Reception this Friday April 18

3rdFriThis Friday, April 18, please join me and fellow artist Scott Wolf for the second reception of our show, For the Birds!  The gallery opens at 6 pm and is open until 9 pm.  (Or by appointment.)  The 3rd Friday art walk will be going on so there will be many galleries open in downtown Phoenix the same evening.

Most of the little affordable pieces sold out so gallery owner Robrt asked me to bring in more!  Today, I’m delivering 17 new miniature paintings and drawings for this Friday’s reception.  Many are new this month.

Hope to see you there!

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More new small pieces available for 3rd Friday reception

TeapotframeSM “For the Birds” has been very successful, thank you so much for all who attended and also those who purchased some of my work or Scott Wolf’s!  Above is an ink sketch I did this week, only about 2 inches across. Though everything at the show at R. Pela Contemporary Art is still viewable there until the show ends, even if it sold, the small pieces nearly sold out, so Robrt asked me to bring in some more!  I had found some unique little frames at a thrift store, so have been busy filling them with new and old doodles, including this new ink sketch in a tiny metal teapot frame.

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This ink and wash sketch is also new, and not much bigger than the one above, but it’s in a larger frame. I aged this frame to give it some character and go with the drawing.

 

A LITTLE BIGGER

 

ChickPrincessIn addition to the wall of tiny affordable pieces, there are small to large ones still available too. Last I knew, many of the Royal Poultry series was still available but at least one had sold…so no fears about breaking up the set, that ship has already sailed!  Above is one from the series, Chick Princess. These are small (5×7 in.) but elaborate, and in frames that add to their overall size.

MEDIUM SIZED!

The painting used in the show poster, The Hanging, is 24 x 18 in. (horizontal format).  It is still available! It’s in a very cool frame, too.

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REALLY BIG STUFF!

HenPartyCSchnackelOK, I have worked larger but above is one of the largest I have in the show, Hen Party, 48 x 36 inches. There are two more ‘giant chicken’ paintings the same size. Still available!

Some of the larger pieces sold, too! All in all, it has been a successful and fun show. I met quite a few people I only  online, especially Facebook.

I look forward to the 3rd Friday art walk, April 18, when we do it all over again!  If you missed 1st Friday, or got there after so many of the little pieces sold, please come for 3rd Friday. Heck, even if you were there before, would be great to see you again!

 

SHOW INFO

Open 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month (art walk nights) and by appointment.

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 West McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ

http://rpelagallery.com/

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Show update; new work

For_the_Birds_EVITE_smallYesterday, my husband and I delivered two car loads of artwork to R. Pela gallery in Phoenix! Looking forward to Friday night!

I’ve been promoting the show and uploading images of newer work. Below is one of a series of miniature paintings of chickens as ‘royals.’  This half duck, half chicken is titled “Unverified Heir.”  The series includes six 5 x 7 acrylic paintings in gaudy frames. Not sure if there will be more to the series in the future, or if I’ve gotten this particular concept out of my system.

UnverifiedHeirSM_CWhile a large portion of my art inventory is at R. Pela, I will be cleaning and organizing my studio again. When we first moved here in January this year, I barely got it functional before I got too busy to really organize it.  Now with all the space cleared out, I have no excuse.  My shelves are already starting to make more sense. And, hopefully, I will be bringing back far less than I took in to the gallery! If you are in the Phoenix area, I hope you’ll stop by the show.

The gallery site is: http://rpelagallery.com/

See more of my work here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack

Thanks!

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Sneak Peek of “For the Birds” show at R. Pela Contemporary Art

FOR THE BIRDS!

Update on my show at R. Pela Contemporary Art, April 2014, where I’ll be exhibiting bird themed works alongside artist Scott Wolf and his delightful, bold pieces. Gallery website and Facebook page will be showing examples and info about the event:

http://rpelagallery.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RPelaContemporaryArtGallery

 

SOMETHING YOU’LL SEE THERE, AND HOW IT CAME ABOUT

I often shop thrift stores for good, especially vintage, picture frames to refurbish and use to frame my artwork. Last year, I spotted a large nice looking frame with a probably 70s era reprint of Rembrandt’s Girl in an Open Half Door (1645).  The reprint, on cardboard, had some scuffs in it but at the time I was only interested in the frame.

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Then, I got the idea to alter it.

I coated the whole reprint with a tough clear acrylic medium.  Then, I brushed in bird shapes and a pear with a good quality opaque white gesso, making sure the brush strokes were smooth or at least in keeping with the forms, so as not to interfere with whatever I painted over it.  After the ‘ghosts’ as I like to call them were dry, I used an old technique called Grisaille to create a monochromatic underpainting to determine values and some details.  I had seen an artist I know through the internet doing grisaille beautifully on his Hawaiian tiki themed art and a lightbulb went off…I would incorporate the old master’s technique in my alteration of Rembrandt’s work. It seemed fitting.  I often do ‘color’ my monochromatic works, and can be torn because I also love monochromatic work. Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker is the artist of whom I speak, you should check him out! https://www.facebook.com/tikisharkarthawaii

 

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE WHITE STREAK

 

There was a white scratch on the girl’s right arm that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to touch up adequately, and it looked for all the world like a streak of white bird poop running down her sleeve. At one point I enhanced it and made it just that, LOL! But even I, a bird lover with pet cockatiels, was just bothered by it, so I took a stab at painting it out and that worked very well. I do like it better without poop, which surprised me, given my brand of humor.

RembrandtStreakYou can see I got quite far along, adding most of the colored glazes and details that go over grisaille underpainting, before I actually got around to removing the turd.  The painting is now done and in it’s original frame, (cleaned up of course).

