New Year New You

…This is what I kept (drunkenly) repeating on New Years Eve, and I’m pretty sure it’s happening in all the best ways.  It sort of took me a while to feel like I’ve been making changes or accomplishing anything because I was so focused on finding a job.  Looking back though, I think I did a HECK of a lot of work!  To sum things up, in the past year I’ve become part owner of a gallery, curated two awesome looking shows there, completed an internship at a pretty cool print shop, ran two half-marathons, launched this here blog, and FINALLY received a job in the city. Not too shabby, eh?  It feels good to look back, and I like it.

I have a feeling some BIG changes will happen once I get in the swing of things at the new job, and once my future roommate Caitlin comes back to the Land of Lincoln.  …She’s in Colorado ’til the end of her school year.  Just wait… You’ll be hearing about some future projects we have planned.  Can. Not. Wait. for things to get rolling.

Is winter gone for real?

I’m posting for the first time in a while.  …It’s been so nice outside lately it’s been hard for me to sit down at my computer and put something together!
These are my plants that have been growing like crazy.
I’ve always liked succulents, so I finally started keeping some around.
The San Francisco based blog, Far Out Flora, features garden-centric DIY projects.  If you’re handy with a hammer, drill, and saw (or can recruit some help that is), you can tackle any of their projects.  Check out this awesome succulent table with an insert in the center for plants!  They have step by step directions on how to build your own.  I’ll get around to it someday.  But I’d want to build it coffee table sized!

The nice weather has also allowed me to take Gidget and Hugo out!  Here’s a video of them (mostly Gidget) playing fetch.  Hugo was tired by the time we (the boyfriend and I) even got to the field.  Maybe it was the weight of all of that hair!

I’ve also been working on paintings for my show in June.  …I’m not particularly thrilled with this one so far, but I seem to come to a similar point in every painting.  I want to do something to fix or minimize that ugly striped cardboard triangle and the shape to the left of it.

One for Three, Mixed media, 24" x 24", 2012

One for Three, Detail

This is my favorite part.  I cut up some old drawings and collaged them on to the panel.  For some reason I’ve been relying more on black and white to create drama instead of loud color combos.  Maybe while I prepare for June I’ll find a good/better way to combine both.

Ta ta for now!

Frame Building 201 . . . We’re not taking the easy route.

I promised pictures of the frame-making process, so here they are.  But first, let me introduce you to Sasha.  She’s my friend’s roommate’s dog, and she’s awesome!
Okay, here’s how I made my frames, step by step.

First, I glued and nailed L-shaped trim to a 1"x3" piece of lumber. *Note- Make sure the nails you're using don't poke through either side, otherwise they'll be sticking out of your frame, or won't allow the panel to sit flat on the inside of the trim.

Notice the painted wood. This is the trim that overlaps the very outside edges of the painting. The 1"x3" lumber is right on top of it, so it covers the sides of the panel. I cut the pieces at 45 degree angles, created the frame, fit the panel inside, then nailed the frame to the panel. The 45 degree cuts make the corners look neater and more precise.

After I attached the frame to the panel, I filled in the seam between the L-shaped trim and the 1"x3" with wood filler and sanded it down. Twice.

...Painted it... I stuck paper underneath the trim that fits over the edges of the painting so I didn't get any on the panel. 'Douchebag' glass with drink of choice is necessary to create a good frame.

And now it looks like this!

I made a few/a ton of mistakes along the way.  My best advice… Make sure you KNOW you’re attaching the right pieces and cutting things at the right angles.  I accidentally used a piece that I cut about 1/4″ too short.  I left the good one on a table to take pictures of it for my blog!  Anyway, I was able to hammer out the bad piece and insert the correct one so my panel fit inside the frame.  Whew.  Also, don’t be afraid to draw on the trim if you have trouble remembering what angle to cut at.  You can always erase pencil, or just paint right over it.  I feel like if I can do this, anyone can.  On the real!

I also took some pictures of a small painting today.  This big guy kept getting in my way though.

Mr. Hugo Bigman

That’s one of my dogs, Hugo.  He’s half poodle half golden retriever and the biggest doofus ever.  You’ll probably see pictures of my other dog Gidget sometime in the near future.  Anyway, here’s that painting.

Detail.

WAIT, that’s not it!  DECKED was AWESOME!  We had the Opening Reception this past Friday.  If you couldn’t make it out, we’ll be open for 2nd Fridays on March 9th from 6-10.  I’ll post pictures after this Friday’s event.

That’s it for now!  Get out there and make some frames, people!

Decked is Finally Here!

I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this show.  My life has revolved around the planning and execution of Decked for the past few months, but it definitely all paid off!  Here are a few installation shots at Black Cloud.
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Girl power.

Don’t forget to stop by Black Cloud Gallery tomorrow night from 7-10 and next Friday from 6-10.