Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Huxley's Dream:  clay board panel, acrylic paint and gold leaf, varnish,  6"x 12"x 2.25. 2/2017.

I was reading "The Doors of Perception " by Aldous Huxley during the painting of this work.
One does not need to be under the influence of mind altering substances to understand the malleability of reality and how we consistently change our perception of the now to assess and comprehend our present.
My art de-focuses focal point in order to challenge the viewers perception of what they are looking at. My paintings are meant to "visually change" as moods, sounds and environment change.
The work is not so much about the image, but more about the perception of the viewer.
My goal is to get the viewer to actually "see" themselves think.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don DeLeva: painting : She War Heels.

She War Heels:  Wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .275. 1/23/17

Don Deleva art: painting My Black Cape, 2016

Don DeLeva Art, painting of an abstract woman, architectural,

My Black Cape:  clay board panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .175. 2016
SOLD : Steve Nelson Collection, Indianola, IA

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Don DeLeva art : vulnerable

Don Deleva art

Madison Price :  .250 Ply wood, acrylic paint, varnish,  8"x 10" 10/2016
SOLD: Marty and Tony Price.

This painting brings me to a place in my work that is easy to criticize. It's a cat dressed in a jacket...

Why do I feel the need to explain this?
One, I painted it as a gift.
Two, I have a cat and yes I think she is cute as hell.
Three, I have come to a place in my 30 years of painting that I am done with the critics in my head and hands.

I just want to paint. I have only about 15 to 20 years left and I just want to paint and promote it the way that is most comfortable to me.

Maybe you get to a place in your life that you realize the things that are truly you are the most powerful for you.
For example, I would much rather be painting then socializing. I think this has been a major component in why my work is not more commonly known.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cool Defiance , Don Deleva

Cool Defiance :  .250 Ply wood, acrylic paint, varnish,  8"x 10" 11/2016
price: 225.00 plus free shipping

About the title:
This painting depicts a young woman cautious, intrigued and excited seconds before she exchanges her first words with an attractive stranger.

Cool Defiance:

Clubbing on a Thursday night is dedication to the scene.
Pulsing music, cutting edge fashion, faces cool, mind in trace.
She has seen him before, watching her dance but he never comes over just slants there and stares

" There is something different about that guy..."
Slightly scared she slinks outside.
Seconds later he appears through the door, glancing both ways she is leaning against the wall.
In a cool defiant pose her heart skips a beat, all shields up seconds before they meet...

Story  __________________________
Rain is coming down on the streets, gold, green and red flash in the intersections.
LD is done with this brown trout chasing her like a fishing lure.

" I don't know how many times I need to tell you to back off  GreyGrave !" LD warns him.
 " For the 69th time...BACK OFF !"

GrayGrave's deaf eyes roll from the asphalt to her face, watching her press a slim cigarette between her lips.

She leans up against the wet, multi-colored brick wall in a poetic kind of way, you know when you grope for Luna. 

I had this thought in the shower as piping hot water was running down my back, what if the earth invented and evolved human kind to build the planet in to a sentient being with concrete, glass and iron as armor against stray asteroids.

Now picture a story based on this premise as a future religion where the desecration of nature is the goal. The belief is that every inch of the earth should be covered in asphalt buildings, concrete steal and glass. Biohumans are obsolete since the depth of their knowledge has reached a bottom point.

The earth is the real being not it's inhabitants.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Power suit, Don DeLeva

Power Suit:  Skateboard Ply, acrylic paint, varnish,  41"x 10"
SOLD : Jason Fester Skateboard Collection, Seattle Wa.

Hear is the newest Skateboard,Title: Power Suit, Acrylic on Skate Deck, 41 x 11 x .35 . 10/2016. She fights everyday, puts her soul into her work. Strong, knows how to get what she wants, she has earned her "Power Suit" climbed the ladder and become a leader.

She is a strong woman comfortable in her womanhood. "While an exposed breast in public can have many associated connotations, some women in America today argue the exposed breast is a symbol of liberation. They speak against the proposed notion that their rightful place was below their male counterparts. " , "As a form of liberation." Along with the tie, I painted her breasts as a symbol of her equality, liberation and strength in the business world.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Money Money Mask, DeLeva

Money, Money , paper Mache mask and acrylic, 10" x 6" x 4" SOLD .

I guess I should have a story I should tell to strengthen my brand but not not sure what to say except that it has been hard letting myself be okay with thing happening the way they do.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Box thinker, DeLeva portrait.

Box Thinker, 3" x 5" x.150, acrylic on wood. 2016. SOLD

This is portrait is dedicated to all those who truly think outside of the box.

Fighting Ghosts Skateboard DeLeva

Fighting Ghosts, Acrylic on skate deck,  31" x 8" x .25", 10/2016 SOLD

I have been painting skateboards now for about  6 months. I have created about 8, they have been fun but it seems maybe they have run their course.

My printing job allows me the opportunity to do a lot of self reflection, watching prints pass in front of you and roll up on a take up core for hours on end can be quite challenging if you don't have anything to think about or if you lack an imagination.

Anyway, my point is after a lot of thought and revaluation of my last 3 years of art I have realized my painting direction lacks a focus. While skateboards were fun I realized that for my work to be more effective I should focus more on the message then the medium.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Don DeLeva art: painting skate board, Divine Right To Rule

RUN TO THE HILLS !!! Iron Maiden. I painted this board in the same spirit of the song. " Murder for freedom a stab in the back" , "Selling them whiskey and taking their gold, enslaving the young and destroying the old! ". War is a tool used to impose a “Divine call” to action. The call itself is a tool of propaganda. This deck is about that propaganda and how it is used to convince the masses these actions are justified by the divine.

This board is neither an anti-war nor a pro-war statement. It is just a reminder of how we justify our actions. Created 11.16.2016

Currently Selling for $400.00 on EBAY  SEARCH word DELEVA

Friday, September 23, 2016

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary, I like to know what the medium is and date but sorry I can't find any.

Virgin Mary is one of my biggest inspirations for my portraits. They are all about the strength, love and power of woman.
I realize they are a symbol of Catholicism, I see them more for their expression of humanity and for what it means to be a human.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Diego Velasquez : portrait de l’Infante Marie-Thérèse

Diego Velasquez, Portrait de l’Infante Marie-Thérèse in age 14:  Oil on canvas,  50"x 72", 1665.

True Patriot:  wood panel, acrylic, varnish,  5"x 7", 9/2016.SOLD

Believe it or not this Diego Velasquez painting influenced my painting. You can see it in the composition and shapes.