“HOOT!”

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Acrylic painting on birch panel, 12 x 12 in.

Connie Tucker asked me to paint from another of her lovely photos, since the Hummingbird I did earlier in Nov sold the first day of the show it was in! This time we agreed on an owl. I loved the blue and gave it a little more room. Working on the shapes and feathers now, and will finish up with some ‘character’ in the beak and eye, saving that for last! I hope to have this done in time for the Herberger at AZ Center to show it on First Friday, Dec 2, but am not pushing myself, as I want to be sure I’m really done and happy with it,¬†before I show it.

The Herberger has two galleries across the street from each other. The one that the owl will be in is the one in the Arizona Center mall, on E. Van Buren between 3rd and 4th Streets. (The other gallery is in the Theater Center on 3rd and E. Van Buren.)

I’m also working on a commission that I can’t show because it’s a secret til after the holidays.ūüôā

Here’s someone who has been helping keep me busy this month!

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© Cindy Schnackel 2016

The two paintings are a comfortable pace, especially with a newly adopted cockatiel in the house! He was formerly owned by a woman who sadly passed away, and he spent a bit of time at a bird rescue before my husband and I discovered him. We love him dearly, and he is super affectionate. His former human obviously loved and cared for him really well. He was hatched with only one full wing, so he’s a pedestrian like one of our other adopted tiels. We are all set up for that here.

I have five bird pieces, each 6 x 6 in. and under $100, in {9} The Gallery for a show that opens this Friday evening. The only bad thing about having work in shows is that it means I don’t get out to see OTHER people’s shows as much. There has been a lot to see, so many good shows, every month!

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Tiny Works/Tiny Dances, opens Fri Dec 2, 2016, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, at {9} The Gallery

Tiny Works is hung, it appears, from photos the gallery is sharing on Facebook. SO many little artworks! I’m really looking forward to the show, even if I wasn’t in it! If you¬†can’t go on opening night, please call the gallery, (929) 260-4999, they have other hours, and by appointment.¬†http://9thegallery.com/calendar

 

Greed & Envy; Hummingbird; Tiny Works show in Dec.

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A timeless theme!

Greed & Envy was done 5 years ago, with some pieces about timeless human situations. Recently, something reminded me about these closely related emotions.

Greed is usually thought of as an insatiable desire¬†to acquire more and more, and viewed as a problem when it harms others. Who¬†cares if a person ‘greedily’ hoards bottle caps!? But if they engage in¬†crime, it matters, and then it’s everyone’s business. We have laws curtailing unbridled and harmful forms of greed, like theft,¬†fraud, or violence, uncivilized activities which work¬†against the public good.

Envy can be like Greed, because the envious also want something, whether or not they¬†need it. Envy grows¬†darker when it’s about someone they think has it better, lusting after another’s spouse,¬†or making the mistake of thinking people who worked honestly¬†for something only got it arbitrarily through the vagaries of “luck.” It’s at its darkest when it crosses the line into harming others. Greed is often right there when that happens.

Envy can be Greed unfulfilled. Can Envy ever be sated? Can Greed? Is the difference that Greed has found a way to get what it wants, while Envy may not have (yet)?

If the envious aren’t informed and don’t know WHY they have this problem, they can become a shadow form of Greed, acting just as senselessly, and even dangerously. Both probably feel justified.

It’s not hopelessly broken. Not everyone who has stuff was greedy. Not everyone who doesn’t have stuff is envious. One can admire someone without envying them, and learn how to get what’s needed/wanted without making it at the expense of a victim.

Greed and Envy continue to battle it out like twins who do not get along. Civilization hasn’t yet entirely tamed them.

Well, that was deep (or not). Here’s some ‘funner’ stuff:

Update on a happy hummingbird painting I did by invitation of¬†photographer Connie Tucker at the Herberger: it SOLD! I took the train downtown for the show opening and it was already gone, had been there only a day. Yay! Connie invited me to do another from her photos, for the Derivatives exhibit, and I’ve been looking thru her pictures and found many I’d be honored to paint from. Hopefully I’ll have time to do another by early Dec. (In older posts you can read about it, and one I did with her husband Archie, too.)

Tiny Works, a show of all miniatures, affordably priced, opens Friday, Dec 2nd, at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ.

