Available works; Shows; Plein Air trip

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“Birds Eating Birds” (Still available from my Fatal Farm solo show in fall 2016.) Acrylic on panel, 11×14 in., $250 © Cindy Schnackel 2016

You can see paintings and sculptures still available, as well as details like size, medium, and price, on my  Current Inventory page. (Note: Fatal Farm show pieces are linked on that page as there were so many!) If you’re in the area, and want to see pieces in person, and the tiny drawings etc, that often don’t get posted online, contact me about a Studio Visit! (artbycindy at Live dot com)

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Commissioned portrait, acrylic, 16 x 20 in. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

I also do Commissions, occasionally. If I don’t think I’m the right artist for your request I’ll just tell you up front; that way neither of us has to be disappointed! So far, bird portraits are what I’ve been doing as commissions and it has been working out well! I’m open to other subjects.

SHOWING RIGHT NOW

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“Love Birds,” 1 through 4, mixed media, each 6 x 6 in., $90 each, at The Artery thru Feb 2017. © Cindy Schnackel 2017

I have four small bird paintings in The Artery, 625 E. Indian School in February. There was a nice crowd at the opening for First Friday in Feb. This gallery is normally only open during art walk nights or by appointment, (602) 997-9339. Artery (aka Studio 6) Gallery Facebook page

See Previous Post for more info on how the Love Birds were made and other details.

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Not a lot of these left, but those that are, are at {9} The Gallery, in Phoenix! Miniatures, mixed media, most priced at $45, some cube shaped and sit on a shelf, others hang. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

Also, I still have work in the gift shop area of {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ. If you don’t find them, ask. They are tiny, and things get moved around depending on the current show. Usually, they’re on a shelf; feel free to ask the gallery if they have others not on display. http://9thegallery.com/

Two things are penciled in for March, the Icehouse in Phoenix during Art Detour, and the same time frame, the Mutant Pinata show at Chartreuse, also in Phoenix. Details TBA when I know more.

 

PLEIN AIR TRIP, FEB 2017

 

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Cholla cactus, backlit, photographed as we were leaving the ranch, in late afternoon light.

Last week, I went on my first plein air painting trip! It was good just to get out of the city, even though the spot, Brown’s Ranch, is just a few miles NE of the Valley. I was surprised it seemed as dry and subdued looking as it did, because we’d had pretty good winter rains. Maybe it’s just enough higher than the Valley that things haven’t started to pop yet. I took quite a few reference photos that should come in handy for general desert backgrounds where a giant creature, or errant animated tea pot, happens to be tromping through.

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My awful first plein air “painting.” Must ignore overwhelming details next time!

The term “editing” came to mind when I tried to start painting. My eyes saw every blade of grass, every bit of gravel, thorn, leaf, and rock. I had a really hard time just seeing the basic shapes and making my hand obey, which is not something I normally have difficulty with when I’m in my own little world. It was truly an example of how a person has to be willing to fall on their face to get where they want to go.

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Panoramic shot of Brown’s Ranch, NE of Scottsdale, AZ.

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The rocks looked smooth from a distance but were quite rough up close. You wouldn’t want to slide down one of these rocks on your butt!

 

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Close up of saguaro cactus ribs and thorns.

I had previously worked out a very limited palette so I wouldn’t have to take many tubes of paint. In the end, I also did as many artists do, and added a warmer or cooler version of each ‘primary’ just in case. Plus white and black, but I never got around to using everything. I did kind of miss my favorite colors from home, so since paints didn’t really take up that much room I may add them at some point, (transparent red and yellow iron oxides, and green gold maybe), and perhaps leave home one or two colors I didn’t use much. My stay-wet palette was about like it is at home when I paint out on the patio. It bought me a few minutes of time, but not a miracle worker. I may switch to Golden’s “Open” version, (slower drying paint) just for the plein air kit, but right now I’ll use up what I have. I did take Open mediums and used them and it helped some. When I wanted something to dry instantly, setting it in the sun for a few minutes accomplished that.

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Acrylic paint brands really differed in Alizarin Crimson, but SOHO’s made a good red in this very limited color palette.

What took up room and added weight was water, for drinking and painting. I poured my dirty paint water into an empty bottle at the end of the day and took it back home to dispose of. I didn’t see anyplace there that looked like it’d be ok to dispose of it at the ranch, and would expect that to be the case just about anywhere.

Everything carried pretty well in a small rolling cart: rags, plastic bags for wet things, a small mister bottle of water, sun hat. I took two packs of SOHO cardboard painting panels in 8×10 in size. These worked really well, didn’t warp, and were cheap. A lightweight piece of cardboard, rolled into a cone and secured with rubber bands, kept my brush heads from getting mashed in the cart. The inexpensive travel easel I got worked just great. We were lucky that there was no wind. If it had been windy I’d have probably sat on the ground and held the painting panel in my lap.

