Archive for June, 2013

NEW PAINTING

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Started another painting on wood, about 5′ tall and 3.5′ wide. As of now it is called “In The Beginning We Lived Outside”. Check out that grain pattern. Danggg son. $12/sheet plywood at Home Depot…It may not be suitable for building anything, but it looks cool when you paint on it.

New Painting

The title was inspired by a lyric from musical mastermind Valeska Gavotte‘s forthcoming release, Songs for Sinfonietta, which I am very excited to be designing the album art for. It’s shaping up to be pretty spooky and dark so far. Borderline metal. Br00tal.

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ART NIGHT OUT

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Friday, June 21 was a great day. Art Night Out is held once a month in Lafayette, CO during the summer. People gather for a splendid evening of art, live music, local beer and community. I had a booth there (my 1st ever!) displaying my most recent batch of prints. Thanks to all the awesome people who helped make this happen and came to hang out. You guys are extremely cool.

Friends

booth 3

Business card holder

Booth

friends 7

Markers

Print pile

band 2

friends 2

Best Pic Of Show award goes to…this one

friends 6

lolol

Did you lose a light-up ring price tag at the show? Let me know. I think I saved it, but I haven’t unpacked yet. So no guarantees.

robert

“Light-up rings?!”

Prints 1

friends 5

Cool tree

cool tree closeup

friends 8

FYI, FTW

Monday, June 24th, 2013


Things new and old:

album art

Swamp of dead trees…brutal

new painting 2

Beginning of my newest painting. Spoiler alert…it has mountains and trees in it

New Painting

This is a vague idea of what the new painting will look like, the bottom being the foreground and the top being the…anti-foreground

New Painting 3

New Painting 4

card trees

The foliage is made of card symbols. These colors make it look like sugary cereal

card tree closeup

Sketch for a commission I'm working on, a diptych portraying the never ending march of mankind's 'progress'

Sketch for a commission I’m working on. It’s a diptych inspired by that feeling I get when I drive through suburbia, surrounded by malls, chain restaurants and selfish, useless over-maintained lawns. Uneasy. Displaced. Worried about the future. Sad and lost. I want it to make the viewer feel like vomiting, yet still be like, ‘that’s a cool painting’. Tricky

Diptych

Making paper mache dinosaurs with a person really teaches you about the core of their character

Making paper mache dinosaurs with a person really teaches you about the core of their character

I made a stegosaurus with a sun on its side. f$#%ing hippies

I made a stegosaurus with a sun on its side. f$#%ing hippies

The Stood 2

The ol’ stood has been pretty full lately

The Stood

The painting on the bottom right is called “I’d Rather…”

Brian Leahy Art Logo

This symbol is how I sign my work. It goes back to some of my oldest doodles, when I used to draw nothing but stacks of cubes. I think I learned how to draw them from the show ‘Imagination Station’, that awesome show on PBS that taught kids how to draw all kinds of cool stuff, along with basic concepts like utilizing 3 dimensions. Thanks Mark

Joe slept in the chamber!

It’s been done. Joe.

mini tree discussion

Mini tree discussion

no good oxygen progress

‘No Good Oxygen User’ progress

My bamboo bush thing is the only plant I've ever managed to not kill

My bamboo bush thing is the only plant I’ve ever managed to not kill

"Headless Ghost Gives The Thumbs Up"

“Headless Ghost Gives The Thumbs Up”

ultimate potrait of the artist

Me at the beach

Trees Are Just Giant Plants

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

heyo yo. yo. Wut u been up 2 major Brin?

Here are some things. Recently.

Insert Face Here

The center is cut out…you can put your face behind it. if you want.

Power Drain

Power Drain

Rollin Over

Business Man

Oldies but goodies

Oldies but goodies…The one on the right is an early version of ‘Take A Bow’

No Good Oxygen User

Part I of ‘No Good Oxygen User’

No Good Oxygen User 2

Part II of ‘No Good Oxygen User’

Movin in 1834

check out this funny guy

he looks like he likes Metallica

Cool desk shot of Pipes

Pipes

Coool desk shot of Pipes 2

Pipes on the way

Pipes progress

Hand of God

Hand of God

Snooze Drawings 2

Concept art for an awesome company

Snooze drawings 3

Snooze Drawings

What it looks like to set up a show

What it looks like setting up for a show

flowering of memory 1

Progress of ‘Flowering of Memory’

Forest Moon Sketch

Oil paints you disgust me

Great American Prairie Study Naming Process

Great American Prairie – study / naming process

Early Brian Art!

Early Brian Leahy art. Age 8 or 9. I liked finding out that even back then I was drawing trees and mountains. But I grew up on the ocean. Maybe that explains the killer whale in the lake

LOOMER

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

My largest painting yet has achieved finishment. Es final.

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loomer and suby

Created with Liquitex acrylics on wood, “Loomer” measures 4.3′ x 3.6′. This painting was developed when I was given the mural project in Lafayette (see previous post) and was completed at the same time. It ended up having its own personality.

picture of 'Loomer'

Loomer Winner

WINNING. Below you can see some shots of the painting in progress

Loomer beginning

Loomer progress

Loomer trees 2

more stages of loomer

more stages of loomer 3

loomer near finish

loomer adding buildings

loomer porch

who set this shot up

When I finish a piece I write details about its life on the back, like the time period and what albums I was listening to most at the time. The phrase “Look Up” sums up my perspective on life. Positive minds create their own positive world. B$#$%.

Loomer Back

It was super cool painting at this size. I plan on going bigger next time.

Mural In Lafayette, CO

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

mural and me serious

It’s done!

Last month I finished work on my first mural in the great state of Colorado. Located on a garage door in Lafayette, “Loomer – The Mural” measures approximately 8′ tall by 10′ wide.

mural excellent shot

mural great shot

The mural was done in conjunction with the great people at Project YES, a nonprofit also based in Lafayette that provides leadership opportunities for young people through the arts and service-learning. Check them out – they are doing some really great things for the community. The more art in kids’ lives, the bettaaa.

mural volunteers

The 1st day I had the help of some awesome volunteers

mural volunteers 2

mural coming along

I met many cool people during the course of this project and was excited to see how much is going on in Lafayette’s art scene. Can’t wait to get back there – I hope to be rocking a booth at Art Night Out several times this summer. More info on that to follow.

mural progress 2

mural start

at the start

reflection of mural

dat reflection, son