Wednesday, June 24, 2009

commission work

working on lots of art all at once today. crazy day. most important though is the pieces i was commissioned to do during my show. its going to be a three panel abstract piece in same vein as a triptych i did in 2007. i'm going to break out the big guns for this and paint in oils which i've been missing! the pieces are going to be done on masonite with the back framed out. each piece will be exactly 24" tall and 13.75" wide. the colors are to be dictated by a quilt which is in the same room the pieces are to go in. not sure if i'll do each panel a different color represented in the quilt or do them all in a similar color scheme with each one having one unique color all of its own.

the plan is to get the panels build and gessoed this week along with colored thumbnails okayed.

on an almost random note, someone remind me to sign each one of these panels before i seal them, please? :smiles:

sketch of triptic


scale drawing of pieces on wall

still playing around with which panel goes where and in what direction.

Monday, June 22, 2009

becoming a midwife

its crazy here. cool, but not cool. i have to finish thank you cards to send to my friends that showed up to my show, need to finish application (going back to school), taking care of friend's dog who had 10 puppies (:chants: i'm getting a puppy!), need to take good individual photos of all my pieces from the show so i can post them here, need to do this commission i got during my show, need to move to a different state, AND need to start working on new pieces which i got ideas/sketches during my show. :sighs: little rest for the wicked. especially worried about hurraying up and starting new pieces so i have something new should another opportunity should arise, because i have learned you just never know.

so more about the puppi thing. my good friend's dog here in chicago had puppies starting monday the 15th at 4pm. we both rushed from work and i got the watch 8, 9 and 10 being born! it was amazing and further convinced me never to give birth myself. the female dog (hadie) had 10 puppies and lost one the first night due to clumsiness SO she has to be watched around the clock. i need to learn to stop thinking about the puppies all the time and get some work done. So here i am updating internet info, designing thank you cards, and coloring thumbnail sketches for a client. good times. lol.

Day 2!
proud mother with her little pups.

Day 5.
all nine of them are in there somewhere.

Day 5.
this little guy (or gal?) has a thin white stripe down the middle of his head and a spot on the side he's sleeping on so i call him spotted stripper :grins:

Day 5.
hadie (the mother) taken care of business.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I AM Fest show

for my first honest art show I AM Fest was amazing and such a great time. i met a ton of people (and boys :blushes:) and did a lot of networking which was fairly new to me, but also tons of fun. for example i met a very cool artist who's name is ((Jacqueline)). she just got her first gallery gig a week before our show so it gives me hope that when i least expect it my luck will change.

i still need to take good individually photos of each piece in their final state later, but here at some photos from the show:

working on set up

done setup

display of information

close up 'androgynous allure'

close up 'blue ribbon'

close up 'red ribbon'

viewer catch in action tipping back a cold one

so happy. the end.

fun found

easily distracted while working on the pieces for the show this saturday. found something cool though.

interested in something magical, check out this ((website)).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

4 days left..

...holy, holy only 4 days left until the big day and the big day is getting both bigger and smaller at the same time if you can believe such a thing possible. the event is growing in size because the amount of publicity is going through the roof with air time on both radio and tv. however the event is shrinking because the people in my life i invited seem unable to go. so far i think only two of my friends are coming...the two which i gave my vip passes to. i thought i wouldn't be fazed, but i didn't think almost everyone would bail on me. hopefully next time will be better. :trying to think happy thoughts:

completely revamped my website! super happy with the change. i'm sure there are still some twiks to be done, but over all looks much sleeker to me. we will see what my official website critic will say tomorrow though. also typed up the infomation cards for each piece which will display title, price, etc. i'll save actually printing them along with more postcards til thursday or friday.

figured out the materials i'm going to need to purchase in order to get all my pieces framed/hung. i plan on picking up what i need either before or after work tomorrow. i was able to frame one of the smaller pieces tonight. also painted two of the frames black and will seal them yet before getting some sleep.

talked to one of the guys in charge and got a better idea of the space each artist gets. i might have to rethink my choice of pieces, but i'm not sure yet. i'm going to have to make up a scaled drawing to play around with how i'm going to hang my pieces. that might sound a little nerdy, but i'm rather excited about the idea because its been awhile since i was able to pull out my scale ruler which i'm in love with (just like my new palette which in fact does cleans up like a dream).

here is an in progress shot which i meant to upload several days ago:


frames i painted back and am now sealing first with gloss vanish and then matte vanish to get the best seal. also the mattes i cut out for each one.