Some of my mural/’primitive’ location painting tips came back to me so it looked like I was really organized but it was an illusion. I will do a few things differently next time. Also, I should have brought healthy snacks as my food for the entire day ended up being chips and stuff purchased while waiting for buses. Somehow, “food” entirely escaped my mind until I was well away from home.

All in all, it was a challenging and different experience, and that’s exactly what I was after. I also took up one non art related thing this year, archery. If I could take a selfie of myself shooting an arrow, I’d show you a picture of that, too.

Love Birds for February Show

I’ll have some of these at The Artery in February, “Love Birds, 1 through 4.”

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Love Birds, 1 through 4, mixed media on cradled panels, 6 x 6 in., $90 each

The Artery, aka Studio 6, is an artist co-op. It’s located at 625 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Studio 6 The Artery Facebook Page

A group of 12 women painters jointly claimed a spot in the gallery for the year. We will be rotating our work; I won’t always have something there. Details TBA, but tentatively it looks like I’ll have work there with one other in the group this fall, probably Nov. Most if not all of us are participating in a Love themed show in Feb. If you go and don’t see the one you want, ask. Each artist will probably only have one up at a time, and I may not take them all, depending on space allotted for each artist.

The birds were created with fine pumice paste tinted with acrylics, as a base. I then used drawing media and acrylic washes, etc, to finish them off. They’re sealed with clear acrylic and wired to hang, no frame needed. You could frame them if you chose. The cradling on them is 3/4 in. deep so they do fit nice in frames.

Here’s a pic of them while they were in the early stages.

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Work in progress on four “Love Birds”

UPCOMING PLANS

Nothing’s finalized yet but I have been asked to have something in The Icehouse gallery in Phoenix during March’s Art Detour. This is an amazing large space currently managed by artists Jaimie Blue and Joe Holdren. The show will include multiple artists.

Also, I plan on making another Mutant Pinata this year, for the show of the same name, at Chartreuse gallery, on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Last year my pinata sold which was a delight because I wasn’t sure where WE would put it! It was rather large. This year, some of them will be outdoors. I am thinking of how to make one that could be displayed outdoors so I’ll be doing what I can to make it weatherproof enough for outdoor art. We shall see. Good thing I saved empty containers over the last year for armatures! Here’s the post about last year’s creature-pinata: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/mutant-pinata-progress-fall-shows-group-shows/

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!

Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center

 

 

 

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!

Sculpture pics for Fatal Farm show

I got some better pictures of the four sculptures for Fatal Farm. The smallest is only about five and a half inches tall. The largest is about 16 in tall. These were really fun to make! Most of the armature is empty containers that would’ve ended up in recycling or trash. The rest is a combination of paper mache powder, air dry molding materials, and acrylic paint.

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Giblet, mixed media sculpture about 5.5 in high on a 7 inch wide round base. $150

 

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Just Wrong, mixed media sculpture, about 16 in high, 12 in deep, and 20 in long (base). $550

 

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A small giblet or glob of meat of some sort rides Just Wrong.

 

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What mystery meat product would be complete without half a rat? One of the many details gathered at the feet of the Just Wrong creature.

 

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Mock Duck, mixed media sculpture, around a foot tall. The vintage meat pamphlet page on its base shows that you can make “mock duck” out of I guess ‘cheaper’ cuts of lamb. $300

 

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No Tongue Today, (aka Veal), mixed media sculpture, around 9 in tall. $300

Fatal Farm is a two week show at {9} The Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, opening Fri, Sep 16, and will be up until Sep 28. The reception Friday is from 6 to 9 pm. The gallery often has other hours particularly Saturday afternoons. Good idea if you’re on Facebook to keep track of the event there.

Fatal Farm Event Page on Facebook

 

A peek at more Fatal Farm pieces (updated to indicate sold pieces)

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“Baby,” acrylic on canvas panel, 4 x 6 inches, the pieces that sparked the idea for this series. $200

These aren’t ALL the pieces that will be in Fatal Farm! Prices for the works range from under $100 for miniatures, to $200-$400 for medium sized pieces (mostly on panels), and up to $1500 for Birds Rule, and $2500 for Chicken Pajama Party, the largest. All pieces are either on cradled panels or deep edged canvas, or in a few cases, framed. Looking thru my notes it is clear I could easily do a sequel on this theme perhaps later in 2017, or even 2018.

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Hunting Season, 20 x 16 in., mixed media on panel. SOLD

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“Aged Ham,” mixed media on panel, 11 x 14 in. $250

 

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“Beef,” mixed media on panel, 20 x 16 in $400

 

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“Birds Rule,” Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 $1500

 

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A huge inspiration for this show! Tamara and her Bobby Bob Bob! NFS, private commission for Tamara.

