Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Portrait of a Woman 1776

I drew this, then photographed it and put into the computer where i painted it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Zach McDonald Weddings

This video features some of the weddings that I have designed. It gives you a feel for the type of eclectic style I bring to the weddings. A lot of the elements are handmade and others are vintage things I collected to make that event unique and special.

Thanks so much to the Brides and Grooms for allowing me the chance to work with you to make your day special.

Spring Table




 This is a photo shoot I just did today, inspired by the beautiful spring wild flowers (or weeds) and Iris that are growing in my back yard. The look was mixing the cold, dark and hard metals, in the grey tones with the bright, soft and delicate flowers. This look could be used for outdoor weddings with limited budget for flowers. For other wedding looks I have designed check out www.86things.com  and click the events tab.

Jimi Hendrix


I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
-Jimi Hendrix

This one goes out to Alisha O. who asked me to do an illustration of Jimi Hendrix. So here it is, hope you and all the Hendrix fans out there like it. ha ha, a little different from the historical figures I was illustrating, but he was a fun little project. Let me know if you have a favorite figure from the past that you would like to see me illustrate, and coming soon these illustrations will be available for sale as limited edition prints.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Teddy Roosevelt

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

-Theodore Roosevelt



























After posting my illustrations of Abe, Mark, and Mother T. I had one person Request Teddy Roosevelt, so here he is. I have not yet made these illustrations available for purchase but plan to in the near future, I am going to do Limited Edition Prints and Have them available with or with out a quote. If anyone else is interested in me doing a specific person please let me know. thanks so much to all who are helping to spread the word and to those who are giving feed back it is much appreciated. 

Red Eye




Special thanks to Tiffany Billington for modeling for this shoot.

Photographer: Zach McDonald



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mother Teresa



My Sketch i did in the computer of Mother Teresa, who said the following...


"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."


Mother Teresa

Sketch of Mark Twain







This is a computer sketch I did of Mark Twain who said...

"There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages."
Mark Twain, a Biography 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Abe Lincoln














Sketched portrait of Abe Lincoln that i did in the computer.


"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

Abraham Lincoln

Friday, April 6, 2012

Water on the Rocks



 





I am an abstract painter, as my main medium of choice, so the abstract forms and shapes I found through the camera lens became a strong interest.This waterscape photography was taken in the streams and rivers around different parts of Tennessee. The artwork captures the shapes and patterns that the naked eye cannot see. Every piece is unique and cannot be reproduced; as a fine artist, I strive to produce true artwork with my photography by capturing a moment in time and stopping it to observe the forms, colors and composition. This series portrays the beauty of a moment.for more information and to see more of this series go to:
www.zachmcdonaldart.com
Phone: 321-279-2912
Email: zach@86things.com

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Recent Artwork




This is some artwork that I have recently been working on. They are works that deal with etherial spaces and the tension between what is coming forward and what is going back in space. Also bringing in some of the shapes and colors in molds and mildews and decay, which are things I am addressing in my next big series called Beauty in the Breakdown. (see the post on mold for more work in this series).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shelf Life



























A sneak peek into my house this is on the top of my book shelf, features 2 lamps I designed, typewriter, a birds nest and a photo of the Queen Mother etc.

Scott Adams


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— Scott Adams

Edward de Bono


It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right byhaving no ideas at all.
— Edward de Bono

Natures Finest































This is some of my nature photography that is based on the idea that what occurs naturally creates some of the best compositions and designs ever.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rooted Man





This shoot was based on the idea of humans being pulled from the soil like carrots or other rooted plants we pull from the earth. to achieve this look Zach McDonald used real roots, in the hair and painted the skin with a thick layer of charcoal powder and water to give that raw mineral look. 
Special thanks to model Nick Cord
Photographer Zach McDonald 




Monday, April 2, 2012

Vintage Necklace Design

My latest Jewelry design. A necklace featuring vintage glasses from the 1930's, accented with a feather and vintage coat button.
Necklace Price: $54.86
Designer: Zach McDonald
Photographer Zach McDonald

Frozen Grass


This is a series I did a while back dealing with the colors and glasslike quality of ice. The colors are the natural colors and have been enhanced to bring the true bold colors out.
Photographer Zach McDonald

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jelly Jam

video
The title of this clip is "Jelly Jam" and it deals with the unique movements of the quiet underwater life of jellyfish in contrast with the sounds of a highly trafficked city street. 


Video work and Editing: Zach McDonald

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nomad Shoot




This was an idea I had where nomad meets high fashion. The clothes were designed and assembled by Zach McDonald. Special thanks to Karolina Grekov for modeling for this shoot.
Photography by Zach McDonald

Mold Study


























These Photographs are studies for a series I am working on dealing with molds, mildews, rust and decay. It is artworks focusing on the breaking down and repairing of things. The name of this body of work is "Beauty In The Breakdown"

Photography Zach McDonald

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Father Time

Artist: Zach McDonald 
Title: The Clock Man
Size: 8x10
Mixed Media and Assemblage 
Price: $300.00

Artist: Zach McDonald 
Title: The Heart of Time
Size: 8x10
Mixed Media and Assemblage 
Price: $225.00




This photography series I'm working on deals with how things work, their inner workings, and appreciating them for the aesthetic value rather than their function. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Steve Jobs Quote


Creativity is just connecting things.
— Steve Jobs

Harber Wedding










I had the honor of designing and decorating the wedding of Neil and Amelia Harber, who were married last year in Savannah, Georgia.  Their wedding was held in a small chapel outside the city and their reception took place at Vic's on the River

The wedding was featured in Georgia's Knot Magazine.  
To view the article visit knot

Wedding Styled by Zach McDonald check out his other events at www.86things.com and click on the events page.