What I’m Working On, May 2013:
1. Acrylic painting samples for the painting classes I teach. The great thing about teaching is I help other people paint, and keep myself painting in the process.
2. Comics slowly taking shape. My summer goal is to have some of these finished.
3. Artworks that are gifts for wonderful people.
4. Not pictured, but I’m always making lists.
Sushi World, 2013. Acrylic and glow-in-the-dark paint on paper, 5”x7”.
I made this painting as a thank-you to my biffle Vickie who did some Google work for me over the phone when I was stranded in Dallas late one night and needed to find a nearby business that was open late. She found Sushi World, which is a delicious, magical restaurant. I painted the sign in glow-in-the-dark paint so it’s always lit up in the dark, just like the real one.
Portrait of Mary Toft, 2013. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 8”x10”.
Mary Toft seemed like a fitting historical figure for an Easter Sunday falling on the last day of Women’s History Month. A poor resident of the English countryside in the Eighteenth-Century, Toft began a hoax that convinced people she was giving birth to rabbits. If you’re wondering how she pulled it off, it involved her putting baby rabbits into her, um, well—actually, I’ll let you look it up yourself. I first learned about Mary Toft from the wonderful Baby Geniuses Podcast, and The Awl has a great article about her.
Mary Toft, everybody! This is my first finished piece for the Quickdraw Collective and i hope you like it.
Super List Saturday, March 23, 2013: 9 Things You Don’t Have to Buy at the Art Store.
Take this advice at your own risk. Your mileage may vary. Paying the money for quality art supplies can be worth it … but not always. This is the list we all wish we had when we started art school.
What I’m Working On, March 2013:
1: A portrait of infamous historical con man Jeff “Soapy” Smith
2: Several typographic/cartographic projects
3: Experimental acrylic paintings
4: Daily sketch diary where I write and draw things no one else will ever see
I am one of the Quickdraw Collective’s most recent inductees. Check out the QDC Tumblr for updates from me and the rest of its assembled illustrators.
You know that pair of Levi’s I’ve had for about ten years? The ones that are frayed and covered in paint and have the knees all worn out? I think the time has come for me to be rid of them, not so much because they’re too beat up, but because I’ve beat up some other jeans enough that I’m painting in them now.
I’m not quite sure what to do with them, though. My (now deceased) grandmother bought them for me at a church sale, and I may have created more art in them than any other article of clothing I own. Maybe I should cut them into pieces like I did with that big drawing?
Both of these paintings, Cloudy All Day and Neighborhood have been accepted into the SCAD Small Works show. They will be on display in the Gutstein Gallery November 16 through December 28, and you should go see the show if you’re in the area. There is an opening reception Friday, November 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and I won’t be there, but you should be! SCAD knows how to throw a party and I can almost guarantee there will be fancy h’orderves.
More info here.