I’ll have a painting in R. Pela Gallery’s show, “Dry,” thru most of July. The painting is “Good China in the Bad Desert,” Acrylic on panel, 48 x 20 inches. The show opens for the First Friday art walk, July 4th, at 6 pm. The gallery reopens Friday July 18th for a ticket (paid) event of people speaking about their life in the desert; see gallery for more info about that: http://rpelagallery.com/ The gallery also opens by appointment, so if you miss the openings during the art walk nights, please do contact the gallery for a private showing, they are very accommodating that way!
I was invited to participate in the Grand Blog tour by artist Laura Barbosa: http://laurabarbosa.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/my-creative-process-the-grand-blog-tour/
Like Laura, I was asked the following questions:
1. What are you working on now?
After an April show, I went into experimental mode for art production, meaning a lot of things I’m working on right now won’t ever make their way to online display! However, I have uploaded a couple of very recent collages to my Redbubble site: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack
My painting, “Good China in the Bad Desert,” (above) will be shown in July at R. Pela Contemporary Art Gallery, (335 W. McDowell, Phoenix, AZ). See R. Pela gallery site for info on past and current shows, and watch for article on July show: http://rpelagallery.com/
As far as blogging, I’ve been working on updating my inventory and price list here on my WordPress blog, as well as trying some of my existing images on Redbubble’s new products.
2. How does your work differ from others of it’s genre?
The closest genre to what I do seems to be surrealism, but so far I’ve not yet found a genre that perfectly fits. Perhaps that’s one way my work differs, though I don’t compare or worry too much about genres or labels, and I’m not the only artist who would be hard to categorize.
There are many artists who do the same subjects, (birds or monsters); I think we mostly all do them in unique and personal ways so you could identify the artist once you had seen their work. The messages, as well as visual style, can also vary greatly from one artist to another and is part of the ‘signature’ that makes theirs unique.
3. Why do you write/create what you do?
It’s a passion to make art, something that I have done since I was little, almost as necessary as breathing. I don’t know where the desire to do it came from because there was little art influence where I grew up. As a kid I remember drawing scenes, animals, and characters not a whole lot different than now, only hopefully my work has improved over the years. I’ve always loved animals, especially birds, and see them as equals who are capable of complex thoughts, feelings, and lives. Though I’m still not sure if my birds and monsters are stand ins for humans, I do display them in human situations and with what we think of as human emotions and dilemmas.
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Usually, I shut out everything and get into the ‘zone’ and just create kind of mindlessly, from a very subconscious place. There’s little or no plan or conscious thought of what I’ll do, or how. The surface, paints, tools, etc, are chosen based on whatever appeals at that moment. There’s no point questioning why it’s a pencil instead of paint, or palette knife instead of a brush, or for that matter pick up clay or toy building blocks or fabric. If I start thinking too much I probably won’t like the result, and will end up painting over it. My best ideas often spring from this, whether I start right out on canvas or have done a doodle and translate it to a semi-planned piece before I lose the momentum of the half baked thought.
Other artists who blog, and whom I’ve invited to do the Grand Blog Tour–watch for their posts a week from mine:
Anita Inverarity http://whisperofthesith.blogspot.co.uk/
Jenny Wood http://jennywoodart.com/
The POD site I’m on, redbubble, added two new products recently, throw pillows and tote bags. After trying out a few of my images, and ordering an actual pillow to see what they were like, I decided to put a few of my images on them. Not everything works for this, so not everything will be available on these products. Besides decisions about just what looks right, some size formats just don’t work as well, either cutting off too much or not going edge to edge. So only those that made the cut are on them! I’ll be doing more in the coming weeks probably.
In addition to the new products, I still have some of my cartoony versions and images available on tee shirts. I have bought a number of these over the years and like the smooth, lightweight fabric, perfect for our hot weather. The printing seems to last well, even though I machine wash and dry them along with everything else, no special treatment.
Who knows what other products RB will get! Or if I’ll choose to sell it. Only time will tell. See what is offered on these products here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/collections/134829-tees-pillows-totes