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. 🙂

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature – Show at Gallery Nucleus!!

I’m so pleased to be taking part in this invitational group show at Gallery Nucleus, in Alhambra, California:

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature

March 29, 2014 – April 13, 2014
Mar 29, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Here is the piece I shipped down to the gallery – “Soil” – watercolor, 7×10.”

soil sm“From the forces that gift us with sunshine and curse us with storms to the countless creatures that roam sky, earth and sea, from the plants that provide us with breath and life to even the tiniest of organisms yet to be discovered, we are surrounded by Mother Nature at every moment. Nucleus presents an exciting group of diversely skilled artists that have come together to create a compelling collection of work that celebrates the harmonious existence of all things that live, breathe, and even photosynthesize. This visually stunning exhibition features a variety of media from a global roster of inspiring talent and urges us to connect to the beauty, power and balance within the natural world. ” (Gallery Nucleus)
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Exhibiting Artists:

Alex Louisa
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Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Christina Mrozik
Corinne Reid
Edward Kinsella
Erica Williams
Frank Gonzales
Hannah Yata
Jan Huling
Joshua Harker
Junyi Wu
Karina Eibatova
Katherine Brannock
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Laura Bifano
Linda Kim
Mab Graves
Michael Brown
Otto Björnik
Natasha Durley
Richard Kirk
Sam Yong
Sean Avery
Stasia Burrington
Teagan White
Vikki Chu
Yellena
Zoe Poster

(Oh my god! Some incredible artists here! I feel so honored to be showing with them! …And intimidated… oh, don’t tell anyone)


Here are some other small paintings I’ve done recently – I took a small break from work this last month to spend some time in Montana with my sister, brother-in-law and brand new nephew (!), who I’m head-over-heels in love with. Needless to say, I didn’t get much done. But we were able to sneak in a little time to play around with watercolor pencils! spring sm

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“Merging Views” Group Show at GR2!

Oh my god. I am so excited to be taking part in a group show at GR2 down in Los Angeles! The art will be going out in the mail tomorrow, and I hate seeing it go!

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“This One’s for Rumi” 22×30,” charcoal, ink, acrylic and cotton on handmade paper

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“Sigh,” 9×12,” charcoal, ink, watercolor on handmade paper

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“A Dreamy Mess” 22×30,” charcoal, ink, acrylic and cotton on handmade paper

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“Sigh 2,” 9×12,” charcoal, ink, watercolor on handmade paper

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“Steep” 22×30,” charcoal, ink, acrylic and cotton on handmade paper

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“Mark,” 9×12,” charcoal, ink, watercolor on handmade paper

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“Whiplash” 22×30,” charcoal, ink, acrylic and cotton on handmade paper

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All I want to do is sleep

Because it’s the middle of winter and I’m convinced I’m part bear.

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But, you know, I’m a grown up now and at around 11am I get thirsty so do get out of bed. Yesterday I was SUPER grown up and cleaned the house. Today I made these. Little drawings this time, 5x7in, on the kraft paper with charcoal, ink and acrylic. Lazy Bones.

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The small originals are all up in the shop here.

Are you (my Northern hemisphere friends) all having the same hibernating problem, or is it just me? How do you kick it? Or, how do you not stay in bed all day, especially when you have thick blankets and like, a million pillows, and your sweetheart makes you coffee in the morning so you don’t even have to get up?

Of course, this’d probably be different were I still a student or had a day job where I was expected somewhere at a certain hour. But then again, I’d probably be playing hookey.

Necking and bruises, today’s drawings

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This one’s for the girls who bruise easy: who climb trees and battle brambles and fall and get back up. Her legs will never be fit for modeling, but she shows them off anyway. She thinks they look like crushed violets.