STELLAR: Evidence of an alternative space program

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Oh my god. How is 2014 already halfway over? More importantly (to me, anyway!) – how is my solo art show at Twilight gallery opening in only eight days?! I am soooo excited – there will be paintings of planets, starscapes, unnamed cosmonauts and floaty space girls. You are officially invited! If you are a facebooker, here is the invite page.

This weekend I’ll be into the gallery to paint the walls black, and any day now my bags of glow-in-the-dark stars will be showing up in my mail. To be used on the gallery walls, of course, but which after the show I’m sure will all go straight up in the apartment walls.

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Why am I devoting a whole set of drawings and paintings to this franky, naive and arguably overdone subject?

What I’m after – childish wonder, stark beauty, vast loneliness + absurd simplicity. Exploration, finding comfort in the unknown + active curiosity.

I’m not a scientist, or an astronaut, this collection is just a portrait of what I thought being a space explorer was like, when I was 10.

I have this desire to touch emptiness, embrace the nonsensical, and lose a sense of proportion. Gadgets, physics, magic… all that good stuff!

I aim to create a portrait of an innocent motivation to seek comfort and wonder in the unknown.

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If you are in the vicinity, please come by for opening night! There may be space-themed cocktails. And there may be spacemen/women. YOU should definitely come dressed in your finest intergalactical gear. :)

Seattle Erotic Art Festival this weekend!

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The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is almost here! This year it’s being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and the days and hours are as follows:

Friday, May 30th – 5pm – 2am

Saturday, May 31st – 12pm – 2am

Sunday, June 1st – 10am – 4pm

Get your tickets here

I’m so excited to say that I’ve had two pieces accepted into the juried art show: “Blush 3″ and my favorite from the series, “Blush 5.” They’re both for sale, but honestly, I’ll be rather sad to see them go.blush 3 1

detail from “Blush 3″

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Detail from “Blush 5″

Ooh! Did you notice? I also got to help with the design of the official poster! This year’s theme is “Reveal” so I chose to go with the themes of unfurling, and seeing. Here are some of the initial sketches.  reveal sketch 2 reveal sketch 3 reveal sketch 7 reveal sketch 9

Yay! I hope to see you there!!

Pieces up at Scratch Deli!

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Seattle street photographer Rich Fought

If you live nearby, do think about stopping by Scratch Deli (1718 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) tonight (April 12th) from 7-9pm. There will be live music, drinks, art, and good people.

Paintings on Wood! And a new show.

wip2I’ve been working with some new materials, specifically learning how to use different kinds of paint on wood panels. For acrylic, I’ve used clear gesso, but I really wanted to use watercolors, and anyone who’s tried laying watercolors on top of raw wood knows – yeah, that doesn’t work. At all.

So, up until a few days ago, I was using Daniel Smith’s tinted watercolor ground, which you can use the same way as gesso to lay a watercolor-able surface down on practically anything (wood, glass, metal, plastic – the possibilities!). On my most recent trip to the art supply store, I was turned onto the fact that a CLEAR watercolor ground exists. What? Yes.

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I’d already primed a number of wooden panels, so half of these new pieces are on a solid background, and the other half – with the transparent watercolor ground – gasp (!) – takes full advantage of that wonderful wood grain.

I tried “maskoid” (liquid masking fluid) out on the watercolor ground to see if it would work the same as on paper, and it does! This is how I get little stars and dust-spots (or orbs, or what have you).

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“Ant Sisters”

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“Telescope”

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(This butterfly/moth girl is as of yet untitled. If you have any suggestions, please shoot!)

These pieces and a few more will be on display at Scratch Deli (1718 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) – with the opening night being this Saturday, from 7-9. Hope to see you there!!

SuperAwesome at the Oakland Museum of California

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Remember that last little vinyl robot I customized? She’s showing at the Oakland Museum of California, from April 19th – July 27th, with an opening/preview night April 18th.giant robot

SuperAwesome – Art and Giant Robots

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April 19th-July 27, Preview/Opening April 18th