Currently the people's choice voting is going on for the footballs that were painted for the SEK Art Fest this year. Voting goes into the first week or so of October and costs a whopping $1. So check them out and vote for your favorite. I posted the site below.
With November coming up I have plenty on my plate. I'm working on getting things ready for multiple art department trips at school along with all of the football duties and making art. It's the usual craziness that goes along with being an art teacher/coach/artists. I have finished a few new pieces that will be put up as soon as I can. Below are a couple of pictures of a piece I donated while it was hanging at a show. The pictures are courtesy of Brad LeDuc who helped hang the show. Mine is the little one slightly to the left with monkeys, stencils, and sheet music on it. Thank you for taking some time to check everything out.
Good news! I have been busy-ish this summer so far. We have successfully made it through football camp and art camp. I dropped off my football and it looks pretty sweet out in the sun instead of hidden in my studio. I have been working on smaller pieces for the final fridays that I have been in. I've been using garage sale frames and then spray painting them, once they dry I filled them up with my weird little collage drawing combinations. So with all of that you could say that I have been productive.
Secondly, I will be at Bizarre Bazaar this year. It is the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving, so get your christmas shopping on or just come out and check out all of the awesomeness that is BizBaz. I know that it seems kind of early to be talking about events that are happening in November, but I'm excited about it and trying to have as much stuff as possible ready for it. I will continue to try and update the page as much as possible. As always thank you for taking some time out of your day to check out my page.
I have been busy! Even though it might look like I've fallen off the face of the planet. This week we finished up art camp and it was extremely useful. The high school students who were there learned so much about the silkscreening process over the last three weeks. We are now going into the school year confident about our screen printing skills. There were a few successes and several failures. Luckily the failures were useful failures, we figured out what went wrong and we know how to fix it.
Secondly, I last updated this saying I had sent in a submission to get one of the footballs that the SEK Art Festival had. Once I received the email and phone call saying that my design had be approved we drove down and picked it up. It was a little bit of a tight squeeze but it fit in the back of the Jeep and we got it back with no problems. I got it in the studio and got to work with spray paint, stencils, glow in the dark paint, sharpies, paint markers, the usual suspects. It turned into one of those pieces that you have to get right up next to and see all the details in it.
Also I was lucky enough to have my friend Brad LeDuc stop by and we artnerded for awhile when he was here. It is always awesome to get to talk art with someone who is has an appreciation for it similar to you. Anyways since the footballs are out and on display today I can upload the pictures of the process.
Hello! It has been a crazy couple months. We successfully pulled off hosting the Three Rivers Art League Competition. I have to give a huge thank you to the JLHS Booster Club and to Marty Olson, DeAnna Morgan, and Wayne Conyers. Without all of them it would have been subpar for sure. Now currently I'm working on starting a Nation Arts Honor Society chapter here at the school and get Summer Art Camp all ironed out. Two big things that are only going to help build a stronger program here in Mound City.
To the left you will see one of the copies that I sent in as part of my application for the call for artists in Pittsburg. They replacing the coal buckets with footballs and I tossed my hat in the ring to get in on that action. I find out tomorrow if I have got it or not. Another project I'm working on is I designed a poster for Biz Baz this year in the hopes that I would win and get that sweet sweet pre booked booth. That is a quick run down of that last few weeks. I am working on getting me sketches and paintings up on the site so hang in there. Thank you again.
Alright, this week I had three snow days and I managed to do absolutely nothing during all three of them. I find I'm way more productive when I'm at school. Currently at school we are working on projects and gearing up for Art League. Jayhawk-Linn is hosting it this year and I'm trying to make it as awesome as possible! Yesterday we worked on the giant Arnold stencil for the welcome sign that is turning out better and better as we go. Today I made a test run with the stencil and it turns out that everything is still to cold to work with. So anyway I've put up some finished sketches and as soon as I get them done I'll put up the pictures of my current acrylic paintings. Thank you again for taking some time and checking out what I've been up to.
Thanks to the generosity of some fellow artists I now at least have a chance at having some of my work at Bizz Bazz. So, due to that change I'm working on a couple cardboard landscapes from pictures I've taken on me and Tiff's football weekend outings. Hopefully they will be enjoyable.
Currently I have three acrylic paintings in various stages of completion and I'm working on a commissioned painting. Two of the paintings are part of the "Harmful if Swallowed" series, the other is a flying pig. As I get things finished I'll update as often as I can. We are gearing up for a couple art field trips in my classroom. Also the fine arts department is working on coming up with another field trip for the end of the year. As always, Thanks for taking the time to check out my page.
Finally cool weather! Now that the temperature is dropping I can start working in my studio again. Due to the lack of air conditioning the inside temperature is usually a good 10-15 degrees warmer than it is outside. I have been working on a few paintings and have managed to get some awesome material for my sketchbooks.
By day my art classes are gearing up for a couple new art competitions that we haven't been to before. The advanced art classes are in over their heads, I continually remind them that they are in Advanced Art and the projects are not going to be easy. I do have a couple students who are rocking all of the projects so far, it's exciting to watch them work in class.
By evening I have football, football, and more football.
By night I have been working on my own stuff. The harmful if swallowed series is still going on. I just finished up a melting scoop of green skull ice cream. The poison apple painting has finally found a good home. Even though I didn't want to see it go, it was about time. I did not manage to get into Bizz Bazz this year. I'm on the waiting list but I'm not holding my breath. The show filled in four days, next year I'm going to have to be on top of my game. I do need to get into a couple more shows though. I'm starting to get a good sized stockpile of paintings laying around the house. Here a
Summer time is by far the best and worse time of the year for me. I have all the time I need to work on home repairs, art projects, going to the gym, and coaching. It is also when I have all the time I need to do absolutely nothing. Everyday that I don't have morning weights it's a constant battle between doing everything I need to and making sure the coach doesn't float away. However I have managed to be somewhat productive the first month of my break. I've started a cardboard landscape that I'll be donating to the Works of Heart Art Event and Auction, it's turning out pretty awesome. A picture will follow.
Also we have been collecting bottle caps with the intent to make them into something out of them. We found some nice "cheap" matching end tables. I sanded them, cut them, sanded them, primed them, sanded them, painted them and then I'm going to fill the middle with resin to hold the bottle caps down. These are two test runs at them and eventually they'll get better. Like the landscape, the picture will follow.
Landscape background. Work in progress.
Talk to me. I might sell it.
We have successfully made it to the end of yet another eventful school year! A current update of how we've done so far goes as follows. Tiff and I made it through a wet and cold Art in the Park, not real stellar but it wasn't bad. The driftwood sculpture that was made for the new Bowersock hydropower plant has been installed and turned out pretty sweet. It now lives on the north side of the river and hopefully helps remind viewers that we need to take better care of our planet.
Currently I'm working on some smaller paintings and making cards for this years Bizarre Bazaar show. I've uploaded a couple pictures of paintings I've finished and one I've already sold. I'm trying to get some paintings together so I can try to get in on a friday show in Lawrence. In the event that I do manage to pull that off I will be informing my many faithful followers (Mom) with the location and times. Also some pictures of the installation of the sculpture will be put up as soon as possible. Thank you again for checking out all of my stuff.