1998 / 8' x 24’
125 North Main Street,
Bishop Art Supply
I create murals for businesses, mural societies, hospitals and clinics, schools, and for environmental and faith-based organizations.” -Janet Essley,
“Bishop Bakery, 1922”
1998 / 8' x 24’
125 North Main Street,
Bishop Art Supply
Since the 1850’s, Basque sheepherders have trailed their flocks in the area. The shepherds taught their time-honored recipe for a thick-crusted, tasty bread to Bob and Louisa Schoch, the owners of the Bishop Bakery. The original “Sheepherders’ Bread from the Pyrenees country was baked in brick ovens and lasted several weeks without spoiling.
“I enjoy commissioned work for the unexpected artistic journeys and the new friendships to which they lead. Research for commissions has led me to study topics as diverse as traditional Coptic design and cellular physics. While painting outdoor murals I have watched the sun rise descend down the peaks of the Sierras, been scolded by Osprey, serenaded with Mexican ballads, and been honored with the stories evoked in passers-by. Collaboration with sponsors, site owners, and observers is a unique process that joins me to the community in new and exciting ways.
I create murals for businesses, mural societies, hospitals and clinics, schools, and for environmental and faith-based organizations.” -Janet Essley,
When I was researching my post for Giorgio Vasari’s Birthday recently, I came across this interesting article on a ceiling mural collaboration by Giorgio Vasari, Vincenzo Borghini, and Federico Zuccari of the Last Judgement for Brunelleschi’s dome in the Florence cathedral, which had remained unfinished after Brunelleschi’s death in 1446.
The walls of the dome, which should have been covered by resplendent gold according to Brunelleschi project, were whitewashed.(!)
It was the Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici who had the idea to paint the dome’s interior. In 1572, he commissioned Giorgio Vasari to paint frescoes on the dome of the Florence cathedral; Vasari was flanked by Vincenzo Borghini, who worked to the iconographic subjects and added other themes taken from Dante‘s Divine Comedy.
The closest graphic text to follow was based on the mosaics in the Baptistery, divided into rows placed one on top of the other.
As a great admirer of Michelangelo, Vasari also drew inspiration from thewww.florenceinferno.com/the-last-judgement-michelangelo/ Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel.
As a result, the dome (4,000 square meters) was divided into six concentric rows placed one above the other, inside of which were arranged groups of figures separate from each other due to the division of the dome into eight vertical segments.
Giorgio Vasari's subjects were carefully matched up along the the dividing lines of rows and segments so that the theological pattern could be followed vertically and horizontally.
Starting from the false central lantern at the top of the dome, surrounded by 24 venerable old men from the Apocalypse, each segment is decorated with the four following themes: an angelic chorus with the instruments of the Passion, a series of Saints and Elect, a triad of figures representing a Gift from the Holy Ghost, and a region of Hell dominated by deadly Sin.
In the eastern segment, opposite the central nave, the four themes become three to make space for the great Christ in Glory placed between the Madonna and St. John above the three Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity), and followed under by the allegorical figures of Time and the Triumphant Church.
Vasari died on June 27, 1574, two months after the death of Cosimo I, when he had carried out only one third of the work. Although he had not completed the drawings for the four segments of the cupola and some sketches for the scenes of Hell, the new Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici called upon Federico Zuccari, an artist from Urbino, to complete the work.
Work on the frescoes started again on August 30, 1576.
Zuccari, well known in Roman circles, didn’t like Vasari’s style and tried as much as he could to affirm his own originality.
He stopped using Vasari’s method of “fresco” painting, preferring the “dry” or secco method, which was simpler but more perishable, and he changed the physiques of the painted characters, the costumes, the stylistic language, and the color range.
He boycotted the executive delicacy of Vasari, made of subtle color changes, reflections, polished descriptions of ornaments, which are difficult to pick out at such a distance, opting for a painting method that was weak in quality but of great effect, a technique he learned to use for theatrical backdrops.
He portrayed a lively gallery of contemporary personalities among the Elect: his Medici patrons, the Emperor, the King of France, Vasari, Borghini, Giambologna, other artists, and even himself as well as many of his friends and relatives.
As for the Christ in Glory, for which Vasari had left drawings inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Zuccari preferred to follow the models used by Raffaello (Raphael), which were more in harmony with the sanctimonious rulings of the Council.
However, his masterpiece in the cupola will always be his crude rendering of Hell, with its powerful devils inspired by Luca Signorelli’s frescoes in the cathedral of Orvieto, the shameless bodies of the damned, the violent gestures, and the red glow of blood that vividly brings out the dark colors of the composition to life.
When he finally completed the frescoes in 1579, having also carried out several other interventions and changes on the parts painted by Vasari, Zuccari celebrated the event by preparing a commemorative medallion. However, this did not spare him from the criticism of the Florentines.
The frescoes in the Cupola have never been popular in the city if compared with their counterparts in the interior of the cathedral: they are extremely difficult to look at because they are so removed from the viewer, placed in a dark spherical vault, and they have become increasingly obscured over the centuries by dirt.
However, these frescoes were scrupulously restored between 1978 and 1985, and it is now possible to re-evaluate them and appreciate the power of the cycle and its importance in Florentine art history.
This enormous space allows for an interesting comparison between two different ways of interpreting art rather than an antagonism between two painters: on the one hand we have Vasari, a “conservative” painter and follower of a Tuscan tradition that had been passed down directly from the Middle Ages; on the other, Zuccari, who “imported” the methods of the Roman painter-contractors to Florence, which were based on a poor executive quality but a grandiose final effect.
