painting (#03), is a fish bowl but uses a variation of the same technique that I have used for the cats, etc.
I wish I had a picture of it, but it sold on Venice beach soon after I brought it out. Some German tourists bought it so as
far as I know it's in Germany. It was the first Pop-Up Art painting I ever sold.
While I painted "Goldie Fish" in this vertical position it was pointed out to me that it works as a horizontal
piece too. So I attached hangers on both the short and long sides. I signed it in the corner so it would work however the
person wished to display it. If you wish to see how it would look horizontally, turn your computer monitor sideways... :)
Dimensions: aprox. 34 x 11 inches (87 x 28 cm)
This is a medium sized cat. It was mostly painted at home and finished up at a resturant called Tu Tu Tango, in Orange County,
California. They have artists go there and paint and then the artist is free to display the work for sale there. It's a great
deal as you get publicity and exposure while the work hangs there everyday. When a piece sells they send you a check, but
it takes a few months since it has to go through thier main offices which is in Florida, I think.
Dimensions: Aproximately 24 x 12 inches (61 x 31 cm)
This is my third or fourth robot painting. Giant Robot is very unique however for several reasons. Giant Robot is the first
and so far (as of 5/2005) only Pop-Up Art piece that has a sigificant background and foreground. #03 is a fish bowl but if
I remember correctly it does not have a lot of detail in the bowl except for blue for water. Giant Robot has a whole cityscape
which adds depth as well as a story element, rather than just some color.
This is also the most rendered robot I have made so far and the extra work really helps with the drama of the whole piece.
I used some florecent Chartreuse to suggest the city lights reflecting on the robot's metal body and hands for example. Click
on the image for a larger view.
Giant Robot was painted at the Orange County Tu Tu Tango over the course of a few visits. I had Giant Robot in my truck
as I was taking it to various galleries and a pipe and cigar smoking, poker playing pal of mine saw it. His place is decorated
very retro '50's and '60's, which is kind of the feeling I go for when I paint the robots. The next weekend he bought it and
now Giant Robot lives there. He tells me that he thinks of Giant Robot as a guardian and likes that the city is not in flames
or anything. I'm happy he's happy and that this special painting has found a special home.
I did not measure this piece, but I think it's about 28 x 12 inches (71 x 31 cm)
Scare Crow is one of a small Special Edition Series I did last year for Holloween. The most obvious indicator of this is that
the wood board is black, not the usual red.
This was one of the first times I started getting more sophisticated with my painting technique. The pumpkin head and
coat are more rendered and I like the way the straw hand came out. The cut out mouth really looks like cut pumpkin and adds
a nice 3D touch. Except for the Howdy Series most of the paintings up to this point were pretty simple, and priced accordingly.
The others in this Holloween Series, were Pirate Kitty (#12), and Spider (#11). They also have a black board foundation.
Scare Crow is now at the resturant Tu Tu Tango at Universal City Walk, Studio City, California.
Click on the picture to check out the details.
This charicter I've named Howdy due to the tipping-of-the-hat greeting he offers the viewer. I've made quite a few Howdy paintings,
but "Howdy with Cane (#10)" is not only the biggest Howdy painting I've made, he's the biggest Pop-Up Art painting
I've made so far (5/2005). It is also the first time I had room for his second hand. I gave him a cane with a mini-Howdy skull
Most of the Howdys, even the early ones, were a step above the other paintings in terms of rendering and overall design.
They have also been the most challenging in trying to get an interesting pose and composition, while still getting the head
and hat in the right position so that the eyes will follow properly.
I guess I've made about four or five Howdys so far and see no end in sight. Like the Who Dat? cats, each is a little different
and always fun.
This piece is about 3.5 feet tall and almost 2 feet wide. Howdy with Cane is currently at the resturant Tu Tu Tango at
Universal City Walk, Studio City, California.