James Walker Studios

New Work!

This new mixed media painting is based on a photograph I made recently of a beautiful and majestic barn owl that was rescued and rehabilitated after being injured in the wild.  For this piece I used acrylics, ink, aerosol, copper leaf, and colored pencil.

This piece is now available here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Thanks for looking!

Roll Model.

This is Douglas Flores and this is a snapshot from last weekend.  Douglas, or “Little Nacho”, as he’s know to his friends, skates better than most people I know. In the past few months he’s had several major surgeries including the removal of his intestines, and major ankle surgery.  He is currently undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.  I have never once heard him complain about anything, he just lives his life to the fullest.  He is one of my roll models.

Featured Work!

This week we’re featuring this new painting, it’s one of my favorites! You can check it out here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com
It’s 16″x20″ and composed of acrylics, ink, and aerosol.
Thanks for looking!

Thank you.

 I wanted to take a minute send out a huge thank you to all the art collectors and art lovers and amazing people who have been collecting my work over the years.  I am incredibly grateful and I appreciate you more than you know. I have been creating for as long as I can remember, it’s all I really know and the fact that something I’ve created resonates enough that you would want to hang it in your home or office or anywhere at all is beyond words. Thank you.

Featured Work

This week we’re featuring this new original painting, it is currently for sale here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

This piece was created using water color, ink, and aerosol.

Thanks for looking!

New Sketchbook Pages

I’m nearly finished with my newest book, filled with the most pages I’ve done in a long time! Here is a preview of some pages that were completed yesterday. I’ve been refining my printmaking technique to be able to add subtle bits of color during the process and I’ll be posting a short tutorial about that soon!

If you’re interested you can always view more work here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Thanks for looking!

New Limited Edition Print

One of my favorite recent pieces sold last weekend and so we’re making it available as a limited edition print! You can pick one up here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

 The original piece was based on a recent adventure to the gorgeous wilderness of Maine where we fell asleep under the stars to a symphony of hooting owls and coyotes howling in the distance.

limited edition of 50

signed and numbered

 

All We Have Is Now

This is one of my favorite recent pieces and we are featuring it this week in our online shop, www.jameswalkerstudios.com

This original painting was made using acrylic, ink, aerosol, copper leaf, and monotype print making techniques.

Thanks for looking!

 

One of my favorite photographs.

This is one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken and we still have a few copies of this limited edition print available here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Here are some field notes on the creation of this image:

…..our silver pickup stirred clouds of New Mexican dust as we navigated the narrow dirt road through the expansive landscape heading west with little knowledge of our next destination, hungry for adventures and picture making opportunities.  We hadn’t seen a major highway or even many paved roads for days and had had more interaction with wildlife than humans.  This was my first time on a southwest photo safari and I trusted the advice of my colleague, best friend, and fellow adventurer when it came to navigating this epic landscape.  We had a rough itinerary mapped out but it’s always the unexpected opportunities that we would find ourselves looking forward to.  The landscape went sliding by like a silent picture show and our weary paper road map rested on my lap as I tried to figure out whether this “road”, like many of the others, actually existed.  I can’t quite recall who was the first to spot this tree presenting itself stentorian on the vast barren tundra but I know we were both in agreement that it beckoned investigation.  We turned off the road and headed in the direction of this arboreal wonder.  As we approached this lone tree there was a calm wind drifting across the Plains of San Augustin and a surreal sense of discovery as if the saint himself were present. I unpacked the vintage 4×5 Graflex camera and went to work….

I’ve never been much of a landscape photographer for no particular reason other than I generally prefer the challenge of photographing people and animals and action, but there is something inherently exacting in photographing nature and especially in making a simple photograph that resonates the same way an image of a complex multi layered decisive moment might.  Pairing down the elements and creating something simple is often very difficult.

This image was created using an old Crown Graphic 4×5 camera and black and white Type 55 Polaroid film. The “art sauce”, i.e. dust and scratches, smudges, tonal variations, and even a stray fingerprint were not created digitally, they are all native to the process of developing this type of film in the field. The final image was cropped from a rectangle to a square, that is the only digital aspect of this otherwise analog creation.

I’m drawn to the simple balance of this photo and the ethereal quality of the landscape. And even though I have fond memories of the adventures leading up to creating this image I still feel it stands alone regardless of the nostalgia.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

New Work

This new piece is based on a Kestrel that I met recently. This beautiful and majestic bird lives at a local avian rescue shelter and is enjoying a comfortable rehabilitating life.

This painting is available for purchase here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com