Florence Inferno is a blog about the Florentine mysteries, symbols, and places that are mentioned in Dan Brown’s novel Inferno,
So I’m out in the neighborhood and I see this cool mural at the Porticos Art Space, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Arroyo Repertory Theatre unveiled its new mural at Porticos Art Space, 2033 E. Washington Ave., Pasadena, CA on September 25, 2021.
Pasadena-born artist Ian Schuler painted the mural.
The mural includes depictions of performing singers as well as roses and peacocks (for which the area is well-known).
"I like what Ian did with the awning!" -RQ
The Bishop Mural Society was incorporated in 1997 to display our heritage in a spectacular outdoor art gallery surrounded by natural beauty. In its first ten years, founders Barbara and David Williams, Dan Wells and John Knowlton established Bishop as a mural destination by producing professional, historically accurate, visually and artistically excellent quality murals. Fifteen colorful mural sites showcase the fascinating history of the Owens Valley on buildings throughout the city. Bishop Mural Society is a founding member of the California Public Art and Mural Society, which held their Public Art Symposium here in 2005. Our most recent achievement is a ten by fifteen foot natural history mural of 421 sculpted ceramic tiles and mosaic, created by 216 community members.
We produce and maintain high quality public art specializing in events and characters of historical significance to the local community. We partner with local businesses, organizations and artists to nurture a healthy local economy.
The Bishop Mural Society has produced 15 public murals throughout the City of Bishop.
(Map Published on June 8, 2015)
Winsor & Newton, the London based manufacturer of artist’s materials, is in partnership with the mental health charity Hospital Rooms to transform mental health treatment spaces by commissioning artists to create murals, providing patients a welcoming and dignified environment.
"This is a program very dear to my heart as my decision to become a muralist, back in the early 80’s when I was a Respiratory Therapist and a Hyperbaric Technician working with burn patients and the chronically ill, was to be able to create a positive and uplifting environment for people to enjoy and to thrive in.
I am happy to feature Ms. Broom’s mural work and her collaboration with Hospital Rooms." -Roberto Quintana
We (Winsor & Newton) are delighted to announce an expansion in our partnership with the mental health charity Hospital Rooms. The aim of Hospital Rooms is to provide people being treated for mental health issues with a welcoming and dignified space by commissioning global artists to install artwork on the wards. In sponsoring artist Orlanda Broom, we can support her creative journey making work for Rosebud Ward at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
Founders of Hospital Rooms, curator Niamh White and artist Tim A. Shaw, built the organization based on personal experience. They visited a good friend who was an in-patient on a mental health ward and came away struck by the lack of care given to the surroundings. They knew they had the skills and community to be able to transform these spaces with high-quality artworks. And they believed in the power of art to connect people. Thus, Hospital Rooms was born.
We join many prestigious partners who have been working to help Hospital Rooms expand their capacity to help people. Currently, the charity is working across the UK and has inspired a pilot project in Lagos, Nigeria.
It is a tremendous privilege to join Hospital Rooms and contribute in a small way as they work with service users and staff to alleviate the challenges faced by people with mental health issues. Working alongside them allows us an insight into how artists work and how they interpret the world. And it gives us a way of understanding how artists re-interpret their work to thoughtfully adapt to important community projects.
Featured Artist: Orlanda Broom
Orlanda Broom creates paintings in two distinct styles: lush and floral landscapes, and fluid and abstract works. What connects these two bodies of work is her use of colour, organic forms and exploration of painting mediums. Orlanda earned an MA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art in 1997 while studying in Barcelona. She has lived in Portugal and London and now works from her studio in Hampshire.
Orlanda's landscapes portray reimagined places that are vibrant, colourful and full of life. Her abstract paintings, created in the spirit of abstract expressionism, are made intuitively with resin and allow chance to play a role in forming the composition. Notably, Orlanda has completed large-scale commissions including a 4x4m piece for the lobby of the new Four Seasons Downtown New York and a large abstract work for the Mandarin Oriental in London. She is also involved with the mental health charity, Hospital Rooms.
This just in from the Department of Cultural Affairs,
City of Los Angeles!
DCA invites LA-County-based muralists to submit ideas
for new, socially-engaged mural projects.
Mural Works is a pilot program that seeks to commission works centered on social justice, important cultural figures, or histories relating to a specific neighborhood while supporting the advancement of young apprentices in the trade.
Muralists and muralist teams who are interested in creating social justice-themed murals and working with youth are encouraged to apply.
Project budgets for this Request for Ideas (RFI) range from $10,000 to $25,000 based on the total square footage
of the identified wall.
The strongest applications will be shortlisted and advanced to the Request for Proposal phase.
The shortlisted artists will receive a $500 stipend to develop their proposal concepts further.
DCA will reward commissions for up to 20 murals.
To learn more about the application criteria,
the youth workers component,
the selection process,
and how to submit an application,
please visit: culturela.org/calls.
The deadline to apply is
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
at 11:59 p.m.
Cultural Grants Program, Call for Applicants!
Arts organizations! - apply now for grants supporting free and low-cost arts activities and projects, festivals, and parades that will take place between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025. Emerging, small, mid-sized, and large organizations may apply now through September 8, 2023.
Application webinars and workshops will be held starting Thursday, August 3, 2023.
Grants Division Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Birthday Giorgio Vasari!
The painter, architect, collector, and influential author was born on this day (July 30) in 1511 in Arezzo.
A successful painter and architect in the service of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’Medici, Vasari is best known today for his Lives of the Artists, a collection of biographies from Cimabue through his autobiography. Published in two editions (1550/1568), the text has had a profound impact on the development of connoisseurship, art history, and Italian Renaissance studies.
