This is a piece I am submitting for a themed show at a gallery in Somerville. Fingers crossed! The theme of the show is “The Big Bad” and it asks artists to paint images of things that scare or trouble them - whether it be an actual ghost that is keeping them up at night with its relentless gum-snapping or the collection agency that is threatening to sever their limbs. My submission is a loose attempt to show how modernization affects our environment and ourselves. The animals I painted have been displaced from their habitat and are forced to exist in the world we have created. Plus, they look super bored!
Here I am discussing why I like painting and other art-related things. In other words, roughly 1/10th of what we talked about during the actual interview. It was great! My first (real and not imagined) interview is in the August issue of Abstraks, the Boston-based arts magazine. Grab a mimosa and check it out. Because that is what I did while giving the interview. Now that I know that is possible I am never giving an interview without one again.
I visited the Harvard Natural History Museum a few weeks ago for the first time. If you haven’t been and you are not scared of taxidermied animals, I suggest you pay them a visit. Since I am not likely to run into most of these animals with enough time to pose for a portrait, I took hundreds of pictures for reference. There are some really bizarre and awesome animals (a lot in South America, which is why I want to move there), so I may be doing a lot of sketches in upcoming months. Here is a drawing of some crazy red squirrel I took a picture of (and then forgot what it was).
Commissioned painting (thanks, brother!) Capturing a recent trip to Sonoma (that I was not on). I think part of the commission fee should be that I have to be part of was going on in the painting because it looks awesome and I want to be there.
Getting handsy (photo courtesy Van Truong, vantruongphotography.com)
There are photos of me as well, which I am not going to post because I look ridiculous. So here are some photos of paintings!
I love how the colors look in the photograph. I don’t even own turquoise paint!
A few late pictures from the Raw Boston show, which was about a month ago … but I’ve been very busy, you see? Doesn’t it look like you can reach out and grab an actual boob? After that, you might try and shake her non-existent hand. Love the photography (courtesy of Raw).
AHHHH why does tumblr do that?! Turn sideways!