 

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Evolution of the Size of Chicken Breasts and Cell Phones, mixed media on panel, 16 x 20 in. $300

 

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“Duck U,” mixed media on panel, 8 x 10 in. SOLD

 

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“Birds Eating Birds…Noooo!” Acrylic on panel, 11 x 14 in. $250

 

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“Pigeon in Hoodie,” mixed media on panel, 12 x 15 in. SOLD

 

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“Chickens Need Their Parts!” mixed media on panel, 20 x 20 $400

 

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“They Kill the Boys,” acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 5 x 7 in. $200 

 

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“Lamb Chops” mixed media on panel, 16 x 20, $400

 

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“Big Girl,” mixed media on panel, 24 x 18 $400

 

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Chicken Pajama Party, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in. $2500

 

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“Chicken Dinner,” acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 in. $300

 

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“Just Add Worms,” acrylic on canvas panel, 10 x 10 in. $ 150

 

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Lots of miniatures, SOME SOLD. A few remain in {9} The Gallery’s lounge/gift shop. Miniatures, 4 x 4 in. to about 6 x 8 in, most $45.

 

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“Giblet,” mixed media sculpture, about 7 x 7 in circular base, about 5.5 in high, $150

 

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“Just Wrong,” mixed media sculpture, base 20 in long x about a foot deep, approx 16 in high, $550 

Show info:

Opens Friday, Sept 16, from 6-9 pm, and is up for two weeks.

{9} The Gallery

1229 Grand Ave

Phoenix AZ 

http://9thegallery.com/

Facebook Event page, if you’re on Facebook, helps to keep track of what’s going on! https://www.facebook.com/events/1246191702080461/

Thanks to the folks at the video company Fatal Farm who generously are allowing me to use the phrase, “Fatal Farm,” to title this show. No other title seemed to work as well! 

Show update, and Dave Hanson’s chicken mosaics

First, here’s a blog post I wrote today about Dave Hanson’s beautiful mosaic art, that just happens to include some chickens! https://foundachicken.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-mosaic-art-of-dave-hanson/

Found A Chicken is the blog I set up a year or two ago, to feature some of the many artists I encounter who do chickens, whether it’s an anomaly in their portfolio, or a whole lot of chickens. The inspiration to do Found A Chicken was that I WOULD often find a chicken in nearly every portfolio, (maybe Herbert Hoover really meant that, instead of a “chicken in every pot.”) I think the shape and character of these birds must be attractive to artists.

I’m pleased to say Dave now owns one of my little chicken paintings from the current Olney Gallery show right now. Which is a handy segue into a recap of Friday night’s opening there! I also sold Bluebird of Crabbiness to another person, and there was interest in two separate series of paintings by the time the gallery closed at 9 pm. I’ll be stopping by there during some week day hours, probably to take family members who couldn’t really brave Roosevelt Row on First Friday. If you plan on going maybe I’ll see you there.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Lots of familiar faces, and some new ones, too. It was a great crowd and people noted many times how colorful and fun the show was, that it made them smile, laugh, and feel good. That’s a great feeling to know that your sense of enjoyment is passed along to viewers. I also enjoyed talking to an art teacher and wished I’d had HER for art when I was in grade school, that would’ve been so much fun!

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Panoramic shot of hanging night at Olney; the crew was fast and efficient!

Olney’s crew did a great job of hanging the show! Manny Burruel has a very good eye for how things should be hung together. They have a nice cable system and lighting, and the crew was speedy and efficient in getting it all up and looking great. On opening night, it all looked fantastic. The doors opened at 6 pm on Friday Sept 2nd. The show will be up until Sept 28, a Wed. Olney has daytime hours if you missed the opening.

It was nice that so many people made a point of talking to both Carlos and I, and were interested in how the art was made, what inspired us, etc. One woman noted that both artists were engaged in painting and showing late in life and found it inspirational. Carlos started painting a few years ago and is now 92, definitely an inspiration. I agree that keeping active and creating probably helps to keep one’s mind sharp. At least, I hope so! While I worked as an artist-employee when I was younger, I didn’t really produce as much of my personal art, or work to show it much, until I was over 50. Looking back, the business aspect of it was simply something that came later in life for me. Of all second careers, art may be one of the most forgiving, because a lifetime of experiences enhance it, and it can be done at your own pace, full bore or part time, as you wish or need it to.

Olney’s website for hours and other info: http://trinitycathedral.com/?page_id=325

You can see shots from the show at the Olney Gallery’s Facebook page. As is so often the case, I had my cell phone with me but didn’t take many pictures!  https://www.facebook.com/Olney-Gallery-at-Trinity-Cathedral-459569137463365/

 

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I have changed my flyer for the Olney show to say closing day is Sept 28 as that’s what their Facebook Event Page says. We take the show down the 29th, and not sure yet whether that’s daytime or evening. So, I’d assume the 28th is the last day!

A reminder, my solo show opens Friday, Sept 16 at 6 pm at {9} The Gallery. I believe this show will close on Sat Sept 24 but that is not yet set in stone. http://9thegallery.com/

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