Still life workshop with Carlos Madrid finished up

My goal on Wednesday was to cover the canvas, at least around the objects.  I tried painting as accurately as possible with color and value.  The paint medium I used was a mix of 1 part linseed oil, 3 parts Gamsol (odorless mineral spirit) and two drops of cobalt drier.  The medium was applied to the canvas before painting to assist in it’s glide across the canvas, and it also allowed for a faster drying time.  I focused on each element one at a time.  Might not be the best practice but with three days to finish it, I can circle around the canvas touching things up.image On Thursday, with the painting dry to the touch, I started again with the pumpkin.  I was able to bring it closer to a finish with a lot more refined details.  The afternoon was spent painting the shell. I liked the way it was going but was informed that the shadow on the pumpkin was not dark enough and needed more chroma.   You can kind of see the area where I began repainting the shadow of the pumpkin.  It’s a little darker and has more saturation of color.

imageFriday was spent fixing the shadow on the pumpkin with some alizarin crimson added to the orange mix I had.  Then I did a mad push to finish the buoy before the class ended.  It just needs a coat of retouch varnish to bring out the sunken colors.  I’m really happy with the results and would take a class with Carlos again.  He is a master of color.

still life with pumpkin shell buoy_smallStill Life with pumpkin, shell and buoy.


Fetch makes the news!

Fetch in Wall Street Journal

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything.  Haven’t been up to much lately accept working on our latest Big Fish adventure for iOS, called Fetch.  It’s about a boy trying to do what he can to get back his dog who has been captured.  The team I worked with is fantastic and I can’t wait to do it again.


Move, Eat, Learn

A very cool project that reminds me how important it is to continue to travel and enjoy life

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

In-flight painting from Chicago to Seattle

We Had an awesome Thanksgiving in Chicago, visiting family and bits of the city.  On our flight home I made an attempt to paint a sleeping passenger.  I used Sketchbook Pro on my tablet PC.  It’s my first digital painting done on the fly (no pun intended).

Violet’s shiner!

I totally forgot about Violet’s shiner! Our dear friend, Lara, was kind enough to capture the moment in video and post it. Thank you, Lara.

“Unlisted” a film by Delaney Ruston

Last year I helped my friend Delaney Ruston by providing her film with some animation.  It’s a great documentary on schizophrenia and how it can affect people’s lives.  More information can be found by going here. Here are the animations I did for the film.   It was a lot of fun experimenting with the style.  We went with a loose charcoal look and feel.  I think it came out pretty well and Delaney made it fit nicely into the film.   I highly recommend checking it out.

Hello world!

Welcome to our blog page, where I can hopefully help keep family and friends updated to what we’re up.  Along with posting new art and animation.