“I have represented the lord Duke Cosimo triumphant and glorious, crowned by the personification of Florence with an oak wreath” -Vasari
The centre of the entire ceiling’s decorations is Cosimo I de’ Medici: the Duke is wearing a purple cloak, is seen sitting on the clouds and is accompanied by the Ducal crown, the cross belonging to the order of Saint Stephen and finally the Golden Fleece (received from the Emperor in 1545). Surrounding him are the symbols of the city and the insignia of the Florentine Arts. Photo: Simone Lampredi
For more on Vasari, see:
Julian Kliemann and Antonio Manno.
“Vasari.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.
An Equestrian Monument for Giorgio Vasari
In collaboration with Paradise for Artists of Pasadena, California, the cultural association Paradise for Artists of Arezzo presents the sixth appointment of a program of events and collective exhibitions to support the project:
"An equestrian monument for Giorgio Vasari
on tour in America and in Italy"
and raise funds to dedicate a bronze statue to Giorgio Vasari, the father of art history, the first art historian.
PARADISE FOR ARTISTS INC
is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation,
Federal tax ID# 87-0978724
Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
“For myself, I aim for an art which would be in immediate connection with daily life which could start from our daily life and which would be a very direct and very sincere expression of our real life and real moods.” -Keith Haring
Though Keith Haring’s murals can be found around the world, his work for the Belgian Channel Surf Club in Knokke is certainly a standout piece. By invitation of Roger Nellens in 1987, Haring arrived in Knokke to continue the legacy of the Nellens family — as his father is the man to have commissioned René Magritte’s The Enchanted Domain in the nearby casino. Painted in a single day Keith Haring’s mural depicts the swimmers present in the rising tides, crashing through waves and advancing towards a grotesque but humorous sea monster that aims to consume them. With his characteristic pop-art figures and comic-book-like language, Haring’s impression on the seaside town cemented an artistic legacy lasting far longer than the tragically short life of the artist.
“One of the things I have been most interested in is the role of chance in situations–letting things happen by themselves. My drawings are never preplanned. I never sketch a plan for a drawing, even for huge wall murals. My early drawings, which were always abstract, were filled with references to images, but never had specific images. They are more like automatic writing or gestural abstraction.” -Keith Haring
One Person Exhibitions
Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody
The Broad, Los Angeles, CA
May 27 – October 8, 2023
Keith Haring: Amsterdam Notes
May 26 – November 5, 2023
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Keith Haring: Against All Odds
April 15 – September 24, 2023
Akron Art Museum
Keith Haring has murals all around the world,
check out the map/link to find his work near you.
The murals map is temporarily unavailable.
There are images and information about the murals
that Keith Haring made around the world. Enjoy!
Beatriz de la Fuente
Teotihuacán Murals Museum
San Martín Centro, Mexico
Excerpts from an article on Atlas Obscura at:
The pigments used to color Teotihuacán murals were sourced mostly from semi precious stones and earth; hematite produced a startlingly bright red, malachite an emerald green, and azurite a deep blue.
ELABORATE MURALS ONCE TATTOOED THE walls of thousands of residential complexes across ancient Teotihuacán. Today, many of them live in an unassuming museum within the archaeological site: The Beatriz de la Fuente Teotihuacán Murals Museum. Named after Mexican art historian Beatriz Ramírez de la Fuente, the museum houses over fifty millennia-old murals along with several artifacts recovered from on-site temples and palaces.
The museum consists of nine main rooms, each with its own thematic focus, spanning space and time. Within the murals, the real and the fantastical merge; a feline donning a feathered headdress sticks out a forked tongue and magnificent birds release fountains of water from their beaks. Human-like figures appear throughout the museum, too, some mortal and others deities.
The passage of time, closely linked with astronomical observation, is a recurring theme across murals and artifacts throughout the museum. A small monolith believed to have been used to keep track of time and solstices can be found toward the center of the museum. Two ceramic jars, along with eighteen obsidian blades and a human femur, found in an astronomical observation cavern are also on display.
Wall Mural of Jaguar, Palace of Tetitla, Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone, UNESCO World Heritage Site,
State of Mexico, Mexico, North America
Know Before You Go
The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee for general admission, which includes entrance to the archaeological zone, is 80 pesos.
Here’s a really good 'Old-School Sign-Painter' guy
in Virginia, still hand-lettering in the modern world!
Melding Traditional Sign Painting
and Computer Skills
Rodney Vicik’s skills were developed through years of continuing education and a desire for excellence.
As important as these hand skills are, they are not the only things that make his signs extraordinary.
Having learned the trade of sign painting just at the brink when computerized sign-making equipment was entering the marketplace, Rodney is competent using both mediums, old-school sign painting and computer technologies, in the production of his signs.
(from his website)
“I am the owner of Red Rocket Signs located in Hampton, VA.
We are the "go to" shop for hand lettering and gold leaf in our area. Our niche is boat lettering, but we also do a variety of commercial sign work with an emphasis on good design.
My interest in hand lettering has led to an extensive collection of sign and lettering books dating back to the late 1800s and into the early 1900s when sign painting was an art form."
"Though I prefer the old method of using pencils and brushes,
I am also proficient at digitizing hand drawn artwork into computer files. In today’s world, most designs will eventually need to be reproduced digitally.
Another by-product of my melding of traditional sign painting and computer skills has been the conversion of hand drawn alphabets into complete fonts that can be installed onto any computer. These are available for purchase in the 'Retro Fonts' section of my website.” -Rodney Vicik
Here’s a peek into Rodney’s brush-box!
