Show at ok gallery
Hello hello!! Hope you're having a joyus summer :) I'll be having 3 pieces up at the Ok gallery/Hotel(?) for the Pioneer Square August artwalk. Which is the very first day of August!! This thursday, 6-9pm, FREE at 212 Alaskan Way South. There are going to be numerous other artists as well, a few I even recognize, should be a great time! Come say hello and check out this piece below in real life!
blacklight works and things
Hello!! I figured I should share some more works. I mostly do colored pencil (since I'm quasi decent at it) but I do a fair amount of painting as well. All of the above pieces in the photo I did with the exception of that awesome orange tights lady (I believe is an old page from Time) and the lady in space (which is a collage of sorts, but is only 2 pieces of paper so . . . ?)
The wind turbine and lightning paintings are done with blacklight paints which I experiment a lot with. The bad thing with painting in blacklight paints is no matter how many layers you do, you will always see the brushstrokes under the blacklight- which looks like ultimate shit. Thus, I turned to screenprinting, it gives you a smooth, vibrant, opaque color which looks absolutely glorious under the blacklight. But! Since I don't have my own silkscreen studio and have yet to find a decent one to use, I experiment in other ways:
working with colored pencil
I often feel like trying to get shows or sell my work is like selling crayon drawings. It always had this feel of not being real, lasting art like oils, or any painting for that matter. When I went to the hardware store to frame my recent series the man asked what it was for (I was requesting $500 worth of custom cut plexiglass and plywood). "Some colored pencil drawings," I said kind of awkwardly. He burst out laughing. Ok it's your money and through the whole process he had this smirk that I was wasting my money.
My boyfriend asked me why I said it like that, that they're colored pencil drawings. Well, they are, but anyone who sees them doesn't think colored pencil drawings- the basic, shotty, doodle that pops in your mind like something you did when you were a kid. They see vibrant, solid color, on sturdy illustration board. People often think I use guache (A type of opaque paint. I recently bought a set to experiment with!) I suppose what I'm getting at is if you like something do it, regardless of how "real" it is considered by societies standards. If you belive it's worth something and worth persuing than other people will come around.
I knew I wasn't wasting my money, I spent months on these pieces, I wanted them preserved and hang them. Preserving and hanging large colored pencil pieces became kind of a conundrum. I use prismacolors for their vibrancy and softness (blends better), but because they are wax based. Over time the wax separates from the color leaving a hazy film over your drawing called wax bloom. It can be wiped off but keeps coming back, the thicker the color the faster the wax bloom. There are fixatives you can spray on your drawing to prevent this but I have had no such luck. I've used cheap fixatives and the most expensive, workable and non-workable, nothing has really worked for me. The best thing to prevent wax bloom is press the piece up against a piece of glass or plastic. Well, getting a glass frame for a 40"x60" piece is out of the question. That's where the custom cut acrylic sheets and plywood came in. While still expensive on the whole, it is MUCH cheaper than a custom frame shop. Here's what I did:
YAY COLORED PENCILS ARE THE GREATEST!!!
The speed at which social media sites evolve, I never seem able to keep up. People often ask if I have a twitter account and facebook page. No and no, I got a website and that's hard enough for me to keep up. But! I was really blown away with some findings I recently discovered.
At the Fremont Artwalk a wonderful young chap asked to take my picture. Ok! Why not? We talked briefly and he gave me his card saying the photo would be on his blog in a couple days. Neato! So a few days go by and I check out his stuff. Seriously awesome photos, the eyes in his pictures are absolutely stunning. I see my picture and HOLYCRAP, it looks so good! I notice there are notes on the bottom, hmmm, I wonder what that means. Click it- and other people have reblogged the photo. Wow, how cool! I check out a couple blogs that posted the photo and am pretty impressed with the internet at this point. Then I see below the picture is information on the pic, my name, when and where it was taken. I see my name can be clicked on, hmmmm, wonder where this goes. . . OH MY GOD it's a link to my website! And my mind was blown. What a cool, amazing thing! I feel like I should thank all those people. Thank you!!! But especially thank you Hobbes Ginesberg for enabling this awesomeness and taking great photos :) Check out his stuff here: http://www.hobbesginsberg.com/
Here's a link to the photo: http://hhobbess.tumblr.com/post/54848238615/erin-fox-her-art-show-seattle-july-2013
So the Fremont artwalk was last night where I had my Psychedelic Symmetry series up at Atlas Clothing. Was a pretty fantastic place for an artwalk and was impressed with the amount of people who came out. Had numerous friends there and met some new ones. It was a great time and I highly recommend checking out their future artwalks. Here's some pics of my pieces up:
The pieces are up for a month so be sure to check them out if you haven't. Also! A glorious individual bought one of my pieces!!!! :D Which is much better than my current method of getting rid of my art: having my birds eat them . . .
Hello! I'm Cascadian colored pencil artist extraodinaire.