Saturday, September 20, 2008

South Kent

I keep up with the blog of California artist, Jeremy Lipking. He is one of the best painters alive and he was just up in CT doing some painting. He and a few friends were painting in South Kent at Bull's Bridge (Richard Schmid did a fairly famous painting of this very area) After seeing some pictures of the area, I decided to take a drive up and paint for the day. To make a long story short, I started to paint at the edge of the river and I accidentally bumped my easel which caused it to start falling into the rapids. I saved my easel, but lost a tube of white paint and the canvas in the river. I also dropped my glass palette in the process and it shattered into pieces. So after a miserable 30 minutes I got in my car and found a little grocery store and picked up a junky disposable camera and snapped a few shots of the river and bridges. The below is the first painting from those pictures - hopefully you'll see more soon.

Monday, August 4, 2008


Below are some recent small paintings (6x10) of a friend who so graciously let me paint her. It's always a bit awkward for me to ask someone if I could paint them, she had no idea that I painted, and if I was any good, but she still waisted an afternoon for me, and I am so thankful. These were meant to be studies for a very large painting commission, but we are heading in a different direction, which is ok, because I got two great little paintings by going down this path.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mobile TV

This is an ad that I did for the July issue of Total Telecom Magazine. It highlights the NextWave Wireless Mobile TV technology, TDtv. Without getting into all the technical jargon, TDtv basically allows for 28 high-quality TV stations to be viewed live on your phone. Over in the UK, Orange and T-Mobile will be performing a pilot of the technology in the next few months, and from there, hopefully it will be opened to all their customers.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Miniature Sketch Show

Update: After a great show in July from Roundhouse Art Gallery, I was able to come away as the winner of the Juror's Award. Here are some kind words from the panel: 

"This was a fine show, and difficult to select a clear winner for the Juror's award. However, Steven by Ryan Mellody showed such confidence in technique and mastery of form, as well as capturing a fine emotional statement about his subject during the course of a day's normal activity, that it appealed to us as a perfect example of what we desired for the Miniature Sketch Show. Many other fine examples were considered, but many were deemed too highly rendered to be considered a "sketch," or lacked somewhat in the evidence of artistic mastery in how to implement the tools and the principles of art in a quick sketch format."

Original Post: This July, Roundhouse gallery will be having their first juried show highlighting the art of sketching. The call for entries is ending in about a week and the below sketch will be my entry. It is a preliminary drawing done in charcoal, about 6 x 8 inches, that will hopefully result in a larger painting in the near future. Check out Roundhouse gallery here.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Corporate Video

I just finished a "Year in Review" motion graphics video for the NextWave Wireless Annual Shareholder meeting. The video was done primarily in Flash, although I wish I had the time to produce it in Final Cut Studio. The final product was a real success though, and it really helped visually communicate the high points in the companies success. Check the video out below . . .


I claim this is a site for both my painting and design but I have slacked off on posting more of my design work (although, who can blame me, painting is far more interesting). This is a folder that I completed recently. It is primarily used for sales collateral and has a suite of data sheets and overview pages that go along with it. We are transitioning the company brand and image into a very clean, corporate look, while still trying to hold onto the technology aspects of the business.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Winter in Spring

A while back, I was looking at the work of Dennis Sheehan, he has a wonderful mood and style in all of his work (I regularly get lost in his paintings, it's such an inspirational experience). The majority of his work is from memory, sources, and studying the old masters. I decided to try my hand at it, and did this little study from resources and memory. It is in no way an attempt to recreate his paintings, but just a chance to see if his method works well for me. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Heirlooms and Pansies

This is an older piece from a few years back. The pansies had just come into season and this old tea cup from my grandmother had all the colors of the pansies on it's hand painted sides. The book to the left is a favorite from my childhood. I think it was originally my fathers and all the pages have turned yellowish brown. The book was a compilation of short stories about amazing animals that did good deeds and rescued it's owners - I believe the title was "Call of Courage" or something like that.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pears and Onions?