"I’m a real ‘brush-freak’ and I love seeing
what goes on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile...while your here,
check out this link to some of my
signs, totems and super-graphics.” -Roberto
"I'm back from my trip to Baltimore, and it looks like I got out of Dodge just in time! It's a beautiful city with lots of great murals and art museums and historical architecture. Stay positive, curb your guns and be kind to others.
Here is part 4b of my Faux Finishes Blog posts. scroll back through the blog for earlier posts on Faux Finishes (and much more) or search the Blog by category" -RQ
Here is another one of my favorite books from my library...
Visual Research for Artists,
Architects, and Designers
by Judy A. Juracek
Modeled on the successful Surfaces (1996) book, this stunning collection of photographs catalogs how hundreds of varieties of textiles, grouped by structure and surface treatment, look up close and in interior and exterior applications such as window treatments, upholstery, awnings, tents, and floor coverings.
The book is tailored to research needs in scope and focus, offering examples for architects, interior designers, textile professionals, theatrical and film designers, illustrators, and graphic designers.
Interviews with professionals describe how they use visual research in their work.
1,200 high-quality color images
of traditional and innovative textiles,
in print and on CD-ROM
I'll be out of town for a few weeks
so here's something to keep you all occupied
till I return.
My recent exhibition went very well...
but Accounts Receivable is whining that the show didn't sell out, as everyone here at Art n Soul Productions expected (except me!).
Both Marketing and many of the folks in Accounting think I should start accepting NFT's!
Legal is still skeptical, which has peeked my interest...
but I'm really not convinced yet. -RQ
I don’t know very much about this stuff…
but I usually prefer my tokens to be fungible. -RQ
This Guy has it all ’splained out.
but it's VERY long!
But well worth the time investment.
(NFT’s start at around 39 minutes)
Plus a few bonus links for all those interested in NFT’s and art:
June 2, 3, and 4, 2023
The Pasadena Antique Warehouse Gallery
"What a great show this turned out to be!
I am very proud of the way the exhibition turned out!
All of my work looked Fantastic in the Warehouse
Gallery space, and the turn-out was great!
Here are some pix of the Show!
"I really enjoyed getting a chance to visit with all of my friends and family, and all of my patrons and clients who showed up for my exhibition. What a great time we all had!!"
Here are a few of the responses we received
from our guest book and emails:
“Our whole family enjoyed your show. It was so wonderful to see so many of your paintings new and old. Just amazing. I have so enjoyed the first painting we have of yours and look forward to the new one.
Both of these paintings are meaningful to me… Your first one came after my second breast cancer in January of 2015. Both paintings mean 'moving on' and 'experiencing joy in one day at a time' for me. I often lay in bed and look at your painting, and another painting I enjoy that inspires me. Since then I joined an art class and am part of a group of women artists whose skills range from beginners to outstanding. We have a class two times a month, and I Zoom-link the other two weeks, so we chat and make art together.
The process of painting and drawing is healing and restoring for me.” -Cheryl
What a pleasure to be here and to share in your Soulful Delights!!!”
-Paul and Michele
“Thank you for the beautiful artwork! We cannot wait to come to your next show!!”
con amor, -Daniel & Alegria
“So great to be able to see your work!”
-Gloria y Antonio
“Keep up the spirit and the work.”
“Congratulations on your wonderful, fabulous, and inspiring art show Roberto!!!”
Best wishes, -Govindini & Jason
“So very happy to be here! My friend forever,
here’s to another 50 years. :)
“Dang! All these artistic folks have nice looking penmanship.
I don’t, but I want to say how wonderful the art is in here. Great job Roberto.”
“Your show is Fantastic!!! Your art is memorable in several ways!!! Your personality is so amiable and inclusive!!!
Thank you for sharing talent and spirit!!!”
-Lynn and Tom
“Good Job! I like your paintings”
You are so talented!
I love how you combine science & engineering with
spirituality & soul. It’s wonderful to explore and connect different dimensions of our spirit. We love you!"
“Overjoyed to see your work!”
“Always inspired by your creative soul,
and the art that invites us to reflect on your journey”
Love you bro! -John and Janet
“Roberto, Loved seeing your work.
Thanks for letting us know!”
-Sue & George
“Congratulations Roberto! You are so talented! Wonderful evening!”
-Rolin & Michael
“L’art best fantastique!”
“It’s great to see you and your work again!”
So wonderful to see your work today!
We loved it! & we love you!”
<3 Kate <3 AJ
“(Beautiful Asian script that I cannot read!)”
to everyone involved in putting the show together!
Chris Agazaryan: Empresario Extraordinarius
The Mindscapes Layers’ Team:
The Green Street Jazz Trio
Ron Cyger on sax,
Dave Askren on guitar,
Larry Muradian on bass.
Special Editor and All-Around-Grande-Dame
Kate at Random Framing
framing and special materials
Last minute ‘Art Show’ sign
a Very Special Thank You to:
John and Janet Quintana
Dan and Cindy Yowell
Ray and Yolanda Quintana
Cheryl and Bob Ooten
Roz and Joe Witt
The Pasadena Warehouse Gallery presents/ Mindscapes by Roberto Quintana: New Paintings and Retrospective
are interior landscapes—paintings exploring the realms and technologies of perception, science, aesthetics and the technologies of instinct: symbolism, myths, dreams,
and the psyche.
