Monthly Archives: February 2010

HeArt Show Preview

As previously posted, Saturday February 13th is the 3rd Annual HeArt Show at Jinxed/ Toothless Cat Gallery. After briefly talking to Mike Supermodel (owner) the other day I can safely say that it should be a good time.  Especially if you’re in the Philadelphia area, since it would be a nice break from drudging about in this snow-apocalypse.  There will be food, drinks and of course a lot of great work.  Here is a studio shot/preview of my contribution to the show:

I wanted to create something that was inspired by the holiday, but not so much that it only makes sense in that context.  Since everyone is given a wooden heart to start with I made the decision to avoid the color red.   And tried to utilize the shape of the ‘canvas’ as opposed to treating it as if it were a regular formatted piece.

As for the image, I wanted something iconic and instantly identifiable and relateable.  Any embrace is inherently close and creates a obvious bond.  Hands holding each other have that association along with that of ‘couples’.  While on another level it operates with the role of support and with the function of prayer.  The title I gave is “Always Protects, Trusts, Hopes & Preserves” and is acrylic on wood.

Back in school I once worked in a studio with friend who would say “you can’t spell HEART without ART, or PAINT without PAIN” with that in mind here is a ‘process photo’.  (It was more fun working on this piece than it may look.)

Children’s Book Illustration Sketches

I came across an ad by the American Youth Literacy Foundation seeking artists.  Being interested, of course, I inquired and was given the info for  the sample sketches.  Now apparently there were 75 artist inquires, but only 12 actual submissions.  Despite my odds improving I was not selected.  I’m not too upset about it.  I really liked having a tight deadline and I’m happy with the sketches I sent in.  One of the sample art themes were “Precocious Porcupines Prepare Powerful Potion”.  This turned out to be the sketch that I enjoyed working on the most and overall.

3rd Annual HeArt Show

Yes, I am one of the (100) Artists invited to show at the 3rd Annual HeArt show by Toothless Cat Gallery /Jinxed Clothing.  Mark your calendars it should be a great show!

Winter Hibernation (. . .Not)

So as you can see I have really been slacking on the blog lately.  And that really bums me out, honestly.  I have just been running around and  been bad at taking the time to sit down and do it.  I read other people/artists/etc blogs and I have seen a few posts much like the one here.  It’s nothing new.

Anyway, I have not just been hiding from the cold.  There will be more work up in the next week or so.  In the meantime, check out this pic of a mini-sketchbook I made.  It is  made from a hangtag that came on a hat and is no bigger than a book of matches.  Which allows for total lurker-drawing-moments while walking around.  Yeah, maybe I’m a little weird.