Finished up the ear painting I was working on. Took forever since I only have class once a week and missed all of October :/ While I'm unsure how I feel about it, I definitely learned a lot through this. It's my first oil painting from life, besides the egg exercise (as seen on the left). It's very different from what I normally do, from my stylistic, bright colored designs. Because of that, I was sometimes frustrated to make it more stylistic, more how I want it to be. But the point of this class is to challenge myself to reproduce what is in front of my eyes. I could definitely spend much more time tweaking small bits to make it more accurate, but teach decided to go onto color. So . . . onto color!
I also picked up a couple illustration boards :D Yay!
So this is a bit different than what I normally post. I wrote up an article about green spaces in urban environments, specifically Seattle and submitted it to Sustainable Seattle. If you're a reader of this blog, you know I'm not so good with words, so the fact they loved the article and would use it is beyond exciting for me!! It's also going out in their newsletter, Yay!
Check it out aqui: http://sustainableseattle.org/blog have any thoughts, ctitcisms, ideas? Feel free to comment here or on their blog. We live in exciting, challenging times, get involved! :)
Finished this one. I really like it, the center piece is meaningful in an unknown way. Because I just finished it I can't really talk about it, but I want to, if that makes sense. I haven't had time to look at it. When I finish, I immediately put it face back into the pile. I'll have to really go over it and make sure there's no white and spray it with a fixative.
I learned a lot from this piece. I think it's too small, wish I used a bigger board to add another layer. Anywho, onto the next project . . . :)
The Pancakes and Booze show was this past saturday, which I had 3 pieces up. I was quite surprised at how many people and artists were there. A lot of really great pieces and everyone was super nice. While I met awesome people and might get a few projects/shows out of it, it was a bit unfortunate that it cost $15 per piece. So it cost me $45 to be in it, got a beer $5. Yipes! $50 for one night. I don't regret it by any means, but the cost of showing art is common and something I'd like to talk about.
Most juried shows have a fee to submit your work to simply be considered. I've only done this once and they cashed the check later than anticipated, landing me a joyous overdraft fee. To make it better, my pieces weren't chosen. Thus, it cost me over $75 to not be in anything. Woo! Fun times! But starting out you have to do this to an extent.
Many start ups want local artists for their projects, another awesome way to be involved and get more exposure. Again because you're essentially unkown you're expected to do it for free. Which is understandable from their perspective. I was very excited to be apart of this small puzzle company, they wanted my art for a puzzle series they were going to do. Awesome! I wouldn't get any money for my designs, I would get a puzzle. Ok, bummer, but understandable and still awesome. After numerous phone conversations and emails, all my stuff was in order and they were to send me the prototype.
Over a month went by, I finally get a call one morning the guy decided to scrap the whole series because too many artists wanted money. He could use stock photos for free and not have to deal with anybody, cut out the middle man, as he said. Evidently only me and one other person were cool just giving away our designs. I was really looking forward to the project, so pretty bummed out, but more that we were considered middle men. I wanted to launch into a rant about capitalism. How he's perpetuating the disassociation of companies in communities versus contributing to strengthening a community. Local bussiness using local artists.
The point? More to share my experiences on this. Wish I had some enlightening point to make, but I don't. I'm sure 10 years down the line and thousands of dollars pissed away I'll have more of a point.
But here's this new piece I'm working. OMG! BLUE FLOERZ!!
Hello! So this awesome person I've had the privlege to know this past year has really kicked into gear and started a management company for musicians. She has two musicians she's representing thus far (one is me!), both kinda folky. It's called Outer Realm Management, she's put together tours, fundraisers, and anyone looking to put on an awesome house show should give her a call. Here's the website for contact and info:
And if you're a muscian interested in getting help with shows and such, shoot her an email. Check it out! And come out to the Pancakes and Booze show this saturday :)
Finished this drawing. Wooo! The orange is way off in this photo. But it's done, hooray.
I should definitely mention the Pancakes and Booze show coming up. I'll be having a few pieces up, there'll be live music, body painting, and tons of art! Come czech it out. This saturday, November 8th at El Corazon, 8pm-2am, $5. Here's a link to the flyer/website:
Come say hello and have a great time! :D
Hello! I'm Cascadian colored pencil artist extraodinaire.