Swinger’s new home, and the big move

My painting, "Swinger," in buyer's home. Photo used by permission.

Photo used with permission

“Swinger,” the 6 x 3 ft. mural section I did for the Phoenix Festival of the Arts last weekend, has already gone to its new home, and the buyer generously allowed me to use this lovely photo she took of it on their wall.  It seems the stars aligned when she and her husband were choosing colors to redo the room at about the same time I was choosing the colors I did on the mural, each of us unaware what the other was doing.  What a striking color scheme!

The move is going along. I’m surrounded by boxes. Today, I marveled at how much packing material it takes to pack glass, ceramics, artwork, and other fragile things.  Then there are the objects that aren’t fragile themselves, but would roll around a box like cannonballs, smashing everything in there, so like the naughty kids in class have to be separated. Like stone bookends and iron horses.


Our cockatiels are fascinated by the boxes and would like to nest in them.  Not sure if it’s instinctive or they learned it, but they are nuts over brown paper bags, boxes, etc. That color just seems to say “nest” to them!

Mural, Phoenix Festival of the Arts; the move

Me, Phoenix Festival of the Arts mural project Dec 14 2013A couple of months ago, I learned about a mural project and agreed to participate.  Each, (of what ended up being 100+ artists), would paint a 6 x 3 foot canvas.  Back in November, I went to one of the canvas stretching gatherings and it felt good to be doing that kind of thing again. I didn’t know at the time that we’d be moving right when the mural project would be happening, or I might have passed it by. It was a good thing that I didn’t know because I had a blast!  Above is a pic of me in front of my in-progress section.  (The event organizers gave us each a sign informing event-goers that the sections would be for sale, $300). I had a couple of people express interest, so hopefully it will sell.  The bulk of the sale price goes to the artist, unusual for community or charity projects, and really nice. It sends the message that art has value. The rest of the money helps support the arts in my area, a worthy cause.

I loved that the passerby in the panoramic shot is distorted.  His legs come to points, (much like I sometimes draw people, especially women in high heels), and he floats over the ground.  Hmmm…perhaps material for a future painting.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts December 2013

I started this about 11:30 a.m. (Saturday the 14th), and finished around 3:00 p.m.  I call it “Swinger.”  Two or three people picked up on the bird on the swing being a self portrait!

Phoenix Festival of the Arts Dec 2013; my section of mural

Below is a complete surprise; I decided to see what the Symmetry effect would do to my painting in an ipad photo editing app called Photo Studio. I love the bug-like shape overall.


I’m not sure which I like better, the real painting or the digitally distorted version! I often have fun distorting faces, too.  Sometime maybe I’ll blog about that.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts: http://phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/

Each year I allow myself to do one charity or community project, (that’s how it averages out), should there be good ones that come along.  I have one in mind for early 2014, but it will depend on whether they still need artists by the time we’re moved and I’ve gotten a large commission well in hand in time. (It is one thing to have to rush myself packing to move, but another to rush a commissioned painting!) At any rate, if they do the mural for the Festival of the Arts again next year, I may do it again. There was something really restorative about doing the project.



Birds in Wigs
Cindy Schnackel
Acrylic on Canvas

If you’re in the Phoenix Arizona area and can pick up the art and pay cash, I’m having a moving sale! For buyers who can do that, my art is 25% off regular. I wish I could extend the offer to buyers out of the area, but packing and shipping art is pretty much like moving art, so this is only for local folks who  can spare me the hassle of having to do any of that before our move.  I’m looking forward to the new place. Besides other pluses, I will finally have a room to use as a studio, so you may see an end to my sarcastic comments about painting on the kitchen table.

Check out the details of my moving sale here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal