Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wall Mountables Show

Hi. So my Nats beat the Cubbies in dramatic fashion and ended up sweeping the series which is good stuff. Monday morning I put a broom on my co-worker's desk who happens to be from Chicago to remind him that his boys got swept. Still funny....

I just got back (literally) from installing my pieces in DC for the Wall Mountables show which opens this Friday night 7-9pm. If anyone is in Adams-Morgan then and wants to see some good work, stop by. Like anyone is reading this....

Here's the postcard:

It was kind of nuts getting down there. I took the Metro in because I didn't want to contend with parking but as it turns out, the train was crazy busy and there were multiple parking spots right in front of the gallery. Go figure. I got there and was snaked on some spaces by some guy who was waiting for me to go get tape for my space assignment slips (we were supposed to tape them to the wall so as to call dibs for the spot). That was kind of shady, but I ended up getting some better spots instead so it all worked out. I hung my pieces and got to talking with this really nice woman who was hanging next to me which was cool. She had some really nice work and honestly, the whole place was filling up with good stuff. I can't wait for the opening. Should be fun.

Bye for now.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Take Me Out..... the ballgame tonight. Nats vs. Cubs. It supposed to rain though. Suck.

I wrapped up a painting last night and worked further on another one that I'm not really feeling. However, I've had a few like that before and they've turned out alright. We'll see. The palette is all wrong though and it's real bright and vibrant and saturated. I think I hate it. I don't really know any other artists so I wonder how many other painters feel this way half way through a piece. I can't imagine that I'm the only one. Again, we'll see. Maybe I can pull it off.

The DCAC show is next week. Can't wait. A little nervous, but it will be fun. I've never done a show before so I have a lot of questions about the installation part of it. Do I bring my own hammer and nails? Tape measure? Is that sort of thing provided? I'll either call and ask or just bring my own stuff and live and learn. I think I'll go with the latter.

What else? Still hot as a pistol here. Oh, here's a picture of me as a grumpy lacrosse coach back in March. I coached at my old high school and can't wait for next season. Good times.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Blah blah blah......blah blah blah blah

Yeah, not much going on. It's hot as hell here and I'm starting to relish the fact that I have a desk job. For now anyways.

We had a really busy weekend. My son was Christened on Saturday and we had a bunch of family in town and had a really great time. Thanks to everyone involved, especially my in-laws who had the party at their house. Great time! Also, thanks to the family that traveled such a distance to be here. Wouldn't have been the same without them.

Now that they're gone though, I can get back to painting and plan on staying up super late tonight to do so. Can't wait. I've got one that's just about finished and am eager to start a new one after that.

Will have more to report tomorrow.

Bye for now.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Go Navy.

So I had to go to Annapolis yesterday for work and having gotten up there a little early, I went by a few galleries to check out some work. Saw some decent stuff but it's all the same subject matter up there. I mean, you can only look at so many paintings of harbors, crabs, boats, etc. before it gets a little boring. I know it's Maryland, but c'mon - try something different. Fun nontheless and a good way to kill some time.

Annopolis....from the parking garage.

Main Street. The harbor is behind me.

These looked good together.

I liked this one.

Cool alley.

Stopped here for a pint. Mmmmmmmmmm..........pint.......

So I got done with what I was there for work-wise and drove home in one of the most insane thunderstorms. It was nuts.

Didn't get to work on anything last night, but I did clean up the studio and took a few pictures.
Here's the before:

And here's the after:

Bye for now.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Iron Horse

I am continuing to pump out paintings and I finished another one in the wee hours of the morning last night (or this morning depending how you look at it). I got about 3 hours of sleep, but it was worth it. This one is called "Old Trees for New Coin" and is about 10" x 38" on a bookshelf I ganked from my office. I actually have three of them which is great because I really liked working with wood. It's very smooth and the paint glides on. So, the premise of the painting is more of a comment on how a bunch (and I mean a bunch!) of old trees have been ripped out of the ground to make way for construction over the past ten years here in Reston. The pisser is that they plant these little tiny saplings to almost try and make up for it and they're dwarfed by the structures. It's the right thing to do (to re-plant), but those little trees have always represented the death of old ones for new business, which ultimately is in place to make coin. So there you have it.

I also went out and got some frame kits for a couple of paintings and put those together last night too while my daughter and her friend danced and sang to the "Karaoke Swamp" extra feature on the Shrek DVD. It was a fun time and the frames came out really well. I like seeing my stuff as a finished product. Very rewarding. However, as some of the exhibits I plan on participating in approach, I am feeling kind of funny about selling my work. There is such a personal connection with the work due to the time spent with it, that it seems very strange to part with it. But, that's just part of the whole deal I guess and I'll put my purse down now and just sell the stuff. Hell, I always have the pictures and can order prints I guess. This is, of course, IF it sells. Kind of cheeky to assume that it will.

I'll post a picture of the painting soon and will also take a couple of shots of the studio. It needs to be cleaned due to some family coming in for the weekend, so I'll get some good before and after shots.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

On the Mend

Post pitbull attack. Notice the three straw drain in her chest. She's now the family juicebox. Poor Gia...

The good news is Gia is doing much better and is making a speedy recovery. It was quite a weekend though as we had to take her back to the emergency vets and the entire thing ended up costing us about $1450. Without going into details, it was paid back to us so I guess that's good news too.

As for some art news (there hasn't been much of that here), I have been painting quite a bit and have entered three pieces into a juried show which will run sometime in September in Alexandria. Should find out if any were selected the week of August 1st. Stay tuned.

I also have the DCAC "Wall Mountables" show in a few weeks which is an open show but is a good starting place and a decent event to put on a resume. I have four little framed pieces for that and hopefully they will sell. Having not sold a piece of art yet, they will be priced fairly low. I need to build a base while staying reasonable.

So, that's about it for now. I am still website-less and it's driving me nuts for some reason. I like having my site and I'm starting to miss it. I have an offer for free hosting which I'd like to jump on but it's been tough trying to connect with my guy. So, hopefully soon.

Bye for now.