These abstract and surreal paintings
are visual poems about our embedded reality. They explore the foundations
and the structures of consciousness,
interior realms of perception
and our various ways of knowing
Friday, June 2nd
Gallery Open 5pm - 10pm
Ron Cyger Jazz Trio (7pm - 9pm)
Saturday, June 3rd
Gallery Open 5pm - 10pm
Ron Cyger Jazz Trio (7pm - 9pm)
by Elaine Partnow
Sunday, June 4th
Gallery Open 5pm - 10pm
Ron Cyger Jazz Trio (7pm - 9pm)
by Judy Barat
Entrance to this event is
RSVP is appreciated...
Event and Exhibition Address:
"You can't miss it!
It's the building with
the cool mural!"
-Pasadena Antique Warehouse-
1609 E. Washington Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91104
Contact us at
Contact the artist directly at:
In a special effort to set a good example
to all of our elected representatives on the importance of listening to the other side, Roberto has been fiercely negotiating with his Marketing Department and with his banking team over at Collections and Receivables.
Collections insists on capping our Patron's spending by setting the highest price that the market will allow (which they have determined are the prices quoted below, and elsewhere on this website), while Marketing has this somewhat fanciful idea that lowering the prices of the paintings will somehow magically increase the sales and allow Roberto to serve as many Patrons as possible.
After weighing both arguments carefully, and after the usual lengthy and whinny discussions with his guru, and many of the Esteamed Ascended Masters on his internet-thingy device and his Runes...
Roberto has decided to go with Marketing and all of his new and returning Patrons and offer:
a Whopping! 20% off SPECIAL!
on EVERYTING in his upcoming show at
"The Pasadena Antique Warehouse Gallery"
Many times I come across some really nice murals or hand painted signs out there that I want to share with you!
I was out on my bike-ride around the neighborhood the other day, and I happened upon these great Calaveras skulls at a local cantina!
I thought this would be a good example of how mural art can really give a place an identity and create a memorable impact.
I looked and looked for a signature,
but I couldn’t find one.
I asked inside… but no, they don’t know.
So I went online and looked all over their website.
Not a clue as to their artists!
I even contacted them through their contact page…
After several more visits,
I spoke with a general manager, Miguel
who was very helpful
and he got me in touch with the artist:
(Sometimes you just have to be persistent!)
About: Michael Petow (b.1987)
is an American Artist who works in a variety
of media including painting, sculpture, photography and murals.
"Nice work Michael!" -RQ
Here’s another one of my favorite books from my library…
"Computers and vinyl technologies have completely transformed the sign painting industry and as a consequence hand lettering and sign painting has become a lost art.
Early in my career I found it very useful to be as versatile as possible and to learn as many painting techniques as I could, to help get me through the lean-times. These skills have come in quite handy in many of my commercial and fine-art projects from billboards, signs and menu-boards to set-painting, super-graphics, logos and mascots.
I have always specialized in custom, hand-painted one-of-a-kind projects, so advanced printing and computerized technologies are not a threat… but rather an opportunity to apply my craft in new and exciting ways – and in doing so
to better serve a diverse clientele.
Mike Stevens’ ‘Mastering Layout' was a vital resource in building my skills with a brush and improving my layouts and designs." -Roberto Quintana
This best-selling book by sign industry legend, Mike Stevens, covers the fundamental principles of layout for signs. It teaches how to see, organize and manipulate graphic elements for unified, legible and visually appealing results. More than 80 illustrations demonstrate before-and-after results of applying the principles. Includes a troubleshooting checklist for isolating, analyzing and correcting layout weaknesses in your own designs.
Long established as a must-have for all sign writers,
this best-selling book covers the fundamental
principles of layout for signs.
Includes 13 handwritten alphabets for reference
and 80+ illustrations with before and after results,
and all the universal rules in font layout.
This technical book is just as appreciated by old hands
in lettering as it is by newcomers.
A real classic.
Mike Stevens provides a detailed, comprehensive
and relatively easy-to-understand overview of
the analytical skills that can be applied to a
Sign Painting or Writer's job.
The fundamental principles in the layout of fonts and characters are conveyed in detail and how several graphic elements are organized into a perfect overall picture.
invaluable sign painting knowledge on 127 pages.
1) Natural Layout
2) Format: A Design Element
3) Copy Interpretation & appropriate Images
4) Negative Space
5) Line Value
7) Selecting Alphabets
9) Super Graphics
10) Informal Layout
11) Troubleshooting Your Layout
Michael R. Stevens
Died: April 20, 1989
From Signcraft magazine.
Few sign artists in recent times have had as much influence on sign layout as sign artist/author Mike Stevens.
Mike Stevens died suddenly on April 20, 1989.
Mike was the author of
Mastering Layout: The Art of Eye Appeal
Ninety-Nine Showcards: A Photo Album,
and produced two audiotapes and a video tape.
He recently contributed a series of articles on layout to SignCraft.
Since his death, SignCraft has heard from scores of sign artists — some long-time friends and others
who knew Mike only through his books, tapes and articles.
All mentioned his impact on their work, their business,
and in many cases, their lives.
Signs, Totems & Super-Graphics
In 1980, we published the first issue of SignCraft Magazine from our commercial sign shop, laying out the pages on the same drawing table we used for sign sketches and proposals. Our plan was to create a way to share ideas and information that would make signmaking easier, more creative and more profitable. Computers were not yet involved in sign making, so the focus was on hand painted, sandblasted, carved and cutout signs and lettering.
In the years that followed computers changed the sign industry (along with the rest of the world!) Our coverage gradually expanded to include cut vinyl, digital prints and CNC routed signage.