For some reason, my two favorite items in the produce section are pears and onions. They seem like complete opposites, but when they're put side-by-side, the colors harmonize so well. Now this might be only me, and perhaps you think I'm crazy, but each have special qualities that are just dying to be painted.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Maybe Tuscany

No, I've never been to Italy, but dream about it every other day. This painting is pulled from a few sources and some thin air. I'm trying to train myself to say as much as possible with as little paint strokes as I can - not because I want to knockout a painting in an afternoon, but because I really want my work to be as pure and deliberate as possible. This painting is heading in the right direction by that means, so I was fairly happy with the turn out. Grapes anyone!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

After the French Toast

It seems like about every Saturday morning I'm making french toast for my son and wife (who am I kidding - it's for me). I was able to save a few eggs from the mixing bowl one day and paint after breakfast. It seemed like it was getting a little boring/"country" so one of the eggs decided to mix it up and think about jumping. Hopefully it adds a little movement to a still life.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Allentown Art Festival

Every summer in Buffalo a few streets get closed off for the weekend for the Allentown Art Festival. It's an amazing site to see 1,000's of tents and exhibits lining the streets, with many more thousands of spectators checking out all of the amazing work. There is music, food, and people painting - it would be hard to find a better way to spend an afternoon. Each year they have a poster contest and the winner gets some cash and the pride of seeing their work all over the city. This is one of my two entries from a while back. It didn't win (the judges didn't know what they were talking about . . .), but I think it blends design and painting together, and was a real step out of the box compared to the "folk art" that is usually seen. Check out the festival site here

NextWave Booth

I just got back from Las Vegas a week ago where we assembled the first NextWave Wireless corporate booth at CTIA Wireless (huge wireless industry event). I was privileged enough to work with Sparks (the builder) and come up with a great design - both functionally and aesthetically. Most of the credit goes to Sparks, but I was able to create all of the graphics and overall feel. As well as the presentations and videos that went on the 10 displays. Check out NextWave Wireless here

Thursday, April 10, 2008


This is one of my favorites. My wife and I went to a pumpkin patch and searched through the fields for the perfect one. I stole some random brush and twigs from around the property and set the painting up that night.

Plein Air Barn

This is a great set of barns and fields near my parents house. The owners had an amazing vintage house with wide plank floors and a few horses roaming in the fields - you just stepped right back in time.

For the Dinning Room

This painting was done on a Saturday morning in late Fall. I just saw a few paintings and pictures of ballerinas the week before and felt the urge to pull something together from a few sources and memory. It's definitely not the most "spot-on" anatomically, but the mood and brushwork was right where i wanted it. The painting is now abiding in a beautiful gold frame in the dinning room of a patron and friend.

Love the Summertime

It's getting warm again in New England (today is 70!), so it seems like the perfect opportunity to show off some of my paintings of last summer. Just about every week my wife, son and I make our way to the town of Milford on the coast of Connecticut (It's about 15 minutes from our house). I always bring the camera along and it seems like everywhere I look, a great painting is waiting. Below is a painting of a dinghy on the coast and a ship yard near the beach that we walk on. I hope it's a short Spring for all of us, I can't wait to slip into some shorts and sandals.

Just A Theory

The idea of advertising against the presumption that evolution is science is something that I have been thinking about for a while now. A friend and I have decided to make the idea a reality and start "Just A Theory", a non-profit that's sole goal is to make the public aware that evolution is just a theory and not proven science. We are working up some ads, a website, and some great content right now, and then embarking on the next step - raising some money. Below is a sample article and some ad concepts. If you have any great ideas or want to be a part of this adventure, feel free to drop me a line.

“If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking most closely all of the species of the same group together must assuredly have existed... Consequently evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains.” (The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859)

Good point, Charles. But since Origin was published 150 years ago, no such evidence has been found.

Instead, after countless excavations, examinations, interpretations and postulations, we find that if anything, evidence increasingly points in a different direction. Since 1859 numerous startling discoveries have suggested that a gradual development of life did not take place over millions of years.

Rather there was literally an explosion of fully developed forms in a very short span of time.

In the Cambrian layer of the geologic column (estimated by evolutionists to be 500-600 million years old), every variety of life with all major body forms is accounted for and fully developed. And below the Cambrian layer? Practically no fossilized specimens. Above the Cambrian layer the number of fossils gradually decrease, also the opposite of what one would expect in the evolutionary model.

Richard Dawkins, an Oxford zoologist and no enemy of evolution, commented on the apparent contradictions presented by the Cambrian layer: “For example the Cambrian strata of rocks, vintage about 600 million years, are the oldest ones in which we find most of the major invertebrate groups. And we find many of them already in an advanced state of evolution, the very first time they appear. It is as though they were just planted there, without any evolutionary history.” (The Blind Watchmaker, emphasis supplied)

Evolutionists, including Darwin, were certain that the fossil record would prove the theory of evolution. All that was needed were a few examples of what were certainly the billions of missing links and intermediate forms from single-celled amoeba to Harvard-educated scientist.

Such proof remains suspiciously elusive.

In this case perhaps the absence of proof actually is proof of its absence.