Phoenix Nasty Women Art Show

I submitted a small piece for this fundraising event in January 2017. Though I made this piece a few years ago, it never seemed to have a purpose until now.

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“Bad Girl!” 8 x 6 inches on wood, mixed media, Cindy Schnackel, © 2012 (SOLD at the Nasty Women art show!)

More Info:

Jan 14-21, 2017, opening reception the 14th, 6-10 pm.

Grand Arthause, 1501 A, Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, (where Roosevelt, Grand, and 15th Ave all come together).

Quote from Event page:

Nasty Women:Phoenix Unite is the regional exhibition as part the national Nasty Women movement. Simultaneous exhibits will be held in multiple locations, including Queens, NYC, Nashville, TN, Lubbock, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Lexington, KY and Brussels, BE. Our simultaneous group exhibitions will demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify as Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. The exhibition will also serve as a fundraiser to support Planned Parenthood Arizona. As we approach the inauguration (January 20) we want to serve as a platform for community and coalition building to in support of those who feel threatened by the outlined goals of the Trump Presidency. All are welcome to participate. Additional information is available at our webpage: https://phxnastywomen.wordpress.com/

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A Cockatoo Commission

Happy 2017!

Twenty-sixteen’s last painting was a commissioned portrait of a family’s cockatoo. I was so happy that the buyer and her family were pleased with it! Even their cockatoo seemed to approve. The painting is 16 x 20 inches. The photos it was done from were supplied by the bird’s humans. I moved a few things around and added some detail like a lizard and a bug. The buyer supplied me with info about character, and close ups of her bird’s toes and face so I could get the details personalized.

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Commissioned cockatoo portrait

2017

This year, I plan to try two new things, or at least that I haven’t done in a long, long time. One is plein air painting, the other is drawing from a live (human) model. I will probably suck at both, but hopefully it’ll serve as a way to challenge myself, recharge my batteries, and enhance my more imaginary work, as well as just be a fun time with other artists.

My husband requested that I paint some Juncos, a cute little song bird with a tiny pink beak. We don’t see them much here in Phoenix AZ because they breed far North, and even some of their winter range is still in colder climates than here. We lived a few years in the Oklahoma City area some years ago, and that’s where we became acquainted with them, at our feeders, usually after there was snow on the ground. I plan on painting them in a snow scene. Hopefully, we’ll see a few in our yard here this winter, too, so I can sketch them in person again.

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.

The Price of Art Supplies!

I won’t publish the photo of the painting panels that cost $134 for a pack of 10, 8×10 in., panels, it might not set well with the store or the brand.  The panels were double sided which, since they were marketed as handy for outdoor painting, could be ok. But what if both sides ended up being something you would sell? If they were only for studies, then there are much cheaper panels made of paper, or heck, why not repurpose something like cardboard coated with gesso? For keepers, two sided does not make sense. For disposables, expensive does not make sense. Nonetheless, it speaks to the fact we can’t sell our work for peanuts!

The other panels I looked at had suddenly jumped in price since I last bought a few for work I did this year. Small uncradled panels that used to cost me two-six dollars were now more like six to ten dollars. Cradled ones were insane! One brand of cradled panels in 8×8 in was about $25 and that was the “sale” price! I looked at the labels of at least three or four brands. One that had formerly been all American made now had  “Made in China” on it. So there goes any advantage to paying more for American made.

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My favorite brush cleaner, 24 oz tub, lasts me at least a year!

Usually, I wait until I get a coupon or there is a sale, to buy the large size or really expensive items. Michaels seems to be the only store that carries the large tub of my favorite brush cleaner. Even at half off with a coupon it’s not cheap, but it lasts a long time so over time it’s still economical. Last time I bought a tub, about a year ago, it was in the 20’s or 30s, now it is over $40. It’ll make me consider switching to a liquid that I bought some small bottles of to try, to see whether they are more economical, but I doubt they will be. The solid cake as in the picture has virtually no waste, an important factor in how economical it is to use. Also never evaporates or dries up and can’t spill!

Brushes have always been costly for good ones. Lately, the good ones seem to be of less quality though, making me consider cheaper ones. A number of ‘good’ brushes are also made in countries known for cheap junk. The heads wobble in the store; you know they won’t stay on long at home! Before quality and prices took their last jumps up/down, I had gotten a good varnishing brush. I can tell the construction is kind of shoddy but I’ll glue its head back on if it comes off. The brush itself is really nice, though.

Some of my brushes are from the 1980s! Some of those are still in great shape. I’ve taken good care of them. Any time I think I can’t get all the paint out, I leave the brush cleaning lather in it, shape the tip, and just leave it that way until I use it again. That seems to keep paint from drying permanently in the bristles if you have a tough one. Just rinse it out before you paint with it!

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Some of my brushes drying.

Other brushes, especially round ones that are supposed to have a nice sharp point, may not last long as the intended shape. I just go ahead and use them for scumbling or other rough uses. When they splay really badly, they make great ‘grass’ and ‘hair’ brushes, more random and natural looking IMO than the special effects brushes cut to do the same thing. (Top brush in photo above.)

The cheap replacement for it, (middle), has bristles that aren’t packed very tight, so paint can still be up in there no matter how carefully it’s cleaned. I leave the lather in it to try to keep it from becoming splayed.

Bottom brush is a favorite for applying isolation coats and top coats of acrylic medium, as its fine, soft bristles don’t leave marks and it holds a lot. The head is cheaply attached, but I’ve had good luck simply gorilla-gluing heads back on to brushes, so will do that if/when I have to.

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Green!

GREEN!

