Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Quick Hitter

Hey- Gotta be quick on this one but it's been a while and I wanted to get something up. Took the annual beach trip which was well deserved after that trip to Orlando. Had a blast hanging out with the family with little to do and nil agenda.

While I was down there, I cranked out these two wood plaques I took down with me.

She Wasn't the Youngest or Most Beautiful Flutterby, But She Was His Flutterby
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood plaque
6" x 12"


After a Lengthy Discussion, The Two Agreed to Disagree
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood plaque
6" x 12"

Gotta jet. Going up to Philly Friday for the Blaine Fontana show opening at Lineage Gallery. It's gonna be good times.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

........and we're back.

Customs Agent: Do you have anything to declare?
Me: Yeah, don't go to Florida.

Orlando has got to be one of the worst places in the country, if not the world. I suppose if your a big fat redneck with a big fat sunburn and a big fat family and you dig water parks, it's a good place. But it is horrid otherwise. The only redeeming quality to the entire place was an Irish pub called Murphy's Arms. Had a great time there one night and drank Guinness all night with a lovely English couple. Actually, Orlando is swarming with Brits. Apparently, they save up and go there for holiday. A shame that Orlando is the barometer to which they'll measure our country up to.

On to art news....
I took the family downtown to pick up my pieces from the Wall Mountables show only to discover that I had sold one! I was hoping for better than one out of five, but it's a start and in all honesty, I was very surprised to see that not much sold there at all. Not sure why since there was a lot of great work there. Maybe it was all overpriced. I probably saw about 10-12 blue dots out of maybe 150 pieces of work. So to be one of those 10-12 is pretty flattering. My drunk friend from the opening did not sell anything including her $400 piece of rubbish. And she was telling me that I underpriced my stuff. I will be laughing all the way to the bank. Literally.

So that was a fun experience and I can't wait for the next. After a few phone calls, I learned that the jury was still reviewing the work for the Alexandria show and that we should find out in the next day or two if anything has been selected.

In addition, I am entering two pieces into another juried show that will be in Reston from September through November. I'm coming in on the tail end of the submission period so hopefully there will be some wall space left for the kid.

As promised many posts ago, I have finally taken good pictures of Old Trees for New Coin which is one of the pieces I'm entering in the Reston show. Here 'tis:

11" x 35"
Acrylic/Mixe Media on wood board




Detail 1


Detail 2


Bye for now.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Cliffhanger

Forgot to mention that Chel and I locked ourselves out of the house last night. We were bringing some things in from the car, went to open the door, and nothing. Wouldn't turn. The thing is, the kids were inside asleep. The moment I have been waiting for.....

So since the day we moved into this house I have been awaiting this moment as I have been dreaming of climbing up to the deck. The first part was easy. I was able to climb to the top of the fence with minimal effort to where I could stand easily. Now came the tricky part- I had to somehow get my long ass leg up high enough to get my foot onto the deck flooring while reaching up to grab the railing. I spotted the drain pipe halfway up that distance that would have been great but tested it and it was not stable. So I finally get my foot up to the deck floor (my hip flexor was taking a beating at this point and I was in flip flops which didn't help) and it keeps sliding down the deck front causing me to do a split like six feet up in the air. What the hell? I realized that many moons ago at one of our happy hours when I kind of fell into the big citronella candle (one of those jobs that are supposed to keep the mosquitos away), I knocked a bunch of hot wax out of it and it landed where I was now trying to get a foothold. I must have worn a spot of it off and was now able to get my foot to stick. Here goes nothing. I hoisted myself up with everything I had and I was over the rail like Jackie Chan. Home free. Chel might dispute the Jackie Chan part as she was able to see through to the deck from the kitchen window. Whatever. All I know is that I made it up there and for a minute, A MINUTE, I felt like a kid again and it felt good.

Coming soon: I climb the chimney up to the roof to adjust the satellite dish. Just kidding. Maybe?

Bye for now.

The Show, Summer Colds, and Orlando

Hello to all of my fans. I hope the two of you are doing well.

So I have to leave for Florida tomorrow and am not looking forward to it. I have a lot of work to do once I get down there and to top it all off, I have a summer cold which is the worst. I feel like crap. I'll suck it up though and try to do a little blog while I'm down there.

The show opening was last week and was a heap of fun. Chel and I went down there and went in, looked around, and then left to drink a couple of pints at The Angry Finch. Good times. Then we went back in and the joint was packed! I preceeded to drink a few PBRs and had a nice conversation with a fellow artist that I hung my work next to earlier that week during the install. She was really cool and said that I had a few fans roaming around and that they had come by while I was of course out drinking Guinness. Part of me thinks she was embellishing a bit due to her apparent level of sobriety (lackthereof really) and the fact that she kept going on and on about it. She also told to raise my prices and still insisted on it after I told her that this was my first show. Meanwhile, it was her first show as well and she was trying to sell some piece of crap 3D piece for like $400. So needless to say, I took her advice for what it was worth- not much. She did have a couple of nice pieces though and I feel a little bad for bad-mouthing her. She was nice and it was good to meet her.

I didn't get any blue dots on my labels that night, but I only saw two pieces in total that sold, so I'm not too worried about it. Here's a few pictures:

I wish the chick wasn't in the shot, but this Adams-Morgan. Great place and a very cool place to hang out on a Friday night. Lots of little bars and restaurants and lots of little bars. Did I mention the bars?

The curator announcing that I didn't win the $100 prize for Best Use of Space. Wasn't really counting on it though.

Lots of people drinking and talking. Good times.

My four little crakheads. They're all grown up now.

Mine's the black and white character with the big nose. Lots of good work at this show including a cup attached to the wall by a piece of string that had a label on it asking for "Pubes for Peace." Kind of funny. I was tall enough to look into the cup and didn't see any. No peace I guess.

So all in all, it was fun and I hope to do it again soon. Should find out this week or next if they picked one of my pieces for the Alexandria show.



Also, this big fella came to reside on the side of our house the other night. The picture doesn't do this joker justice. His wing span was about 6 inches and I saw him eyeing the kids. I think he could make off with one of them so I got them inside the house very quickly. I Googled him and couldn't find anything about him. Must be some South Reston mutant breed. Yikes.

Bye for now.