I have been busy in the mill as usual working on some new projects. The Sylvia Kania Gallery where I show my work and the co-op of which I am a part is celebrating its one year anniversary! In honor of this little landmark, we're doing a 12 x 12 curatorial that opens August 7th at the First Friday art walk in Portland. We could do whatever we wanted to do for this curatorial that embodied that 12 x 12 idea so I made a 9 piece 1ft. x 1ft. painting entitled 1 Ft. Zoo that I'm pretty excited about. It's not in my usual style and I played with a new color palette as well. Here is a shot of the piece. (It looks better in person of course...)
As promised, I have also added to the circus series that I sell in my shop. I have named this series the Cigar, Creeper & Dark Circus and Sideshow series and I am pretty excited about the 2 new pieces! The first one, is entitled Penelope the Sword Swallower and there is another that accompanies this you can see here. (There were so many good ones of this model I couldn't narrow it down.) The second piece is entitled Hortensia the Bearded Lady and this one is even more fun! I hope to have 10 pieces in all; 5 men and 5 women and honestly, I have had so many volunteers I may have to narrow them down to do the 10!
I have found a wonderful photographer who does some carnival photos I love and shots that look like murder scenes that are also great. Ferrell McCollough's work is almost surreal in its execution. The colors and angles he uses make landscapes and even carnivals look like CGI creations, but they aren't. His pieces aren't really titled and he posts them to a blog so I'm not sure they're even for sale, but these two are my favorites:
And I just saw Coraline last night. For those of you not familiar with this movie, it's based on a Neil Gaiman story adapted to screen and directed by Tim Burton. Being a Tim Burton fan, I bought it before I had even seen it (because I own all of his movies), and I don't regret it. Dark and eerie and also humorous at times, I liked this movie a lot. I recommend at least renting it. It came in 3D with glasses which was neat, but after watching it for 5 minutes and not seeing any 3D effects, I just switched to 2D. Check it out.
Until next time: unpleasant dreams...