I’ve started getting into a new medium: Linocut! I think almost everyone who took an art class in high school has done at least one of these. I was really drawn to this medium because I’ve been selling prints of my paintings for a while now, and I like the idea of making my own prints at home, plus I really like the unique qualities that this medium gives to an image. There’s a rustic element and a little bit of chaos involved that makes each print unique.
I chose this first image of a windup robot as an experiment to see what comes out of the process, and it’s given me a lot of ideas on what kind of subject matter might lend itself well to this medium. It seems like things with a lot of detail, like woodgrain and dragon scales might be conveyed really well by this type of image making.
I’m really looking forward to doing more with this… there’s so many variables involved that can be tweaked, like ink color, paper/substrate choice, pressure, etc. There are some parallels with screen printing that make this medium a lot of fun to work with. I’m interested in developing a multicolor print press so I can achieve good registration with multiple plates. I’ll be taking some of the better prints to sell at ZaPow Gallery!
Come see my painting exhibition at Dripolator Coffeehouse, 221 W State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711. The show will be up during July/August 2017. This is my first event in Black Mountain! It’s just down the road a bit from our house in Swannanoa.
I’m showing a combination of new original paintings on wood panel and canvas, framed prints, and abstract woodblock pieces.
The Scorpion and the Frog Fable goes like this: a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
This painting is the first of a series based on Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. I’ve chosen this theme because of how it interweaves subconscious/symbolic dream imagery with natural settings.
Fresh from the drawing board! Two tubes of toothpaste battle it out in a 3D “TRON bike” style race to the finish. Bringing science fiction to your bathroom walls! I think people need art to look at while they brush their teeth; I know I do.
Dimensions are 9″ x 14″ acrylic on panel with a satin clear coat. Ready to hang. Purchase on Etsy
Prints available soon.
#scifi #toothpaste #dental #bathroomart #videogames #tron #arcade
Also, It does this dance in my LED light (time-lapse video):
Shortly after moving to Swannanoa last April (2016), I found out about ZaPow Illustration Gallery in Downtown Asheville. After contacting the gallery and sending samples of my work, they agreed to let me show art on a rented wall space beginning in August 2016. I jumped at the chance to be a part of the gallery and painted as much as possible to get ready for my chance to show.
August 2016 finally came around and I was able to show; had some sales and was filled with the hope of maybe selling art for a living from the relatively successful start. Then, in October 2016, we got the news that the landlord had drastically raised the rent on the gallery in anticipation of a new hotel being built next door (comments deleted, opinions repressed). Long story short: ZaPow Gallery was going to close down, move, and reopen into a better arrangement for all involved.
Today (4.29.17) is symbolic of a lot of things, especially new beginnings. ZaPow Gallery is actually reopening. Art is beginning to fill the walls again, and a community of people is beginning to get together. Events will be attended, ideas will be shared, classes will be held! A lot of potential is being actualized. Exciting times indeed! Official Grand Opening date forthcoming. Stay tuned!
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.