I had a great chat with artist Dave Lebow in California. Dave paints retro pulp subject matter in a classical style. Aliens, robots, vampires, winged eyeballs and pinup girls. He has had a long association with the entertainment industry and his work is collected by celebrities like Mel Brooks, Jason Segel and Jack Black. He has had numerous solo and group shows in his 40+ year painting career.
We talk about the The Ramones, Amish people, Carl Jung, Chinese medicine, and of course art, lots of art and painting . . .
Here are the main points of what we talk about:
- Creative crisis,
- Stream of consciousness,
- Norman Rockwell method,
- 3D modeling,
- Colour studies,
- Colour palette,
- Favorite brushes,
- Knowing yourself,
- Creative flow,
- Artistic challenges,
- The subconscious,
To find out more about Dave and his work
Referenced in the podcast . . .
Dave’s animated movie “Night Sweats.”
Dave’s Cadmium alternates
– Windsor orange
– Scarlet lake
Dave’s favorite canvas
– Fredrix style 190 DP
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Thanks again John for allowing me to speak with you about art and life! I regret not making myself a bit clearer on why I like Galkyd as a paint medium.
1. It dries fast
2.makes the paint flow well
3. makes a really sturdy yet flexible paint layer
I like to thin it out with a bit of Gamsol also by Gamblin
Great episode! I just wanted to make a correction. The book Dave is referring to is “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, not Pressman. I highly recommend it.
The Italian painter Dave is thinking of (30 minutes in) is Nicola Verlato!