No, really, what are you doing in the basement?

For the past month and a half I've been hiding out in my basement, not posting any new work, skipping practices, talking to a volleyball, etc. but I assure you it's all in the name of art. A fellow artist ( and I are working on large-scale memorial portraits of musical icons for Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence's landmark nightclub and music venue. One of the club's hallmarks is its collection of memorial portraits, all life-sized and displayed throughout.
My first was James Brown, the godfather of soul and hardest-working man in show business. Detail shots: