I needed a break from flowers and neon signs and dinosaurs. While cleaning the studio, I found some old photos I took a few years back, a whole coffee and pastry series, some of which had already been painted. Others had yet to make it onto canvas. This was one such image. I liked the way it was almost, ALMOST monochromatic, and the way the icing thinned or buckled in spots, betraying the warm golden tones of the doughnut underneath. I'm pretty sure I liked the taste of it, too. The doughnut, not the photo.
Ranunculus Study V - 6"x6" - oil on canvas - $75 (+ s/h)
Strawberry Shortcake - 10"x10" - oil on canvas - SOLD
Hello, All! I'm having a once per year Spring Cleaning Sale! In my glee at purging my studio of a year's worth of collected "stuff", I am offering two paintings at generously reduced prices. I will only be offering these once. If they don't sell by Easter (April 20th), I'll pull them and some lucky family member will have a surprise waiting for them at Christmas. (cue the influx of family emails demanding I pull them now)
Elliott Fouts Gallery has one last show of the year, a small works exhibition titled Small Gems, running from December 7th through January 2nd. They asked if I might be able to add a few pieces to the show (flattered, as always!) and I obliged. Studies of flowers at 6"x6" seemed appropriate and felt right after months of neon and dinosaurs. I am joined by several other very talented artists, including Michael E. Hockenbury, Craig Stephens, and Micah Crandall-Bear. Honored to be among them.
I will be getting back to floral painting this month, not for any shows in particular, but just because I'm dying to mix it up a bit and experimenting with new ways to paint the subject. Kind of excited. The florals below are not experimental, but they are a refresher course before I dive back in. Funny how daunting a rose petal can be when you haven't painted it in over four months.
Pretty Things I - 6"x6" - oil on canvas
Pretty Things II - 6"x6" - oil on canvas
Pretty Things III - 6"x6" - oil on canvas
All three paintings are available for sale through Elliott Fouts Gallery. For purchase information, please email them directly.
Gina Quaranto and Blackbird Studios are having a year-end exhibit titled 'Dr. Seuss: A Tribute Show' which, of course, honors the work of the man, himself. An open call to artists was put out last month and I decided to enter a couple paintings. Seemed like a fun way to cap off a crazy, busy year.
I chose to do work based on two favorites, 'Horton Hears A Who' and 'Green Eggs & Ham.' Being on that dinosaur kick, obviously I had to find a way to include them. Imagine me squealing in the toy store when I found a dinosaur hatchling popping out of a green egg. I'm four.
'Green Eggs & Ham' - 8"x8" - oil on canvas
'Horton Hears A What?!?!' - 8"x8" - oil on canvas
This coming Friday, December 6th, is the opening reception at Blackbird Studios (1551 S. Commerce St, Las Vegas, NV 89102) from 6-9pm. Stop by if you are in the area! I can't wait to see the show hung. So many great pieces were at the gallery already when I dropped my work off last week.
The exhibit will run through January 24, 2014.
If you are interested in finding out more about the paintings above (pricing/availability/shipping), you may contact Gina directly via email or by calling the gallery at 702.782.0319
(shown above: The Contrarian - 12"x12" - oil on cradled panel; detail from EZ - 36"x36" - oil on canvas)
I've spent the better part of the past three months preparing for a solo show, one with a title as weird as the work that's in it. Neon and Nonsense opens tonight, officially, at TastySpace Gallery. Whee!!! Twenty five paintings total, all of which will be added to my website very soon, and a few of my favorites I have included below.
A nice surprise this year was how well received my odd little illustrative paintings have been, both locally and with what I have sent to Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. Here in Las Vegas, they are quite popular, so when Dana, the owner/director of TastySpace asked me in the Spring if I'd like to do a solo show this Autumn, we discussed the possibility of making it a combination neon and illustrative exhibit. I came up with the title. It seemed fitting considering my subject matter.
If you are in the area and want to stop by for a bit, come on down! DJ booth, free food, (not free) booze, and an excellent pop up art exhibit by the lovely Gina Quaranto of Blackbird Studios in the same Emergency Arts building where TastySpace is housed will all be there to welcome you.
The exhibit runs through the first week of December.
It's Just Not Your Day - 12"x12" - oil on cradled hardboard panel
Ageless Beauty - 20"x20" - oil on canvas
Jurassic Pork - 8"x8" - oil on cradled hardboard panel
Anne: Queen of HoHo's - 36"x36" - oil on canvas
How To Deal With Incessant Nagging - 12"x12" - oil on cradled hardboard panel
Past Their Prime - 12"x12" - oil on cradled hardboard panel
(This was supposed to post three weeks ago, but I inadvertently left it in my drafts and have been too distracted with work to double check. It's been a busy, busy, busy month. Sorry to Elliott and Michelle!!)