Friday, December 19, 2014

Santarotica Opening Night

First of all, DON'T look at this post if you're easily offended by a little erotica.  This was a quirky, tongue-in-cheek show I made a painting for, that's all.

O.K., a few days ago, I posted about this show at White Trash Gallery here (Santarotica Holiday Extravaganza).  I put little tidbits of my painting out there.  Here's the entire thing as well as pics from the show.  I put the sanitized version on Facebook, and I don't think I'll share this post...I'll just make it like a hidden song on the tail-end of the the B-side of an album that no one knows is there unless they listen to the whole thing.

Mine:


Opening night as shown below.

Fabulously coiffed gals and my friends Donna and Abby.


 My friend Cassie was in town from Seattle.  The last time I saw her she had pink hair, so I didn't recognize her at first!  That's why she giving me that weird look in the first pic. below.


Cassie and a potential suitor.






 Cassie flirting.


Carey and her husband, Bob.



 White Trash Peg's nude portrait of Iggy Pop.


 Elvis lives!



White Trash Peg, gallery owner/artist and Cassie.






 Cassie made Jamberry fingernail stickers from my artwork for a Christmas present for me.  So cool!





Monday, December 15, 2014

ACCA Music Awards (American Country Countdown Awards 2014)

You know, I put this on Facebook, but not on my sweet, little blog.  Sorry, little blog, that I didn't put you first.

Here's the background:  Last August I posted on FB and Twitter, a commission of Brett Eldredge singing "Beat of the Music." A few weeks ago, the digital team at Dick Clark productions, producers of the American Country Countdown Awards (ACCAs) held on Mon., 12/15 on FOX saw my art, invited me to participate in an art showcase, and said my piece may be digitally autographed by Brett and tweeted back at me from the ACCAs! That show was tonight, and Brett Eldredge ended up winning song of the year.  

Let me tell you, I think I really do believe those Academy Award Acceptance speeches where they say, "it's an honor just to be nominated" because that's the way I feel!  I have been on a little floating cloud for a few weeks, and I suppose even more so because this was something that I didn't apply for, "go after," etc., but rather something that was given to me as a gift from God and the universe.  What an exciting gift!  I'm forever grateful for a sign of being on the right path.

Ironically, the person who commissioned it has never purchased it.  After 5 months, I still have it in my possession so it's available. (-:  Some things work out that way, but in the end, it was o.k.

Here's my original posting (Blue Diamond Eyes) of the story, the painting, and the video.  Below that is the painting one more time. 



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santarotica Holiday Gallery Show

Ohhh, this is a spicy one!  Just turned in my drawing/painting today for the Santarotica Holiday Extravaganza Show at the White Trash Peg Gallery in LaSalle, IL next Thursday, 12/18 starting at 7 p.m.  I'm sure it will be going on until the midnight hours.  I'm just going to post a little tantalizing tidbit below...  this is the PG version of the R version.  Please just chill people, and don't be chilly.  In a world that is currently selling 50 Shades of Grey at Target, this is all meant to be good, Playboy-like fun.

Here you go--just a little foreplay...I'll post more next week.  I think this was about 30" x 36" on super heavyweight watercolor paper--it's a big one. (-;





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Riverside Art Center Gallery Show

Hello lovely people. (-:

I will be showing in Riverside, IL beginning this Friday, December 5th (through March) opening just in time for their "Holiday Stroll" from 6-9 p.m. held in their Business District.  Here's a pic of some of my paintings (not all are visible in this shot).  I will be located in their town hall.

Thanks to Karen, the Director at Riverside Art Center, for putting it together.  Karen, herself, is an incredibly talented artist who studied both at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and SAIC (School of the Art Institute).  You can view her amazing paintings at this link: http://karenazarnia.com/

Back to me (ha!) - see below.


Here's one of my quirkier paintings that will be on display.  You can read the story behind it here:



Here's a part of their current exhibition called "Surface Tension."  Unfortunately, I only have this one shot, but it really is an incredible display.  The artist in the picture below is Lindsey Hook, who is an SAIC graduate.  Altoon Sultan is also showing.  Karen told me that she believes some of her work has been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click the following link for more information on this exhibit: Surface Tension.


Isn't this super coolio?  It's a foam sculpture located in the backyard area of the exhibit.  I think it looks like multi-colored churros.  I love it!


Here's some pics of the town square of Riverside, IL (located just outside of Chicago.)  It was early morning this past Sunday, Nov. 30th, so there weren't a lot of people out and about.  Karen also said that Frederick Law Olmsted, an American landscape architect who co-designed Central Park, the Biltmore Estate, parks in Chicago, etc., also designed Riverside's town square, which has many fabulous, twirling streets.  Hmm.  I just find this fascinating.  I WIKIed him just for you:  Frederick Law Olmsted.



Kman and I were tired and needed some coffee.  Look at this great bakery we found.


Great light!




Loved these old photographs hung over the coffee prep area.


I'm a sucker for chalkboard art. (-: