Our two person show, “Everything After,” at R. Pela Contemporary Art in Phoenix, AZ went very well, and there are still a few days to see it by appointment if you missed it! See the gallery site for contact info to schedule a viewing:
The gallery is moving to a new location for its fall 2015 season. Watch the site and/or my blog for info on that!
I sold roughly half of the thriftstore makeovers and small framed drawings, so far! Comments from viewers were delightful, with many people remarking that there were different possible ‘meanings,’ and yet people obviously just enjoyed the wackiness, too. Also appreciated, were comments that my techniques were ‘seamless’ in blending the alterations with the existing reprint. Of course, most knew that Monet never painted Bigfoot on one of his famous bridges, but it was nice to hear that upon seeing my version, they felt it ‘belonged’ there all along.
We also got some nice press coverage! Besides reviews, we were included in a number of the “must see” shows lists that circulated before the art walks this month. Here are a few:
I got some matte acrylic paints from Dick Blick here in Tempe, and painted this little chick yesterday. They are interesting, and different to work with, and I think I’ll like them for more bold, graphic type work. Not sure yet if they’ll become a staple for me, I’ve just started using them, and they won’t replace my beloved Golden fluid acrylics.
A piece I planned on including in “Everything After,” but there wasn’t time to finish it. I finished it over the last weekend. The ‘house’ frame is roughly 20 x 20 inches, and made of plastic. It was painted dark brown all over. I cut a piece of mat board to fit the back, drew the outlines of the windows, and created the monsters with fluid acrylics, colored pencils, and ink. I also enhanced the frame a little with some paint, to bring out the detail.
As I worked on the monsters it seemed they began to look diseased. They had spots and hairs all over. I decided they looked like a big sick family who was quarantined in their kind of haunted looking old house. They’d be the talk of the block. And yet, they were perfectly content. The family has many diverse characters, perhaps some that are pets, not sure. The head of the household happily greets an unwary visitor. You may see a different story; feel free to share it here!