If you have a Playstation, you can now get my art as a theme from the PS online store. As a collaboration with Disruptive Publishers, my paintings are brought to life with a bit of animation. Go check them out, there will be even more released soon!
If you are around Vancouver this Saturday December 15th, drop by for our open studio sale. We will have snacks, art for sale and will be around to chat. Come by anytime between noon and 5pm. 730 Richards Street.
The event is presented by Imaginary Games, and the artists showing will be myself, Camilla D'errico, and Elin Jonsson.
Being an artist, of course other artists inspire me. Here are a few examples of ways I have put that inspiration into my work.
I bought these two little guys for my collection and couldn't help but to paint them into the background.
Sarina Brewer - Custom Creature Taxidermy
You can check out more of her work here www.customcreaturetaxidermy.com
I love this teapot and want it! For now I have painted it until I can get it for my own.
Amanda Eccleston - Clay Chimera
You can check out more of her work here www.etsy.com/shop/ClayChimera
Just a few little snippets of my show last month at the Ayden Gallery.
-I got to meet the cutest little 12 year old fan at my show. She drew me this little piece of fan art. Thanks Emily!
-Finally got to see this tattoo in person. Shannon sent me images when she got it done, but seeing it in person is amazing! Don't mind my crapy phone picture of it.
My little curiosity shelf. A small piece of my personal collection and part of the inspiration for the show.
For more photos of the work I had up, check it out in the 2012 section.
Come check out my show coming up next month. Opening night is Friday August 10th, 7-11pm at the Ayden Gallery. The show will be up for all of August if you can't make it to the opening. This show is a double feature artist show with Nomi Chi also showing all new works, and tons of amazing supporting artists.
Originally an acrylic painter I have never been 100% happy with acrylics or oils. There were things I liked about both mediums, but also things I didn't like about both. I have been playing around recently with Cobra Water Soluble Oil paints and so far have been very happy. They are the closest I think I will get to a happy in between of acrylics and oils. They dry faster than oils but nowhere nearly as quick as acrylics. They technically are oils, so they feel creamy and look rich. Not having to deal with solvents or linseed oil, I don't have to worry about toxic fumes or smell. Having my studio in my apartment, this is a must.
Another thing I like is how they can be mixed with water. I have found this also speeds up the drying time. I have also been able to get some interesting effects mixing the paint with water. I have played around with using acrylics with these paints as well. REMEMBER...you can paint oil over acrylic but NOT acrylic over oil. I enjoy this method of using acrylic as a base so I can get a base color or rough in the background really quick then be able to paint in oils overtop right away.
I notice that I paint a lot different with oils than I do with acrylics. When I am painting with acrylics I am painting so fast to try and paint the section I am working on before it dries that I don't have as much time to think. I also can't go back and blend because it is already dry. Having more time means I can think things through more. This adds more color, shape and depth to my work.
I have free mini samples for anyone wanting to give them a try. I will have them at my next art show this coming August. If you want more info on these paints and want to see them in action, keep your eyes peeled for possible live demos by me coming up. Sign up for my mailing list for notifications.
You can also check out the Cobra website for more info.
I did a photoshoot this weekend with Heather Renney for an ongoing project she is working on. It is a photo series with the working title "The Woman Project". It shows photos of strong and creative women and their careers. Here is a little sneak peek of some of the unprocessed photos.
Check out more of her work here.... Heather Renney Photography