I've started printing my works on toddler t's and onesies, and I must say mom and I are pretty pleased with the results!! We're using a local printer on Oak Street. We have a WHOLE BUNCH of sizes, colors, and styles in the gallery, with a few of our onesie staples online at www.Cocoally.com. Check em out!!
Chess doesn't need to be boring. Just check out our one-of-a-kind, signed Chess Board! $225. <3 Available in-shop or can ship with an online order!
100% real, local, handmade Mardi Gras beads!! (Made by me ;). At $25 each, they are affordable pieces of original art!! Share the love and celebrate the season with Wish Beads. Find them at 736 Royal Street, or buy online at www.WishDogandFriends.com.
This past week I experimented with spray paints and stencils and a new aesthetic. Super fun!! This is six feet high by 4(ish) feet across, canvas stretched over a wood frame. I'm calling the aesthetic "controlled abstraction". I made that phrase up, but I think it fits.
Birds, birds, birds. We can't get enough. New (bird, of course), paintings:
First we have a scribbly little beast full of color and movement.
Next we have a much, much LARGER critter, who looks remarkably similar. He is the third in my "Looseleaf" series. My Looseleaf Series is a collection of paintings I make to look like black and white sketches on notebook paper. I think it's nostalgic and fun to see "doodles" as big paintings.
This is the "sketch", isolated:
And to get an idea of the scale, here is a full-body shot. We are rearranging so these paintings are all lined up. Notice the little bird Scribbly on the left, with the bigger Notebook bird looming to his right.
I may paint some parrots now.
One of my most cherished skills as an artist is the ability to look at any given color and name the exact paint tube (or tubes) it could have come from. Knowing whether a chair is painted Ultramarine or Phthalocyanine Blue is a pretty cool trick, huh? But just as I have started to perfect my knowledge of artists' acrylic paint names, the acrylic house paint market is piling on more monikers to keep track of. And in a real move of curveball trickery, the names they're throwing around are becoming less linked to recognizable colors and more about moods and ambience. The NYT points to the name "Weekend in the Country", a muddy, blobby brown, to exemplify the abstraction.
The New York Times recently covered the trend here:
The above picture shows Valspar paint color trend and forecast specialist Sue Kim. The story quotes her as saying, “We’re exploring color names that are a representation of your lifestyle.”
I wish I could hire Sue Kim to name my paintings... though I might ask for a little more of a link between content and title. I am notoriously horrible at naming — I want to create poetic names with meaning, but like my attempts at novel writing, I get about 1% there and give up. Once, my mom and sister Julie offered to name all my works. I handed over the inventory list with both relief and trepidation. What I got back was impossibly representational and utilitarian! "Rooster"? "Girl with Watermelon"? Not fit for an arteest at all!
So, what I'd like is the paint-can equivalent of the middle ground between "Medium Yellow" and "Trip to the Moon with a Monkey". Help me professional namers!!
NB: the Gallery is not relocating to Cuba. But in the Great Debate about what color to paint the walls, the possibility of Seafoam Green has consistently reared its soothing and tropical head. I only wonder whether it will complement the artwork?
The debate started when my friend Chris Fisher posted a picture of Hemingway's writing room in Havana:
After researching trends in gallery wall colors (apparently white is passe (though classic) — being replaced with darker colors reminiscent of established museums), I started gravitating back to Hemingway's color. Is it the perfect mix between classic and modern/progressive? Well, anyway, then I go to the bookstore last night and open House Beautiful Magazine (May edition), to the following page (you can click on the page for a larger version):
A sign! Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams looks promising, though greener than Hemingway's room. Should it be Waterscape, or something with a little more blue to make a very light turquoise/teal a la Ernest?
Or... should I stick with a warm white, to let the colors on canvas speak for themselves?
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