Thursday, March 29, 2012

to order a print of "What You Think, What It Is" to receive your FREE t-shirt!
There are still deals available so make your order today before its too late!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Northside Poster Illustration

Here are snapshots of my process from sketch to final while painting the illustration for the Northside relief poster. Information on how you can order a poster when you contribute to the fund and how you can bid on the original will be announced soon! Your donation will go towards tornado relief efforts as well as arts programming in North Minneapolis. 

I painted this illustration on wood panel with a half-inch profile. After using a wood burning tool to trace my sketch, I painted with ink, gouache, and acrylic. I then added texture and layer of color by marking with color pencil in areas. The original painting is 24"x18". The last photo is of the final illustration.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Promotions Page

I've added a new page to my blog! Visit the PROMOTIONS page to see what current deals I am offering with my art! Right now there is a promotion I am offering in conjunction with Fade 2 Blaq. Want to know what it is? Go to the page and see for yourself! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fade 2 Blaq Murals

For Fade 2 Blaq, I was asked to contribute some of my mural painting into the exhibit. I designed a graffiti inspired image that I painted in black and white to be consistent with the over-all design of the show. When I was finished, Sean asked me to paint a design he created for the elevator entry area to second floor before coming into the exhibit. Here are some of the pictures taken during my process and the finished work. 

Original Sketch
Sketch with value added

My helpers- Chris Deanes and my son tracing the outline of the sketch using a projector.

And the painting begins...

The final painting!

Sketch for the second mural designed by Sean Garrison
Mural #2 complete! 

My "Hair" series continues...

What You Think, What It Is
30" x 40"
I finished this latest work just in time for Fade 2 Blaq. And what a hit it has been. We had over 500 visitors at the exhibition opening night. I was so busy selling and signing books that I didn't even have a chance to mingle with folks. When I did, people really LOVED this piece. Sean insisted that the piece greet everyone when they enter the gallery space. She is one of the first images you will see when you come through the door. It makes me feel good that my art can captivate and move people as this piece has. 

I have added this to my "paintings" page on this blog along with my other "Hair" pieces in the series. I have a few more paintings I will be working on in the coming months that will incorporate human hair that has been donated to me. I also plan to paint children with their natural "big" hair (when I think they look the most beautiful). If you are interested in purchasing this piece, send me an email. I also have limited edition artist  prints and giclee prints available for purchase. 

I Am Not My Hair
30" x 40"
This is another piece that has been resonating with admirers. It has connected with just about every woman that has been in contact with it, including cancer survivors and one bald man!  

This is also available for sale along with limited edition artist prints and giclee prints.