Iceberg WIP

Here’s a photo of a work in progress! It’s gone through a lot of drastic changes since I first made the panel, perhaps a decade ago. I’m adopting a painting strategy of “beginning before I’m ready.” I feel like there’s a quantum effect with paintings, when they come together – sometimes after years of sitting in the basement behind stacks of other abandoned paintings. It’s a weird, paradoxical combination of “killing your darlings” and never giving up.
The celestial background was created with a mix of acrylic and watercolor techniques and the reckless abandon of not worrying about the surface having a smooth finish. There’s plenty of brushstrokes layered on top of each other, with the top coat hiding a bunch of previous paintings and random bits of dust and tiny wood particles trapped deep in the finish. The more layers are added, the more it becomes like archaeology.
I have some additional features in mind that may change this image drastically.

 

Pancakes (Framed)

Here’s the pancakes painting with it’s own matching frame!

Pancakes

Pancakes
Acrylic on panel 8″ x 6.5″ perma-framed.
I’ll post a pic of the framed and finished piece later today. Also, prints available soon. Stay tuned for more food paintings!

Lego Astronaut Painting!

Here’s an animated gif I made to show how I painted this Lego Astronaut painting! I’m working on a custom frame for the finished painting, and I’m also planning to make prints of this one in the coming weeks. More pics soon!

ZaPow Pop-up Bazaar!

I was glad to be able to participate in the ZaPow Pop-up Holiday Bazaar this past Saturday! This Bazaar was put together by ZaPow! Gallery to help artists have some way to show artwork during the holidays as we await completion of construction for the new gallery space on the South Slope in Asheville, NC.

It was great meeting a bunch of ZaPow artists, many for the first time in person, and seeing their amazing artwork. Here’s a shot of my table at the Arts Council. I have so much to learn in the ways of booth presentation… plenty of room for improvement! I’m considering this the “before” pic of my booth.

I want to do a lot more booth-style shows in the future. I really like showing my art in this personal way and having conversations with people who stop by. I also look forward to growing more as an artist, both in techniques and choices of subject matter.

There are so many opportunities to build and/or find displays for prints and 3D displays for small handmade items I make. I came away with a lot of good influences and ideas of how it could go smoother for the next event.

ZaPow PopUp Bazaar! Saturday, December 17th, 12-5pm

I’ll be participating in this event in downtown Asheville with new paintings and prints, along with a big group of wonderful ZaPow artists! Come by, visit, and share locally crafted holiday gifts instead of some plastic doodad from a big box store! #Asheville #Swannanoa #ZaPow #AAAC

Blue Plate Special 2016

Blue Plate Special_96

I just finished repainting one of my favorite paintings, “Blue Plate Special.” I sold the first one before I was able to document it in a high resolution Photoshop file. At the time I hadn’t started selling digital prints of my artwork, so I didn’t realize I would someday want to have a high res photo of it. I purposely tried to paint it from memory, with a few changes so it wouldn’t just be a copy of the first painting. This one has a few subtle differences in color and composition. Prints are available online from my Society6.com shop, and the original will soon be for sale at ZaPow Gallery in Asheville along with digital print options.

 

Painting Exhibition at ZaPow! Gallery

installation 570x800_96I’m excited to announce that I’ve set up my exhibit at ZaPow Gallery with my latest paintings on Thursday, August 4th, 2016! The exhibit is composed of 10 paintings and an offering of 8 x 10″ digital prints of most of the paintings in the show and a few from earlier paintings and drawings. I’m looking forward to making more paintings and illustrations, rotating new paintings in at least once a month, offering more print options, specialty framed prints, and perhaps some sort of publications…

ZaPow Gallery will be moving locally soon, and I’m really glad to be able to show in the old space before the move, just for the experience.  All works at ZaPow are available for viewing until around mid-September, until they are all packed up and moved across town! Contact the Gallery for specifics about the move: zapow.com. I will post more about the gallery move as it develops.

Thanks for the warm show of support I’ve received from friends during this process.


Here’s a gallery of digital prints available at the gallery: