On My Desk

Here is another painting I am working on today. Given there is so much pink in this piece, a nice glass of rose seemed fitting to enjoy while painting.

Jimmy's Table

My great friend Scott Allen sent me this image accompanied with these words,

This is how I picture
"What's on your table"...

*For the record, I WISH my studio looked like this.

On My Desk

The first version of this painting was a DISASTER just like one of those 70’s Airport Movie. After working for weeks on the first pass I scrapped the entire painting and started over. This new version is finally starting to come together.

Holiday Card

This is a 2008 holiday card I created for Visual Terrain, a company in Southern California, which does lighting design, theater consulting and production design for television, architecture and entertainment. Take a look at their link above to see more.

Target Gift Card

One of two gift cards I did for Target's holiday season now available nationwide at your local Target store.

On My Desk

Here's a look at my painting table in my studio and what I am working on this very moment. Enjoy.

The Seven Gifts of the Unholy Spirit

These are the last seven pieces I created for my solo show Immaculate Deception opening October 11 at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica California. There will be an opening reception on October 11th from 8 -11:30pm. Please come and enjoy the show if you're in the area.

Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Counsel
Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Fear of the Father
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Fortitude
Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Knowledge
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Piety
Size: 6" x 6"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Understanding
Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Title: Gifts of the Unholy Spirit: Wisdom
Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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The Unholy Ghost

A piece from my upcoming show at CoproNason Gallery. The show, titled Immaculate Deceptions, opens October 11th.

Title: The Unholy Ghost
Size: 6" x 6"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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The Son

Another piece from Immaculate Deception. The show opens October 11 at CoproNason Gallery.

Title: The Son
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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The Father

Another piece from my show Immaculate Deception opening October 11th at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica California.


Title: The Father
Size: 10" x 10"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Our Gourd and Savior

Another new piece for Immaculate Deception at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica California. The show opens October 11 with an opening reception from 8 to 11:30pm. I'll be attending so if you are in the area, please come by, introduce yourself and enjoy the show.


Title: Our Gourd and Savior
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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The Virgin and Child

Another piece from Immaculate Deception at CoproNason Gallery which opens October 11.


Title: The Virgin and Child
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Star of the Sea

Another piece from my upcoming show Immaculate Deception at CoproNason Gallery.


Title: Star of the Sea
Size: 8" x 16"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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The Virgin Scary

This is one of the pieces for my new show Immaculate Deception opening October 11 at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica California.

Title: The Virgin Scary
Size: 8" x 16"
Medium: Mixed
Year: 2008

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Immaculate Deception

Sorry for the long period of silence. I have been working on several projects, one of which is my new show, Immaculate Deception, opening October 11 at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica California. I am really excited about this new collection of work. Each piece used almost every medium I know and the result is pretty exciting. I will be posting all the images periodically up to the opening of the show so keep and eye on this blog and my web site too, www.jimmypickering.com.

Also CoproNason Gallery will be featuring a preview page for those who are interested in more information on the opening reception on October 11 or in acquiring a piece.


Bob Winquist

Valerie Nelson did a great tribute to Bob Winquist in the LA Times. Please read the article below.


Bob Winquist dies at 85; influential animation teacher at CalArts
By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

September 17, 2008

Bob Winquist, a former director of the character animation program at California Institute of the Arts who greatly influenced a number of animators now working in Hollywood, has died. He was 85.

Winquist died Sept. 10 of complications related to old age at an assisted-living facility in Simi Valley, said his niece, Joyce Snyder.

He was the kind of inspirational teacher that movies are made about, said his former students, who went on to make films that reflected lessons learned in his Valencia classroom between 1983 and 1991.

Ralph Eggleston, who won an Academy Award in 2001 for his animated short "For the Birds," credits Winquist with pushing students to think more broadly about what they could accomplish.

"When Bob came in, animators primarily left the school and became animators. Suddenly, they started becoming art directors and storyboard artists. He made us think of ourselves as filmmakers, not just animators," Eggleston told The Times.

The dapper Winquist might stroll into class, announce the lesson by saying "develop the character of the letter 'A' " and then walk out, leaving the young animators to puzzle out the assignment.

Pete Docter, a former student who wrote the story for the film "WALL-E" (2008) and directed "Monsters Inc." (2001), considers Winquist "a seminal person in my development as an artist and a person."

"He had a gentle and inviting way -- you felt intrigued. It was like he was saying, 'You go discover it yourself,' and it made things stick," Docter said.

A world-class raconteur, Winquist often captivated his classes with hard-to-verify recollections that often placed him Zelig-like at memorable moments in Hollywood history. Witnessing the burning of "The Gone With the Wind" set, designing a suit for Elvis Presley, "baby-sitting" Marilyn Monroe on the set of "Some Like It Hot" -- these were all first-person stories that could be woven into a lecture.

