A pretty rad group of local artists will be showing some very fine work at the Mesa College Art Gallery tonight. That image on the flyer, it’s a painting by Kevin Winger. You can see it live!
The last Mesa Art Show had awesome pieces in it, I especially enjoyed the sculpture. I’m very excited to have one of my recent etchings in the show as well.
Meet me at the reception tonight, we’ll eat some free cookies together and drink all the fruit punch.
Reception and Art Sale:
Wednesday, December 2
Art Gallery D101
December 2 – 16, 2009
PARKING IS FREE ON RECEPTION NIGHT, in the faculty lot on the upper level, adjacent and across from the flagpole. During regular gallery hours, use the visitors metered spaces located on the upper level on the south side of the street across from the flagpole.
Printmaking is rad.
If I had a time machine, I still wouldn’t skip Etching’s labor intensive demands.The process can be Zen-like… this is where the radness comes in!
This particular image has taken quite a bit of elbow grease and time, probably over 36 hrs I would guess. The good news is that I’m really learning to manipulate the Intaglio on the zinc plate.
So, I thought it would be fun to see the progress steps together in a video. It shows the begining sketch, the Soft Ground LINE print, the AQUATINT and the BURNISHING steps. The final frame is a TWO COLOR PRINT done with a dark oil based ink and a glowy green transparent ink roll.
“Change Machine” | 9″x12″
MORE about the Printmaking Process.
Sometimes when I start a new project I experience a design stage fright. For instance, I’m starting a business card design for a Coffee Shop and Cafe today. Simple enough,right?
Naah uhh. As I sit in front of my 24″, glowing, blank, screen, it painfully sucks away whatever glimmer of inspiration I once had with hoover like speed and efficiency.
What I need is for Belinda the Good Witch to come along and sprinkle wind chime-infused fairy dust over my head while unicorns sing melodies of sweet inspiration onto my mind. But that rarely happens…
So, I’m going to try out this game called “Day in the Life” from Creatingminds.org
For this, I’ll need to do some roleplaying. My client has two major customer groups:
1. The Local: Because I’m in San Diego I’ll be heading for the Golden Hill/ South Park area coffee shops. I’m wearing a scarf, t-shirt and tennis shoes. Not too unusual, just trying to blend in and feel “local”.
2. The Tourist: For this I’m wearing a ridiculously giant sun hat and flip flops. I’ll fit right in on the streets of Old Town.
My impressions as a “Local”:
- The cashier looked at me funny (suspiciously) when I took a card.
- One place didn’t even have cards – menus only
- Two places had “frequent customer” cards that were held not by the customer but on the counter in a card catalog. Not really functioning as a business card, just shaped like one.
- I wondered “WHY” would a local spot need a card? Why would I call/need the address?
My Impressions as a “Tourist”:
- Cards were available. To go menus too.
- I was really in the mood to buy something… a souvenir perhaps?
- I brought cards home, I’ll probably throw them away. If they had been souvenier-like (postcard/cool art) I might keep them.
- A Menu might be nice to have while I’m in town?
Did it work? Sure, it got me thinking about what I’d like/need/want as a customer. Not exactly an exercise for design dilemmas though. I’d say it’s a great way to START or re-inspire a project…
Side note: My tourist disguise worked! A family in photo-taking, vacation-mode offered to exchanged this photo opportunity. It’s a good souvenir I might add! I thought it was cool that the two girls wanted to pose with me on the covered wagon…
Creative Tools Source:
“How to Invent (Almost) Anything” by David Straker and Graham Rawlinson. “CreatingMinds.org”
I’ve been working… on a new picture series called (for now) “Mundiville“… not sure yet? The series is a compilation of Etchings and Paintings, but of course they all start as sketches. So, because this is an art blog I’ll show the ideas from the beginning and you can watch them grow!
As of today, each idea is at a different point in it’s development. From here on out the progress posts will trickle in one by one – I assure you!
If you’re interested in the actual process let me know – I can post more technical stuff. Or rather if you’re interested in the story (what the heck I’m thinking…) I can add that as well.
You know this but… Click on a thumbnail and you’ll see it larger, read my process comments, be able to leave your own comments and advance to the next image. Super duper my friends.
Hooray for St. Louis!
I’ll be apart of the August show titled “Meth & Hot Dogs” running 8/7/09 – 08/28/09
If you’re in, near, or wanna head over to St. Louis… go support these “Unscrupulous Characters”
It was a good show, I even ran into an old pal and art professor; Kraig Cavanaugh (Check out his work!) who was happily appalled by the pink I used in my monoprint.
The true highlight for me was the sculputure, I’m especially a fan of Paper Sculpture too. (see some of the photos below)
THE SHOW Titled “Art You Can Sink Your Teeth Into” runs until MAY 14 so it’s not too late to check it out. more info
Here are some photos of the show… I look proud as a peacock! Funny what a camera catches.
And in that moment, time stood still no longer, the soul of the world conspired. The sky, conjoined at the horizon of the sea, together they knew no other, and they were one in the same body, two heads and one heart. Their bond, a love that is forged in the creation of everything, has been there before time began and will be here after time ceases to exist. The language they speak has no words, it is the language of the cosmos, the language that knows no beginning and no end, it is the language of love.
…to be continued.