Nonetheless, SignCraft’s intention has remained the same: To give those who make signs the information, ideas and inspiration that helps make their signs more effective, their work easier and their business more profitable.
The November/December 2020 issue marked the final print edition of SignCraft Magazine after 235 consecutive issues—more than 5000 articles and over 20,000 idea-packed photos. Our articles are now delivered online to our members.
You’ll get ideas and information you can’t find anywhere else. Over the past year, SignCraft readers received over 100 articles, over 150 time-saving tips and shortcuts and nearly 1000 inspiring photos.
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"So I’m out and about running errands, getting stocked up
on this and that, and I happened to stop into
this great Velvet shop over in Eagle Rock to stock-up
on some of my favorite Crushed Velvet,
and they have a really clean mural up
by David Flores!"
1118 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA90041
“HomeBoyz done some pretty good work around town!
Check him out!” -RQ
Here is a link to a video:
ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Flores is a contemporary artist known for his highly stylized and vibrant paintings.
Born into a multicultural environment in California,
Flores began his career as an artist
using the urban landscape as his canvas.
He quickly gained attention for his iconic imagery
and bold use of color.
His work is heavily influenced by pop culture...
He often incorporates famous iconic portraits and
Americana into his paintings.
He is best known for his instantly recognizable mosaic or segmented style, which formed organically after years of creating skate graphics.
(By the age of 18 he was Internationally published
and creating logos that are still heavily used in the skate industry today.)
His use of vibrant colors and complex layering techniques gives his work a dynamic feel, while his attention to detail and style adds a level of nostalgia and familiarity.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally,
and he has been commissioned for public mural projects around the world. He has also been featured in numerous publications and has won several awards for his work.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired
the artwork of David Flores in 2006,
where it resides in the museums permanent collection.
He participates with a variety of companies to further his catalog. Some of these opportunities have led to collaborations with Barney’s New York, Disney, Oakley, The Olympic Games, Medicom, Stussy, Nike, The Los Angeles Dodgers, The New York Racing Association, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Equinox, The Mexican Consulate,
and The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Through his work, Flores aims to challenge the traditional boundaries of fine art and demonstrate the potential for art to be appreciated in public spaces.
Flores aims to make art that is not only visually striking,
but also socially relevant.
He continues to push the boundaries of his art
and to inspire a new generation of artists.
Hey! Here’s another one of my favorite books
from my library…
Details for Artists,
Architects, and Designers
by Judy A. Juracek
This is another addition to the acclaimed Surfaces series and it catalogs hundreds of different architectural elements and materials.
This new collection contains over 1,400 high-quality color photographs capturing a range of details and surfaces, organized by architectural elements: walls, facades, windows, doorways, ceilings, roofs, floors, pavements, columns, and arches.
Architectural Surfaces provides a wealth of source material to meet the research needs of architects and interior designers, artists, scenic designers, and graphic designers.
2 CD-ROMs included:
screen resolution scans in easy-to-use
JPEG format for Mac and PC.
1600 color photos
Pasadena Antique Warehouse Gallery and Events Presents: Roberto Quintana’s ‘Mindscapes’: New Paintings and Retrospective!
It’s really cool when one of your favorite local patrons
calls you up!
(I painted his portrait, as a Circus Impresario, on his
Antique Shop several years ago)
...and he says to you:
“Hey, Roberto … I’m not just an Antique Shop anymore!
I’m set up as an Arts Venue and Events Space now also,
with a stage and a great exhibition space.
Everyone loves your mural!
...and I was thinkin’...
it would be great if you wanted to have an exhibition here!”
Well, what could I say!?
I just happened to have a new series of ‘glass vessel’ paintings I was hoping to exhibit in Italy this year,
(but that all got postponed)
so... “Yes! Let’s do it!”
Well, one thing led to another,
and the venue was so great,
I realized that not only could I mount
my new 'Vessels' paintings…
but I could also do a complete retrospective of all of my 'Mindscapes' paintings!
have some of my friends perform and play!
How great is that!
One of my favorite topics,
besides Painting, Color, and Light,
Not only because I am a visual artist,
but also because I am a visual artist with a very special advantage when it comes to creating a 3D illusion
on a 2D surface, since I only ’see’ out of one (myopic) eye,
I am already half-way there!
(or maybe 1/3 way there, depending on how one
measures these things.)
This post will be the first of many on The Science of Vision
and Visual Perception, including illusions, optical effects, atmospheric effects, anatomy and much more.
I always think it best to start with the basics. So here are two excellent Podcast-Video-Blog-Things to start with:
The Science of Vision,
Eye Health & Seeing Better
Huberman Lab Podcast #24
KNOW YOUR BRAIN:
PRIMARY VISUAL CORTEX
For a really deep-dive into ‘Visual Perception’ check out this guy’s Blog!
"Mr. Gurney has an AMAZING! daily Art Blog that I encourage all-ya-all to visit daily. He’s been doing it for years and his archive is deep and educational and FUN!
My ‘Research and Development Department’ here at Art & Soul Productions are throwing a fit right now because I’m sharing this with you (They’re all so competitive and secretive about their sources!)... and ‘Legal’ insists that I not use the terms ‘borrowed’ or ‘lifted’ or ’steal’ when referring to all the great stuff I have gotten from his blog, but they say ‘Influenced by’ is a much safer term (if less accurate).
More on the ‘Gurney Journey’ later." -RQ
I many times come across some really nice murals (or hand painted signs) out there that I want to share with you!
This one was sent to me by one of my nieces!
