Q: When is a tattoo parlor an Art Gallery?
A: When its an empty retail space in Paonia.
The entire storefront from the street.
The former tattoo parlor at 237 Grand Ave has been unoccupied for a while as are several other retail locations in our town’s two block downtown. They look like missing teeth from an otherwise beautiful smile. I approached the property owner and requested permission to hang some of my paintings in the front window until he rents the space. He graciously said yes to my idea of an alternative exhibition space. I got this idea from my friend Charlie when he told me what the town of Helper, UT did to its vacant storefronts.
Right side of the storefront.
I didn’t want to overstep any boundaries so I decided not to use any electricity for lighting. The front windows are west facing and pretty bright. I measured and graphed out the window space to display my paintings. I framed lots of really good ones. Allen & I got the supplies we needed to hang them with minimal expense and work. Then we set to work putting up the exhibit.
Left side of the storefront.
I am glad to have my paintings up and able to be viewed by lots of people. Paonia is a busy little town and people were walking by as we were hanging the paintings. I also hope to sell some of the paintings as every artist wants to be able to pay for their supplies sooner than later. I am happy that people will be able to understand what I do all day when they walk by and see the products of my labor of love. And my paintings are a lot happier being in the light than wrapped up in the “Vault” (that is what we jokingly call the shelves in the garage where I store art).
Left side window.
So stop by when you are in Paonia to 237 Grand Avenue and take a look at some of my paintings. You can go across the street to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts after next week and see a couple more of my paintings. I also have 2 in Grand Junction at the Art Center there. I hope to be hearing from some of you soon!
Right side window.
Drawing is the bones of painting. Good placement and composition, correct value and beautiful images start, for me, with a good drawing foundation. I have been building up my foundation this winter. I just finished reading and going through the exercises in Juliette Aristides’ “Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier”. It was challenging yet so much fun. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this book to all artists who have been drawing a while. Its the next step after Betty Edwards’ “Drawing on the right side of the brain”, in my opinion. The following drawing is the last image I created in this DIY self-improvement workshop on drawing.
Graphic and white chalk
I was at the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in January and really enjoyed all the exhibits. I like the sculptures she did quite a bit as well as her 2D works.
Close-up I shot of her sculpture.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s beautiful sculpture
The museum was offering a challenge to people to abstract the abstract sculpture. All you had to do was take a picture and send it to their Instagram account. Not that easy as it assumes everyone has a smart phone with Data. I don’t as its an economic decision on my part.
But that didn’t stop me from being inspired and creating my own abstractions. I shot a cool photo of the shadow of the sculpture.
Shadow of the abstract sculpture
Then I decided to do a painting of the shadow. I used black and white paints only for this one.
My abstraction of the photo I took.
I then used Photoshop to adjust the colors of the photo. I made 3 copies using primary colors. I did 3 more paintings of the shadows using colors this time.
They turned out very interesting and beautiful. I enjoyed the process a lot. As I painted I was thinking that I was painting a realistic photo of an abstract sculpture using a realistic style of painting but it was turning out to be abstract art. Deep huh …!? I just like the depth and movement of the shadow photo.
Now to sell some paintings so I can afford to have a data plan on my phone!
“Elk Hay” at the Art Center in Grand Junction’s 2017 Member Show.
“Zion Sentinel” at the Art Center in Grand Junction’s 2017 Member Show.
These two paintings are on exhibit at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts or the Grand Junction Art Center as I like to think of it. There are over 240 works by 140 or so artists. There is everything from paintings to fiber to ceramics to some things that defy description.
I am honored to be included in this interesting and creative show.