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Available at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Dec 2016

I have five small mixed media bird pieces in this. Everything in the show of 100 or so artists is small and priced affordably! Buyers can take their purchase with them right away. The walls are going to be loaded with little artworks! Get there early! If last year was any indication, things go fast. But artists may replace some sold items, not sure. Anyway it appears it’s going to be up most of the month. The gallery owner, Laura Dragon, is participating in a fancy art thing in Miami! That’s quite an honor for a gallery to get a spot there.¬†http://9thegallery.com/

Some of the small pieces I had in 9’s gift shop sold recently, too, a miniature, and Pigeon in a Hoodie, (which was from my solo show there in Sept, ‘Fatal Farm).

Commissions: I have one or two in the pipeline and another will probably be underway by next week. These are all pet portraits of birds of people I’ve met through mutual connections and/or in the local art world. They will keep me busy if they all come through!

Hummingbird at Herberger-AZ Center

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Hummingbird, Acrylic on deep edged panel, 12 x 12 in. SOLD!

 

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Working on the Hummingbird and a few other projects earlier this month.

Herberger has two galleries, one at the Arizona Center mall, 3rd St. and E. VanBuren, Phoenix, AZ, and the other across the street (kitty corner kinda) at the Theater Center. I was invited by photographers Archie and Connie Tucker to paint from their photos this fall. Archie had me work from a chicken photo last month! This month it’s Connie’s hummingbird photo. This is part of the Tucker’s “Derivatives” exhibit wall. I look forward to seeing what others do if they extend this to other artists soon. I was honored to be asked!

Edited: The painting sold the day it went up!

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The making of Cooties

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COOTIES, mixed media, 10 x 8 inches.

This started as a sketch on colored art paper while watching TV with my husband and our birds. I liked the way it came out, so later in the studio, I mounted it to a rigid wood type painting panel, added cut out letters from magazines, etc,¬†and enhanced it with more colored pencils and thin washes of acrylic paint. ¬†After I was happy with it, I sealed it with a few coats of clear acrylic. This makes it possible to¬†frame it without glass, even though it’s on paper. ¬†Below is a shot of it in progress.

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Cooties in progress.

Small, Affordable, in Time for for Holiday Gifts

These little square bird pieces are mixed media, kind of a combination of drawing and painting, and sealed well so they do not need to be under glass. They are wired on the back to hang, on 3/4 in deep panels, (you could frame them if you wanted to).

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More to come!

These are made by applying a thin layer of tinted fine pumice paste in two colors. I used sandpaper when they were good and dry, to knock down any peaks that were too high and for the effect/look of the sanded pumice surface. Then, I drew on them with colored pencils and added some acrylic washes, watercolor style. They’re sealed with clear acrylic and the edges are painted a dark charcoal gray.

They’ll be at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, thru most of December, (opening night Fri Dec 2), for the Tiny Works-Tiny Dances group show.

Hummingbird, more work with the Tuckers

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Hummer, Acrylic on deep edged panel, 12 x 12 in.

Archie and Connie Tucker liked the chicken I painted after being invited to do a derivative work from one of Archie’s photos. (See earlier posts.) Connie then asked me to do one of hers, a hummingbird. I got a good start on it this week, and have done a bit more since this WIP shot was taken just as I was losing daylight. It will be at the Herberger Gallery at Arizona Center, (3rd St. and E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ), for Third Friday’s art walk, (Nov 4). It’ll be up for about a month.

Another Gallery Closing in Phoenix

This is so sad. I’ve lost count of the galleries that have closed in the last few years. Chartreuse was very well respected, a must see destination on Grand Ave on first and third Friday art walk nights. We will miss gallerist Nancy Hill’s well chosen shows.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/nancy-hill-to-close-chartreuse-gallery-on-grand-avenue-in-downtown-phoenix-8768120

Chartreuse is still open now, and will be through December.

The gallery is in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building. During earlier and current iterations of a gallery in the space, I had participated in some group shows there. Chartreuse is about a block from {9} The Gallery where I had a solo show this Sept.

It’ll be sad to walk Grand during art walks and not see Nancy’s shows after Dec. I hope that the space will be a gallery again after that. Galleries are all struggling, it seems. Even Scottsdale, the upper end of our art world here, has seen galleries close or move to Phoenix, scale back, or rent space. I may be doing a lot more sales from my studio if this keeps happening!