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.

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Pictures for each post?

I wish I had a few more things documented via picture for you… I promise I’ll have more next time.

This past weekend I met up with my friend Jessica so we could make frames for some paintings.  …3:30 am rolled around and I only had one made, definitely used too much wood putty, and had not even painted it.  Heh.  I guess that’s what happens when 1) you’re not too good at measuring, and 2) you’re not so good with power tools.  No better time to improve on those things than now I s’pose.

I didn’t exactly make the process easy for myself though.  First, I attached some L-shaped trim to the outer corners of the painting.  It makes a small border around the actual painted image and bends to cover a portion of the sides.  It also covers some imperfections on the edges of the painting.  My panels are about 1.75″ deep, so the L-shaped trim wasn’t wide enough to cover the outside edges.  In order to cover the sides, I attached 1 x 3 pieces of wood on all sides, on top of the L-Shaped trim.  This might be hard to follow, so next time I make a frame like this I’ll definitely take pictures of the process.  Anyway, once everything was put together, the frame created a small border overlapping the edges of my painting and also gave it a clean finished appearance.  Me likey.

When I give it the final sand and some paint this weekend, I’ll post some pictures.  I plan on making the same kind of frame for other panels.

What else…

I saw Tennis last night at Lincoln Hall!  L.H. is one of my favorite venues in the city.  It’s clean, has great sound, tickets are reasonably priced (around $15), and there’s not a bad seat in the house.  They also have Lagunitas IPA on tap.  …I think that’s what really won me over.  Since I’m lacking pictures, here’s one of Tennis’ new singles. FYI they sound just as good live as they do on the album!

Well, I guess I’ll leave you with that, and I’ll post on Thursday for sure.  We’re installing ‘Decked’ on Wednesday at the gallery, so I’ll put up some installation pics for ya.  Promise!

Ta ta!

Designing Up a Storm!

Yippee!  I’m excited to be working on a friend’s wedding invites now.  So far, I’ve sent her this little example sheet of ideas.

Four ideas for wedding invites.

I also contacted the Fox Valley Wildlife Center about a week ago regarding their tri-fold brochures.  …They looked like they could use some updating, and I could use the experience.  They emailed me back, so I’ll be designing those soon!  I want to stop by the Nature Center sometime, especially if this fuzzy guy is there!

He cuuuuute.

Making Things and Going Places

It shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but almost every time I go to an art show I see someone I know.  This past Friday I went to a show titled Bleed Heart Bleed at Design Cloud in the West Loop.  Matt had a painting there, and surprise surprise, so did my old roommate, Trina White.

Trina and I at Design Cloud

Seeing this show has sort of motivated me to paint a little faster, and a little more.  All good things.  The studio is in a great location and there was a good amount of people there, too.

Remember the picture of an in progress painting in my first post?  Here’s what it looks like now.  C’est fini! (It’s finished!)

One For Two, Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 24" x 24", 2012

Also, I picked up some cheap frames and stuck my little painting right in one.  The frame makes it look so much better!  …Excuse the major glare in the upper right hand corner.

Leftover 1, Gouache on Cardboard, 4.5" x 6", 2012

That’s all I have for now.  I’ll be back real soon, promise.

A Visit to Black Cloud Gallery

Glad to be back.  I’m trying to make blogging my new habit.
Here’s a video about Black Cloud featured on Oliver’s Observatory.  The website has articles on Kendall College Arts alumni and students by Oliver Evans.  They filmed this back in December when we were showing a collection of prints.  …That show wasn’t as easy to put together as I thought it would be.  I was really happy with the end result though.  You’ll see shots of it in the video!

A Visit to Black Cloud Gallery

Not too shabby, huh?
Let’s see… What else… I’ve been working on my painting!  There’s a picture of it in the last post.  This painting has been really fun to put together.  I feel like when I work I’m always messing something up or fixing it.  So far I haven’t messed up that much in this painting.  My style and way of working has sort of shifted from something free flowing and loose to something that’s more planned.  Sometimes I wonder if the stylistic changes happened because the speed at which I work has slowed down, and changed my decision making process.  I want to see if I can figure that out… If I work more/faster, will I get back to a looser style?  Or has my thought process changed in general?
Enough thinking about that stuff.  This will make you laugh.

Cat Breading

Ready, Set, Blog!

I feel like I should have done this months ago, wait no, years ago.  I finally started my own blog.  I’m excited to give a glimpse of what I make, what I see, what I hear, and what I’m up to.  With that said, let’s start here and now.  Okay? Okay.

Soo.  This is what I’ve been working on lately.  Lots of panels, lots of future paintings.  There better be plenty paintings, I’m preparing for a show in June!

Panels, and paintings, and push pins oh my!

Also, I’m in the middle of curating and organizing a skateboard-themed exhibition titled DECKED at Black Cloud Gallery.  I’m Co-Owner and one of two Resident Artists there.  Anyway, I was sort of skeptical of the idea, because I’ve seen skate shows done so many times.  Luckily, my pal Ariel over at Small Town Skate shop in DeKalb suggested we host Character Skateboards’ 10 year anniversary party and display a retrospective of their deck artwork.   I feel like this was exactly the kind of display or angle that would set this show apart from other similarly themed ones.  Here is a link to Black Cloud’s blog, which everyone (Clarke, Dana, Matt, and myself) contributes to.  Check it out!  Submission info for DECKED can be found in that post, too.  You have ’til the 22nd to send us jpegs of your work for the show, so get on it!

Thanks for checking my blog out, and I hope you come back and visit!