"I thought I'd share one of my favorite murals with you-
- (in Costa Mesa)" Love -Kate 💖
Here are a few articles about the mural and the artist:
SHEPARD FAIREY PAINTS HIS FIRST-EVER OC MURAL
ON BAKER BLOCK APARTMENTS IN COSTA MESA
by CYNTHIA REBOLLEDO
OCTOBER 13, 2017
If you’ve driven down the 55 freeway in Costa Mesa recently you may have seen a mural with a portrait of a young woman at it’s center with the words, “Welcome” at Baker and Pullman streets, on the back of the new Baker Block luxury apartments.
“Welcome Home” is a 7,000 square-foot mural recently completed (2017) by street artist Shepard Fairey. “The local community, the rebel surf-skate culture and the idea of peace and our need to take care of our environment all inspired me for this piece,” says Shepard Fairey. “But in choosing a theme I considered these things as well as what would have the greatest impact from afar since this was such a great opportunity to have a massive platform. I wanted people driving down the freeway to be able to clearly pick up its message and maybe be inspired, too…The mural represents inclusion, welcoming, community, peace and harmony.”
This is Fairey’s first public mural in Orange County, with a team of three assistants, they were able to complete the mural in six days using 460 cans of spray paint and hand painting the motifs using stenciling.
A Brief Background of Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey’s professional art career began when he attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in Palm Springs, CA and graduating to the Rhode Island School of Design from 1988-1992. It was at this time he found an interest in graffiti, street art and primarily sticker art. What started as a somewhat political somewhat snarky design utilizing a photo of wrestler Andre The Giant, really gave birth to a branding machine that later transformed into the OBEY brand.
Over the years Shepard Fairey has transformed into one of the most well-known muralist /street artists in the world. His signature propaganda inspired design posters, murals stickers and clothing has continually combined social activism with the OBEY brand even before it was a commercial enterprise. The irony of the brand; “Obey”, is that Shepard has changed the meaning behind the word (at least where the brand and his work is concerned) to support more rebellious acts such as questioning how the world works rather than submitting or obeying what society tells us to think or do.
Known for “controversial” posters such as 2008 red, white, and blue Obama poster or 2017 of what seems to be an ethnic woman also in red, white, and blue calling out xenophobia. Fairey is not afraid to use his art to display concerns about today’s social and political climate.
Shepard Fairey’s latest mural (as of 4/19/2018) ‘American Dreamers’ is a collaboration with Vhils, a Portuguese graffiti and street artist. This piece of street art is located on Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles and directs attention to people who come to the United States to fulfil the American dream but end up being denied those opportunities of citizenship mainly due to where they immigrated from.
Whether it is discrimination or racism, economics or politics, immigrants must fight through these obstacles and work twice as hard than American born citizens to be taken seriously. The mural reflects generations of immigrants wanting to make a better life for themselves that they can no longer have in their home country.
Shepard Fairey’s gallery art is included in Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and Albert Museum in London. Starting in 2007, Fairey has had his art conveyed in exhibitions in places such as New York, Denmark, and Portugal to name a few. Fairey has won awards such as Member and Contributor to the LACMA Graphic Arts Council, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Voices of Courage Media Award, and Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Recent awards were given in 2017, which indicates that Fairey is not retired and still as relevant today as ever.
Where To Find Shepard Fairey’s Work
While Obey (the brand) was originally considered a more subversive brand only found in skate shops and alternative retail establishments, today it is carried in major retailers around the world. As with Obey brand, today you can see Shepard Fairey’s work in almost any major city, ranging from stickers posted by loyal followers to large commissioned mural works. By far the biggest concentration of Shepard Fairey’s work is in Los Angeles, California where he lives and works.
Read/See more here:
Shepard Fairey documentary
I really like Shepard Fairey’s work too!
In fact I did a mural a few years ago,
of Octavia E. Butler,
which was heavily ‘influenced’ by Mr. Fairey’s work.
Here’s the link to that project" -RQ
Here is another one of my favorite books in my library...
Visual Research for Artists,
Architects, and Designers
by Judy A. Juracek
Looking for images of architectural materials?
'Surfaces' offers over 1,200 outstanding and vibrantly colorful visual images of surface textures--wood, stone, marble, brick, plaster, stucco, aggregates, metal, tile, and glass--ready to be used in your designs, presentations, or comps, as backgrounds or for general visual information.
( ...but not to just flat-out copy, without permission or credit, for your Multi-Million-Dollar Video-Game backgrounds!)
Photographed by a designer for designers, the pictures show specific materials and how they change with time, weather, wear, and different lighting. Each section offers general views of the material, a gallery of commonly used or manufactured samples, and hundreds of specimens showing types and finishes in architectural settings. Captions provide information about the physical properties, dimensions, construction techniques, specific varieties of the material, and types and styles of treatments.
Interviews with eight design professionals provide practical advice on how they approach visual research, and a comprehensive glossary of visual and technical terms offers a vocabulary for professional communication. An index of subject matter and materials makes it easy to find just the image you need.
1000 color illustrations
PLUS: this book comes with a great CD-ROM
of screen resolution TIFF files
of every image in the book!
...And here's a Free PDF!
I sometimes come across some really nice murals
out there that I would like to share with you!
Jamie Laval recently sent me some fun pix
from his visit to Charlotte, NC.
I thought of you ...(recently)… when I went on
a walking mural tour of downtown Charlotte.
They have quite an active guild of
public-art artists there.” -Jamie
I really enjoy your online Zoom-Concerts,
and especially hearing you ‘Live’ whenever I can!
I encourage everyone to subscribe
to Jamie’s Mailing list and check-out his music.
What a treat!!
