Sunday, September 28, 2014

More Goodness At Water Street Studios

On-som'-bel at Water Street Studios.

I snapped a few pictures of the evening. However, I am an abysmal multi-tasker when faced with trying to simultaneously experience cool artwork, and check out eye-catching fashions, and enjoy awesome food, and engage in conversation, and try to remember names, and take pictures.  Those who know me know that the 'names' didn't stand a chance, the food was probably taught a lesson, and I'll let you decide on the quality/quantity of photos.

In addition to their gallery space, Water Street Studios also had access to this long cool 'hallway' where they held a fashion/art show which was immediately followed by an auction.

The dude with a white arrow pointed to his head is artist Chris Hodge (check out some of his artwork HERE).  While I was chatting him I noticed that he was wearing a Figge Museum shirt. -What are the chances of that?

The lights went down and the coolness factor went up!  This first image is actually three people stuck together.  The three of them walked about halfway down the runway and then they peeled themselves apart in  a manner that could have come from one of the Alien movies.

The woman in the back of the trio is the artist/creator of the piece Eli Borrowman (check out her work HERE).  I caught up with Eli after the runway show to snap this picture and chat.  It turns out that she is roommates with one of my friends from undergraduate school back in Missouri (which was nearly half a lifetime ago at this point...).  -What are the chances of that?

More fashions.

There was a series of really cool glass busts with necklaces on them by Jenna Walsh and Victoria Belz.  Unfortunately, I captured zero images of them on the runway that aren't a complete and total blur.

Some really cool wigs by Danielle Dobies (check out her work HERE).

I was able to catch a few more images of this next piece by Katherine Kratzer and Claudia Canon after the runway show.  Just wait, it'll blow your mind.

These next two are just outright cool as hell.

The King and Queen after the show.

Danielle Dobies smiling a big smile while wearing one of her wigs.

Remember that 'blowing of your mind' I promised you a bit ago?  Check this out.......

All of those dark shapes on that outfit......

.......are cutouts!  Just try to imagine how long that took to complete.  Totally worth the effort though.

I have no idea how or why somebody was staging three women to stand in front of my piece Domain for a Photo Op, but I'm totally not above leaning in and stealing somebody else's picture.....

As I eluded to in the beginning of this post, there was a lot of killer work in the show and I only had the opportunity to chat with a handful of the artists who made it (much less get pictures of their work).  The artists for on-som'-bel 2014 were:

-Kari Kraus

-Jen Evans

-Valerie William

-Lisa Limas

-Danielle Dobies

-Dawn Tutt

-Patricia Davoust

-Katherine Kratzer & Claudia Canon

-Lisa Dienst-Thomas

-Eli Borrowman

-Angela Zeedyk

-Jenna Walsh & Victoria Beiz

....and a HUGE thanks goes out to Rita Grendze for inviting me to participate in the show and all of her 'beyond-the-call-of-duty' hard work to make this event happen.  Check out Rita's website HERE and prepare to become a fan.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quick Miscellaneous Blurb

A few tidbits.

Hemisphere Junior....

....has been hazed.

Final line work for Skylyne Dryve a piece that is part of on-som'-bel -which opens this Saturday night in at Water Street Studios in Batavia!

Remember this image from my earlier post (Scientifical Color Combo Research: Part I)?

Well, he/she made another trip back through town.

This one also caught my eye and I pass along to you for your viewing pleasure.

Next time we'll look at the beginnings of 'RE 10' and 'DE 12'.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pushing Skylyne Dryve along

Gyyaaarrrrrr! Teaching Skylyne Dryve a lesson one color at a time.....

You can see the edge of my spiral notebook/sketchbook at the top of the image laying on top of the canvas.  I keep it handy as a periodic reference source while I am painting.

Here's the top layer of line work on Skylyne Dryve before any color is added.

Let the color begin....

A pink plastic cowboy.

A series of interlocking faces that still need to be painted in.  Right now I'm just laying down the base color and the outline.

You can see my trusty piece of cardboard over on the right.

Now on to the dual-face figure.

An oblique art history reference....

...and several more detail shots.

Bringing it all together.

There is still a small bit of line work to lay down, but basically the piece is complete.

Now on to repainting the frame....

I place the two sides of the frame in close proximity to the actual piece and stare at it for a while envisioning different color scheme possibilities.  I determined the first color I would add should be a light dull green (almost behaves like a yellow).  Then I mix up a pile of paint.

...and then I mix up a brownish-green/yellow ocher along with a separate pile of gray paint.

Somewhat 'before' and somewhat 'after'.

Periodically throughout the process I place the frames near the piece so I can double-check my color choices.  One time I painted the frame while the rest of the piece (the part on canvas) was in a totally different room and the discordant results were stunningly bad.

Skylyne Dryve is nearly ready for the show at Water Street Studios.