Designs By Bowman

Artwork and Endeavours by Shane P. Bowman.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

From Sketch to Finish

A small drawing in my sketch book...
turned into this...
48''x66'', torn canvas glued on plywood, acrylic paint

I got the idea to tear up canvas and make a small type of collage thing with it from a my Production of Art class I had last semester. The assignment was to make a self promo mailer and I used torn canvas for that because the texture of the fibers on the canvas gave it a "homemade" aesthetic.

This is so much more fun than just buying a pre-stretched canvas and painting on it. I enjoy the building process of just making the canvas itself and then painting on it afterwards. It is gratifying to make an entire piece yourself. The torn canvas just helps show the handmade quality of the piece.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Acoustic Tidal Artwalk 2011- Colorado Lagoon

- 66''x48'', torn canvas and acrylic

Last Saturday, July 16th, was the 3rd Annual Acoustic Tidal Artwalk at the Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach. It was the biggest one yet. Seven different community organizations were a part of the event this year including Surfrider Foundation, Green Long Beach, Produce Exchange, and a few others. Along with the organizations there were about 6 live bands that played none stop from 5-10pm and over ten different artists displaying all different types of art such as, drawing and painting, photography and installation pieces. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this event.

The Acoustic Tidal Artwalk focuses on using art and music to bring awareness to the beauty and benefits the Colorado Lagoon has to offer the community. Friends of Colorado Lagoon has been working for over ten years to clean up the lagoon and help stop the pollution that has plagued the lagoon for many years. The biggest improvement is soon to come. As of November 2010 the Colorado Lagoon was granted permission to connect an open waterway from the lagoon to Marine Stadium. This small open water channel will run through Marina Vista Park to connect the two bodies of water. This will be about a 5 year process but once the channel is complete it will provide the lagoon with a better circulation of water. Which will help keep the lagoon clean and user friendly to everyone in the community.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Boat, Lure, Fish

My final project in my illustration class last semester was to illustrate an alphabet. The alphabet just had to have one overall theme, so I chose fishing. While painting this alphabet I was trying to think of a way to make this into more than just a school project, but more of something I would enjoy myself or possibly sell to others. So I decided that within my alphabet I would take certain letters and spell out words that related to my theme of fishing. Here is what I came up with:

- the individual paintings are 3 1/2" x 5" painted with gouache.