Sunday, August 28, 2011

First video blog attempt ...

You can use almost any wood to work on BUT you need to suck the moisture and resin out which is why most are kiln dried. Now if you're like me and stuck with white pine wood or any wood from a hardware store instead of an art store because you're trying to save a few bucks then this is what you could do. You can bake it in the oven if it's not too big on low and watch it closely for warping (I will have what temp soon from Duho Studios).
Then sand it and gesso the whole thing with white or clear gesso and paint as normal. To keep from warping you can have it framed later or cradled. Or you can use it as scrap wood to play with. You'll mostly want to purchase hard woods not ply or soft wood since they hold more moisture and resin (not necessarily since purpleheart has a lot of resin). I spoke to another artist veteran and gallery owner who said in the past it was the galleries and the collectors job to preserve it but since the market is changing this responsibility is now back on the artist. Wood is organic keep in mind and will warp with age but depending how well are your attempts it should be minimal.

Second up is the art literature review:
I recommend these books/magazines for resources and valuable information on career to product reviews.

The Artist's Magazine September 2011 issue Thanks to this, I am considering playing with copper as a painting surface! I know it's been used for centuries by master artists, but used today still? That's kinda awesome. I will post pics of this progress.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron I can't recommend this enough.

Third is my experiment on ebay with the PennyAuction:
First try was a failure despite the amount of views (200+) and 3 watchers. Second attempt was a success I think in part due to me changing the shipping price. I am excited to ship my painting to a loving home on Monday but I can't help but feel it's the shipping that makes people feel put off. There's nothing I can do except give as best an accurate shipping rate as possible but I don't want all profit to go to that. I will figure something out to make the auction process more fun. I am happy though that my internet business is expanding and looking forward in creating a dialogue with art lovers and fans in the future.

Fourth and final is a private commission:
I was contacted by a private collector via facebook to do an erotic commission piece. I'll be posting progress pics of that as well before I ship it out.

I am also leaving the transcript from the group #fridaynightartdorks below for learning purposes only and to give background to those just tuning in. Enjoy and be safe people!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Collectors Art Summit, Inc.

I was accepted as a visiting artist in the Collectors Art Summit.

OK save the date! Next show I'll be in is on 9/3/11 @ Tropical Gallery 527 W 125th Street, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Now I gotta find a way into the city for drop offs...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's here! It's here! CoSM's NEW Journal !

My art is published along side other visionaries. 
Go BUY it now on CoSM's Web Shop!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Warped Innovation (Pics from opening!)

More pics from Warped Innovation July 2011 here.

How I looked before the opening with my new hair cut...

then after picture which was around towards the end of the reception. This is what the summer will do to you - greasy hair and strip down. The air was so thick and muggy.
Pics of me, Dino Eli (owner of Orchard Window Gallery and new friend) and Hans Wolf (fellow artist and friend). Kaliptus Arts took all the pictures.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pictures from the Dream Side Pool Party


Mass Group Show @ Orchard Window Gallery

Very late notice I know but tonight was the Mass Group Show opening. I heard it was a great turn out and success. Couldn't go. I had passed out from going 3 days straight with no rest and traveling everywhere. Oh and I locked myself out of the apartment. That was fun. With no cell to boot. It was so hot today, the homeless didn't even bother to hustle on the subway. I never knew you could sweat inside your ears! Every pore cried. I should have brought an umbrella. Did it rain yet?'s the info on facebook about the show---> Massive Group Art Show @ Orchard Window

Hope you all can make it this week and check it out!

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