I had really given up on ever finding a gallery that was right for my work. Then Ana Maria Gower came to me with this opportunity to show with the Golden Moon Gallery (goldenmoongallery.com) in San Mateo. She told me I was the first person she thought of when she saw the gallery. Now I have this piece (Persistence of Memory) up in the gallery. I’m excited by this opportunity to work with them.
I just got a show at Balancoire. I’m trying to pull this together right now. It’s a multicultural place where drag queens perform in the Mission, SF. I was told I could show whatever I wanted but Josh’s personal taste was edgy and dirty. So I’m trying to give too much and fit the bill. There’s a dance floor with a narrow wall space that I want this piece for. I did it a couple years ago and have basically hid it. I only pulled it out once when some old straight ladies at the studio pissed me off and I wanted them to deal with something totally gay. I pulled it out today, there was some damage from being dragged around. I was able to fix that. I decided to try to touch up some parts that were not quite right and here we are. Ready for the dance floor?
Trying to animate some of my drawings. This was a drawing from my sketch group last Tuesday.
Trying to get simple movements down with animation before we try something more ambitious. I took an animation course in college, but I’m 51 and never used it til now. I’m starting to really get into it. I have a sketchbook project from 2012 that I want to animate in some way. This is the first one….. Flight.
Trying out some animation and having a hard time getting it to work anywhere as a gif. Wondering if it works on here. Grant and I have the idea to try out some things. This was a test to see if I could make it work. More to come. I wanted to see if my sketching style worked for this.
I do paintings that stage homes for realtors, this helps pay for my studio. The owner always wants new work different work. So in trying to keep them happy I do a handful in one style, so they can mix and match. The last time I tried something different it bombed. In general they like my work. They have returned other artists work but have kept mine. So to redeem myself I did this today, incorporating stencils.
I went to the studio to try to clear some depression, seeing friends helps. It’s been a couple days before I could actually paint anything. At least with this – what they want is color, abstract and innocuous so it doesn’t offend anybody. I like this one and feel I can do a couple more to go with it.
A week ago I left the house and ran into three black ladies passing out fliers. One said I looked like a painter. When I told them I was they got all excited. I did not get their names. The smallest one kept asking if I would walk her down the red carpet. They asked me if I could draw the photo they had (I think Frankie because she’s a singer). This is a benefit concert and toy drive at The Black Repertory Theater in the neighborhood. I told them I could draw it and they told me to be there at 12:30 on the 17th. They were cracking me up because the little one asked if I could draw her naked. I don’t think they actually thought I would draw this photo but they expect nothing which is why I wanted to give them something. I let this go all week. Tried tonight three times and wound up with this sketch. I framed it for them. So tomorrow I go to see if I can get this to them. I have not been in the holiday spirit, but I did the best I could considering a photo that was not the best to work from. I hope Frankie likes it.
On a rainy day I went to the studio to finish soldering the back and get it into the wood frame I made. Got it home and up.
I had never used these gems before, so this was an experiment. I didn’t have enough of some colors, so I had to improvise. Today seeing it up with light coming through – I was happy with it. I like glass because it is always changing with the light over the course of the day.
The cobalt blue center has a story. I found antique amber and cobalt blue at a salvage yard many years ago. I have several sheets of each still. The blue is my signature – I use it sparingly. It’s probably 100 years old or so – the paper between the sheets of glass dissolved and left dust lines. This etched center piece was made for another art project years ago it was in sort of a tombstone shape – I cut it into more of a circle. I have not been able to find this shade of blue in modern stores.
This piece was made to use up scraps from other projects. So it uses most types of glass: streaky, textured, clear, etched, gems and bevels. Most would say not to use all these together but I was experimenting.