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Le Chicken Tap – Keg Tap Handle for Northville Winery’s Hard Cider

August 17, 2011

A couple years ago I made my first label for The Northville Winery’s Hard Cider. The illustration I made for the label was a “rock and roll chicken”. Robb had the idea to make the chicken as the tap handle for the venues that carried his hard cider. It’s been a slow process and it isn’t yet 100% complete, but I thought I would share where we’re at in the process with the photos below. The prototype is finished and now there will be a mold made of which we can create duplicates from. The handles you see below were made through a 3D printing process. Robb’s cousin owns a company which uses a 3D printer and they took my original illustration and modified it so it could be used as a handle without breaking. The last step after getting the mold made will be painting each handle. I’ll post again when we get to that point. Below is the three prototypes and the original illustration, and below that is a slideshow of the the process so far.

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“Opening Up To Watch Them Grow” a series of three paintings / & my new art opening this Friday night

August 11, 2011

A month ago I went to Kirkland’s art walk which is on the second Friday of each month.  One of the last places I went into was a place called Gallery Wine Art.  It’s a really cool place.  A rustic building with cool timbers and brick walls.  They have a lot of great art on the walls and have wine displayed throughout the space along side artwork.  In the back area is their tasting room with a long wooden table.  The gallery has a really nice, comfortable feeling to it.  I talked with Laura who is the gallery’s art consultant about getting my work in their space.  After looking at my website with me, she said she’d like to have my work in the August show.  I was happy to hear, but then suddenly realized that all of my available artwork was currently in my show on Vashon Island.  Knowing I was leaving town the next week, I prepared myself for some serious art making.  I ended up painting for about 60 hours in a 3 1/2 day period with very very very little sleep.  There were no options.  I was going to make some really cool paintings and I had to finish them in a small alloted time.  I managed to pull it off.  I spent another 8 hours doing the staining and applying the polyurethane, and then promptly passed out and caught up on sleep.  The paintings are on 24″ x 30″ cradled wooden panels that are 1.5″ deep.  Hope you enjoy the pieces.  Showing at the gallery along side these three paintings are 24 of my Daily Biscuits as well.  The opening for the show is tomorrow, August 12th, and the show will be up for a month.  If you are in the Kirkland, WA area, please come on by.   You can go to GalleryWineArt.com and get directions.  Click on each image to enlarge.

Opening Up To Watch Them Grow #1

Opening Up To Watch Them Grow #2

Opening Up To Watch Them Grow #3

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tiny video of the main wall of my art show on Wings Seed Co.

July 19, 2011

In The Center Of Experience

July 17, 2011

I really liked how this painting turned out. It was a challenge and a lot of fun to make. The title refers to the concept of having an outside perspective on your life. Sometimes we can get so detached from wondering if the work we do in the world is taking shape or having an effect. The two main forms were inspired by old-fashioned animation wheels. So the idea is that the painting is a scene where you are observing your life from outside yourself and are able to recognize your actions and intentions and see how they have shaped you as a person. Hopefully that makes some sort of sense, this explanation will have to do for now.  The painting is on 30″ x 40″ stretched canvas and the sides of the canvas are painted black. The painting is coated with several coats of Vermont Natural Coatings soy-based semi-gloss polyurethane for protection.   Please feel free to ask me any questions, thanks for taking the time to look at my art.  This painting is for sale on my Etsy store, I’m asking $800 (plus shipping & handling)  Click on the image to enlarge.


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Artshow on Vashon Island

June 29, 2011

On monday evening I loaded up our car and took the ferry on over to Vashon Island.  It’s one of the main islands in Puget Sound.  I’ll be showing my work at Wings Seed Co..  It’s a fun and funky little store that sells an eclectic array of things for your home and garden.  They have a large gallery wall in the front room where I’ll be showing my work, and also have other art in their back room.  The opening is this Friday from 6-9pm.  Their address is:  9923 SW 178th St # B – Vashon, WA 98070.  It’s on the main street you take from the ferry terminal, just past the movie theatre on the right.  There is also a strawberry festival happening next weekend on the island, so that would be a good time to check out the show too.  I have on display several new paintings, some daily biscuits, and some rekindle stones.   95 pieces in all.  It sounds like a lot, but the majority of them are small.  Ok, that’s all for now, have a great 4th of July weekend!

two new paintings : started in Berkeley, finished in Seattle

June 22, 2011

I started these two paintings last fall before moving from Berkeley, CA to Seattle, WA and just recently finished them.  They were made with acrylic paint on heavy archival fine art paper and then mounted it on wood panels.

I’m still in a process of establishing myself in Seattle and feel I’m in quite a transitional period in my life. The title “Nighttime Travels” refers to a lot of work that goes on “behind the scenes”. Meaning either subconsciously throughout the day, or when I’m asleep dreaming.  The title “Transferring The Light” transferring my way of living from one place to another, and creating new friendships and relationships.

Both paintings are on 12″ x 12″ cradled wood panels and are 1″ deep. The sides are stained with a light wood stain, and the each piece is coated with several coats of eco-friendly polyurethane for protection. There is a wire attached on the back side for easy hanging.

These paintings are available for purchase on my Etsy store, which you can visit by clicking here.

Nighttime Travels

 

Transferring The Light

 

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Father’s Day inspires me to make a few new Rekindle Stones

June 15, 2011

I thought it would be a good idea to make my step-dad Larry a Rekindle Stone for Father’s Day.  I ended up making three of them and chose the middle one below for Larry.  I’d send one to my O.G. dad, but since he’s passed away, I wasn’t sure where I should send it.  But Happy Father’s Day to both Larry and George (dad), and all you dads out there.  So two of these Rekindle Stones are available for purchase on my Etsy store, by clicking here.