"In the end, it didn't really matter if he were there because his amazing stories made me think . . . I can go out and do anything," Docter said.

Winquist often eschewed credit for his work because he valued his privacy, his family said.

Trained as a designer, he studied at Cambridge University and ran a design firm with Robert Hammer, an artist who was also his life partner. They spent about 50 years together, living in Manhattan Beach and Valencia, before Hammer died about four years ago. Winquist has no immediate survivors.

According to a 1971 Times article, Winquist designed "everything from movie sets to diapers."

His family has photographs of him working on Main Street and plans he drew of Disneyland's main thoroughfare.

Winquist was known for his intricate paper sculptures and exhibited in France, Britain and the U.S., The Times reported in 1960.

As an interior designer, his work was featured in The Times in the 1950s and 1960s, and his celebrity clients included Gene Hackman.

Robert Amos Winquist was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., one of six children of Adolph and Margaret Winquist. His father was a mortician.

Raised mainly in California, Winquist served in the Army Air Forces as a ball-turret gunner during World War II.

He also relied on his artistic talent to paint the noses of B-17 bombers, his family said.

He taught for 15 years at the Chouinard Art Institute, which merged with the Los Angeles Music Conservatory to become CalArts in 1961.

At CalArts, he taught color and design before heading the character animation program from 1989 to 1991.

Students "flocked to him like gremlins," said John Bache, an associate provost at CalArts.

"His low-key approach to teaching, plus the personal contact, made him a great teacher," he said.

The dark sunglasses he invariably wore only added to his mystique as he held court on must-see films or tossed off references to classical art.

Jenny Lerew, a former student and story artist at Disney, wrote in an e-mail: "He made us all believe every good thing could happen to us -- if we put ourselves 'in harm's way' first. . . . "

He was a "cheerleader for their futures," Eggleston said, one who came to campus in his butter-yellow Mercedes-Benz with the license plate frame that read: "I'd rather be flying."

Bob Winquist, A Major Loss

I was shocked by the news brought by my friends Julian Chaney and Jenny Lerew informing me of Bob Winquist's passing.

I am speechless. Bob Winquist was one of those people in my life which I thought would be there forever, no matter how unrealistic that thought may be. As a result, to hear of his passing has dealt me a major blow.

I consider myself fortunate to have known Bob since my days at Cal-Arts. I first met him in 1985 and remained in contact with him up until a few years ago when all contact information simply did not reach him. His phone number was no longer his and mail sent to him was returned. He was a mentor, a great friend and my own personal Yoda. He often told me he had adopted me, which caused me to create for him a painting in a copper macaroni frame of The Macaroni King; the ultimate kids craft project to their parent. Of news in my life, both good or bad, professional and personal he would offer me advice beyond that of any parent, followed with his trademark phrase ‘Wonderful!’

Some of my favorite memories of Bob were during my tenure at Cal-Arts. Bob seemed to intimidate many students, not by his actions in any way, I believe it was because of his accomplishments, his amazing talent or maybe even his dark glasses. I however was mesmerized. I would find any excuse to sit in his office and have him tell me stories, so much so I would enter his office and he’d say ‘Story time?’ I guess part of my long reaching bond with Bob came about because although I was in the character animation department, he knew as I did, my strongest skill set was in production design, color, layout and basically everything but character animation. He did an amazing thing; he set up a special course for me to focus solely on developing those skills, which included one or two weekly projects I would work on directly with him outside of the other classes in the character animation curriculum. Maybe this is why we had such a strong bond; maybe that is why our interaction as Mentor and student developed in to strong friendship beyond my years at Cal-Arts.

The inability to reach Bob these past few years makes this news especially devastating. There are so many things I would have liked to say to him, so many thank you’s to bestow upon him. Yet, even though I did not get the chance to say a last goodbye, a chance to thank him for his love, support and virtual adoption, every lesson, every conversation, every guidance from him remains with me. My view of life is dramatically different thanks to Bob Winquist. Every time I see something of beauty in the everyday, which takes my breath away, I hear my friend whisper in my ear ‘Wonderful!’

Thank you Bob for everything.

Nutz + Boltz Opens Tonight

'NUTZ + BOLTZ: a robot show' opens TONIGHT, August 28th at The Gallery @ Yummy in Seaside, Oregon. The premier tonight takes place from 6-10pm. 'NUTZ + BOLTZ' features a collection of all new works from artist and super groovy friend Maura Cluthe and myself. To see my work for the show click here and to see Maura's work click here.

This show looks great in the space and Yummy wine bar & bistro owner Corey Albert did a fantastic job hanging the show and putting everything together. I'll be posting photos from the shows premier event over the next few days.

