Installation Photos, As Promised.

Helloooo and happy Thursday!  Here are some pictures of the collaborative installation Tracy Jones and I put together at Black Cloud.  Stop by and see it if you missed the openings.  It’s open until June 27th, and our NEW gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5.

The components of the installation were fabricated from yarn, fabric, cardboard, maps, weird fuzzy spheres Tracy bought, fishing line, embroidery thread (really, any kind of string we could get our hands on), and plenty of straight pins and nails.

Oh!  And underneath this here post, I’ve re-blogged our Black Cloud post featuring pictures from the 2nd Fridays opening.  Take a look-see.


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.


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.
Girl power.

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

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!

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.

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!