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Ok, by a show of hands, who else feels overwhelmed?

July 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Whew, it has been a busy summer but gratefully it has been productive. This summer I wanted to make strides when it came to my artwork and I certainly did. Doing 11 paintings in a month is no easy feat but I knocked that out of the park. A plus to that is I like each one I did. Sure I could have spent some more time on a couple of them, but I’m proud of each one of them!

Also I’ve participated in 3 exhibits (so far :-)) and I want to do more. I’ve been checking craigslist regularly since that’s where I’ve found these 3 cool opportunities. However, these legitimate “Call for Artist” entries are becoming few and far between. Do you have any suggestions of other websites I should browse around for exhibit opportunities?

At the end of August, I’m going to swap out a painting that has been in Brooklyn for 2 months now. I’m working on a new piece similar to one that is currently displayed at Cosi’s. I’m concurrently working on the Zodiac series. All 12 paintings for this probably won’t be done by the time school starts at the end of August. During the semester I plan to go back to oils and my Four Questions series which has gained some interest so I want to at least finish the 2 that are half way done.

As always, I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for reading and I’m available if you have questions or feedback.


I’m taking over Cosi’s

Hi all,

Hey New Yorkers, are you familiar with the restaurant chain Cosi‘s? If not, they make unique sandwiches on oh so delicious bread-yum yum!! Well they have several locations in Manhattan and the manager of several of these stores put a post on craigslist looking for artists to liven up the space for 2 months at a time. Several emails and a meeting later, I’m booked! This Cosi‘s store is located on 44th and 3rd avenue. But what a challenge it is-let me tell ya. Yet, that’s all the more reason why I want to go for it. Filling up a high traffic store with only my work is certainly not an opportunity to be missed. Now that I’ve been given the go ahead, now I need to create 11 (that’s right ELEVEN) masterpieces in 4 weeks. I can probably do fewer larger paintings, but I have to worry about how to transport them from my place to the store and lugging around a couple of 4 feet x 4 feet pieces on the subway doesn’t seem that safe so I would rather break that down to several smaller pieces. Luckily I have ideas for most of them.

To make this happen, I have to put aside my lovely oils (sigh, I miss using them already) and switch to acrylics for this task. So far so good with the water based paints. I’ll of course keep you posted.

So what am I working on now

June 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Thanks for visiting again.

I’m now working on painting number 2 in the “Four Questions” series. The questions for this painting come from my good friend George. His questions are as follows:

Question #1 — Do I write, or do I teach?

Question #2 — something that’s very simple. Glasses or contacts?

Question #3 — (thinking deeper) — One of my biggest debates on a daily basis is to whether to speak my mind, or to keep my mouth shut.

Question #4 — What is the true value of my friendships?

What colors will be used for this one? Blue, Silver, Dark Purple, Gold, Seaform
A very, very interesting combination of colors. It took me a couple of tries to figure out how to lay it out and I’m pleased with the what the plan will be. Will keep you posted and will post pics of its progress.

First painting in "?" series

April 16, 2007 4 comments

20” x 24”
Oil on Canvas Board

Greetings everyone,

I’m please to annouce the completion of the first painting in the series titled “Life is like a pandora’s box of pesky question marks.”

(click on the image above for an extreme closeup)

Life is a series of continuous questions which must be answered and can rarely be ignored. Somehow I want to paint those experiences. I’ve started the series by illustrating what my questions are:

– Stop painting? (yes I think about pretty frequently)
– Seek career advancement or settle where I am?
– Cut my hair?
– Take a nap or find the energy to do what I have to do?

There never seems to be enough time in the day to paint or draw. That’s really due to a lack of time management but hey, I have a full-time job and try to have a life outside of work. Because of those time consuming elements of my life, it’s hard to complete a painting. There are a couple pieces that I’ve started over the past couple years but either get bored with them or lose momentum and they get hidden away. So I do think about satisfiying the artist side by going to more galleries/museums and putting the paints away. I show that by painting a broken glass with a liquid spilled around and a brush broken in half (the latter to illustrate frustration).

I’ve been at my current company for nearly 4 years. Not bad for a first run out of college, but I need a change of scenary. Therefore I’ve made the decision of applying to grad school for next Spring ’08 and looking for a new job (if you happen to know of any positions in market research, let me know!!) I can certainly stay at the company for a couple more years, but that would stunt my growth. There’s a dark chair facing the right which symbolizes staying where I am. Then there’s a yellow chair facing the viewer and a winding staircase. Those stand for making a move forward and upward.

As for the hair, it can be distracting at times. Sure I get compliments but it’ll be interesting to see it short. Yet, I’m afraid I won’t like it and that it would take forever and a day to grow back (if it will). So for now, I’m not going to take the risk.

Oh, it’s so hard to resist taking a nap. I can probably take a nap any time of the day or night and probably any place. Perhaps it’s due to an iron deficiency but I love sleeping. I also get tired after having a big or medium meal. So when it comes to doing projects for myself, ie painting or looking online for a job, it’s hard to stay awake enough to make progress. It can be done, obviously, but it’s always a battle, hence part of the painting of the slept-in bed with a calendar overlay. We can’t get days back, just have to make the most of the days we have left.

The colors used were just what I felt like using. Since the question marks are yellow, I wanted to include that color in other areas of the painting (piece of glass, a pillow, a pair of scissors, a chair). Doing this helped the color be a little less dominating all concentrated in the middle.

I’m now looking for ideas for the next piece in the series. If you would like to help me with that, I ask that you reply back with 4 questions you would like me to illustrate. In addition, I want you to recommend 4 colors you would like me to use.

Thanks for your continued support and look forward to your feedback.