Thursday, February 18, 2010

Show opening: event page

For those interested in attending the opening (see post below), below is the link to the Facebook event page. If you would like to attend, you can add yourself! I know I would be lost, socially, without my event list to refer to. :S!/event.php?eid=313039684654&ref=mf

(If you have an problems accessing the event or adding it, please let me know!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Birds and Beasts. It's official!

It's on! If you're in town and able to attend, please do! Opening reception is the first Thurdsay in March. If you can't make opening night, you can still come out to the shop to see the paintings for the following four weeks (possibly longer), as they'll be on display there until the next artist is ready to show.

The show flyer is here. If you have anywhere you're able to post it or share it around, that would be greatly appreciated.

I'll be posting a link to the Facebook event shortly, so you can add it there. I know I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing any given week without checking my event list there!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New bird painting, and exciting news!

Just completed! This piece is 28" x 20", mixed media on canvas.

It's available... at my upcoming solo show at Trap Door Boutique!

All are welcome to attend. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 4, starting at 7pm.

Come out if you can! Store info is here:

I'll be posting more details, and a flyer, very soon!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New work in progress: Barn Owl 2

I missed posting my Tuesday sketch this week. I had ever intention to post something, but then I woke up this morning, discovered that somehow my life had jumped from Monday to Thursday, and realized that I'd missed the boat on that completely.

The good news is that the concept of time has all but disappeared from my reality because I've been hard at work on new paintings. I have a few new black birds underway, but today I started something a little different.

Back in August, on a road trip back from Cedar Point (can I get a HELL YEAH for roller coasters?), I drew the following thumbnail in my sketchbook:

This was only about 2" wide by 1.5" high, so quite tiny. I love planning for pieces in this size because, in such a tiny area, it's easy to see what does and does not work from a compositional perspective, and it's very quick for me to make changes. It also prevents me from getting caught up in minor details at this stage.

I scanned the image into my computer and waited on it for a few months, planning to turn it into a painting when the time was right to proceed with it. Well, today was that day. Here's the new piece on Day 1:

(I could consider this to be day 2, as yesterday I painted out the canvas in black and applied the texture, but today was the beginning of actually committing the image to the surface, so Day 1 it is.)

I begin by blocking everything out in charcoal, and then, once I'm happy with that, I commit the lines to the canvas with acrylic paint. It's all VERY rough at this point, and needs a lot of refinement! There are qualities that I like in the original sketch that haven't made it to the painted image at this point, but that I'll be working in there as I tweak everything. From here on, it's give and take with the paint, applying it and wiping and sanding it back, probably over several weeks, off and on, until I'm happy with the piece.

The quality of the photo is pretty rough (indoors at night is not the best time to photograph artwork) but it shows where I'm starting, and hopefully the progression will be interesting to watch.

Edit: Gah, okay, I just put in more a ton more work on it and added the first washes of colour. I would take another picture and post it for the REAL Day 1 progress, but it's 9:30 and I've been painting since 10:oo am, so... Next time!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Forumwarz Episode 3, and the further illustrated adventures of the emoest of emos

I'm very excited to announce the launch of Forumwarz Episode 3, which happened last week. (Okay yeah so I'm behind, geez.)

After a summer of very fun collaborative creative meetings, it's exciting to be in the game and seeing all the very best of our very worst ideas put to use.

With the launch of the episode, I can now also share these illustrations, which I have been sitting on for a few months in anticipation!

To view them all, as well as selected emo kid illustrations from previous episodes, click below for on the link to my illustration page, and scroll down to the Episode 3 portion of the Forumwarz section.

To play this most excellent of games, where you will also see these illustrations in context with their associated stories, click the link below. Much as with crack, the first hit (episode) is free. After that, it's still pretty darn cheap to play.