…And a quick GooglieSearch brought up
more than a few art groups!…
In case you would like a little encore
here are two of Jamie's songs you will
Witchery Fate Song
Jamie is having a St. Patrick’s concert!
Check it Out!
In honor of the St. Pat's season, I'll be paying homage to the musical culture of the Emerald Isle with a day of traditional Irish tunes.
Joining me live in my home studio will be my friends Ivana Carlson (violin) and Sam d'Entremont (Irish wooden flute and penny whistle).
We'll be playing favorite time-honored jigs, reels, and hornpipes from both sides of the pond. I'll also share my reverence for the bagpipe music from Ireland. And on an exotic note, we'll play a short selection of bagpipe tunes from Transylvania!
If you are new to online concerts, [Click Here] to learn more.
Please join us for toe-tapping tunes, stories,
and fun!” ~JAMIE
I went on another mural walk yesterday in Charlotte and am continually surprised how much public art this city of 880,000 has. The public art consortium in Charlotte is really proactive with funding, commissioning, and promotions.
For the benefit of your blog readers, here is an interactive guide to the art walks in downtown Charlotte. For each tour, just click on the "Start Walking" button to see images of the murals in that group. -Jamie Laval
The definitive guide to 70+ Charlotte
street murals, mapped
Top 10 Murals in Charlotte
by heather on February 28, 2021
Here’s a cool YouTube video my friend Lois sent to me…
Artist Transforms Bubble Wrap
Into An Impressionist Painting
Using syringes, artist Bradley Hart injects Bubble Wrap with acrylic paint to create pixelated works of art.
Bradley transforms this everyday material into beautiful, meticulously crafted paintings.
The bare bubbles in the bubble wrap reference dots or pixels, echoing various movements in art history and other media, including pointillism, screen-printing, TVs and LCD monitors. The process of injecting paint into bubble wrap directly references pixilation.
“At every level of my studio practice I recycle as a function of the work. I recycle the syringes; the dried paint in the mixing jar and collect the drips of paint on the bubble wrap and the drop sheet.” -Bradley Hart
“My work is an album of memories made by injecting bubble wrap with paint to create pixilated photorealistic pictures. The pictures are copies of both snap shots of important people captured by me or given to me and maintained as a part of my own personal photograph collection, as well as powerful images obtained from other sources.” -Bradley Hart
Bubble wrap, his “canvas”, ,,,, is a material invented in 1957. It was originally intended as three-dimensional wallpaper, before becoming protective wrapping material. Hart, … transforms the plastic traditionally used to wrap, protect and cover artworks into the material surface of his paintings.*
The round bubbles represent “pixels” and this relates directly to our age of digital photography. Hart draws on digital photos for subject matter, usually portraits reminiscent of works by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close. While the bubbles symbolize pixels in our contemporary minds, the paint-filled bubbles also harken back to Seurat and display an unusual and unique form of post-modern pointillism.*
See more of Bradley Hart’s work here:
All images © Bradley Hart. FolioLink © Kodexio ™ 2022
Roberto's Fascinating Two-Cents:
“I have used bubble wrap, and other industrial materials,
as painting tools to make textures
and as a contact-print technique
in several of my ‘Mindscape’ paintings...
…and even on a mural project for a school library mural
with a ’Sunday in the Park’ theme. The bubble wrap was a great way to reproduce Georges Seurat’s pointillist painting technique. Here’s a link to that project with a slide show of how it was done.” Altadena Arts Magnet Library Murals-RQ
“I first met Tracy when I had the privilege of working with her on her Venetian Casino ceiling-murals project.
You can see more of that project Here.
What an amazing talent!” -RQ
Tracy Lee Stum is an American artist best known for her 3D street paintings and her chalk and pastel drawings.
Stum holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest
chalk painting by an individual: a version of
Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’
that was 35 feet long and 18 feet high.
As it turns out, Leonardo’s famous mural is only about a century older than the art of street painting itself.
This public art form can be traced back to 16th century Italy when traveling artists known as “Madonnari” chalked
Madonna and Child pictures on church and cathedral pavements for holy festivals.
Tracy taught herself to draw as a child, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
She then continued her studies in naturalism at the
Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
A gregarious graffiti lover, Tracy began street painting
in 1998, and is considered by peers
as one of the finest street painters today.
Her international team-building skills have been utilized in developing street painting festivals in China, Mexico, India, Russia, and throughout the United States.
Tracy has also had the privilege and honor to serve
as the US State Department's 2012 cultural ambassador.
In 2013 Tracy stepped into management as she
curated the first annual DO/AC 3D Chalk Festival in
Atlantic City, New Jersey, showcasing 14 renowned international 3D street art & chalk artists.
Ms. Stum has also toured Tajikistan and India creating
3D street paintings and teaching workshops
at distinguished universities and art colleges
to promote education, awareness,
and positive cross-cultural communication.
The artwork Tracy creates is made to be played in and
this is the foundation for her creation of her interactive
3D Museum... an experience like no other...
where people of all ages can step through the looking glass and revive their sense of wonder.
Tracy explaines: “Today, artists have a wide range of tools to achieve what’s called contemporary anamorphic art, a designed method or technology used to create the illusion of 3D on 2D surfaces. It’s a method of drawing founded on the geometry of perspective, often using photography or computer programs as tools to achieve the final chalk-and-paint illusion.”
With every stroke of brush or strike of chalk,
Tracy transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Her journey from aspiring artist to award winning
master of her craft has culminated in the creation of an interactive 3D Museum that takes you into impossible and magical worlds that stretch the imagination.
...to Roberto's Blog!