Pencil,Pastel Drawings, and Paintings by Matt Vegas
This is a collection of my own work. I have a lot of artwork that I have done but these are a few of my favorite pieces growing up. Some I did when I was only 17 yrs old. I think the latest piece was about 10 years ago.
- Satchmo - Pastel drawing of Jazz great Lois Armstrong. I was contacted by the Lois Armstrong museum to see if I'd send this to them so they could hang it there.
- Einstein - pencil drawing when I was about 23 yrs old. I grew up mostly being a pencil artist. It wasn't until I was in my late 20s that I started using paint and color pastel.
- Indian lady - This a picture I drew in high school. I won a lot of awards as a child and had a few of my pictures entered into the Colorado Institute of Art - now known as simply the Art Institute. My father was a teacher there, had his own gallery, and was the best artist pencil and pastel artist I've ever seen - including the masters.
Sci-Fi Character - I did this in Jr. High School. It was drawn in pencil and then layed over in black sharpie marker. I don't know why but I like this picture. My father was the best anatomy drawer I've ever seen and so I was young and focused on the shadowing to capture the proper anatomy.
- Bird - I'm a big Jazz fan and when I first started painting and using color, Jazz was all that I did. This pic has a lot of eggs in it, messages to my wife written throughout. I also like to paint big so some of my pictures are huge.
- Buffalo Soldier - I'm a huge Bob Marley and reggae fan, named my son Jaziah Marley after the legendary great. This was also one of my first pastel drawings. I couldn't think of what to draw so I just played the CD and started drawing.
- Hmm...not sure what I was thinking when I painted this. I grew up hating this kind of artwork but as I got older I started understanding it. I think it symbolizes the state of changes we all go through in life and sometimes things just don't make any sense, sometimes we're fighting our own demons, and sometimes we don't know who the heck we are. Artists always seem to express this so beautifully even though we somtimes see nothing but shit.
Horse drawing - I drew this horse when I was just 17 yrs old. Maybe I should have stuck with pencils and fine art. The front legs are too short and that has always bugged me. I really started getting into the study of light and shadowing in my mid-teens.
- Cello - My very first acrylic painting. I actually hate this picture but like the colors. My wife played the cello growing up so I painted it for her to convince her to let me spend more money on art supplies.