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Black Light Art Gallery! Tonight

It’s time. It’s really here. I’ll be with the Geodesic Art Collective at the Black Light Art Gallery! tonight. 🙂

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I’ll be presenting both new and old work, including the entire “Frenzy” collection, available for sale.

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Selected work, ready to load in the car

My “Frenzy” collection (three series, each of 13 images), hidden in the brown envelopes, has an interesting back story… I will have to tell it to you one day soon. It involves solitude, inspiration, loneliness, altered states, and a whole lot of running out of canvas, paint, and finally… paper. A peculiarly intense several days of continuous painting, locked in my own head until the paint ran out, about which I may already have said enough. lol 🙂

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5″ by 7″ acrylic on paper w/UV pigment, “Frenzy VIII”, from a series of 13 individual works.

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Blacklight Art Show! at The Geodesic Art Collective

I’ve been invited to participate in an exciting local art show. Only days away, and my consciousness is filled with choices – what will I choose to hang? It’s an exciting “problem” to have. 😀 It’s a great space for the purpose, too, and having attended a recent event there, I’m eager to sit down and make some great selections, and see them hang alongside the work of other artists interested in blacklight, glow-in-the-dark, and color.

It’s thinking this over that has me smiling today, and awkwardly aware of how much of my work is UV reactive, or full of glow, and how little is photographed to reveal it. I suppose doing something about that would be helpful… 😉

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Untitled, 11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas w/glow 2017

Potentially Anything

"Potentially Anything" 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas w/pen&ink  and glow 2015

“Potentially Anything” 11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas w/pen&ink and glow 2015

Painted on a rainy late summer morning, feeling inspired by love, and life; I started this piece thinking about lush green forests, and new life, and finished it thinking about space travel, and contemplating the future of humankind, and how vast our potential is, viewed from the perspective of how much we do not yet know. It is a piece I find myself hoping communicates some sense of how each moment is potentially the seed of some future greatness, and how precious our uncertainty is on our path of discovery. The basic image is of a gravid woman surrounded by whirling motes of dust, imagination, atomic particles, or… really…anything.

Sunset Meadow

“Sunset Meadow” 11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas w/pen&ink, gold, and glow 2015

This smallish piece, at just 11″ x 14″, is the first painting on canvas created in my new studio space. Painting from the perspective of feeling inspired and in love, it is a recollection of those sun-infused summer evenings when the orange glow of sunset seems to fill all the space between things. This painting is in a style I have recently favored, with an acrylic background on which a more delicate image in pen & ink is drawn. I used a gold leaf pen to add warmth to the details, and a bit of glow to give the impression of fireflies and hints of natural phosphorescence that I remember from childhood.

Gypsy Drums

"Gypsy Drums" 5" x 7" watercolor on paper 1996

“Gypsy Drums” 5″ x 7″ watercolor on paper 1996

Like it’s companion piece, “Gypsy Dancer”, “Gypsy Drums”  is a small watercolor on paper that was painted on a weekend at a local renaissance fair, in 1996. This small piece was inspired by the dancing of an associate of that time, named Margrit, an exotic and passionate Armenian woman of great beauty.  Shortly after these pieces were painted, I changed artistic direction and began to work almost exclusively in acrylic on canvas, in the abstract, and exploring mixed-media work. I have often found that between big changes in style or focus, I return to small watercolors, or pen & ink sketches to ‘get by on’ creatively.

Gypsy Dancer

"Gypsy Dancer"  5" x 7" watercolor on paper 1996

“Gypsy Dancer” 5″ x 7″ watercolor on paper 1996

“Gypsy Dancer” is a small watercolor on paper that was painted on a weekend at a local renaissance fair, in 1996. I had made a major life change, and my artistic focus and direction often also change as a result. This is one of a handful of pieces of small relaxed watercolor sketches I did just before I dropped everything to work in bolder, larger acrylics in the abstract. This small piece, and the companion piece “Gypsy Drums” were inspired by the dancing of an associate of that time, named Margrit, an exotic and passionate Armenian woman of great beauty.

What About My Heart?

"What About My Heart?" 8" x 10" acrylic on canvas with glow. Painted for "Blue Shirt Day" 2014

“What About My Heart?” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas with glow. Painted for “Blue Shirt Day” 2014

Yesterday, I painted “What About My Heart” for “Blue Shirt Day” a World Bullying Prevention day, showing solidarity and standing opposed to bullying. Please treat people well. When you see someone being treated badly, please make a point of objecting. It’s that easy. Here’s a relevant website, for resources.

Today is World Bullying Prevention day. It’s ‘Blue Shirt Day’ for Stomp Out Bullying(.org).  Bullying is no joke, and people are hurt by it’s callousness and brutality every day.  If you see it, stop it; words are enough. Bullies function because people aren’t ‘calling foul’ on their bad acts. Today is a good day to make a point of calling it out when you see it, and saying it’s not okay. Today is a good day to set an example; be the change you wish to see in the world.  Teach Wheaton’s Law – it’s a great starting point for treating others well.  The Four Agreements, too, teach us all we could ever need to know about treating each other well.  We have all the resources in the world to build a culture that discourages bullying.  Please take time to do what you can, yourself, in your family and in your community, to send a message that bullying is not okay.

If it can be said that ‘it stops being funny when someone gets hurt’, then I suggest it isn’t funny in the first place. Please help end bullying, every day.