A women painters group I recently joined decided we all needed to challenge ourselves with the color green, since so many of us said it was our least favorite color. That prompted me to start something I’ve been putting off; making a sketchbook into a color mixing chart like I did years ago and foolishly threw away in one of my many moves. Just started today, with swatches of all the greens I had on hand. Next, I’ll do some mixing samples with other colors to make my own greens. And so on.

The little painting isn’t done yet, and not sure it’ll end up being my “Green Challenge” piece.

What are YOUR favorite or least favorite colors? Are there any premade greens you like or dislike? My favorite ready made green is Golden’s Green Gold. I have others on hand but that is one I would have a hard time living without. It’s quite transparent. Even though I don’t much like green, I like Green Gold. Sap Green is another I kind of like. And, to do the challenge, I made myself buy a small tube of Chrome Green, a color I haven’t bought since I did oils back in the 80s. I kind of like it, so far, but most of it has been covered up in the little painting.

Show openings went well!

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Hanging night at Olney, almost done putting up the artworks.

Abstract to Absurd, with Carlos Raush’s abstract paintings and my birds and monsters, opened Friday, Sept 2nd, and runs through Wed Sept 28th. Olney has some daytime hours, weekdays 9-4, a good idea to call in advance to be sure they will be open.

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It was a great opening, with a steady crowd, and people really seemed to enjoy the color and whimsy of the show, overall. Carlos and I were kept occupied in conversation, and Manny who manages the gallery was also kept busy. It was wonderful to have people say my work made them smile or laugh! The work in this show was mostly just fun and absurd, so it’s good to know you hit the mark. People also asked what inspired me to do this kind of work, and of course a love of animals, particularly birds, was part of that answer. I explained that I usually work pretty spontaneously and without a conscious message, and they seemed to like that they really could interpret it themselves. I made a couple of sales and there was interest in buying some of the small series as a group, so hopefully that will happen.

 

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Fatal Farm show at {9} The Gallery. Before opening night, all hung.

I didn’t get hardly any shots during the show, I was too busy, and tend not to think of my phone there in my purse, to take pics! But I did take pano shots of both shows while being hung. People who tend to take lots of event shots did so and I saw many on Facebook and shared a few to my public page:

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Fatal Farm opened Friday Sept 16, and also runs through Sept 28. {9} The Gallery can open by appointment and has some hours on Friday afternoon Sept 23, and Saturday afternoon Sep 24. I will be there on Saturday off and on, taking someone to both shows that day.

The opening was really fun! A good crowd, and people really talked to me about the subject, (animals, and most notably not eating them). Many people had stories about special animals they have or have known. People often bring dogs at the art walks and at least two were rescue dogs. Though this was the most ‘message-y” art I’ve shown so far, there was still room for personal interpretation, plus a few miniatures that weren’t particularly related to the theme, so people were having fun spotting things that especially spoke to them. I made sales here also, I think 11 so far but don’t quote me on that yet.

If you missed it so far, I hope you can make it when they’re open again Fri Sep 23, 2-7 pm, and Sat Sep 24, opens at noon. There is a paid concert event that night, so not sure when they’ll close the gallery to set up for that. Better to come earlier than wait too long! Also by appointment. (In case anyone wonders, the downtown Phoenix galleries typically do not have a lot of daytime hours; they open on art walk nights, and some have limited daytime or weekend hours, and this is often subject to change. It is always best to check with the gallery and ask when they will be open.)

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Taking work to Olney we ended up doing two car loads. I knew it was possible to do it in one but there just wasn’t time to “play Rubik’s Cube.” We were cutting it close on time, as my husband had to work that day. I thought a lot about it between then and the next delivery, (to {9} for Fatal Farm), as I didn’t want to have to make extra trips for that show, too. When we were loading Fatal Farm, I was afraid that the sculptures would be the tipping point where we could not do it in one car load. But, I came up with a way of layering medium sized pieces and boxed small pieces first, then packing blankets and large sheets of cardboard, then large paintings on top of the rigid cardboard support. It all went in on one load for {9} Gallery. Got there with no damage. Going home, not sure we can do BOTH shows in one load, but now I know that especially with the sales, we can at least do it in one per show!

There is still time to see both shows. Both galleries will open for special viewing, if you can’t make the listed hours and if you call in advance.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the buyers, I hope you really enjoyed the events and if you bought, I hope it gives you lots of joy!

Two shows in Sept!

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This huge gallery means Carlos and I will both have a lot of work on the walls!

ABSTRACT TO ABSURD, (2-person show)

Click to see Olney Gallery info!

Carlos Rausch started painting later in life and has been a musician for decades. He does interesting abstracts that I have so far only seen a few images of but they look really cool. I met Carlos a few months ago when the gallery met with all this season’s artists.

I’ll have quite a bit of new work at Olney. One is a 60 x 30 inch painting of birds in a forest, one of the largest and most detailed pieces I’ve done. Most of my large works are palette knife paintings, but “Signs of Life (in the Giant Bird Forest)” is not; it’s quite detailed brush work. I will have some palette knife pieces, too and some smaller ones as well.

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“Baby,” the piece that started it all, for this series, is the show ad poster chicken.

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Later in Sept I’ll have a solo show at 9 The Gallery of all animal art, at least partially a look into what made me decide to give up animal products a few years ago. The feature piece of that show may end up being “Chicken Pajama Party,” (title not in stone yet, still thinking). Though it has little to do with veganism it does place chickens in a human scenario and hopefully it’ll make people rethink that chicken dinner.

Thank you to some very generous people for inspiration for Fatal Farm! Tamara Kenneally Photography for allowing me to refer to her beautiful photos of animals and for inspiring me to finally ‘go vegan’, and the people at the company, Fatal Farm, who are allowing me to use the phrase to title this show!