Here is the finished version showing the frame. It hangs in our living room for now, where my husband and I refer to it as “The Rembrandt” with a capital T on “The,” and spoken in a reverent voice. It’s a bargain at $300. If you are interested, please contact the gallery.

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I will be showing it along with quite a few new, and some older, bird art pieces. Prices will range from about $25 for very small original framed drawings, to $1000 for large original paintings. A few reprints of my work may be available, that’s TBD.

Below is a group of some of the small framed works starting at about $25. These tiny guys will most likely be part of Robrt’s ’boutique,’ small works that you can take with you when you purchase them.  (Regular show pieces stay in the gallery until the end of a show even if ‘sold.’)

MinisMarApr2014The show opens April 4th, (First Friday), at 6 pm.  The gallery is at 335 W. McDowell, in Phoenix, AZ, in the back off the street. For more info see the gallery site or Facebook page.

 

Hope to see you there!

○ copyrights, Cindy Schnackel

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Rosie’s House, a Musical Academy for Children, wins!

GOVERNORS ARTS AWARDS 2014

Rosie’s House is this year’s winner of the Arts Education Organization award, and they will be the new owners of my painting, Birds in Wigs! (See earlier posts about the award and painting, which was purchased by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, for this purpose).  Read more about the award winners and artworks here: http://www.azarts.gov/news-resources/news/2014-arizona-governors-arts-awards-art-for-arts-sake/

Rosie’s House Facebook page has an album of photos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152312618710485.1073741839.102048175484&type=1

The music lessons are provided to low income children, of which 97% go on to attend college, quite an accomplishment as well as a strong argument that music and arts in general are a valuable part of education, and life.

Rosie’s House provides free music education to low-income children.  During 2013, Rosie’s House served 400 disadvantaged students and presented 56 events, attracting audiences that totaled nearly 4,600 students, families and community supporters.  Accredited by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Rosie’s House is one of the largest free afterschool music programs in the country.  Rosie’s House provides instruction, a loaned instrument, curriculum and performance opportunities and teaches piano, strings and winds as well as offering Choir and Mariachi training ensembles.  In the past three years, 97% of students graduating from Rosie’s House enrolled in college. – See more at: http://www.azarts.gov/news-resources/news/2014-arizona-governors-arts-awards-art-for-arts-sake/#sthash.l2korAum.dpuf

Rosie’s House provides free music education to low-income children.  During 2013, Rosie’s House served 400 disadvantaged students and presented 56 events, attracting audiences that totaled nearly 4,600 students, families and community supporters.  Accredited by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Rosie’s House is one of the largest free afterschool music programs in the country.  Rosie’s House provides instruction, a loaned instrument, curriculum and performance opportunities and teaches piano, strings and winds as well as offering Choir and Mariachi training ensembles.  In the past three years, 97% of students graduating from Rosie’s House enrolled in college. – See more at: http://www.azarts.gov/news-resources/news/2014-arizona-governors-arts-awards-art-for-arts-sake/#sthash.l2korAum.dpuf
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For the Birds; showing in April! Also, Governors Arts Award

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“For the Birds will open on First Friday, April 4 at 6 p.m. with an artist reception, and again on Third Friday, April 18 at 6. The show will remain on exhibit through April 28. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road, and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445.” — R. Pela website announcement of the show: http://rpelagallery.com/

I’ll be showing with fellow artist Scott Wolf, (the toy phone mashup is Scott’s). My first time seeing Scott’s work was his chick with vegetable peeler!  I don’t know if that will be in the show, I am pretty sure he has sold it but not sure.

Quite a few of the pieces I’ll be showing are new and have never been uploaded to the net, though I’ve shown a few sneak peeks of work in progress, detail shots, etc.  It’s my nature to upload new work as it happens. This year though, I refrained from doing that with certain work, so that new works and series could be shown together when I was ready, without the ‘set’ being already broken up before the show.

There will be sparrows. I was going through some old sketchbooks to find framable small pieces, and ran across a 2012 sparrow head portrait, that is very much the twin brother/sister of a new surrealistic painting of a sparrow.  I wonder what took me so long to get around to painting it?  The sketch was nice in monochrome, but I applied thin layers of acrylic glazes, and some colored pencil detail, to turn it into a colored piece that has more impact, and put it in a vintage frame with curved glass.

Also, new chickens, several of them, wearing clothes.

As is true with a lot of my work, I start very subconsciously and let it develop.  Later, I may start to see symbolism in the works, but it’s interesting to hear what other people see in it, too.  This is particularly true of the detailed paintings where objects I add for seeming no reason begin to have possible meanings.  Look for things like eggs, dishes, and toys, and see what they say to you!

 

GOVERNORS ARTS AWARD UPDATE

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Tonight is the Governors Arts Award event, where my painting, Birds in Wigs, will be presented to the arts education org that wins their category.  I’m curious to meet whoever is going to take it home, and hope they like strange birds!  Given that it’s an organization that will win it, I wonder if it will end up hanging in a public place. That might be cool! (The painting was purchased for the award, see previous posts about that.)  Here is a recent article about it, you can see which category of nominees is eligible to win each piece purchased for the event: http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Tucson-Phoenix-and-Scottsdale-Artists-Selected-For-33RD-ANNUAL-GOVERNORS-ARTS-AWARDS-325-20140317

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Price List

The Journal format on my Redbubble site didn’t prove to be the best way to maintain an updated price list of my original artworks for sale.  Since it needed editing anyway, I will be redoing it and publishing it here on my WordPress blog, on the Inventory page.  There will be a number of new, (as yet unseen), pieces!

In the meantime, if you have questions about my work, just ask. Thanks!

 

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