This last Saturday, I participated in the Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair. It was a lot of fun, meeting other vendors and talking to people. I didn’t sell as much as I would have liked, but that’s okay. I’d sort of expected that — my work isn’t really the style or price point people are looking for at craft fairs. I’m considering creating a series of smaller (4×4, 6×6) relief prints for the fall fair.
What I was not expecting was to be approached by the director of the Bossier Arts Council and invited to give her a call if I was interested in doing a solo show. I spoke with her today, and I’m being personally invited to apply for a solo show in the upcoming year. The Bossier Arts Council is very active in the community, and manages eight galleries in the area (some traditional venues, and some non-traditional.) Of course, there’s no guarantee they’ll select me, for either a solo show or a group show, but it’s still a wonderful opportunity, and I’m super excited.
This painting’s been hanging on the studio walls for a while now; I thought I’d share. It’s one of my favorites, and the painting embodies a lot of the aesthetics that define the current series. The bold coloring references Fauvism, while working in traditional color relationships. Strong contrasts play with the flattening effect of hand-pulled screen-printed pattern. And I really dig the conflict between vulnerability and fuck-you in the model’s expression.
The studio’s finally set up (enough) for model sittings, so I had my friend Kera over for a photo shoot. She brought over amazing selection of wardrobe choices, and we spent the afternoon playing dress-up, drinking sparkling wine, and taking pictures. A few hours and 400+ photos later, I’ve got lots of great source material for future paintings.