The 'NUTZ + BOLTZ' paintings go up for sale at 6pm Pacific Standard Time tonight, August 28th. There will be no pre-sales. For painting inquiries please contact The Gallery @ Yummy at yummywinebarbistro.com or by calling them directly at 503-738-3100. ALL SALES WILL BE HANDLED DIRECTLY THROUGH THE GALLERY @ YUMMY BY CALLING 503-738-9142 or 503-738-3100.

Hope to see some of you tonight at the 'NUTZ + BOLTZ' premier!


Nutz + Boltz: a robot show

I am putting finishing touches on the work for my next show, which I am very happy to be doing with fellow artist and super groovy friend Maura Cluthe. Our show is titled ‘NUTZ + BOLTZ: a robot show’ and it opens August 28th at The Gallery @ Yummy in Seaside Oregon. The site for the gallery is located at yummywinebarbistro.com go to the gallery page. Also, the pieces for this show will not have a pre-sale, they will be available for purchase at 6pm on August 28th. You can call The Gallery @ Yummy directly at 503-738-3100 for artwork information and purchasing.

Something has clicked for me in regards to this show and the work I am creating for it is some of the strongest I've done in long time. I am very excited to share it with all of you. Please take a look on the ‘NUTZ + BOLTZ preview’ page on my site at jimmypickering.com to see some of the new work I'm creating for the show. I will be posting more new images all the way to the opening on august 28th, so keep an eye on the preview page.



Title: Centurion
Size: 16"x 8"
Media: Mixed

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On My Desk

Take a look at what's on my desk now. Seems to be a lot of creation happening on my version of Frankenstein's Table . . . minus the lightning of course.

On My Desk

Here's what I'm working on today, a custom Sharky for an upcoming Toy Cube show in NYC.

INVASION!

Below is the title piece INVASION! from my new show opening July 19 at DVA Gallery in Chicago. Please go to my site to see all the new paintings from the show at www.jimmypickering.com For inquiries regarding the paintings please contact DVA Gallery directly at www.dvagallery.com

Title: INVASION!
Size: 10"x 10"
Media: Mixed

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Skelly the Skeleton Girl is Coming Back

I’m very excited to share with all of you, Skelly the Skeleton Girl will be returning in an all new book . . . but not until August of 2009. I’ve just completed the illustrations for the new book and have received the final layout from the publisher for approval. It looks fantastic. As a treat to all of you, (with the publisher’s approval of course), here is the first preview anywhere of the new book cover. I hope you all enjoy this advanced look.

Also, I want to thank everyone on the Skelly team at Simon & Schuster, David, Laurent and Lizzy. Without you these books would not have been possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work and incredible dedication to these books.


Skelly & Femur - Front Cover


Skelly & Femur - Back Cover

National Doodle Day Celebrity Auction 2008

What do you do when you get a personal invitation from actress Gillian Anderson to participate in a charity event she is heavily involved in . . . you say YES! I am very fortunate to have been asked to participate in Doodle Day 2008 along with an amazing list of people including Gillian Anderson, Jeff Bridges, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Seth Green, Goldie Hawn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and many, many more. (my doodle appears below.) The Doodles are part of a fundraiser for NF or Neurofibromatosis. NF is a genetic disorder that affects one in every 2,500 births. NF is more common than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington’s Disease combined. Funds raised from the Doodle Day auction will go to support education, advocacy, coalitions, and research for treatments and a cure.

Go to this link, www.doodledayusa.org to see all the doodles being auctioned for 2008. Then visit the site on May 8th and click the link to eBay when the auction for all of the doodles goes live. Happy bidding!

I want to thank Gillian Anderson for inviting me to participate in the 2008 auction. Cheers to you and to the success of this year’s auction event for NF!

The Animation Show 4 Movie Poster

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here on my blog, however, I’m excited to share with you something new today. Below you will find an image for a movie poster I just completed for The Animation Show 4. It is an animation festival which tours around the country featuring amazing work by independent film makers. Please go to The Animation Show site at www.animationshow.com for information on dates and locations of the show, as well as animated shorts, interesting articles, and much more. 


Thank you to everyone at The Animation Show for making this project so enjoyable and groovy.

Bone Heads

When I was a kid, my mom used to make these groovy Myrtle Wood clocks and coat them with thick two- part resin. One day while I was painting I recalled her showing me how to use the resin and I thought I would try it on a painting. I experimented with it on a few pieces in my “wicked little things” show back in 2005 and it worked quite well. It made the paintings so much depth and a look as if they were covered in liquid glass. Now I use it all the time. Unfortunately, the effect does not come through on photos. The credit for my use of resin goes to my mom . . . THANKS MOM!

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