Archive for April, 2011

I want to suck You, work in progress

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Not sure why I want to turn sweet bunnies into vampires and vampires into bunnies but I do.
Tomorrow I’ll add her bunny ears and on the bunny its fangs.

The art of Gardening, collage pots

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.

I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…

I tried to capture in one shot some of my recent activity:

after I finish gardening today I will be painting with my pure pigments from synopia. Its so much easier and effective painting with pigments that don’t have a bunch of fillers gunking stuff up.

Dark Surrealists

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Was notified over the weekend that some of my work has been accepted into the Dark Surrealists Contest juried by Nunzio Barbera. There will be an exhibit to be held at The West Shore Gallery this May.
Max Iver won first prize and his artwork will be on the cover of the book “Dark Arts 2011” to be released this may from Sunbury Press. It will be full color 8 x 10 images.

I am thrilled to find myself in some very esteemed company.

Laurie Lipton’s drawings are masterfully done and thought provoking. Here is a video of her talking about them:

See more of Lipton’s art

Other contest winners were (links forthcoming)

Adam Zucker
Robert Thomas
Selene dePackh
Gareth J Swift
Geff Bertrand
Chris Tianto
Emily Steigerwald
Christine Blu Ashton
Debrah Blount
Aunia Kahn
Tatomir Pitariu
Black Mass
Richard Meyer
Mary J Sheridan
Alicia Ducky
Adam Bloom
Ian Ward
Frank Russo
Don Farrell
Donnie Green
Maros Kraner
Sean Madden
Nick Caesar
Douglas Egolf
Kat Monroe
Jason Rowland
Max Iver
Lothar Bauer
Secondo Russo
Orlee Andromedae

April Fools?

Friday, April 1st, 2011