ArtPrize 2017 is Upon Us!

Tomorrow, ArtPrize 9 opens in Grand Rapids, MI and it's my 4th time participating (!!). I spent the greater part of the last year working on my piece and I'm really excited to show it to everyone who visits The B.O.B. (the same venue who had me in 2015!). It was created with a pencil drawing, a watercolor underpainting, and then a final layer of carbon dust, ink & white chalk. 

Round one voting starts tomorrow and ends on the 30th - it's the most essential time for you to visit, if you want to vote for me. To that end, my voter ID is 64700 (you have to be in GR to vote... or at least to register)

Here are some images from the installation of my piece - Honey Gum Moss & Denim (click the title to view the project's webpage):

TEDxYDL is Tonight and you can Watch Online!

IT'S HERE!! Tonight from 7-9pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (-04:00 GMT), I'll be part of the 2017 TEDxYDL event! If you'd like to watch LIVE, you can (so cool!!): 

TEDxYDL LIVE STREAM


I'll talk about art, science, and my life in medical illustration and I hear I'm to speak 2nd-to-last, so, probably closer to 8:30-8:45pm EST, I wager. I'd love to know if you tune in!

Further, if you're IN the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor/Detroit area, there will be a viewing party at Riverside Art Gallery (I was in an art show there last summer) with an afterparty afterward!

A little preview - I created this time lapse for the talk - enjoy and wish me luck!

A blue eye with freckles done in mixed media by yours truly (over the course of about 3 hours) on April 5, 2017. The final is about 6x6"; watercolor, pencil, carbon dust, white chalk, and ink.

So... Next Month I'm Giving a TEDx Talk About Art & Science??

Yep - You read that right. SOMEHOW, I was chosen as one of 9 folks who will be speaking at the April 13th TEDxYDL event here in Ypsilanti, MI @ Eastern Michigan University's Halle Library. Fun fact: Tickets sold out in less than an hour! O.o

My talk is still very much in development, but I can share part of my proposal from my application with you:

I would like to talk about the human eye - what’s incredible about it (structurally/functionally - my PhD research was in the eye), why I have drawn them obsessively for 30+ years (as a medical illustrator and fine artist), and how studying them can bring a deeper appreciation of not only the interdependence of art and science, but also how that can been applied to how we relate to each other and our world. An overarching theme of my work is appreciating the commonplace - a practice that leads to more understanding/thoughtfulness of how we are all connected.

It's gonna some press in the Detroit Metro Times and there's a brief write-up on the Ypsilanti District Library's website.

SOoooo... yeah, that's garnering a ton of my attention right now. It's a massive thing (to my mind, at least) and to say it's not scary would be, well, fibbing to the extreme. Scary, but also tremendously exciting, I should say! It's been awhile since I've been up in front of folks and I really do thrive there - even if it's terrifying. :)

My profile page is here and afterword, my talk will be available on YouTube and I'll definitely share that with you. 

In other news, new art:

EYES! One is Soooo 80s & One is a Tiny Modern Lover's Eye Prototype

...I'm not the best at titles. I AM good at drawing eyes, tho. Here ya go!

Wanna know more about lovers' eyes? Try the Salon's article: The Secret History of Lovers Eyes

I'm Developing a New Technique (Samples Inside!)

Hoooo boy! Just typing that title makes my heart race a bit. EXCITING!

Above & below are some big-time "mixed media" drawings/paintings... by "big-time", I mean, take virtually everything I've used as a medium over the years and throw it together and voila! Here we are and I'm preliminarily calling them "water carbons".

I've done all of these in the last few days, that's how electrified this has me (and there's a 5th at the sketch stage as I type this, even - see below for a peek). I'm really interested to hear what you think, if you could leave a comment (or a heart), that'd be swell. #moreart 

How I do.

How I do.

A Slideshow from Hanging My Art Prize 2016 Entry!

My entry, "How to Draw the Human Eye", is up and ready for your eyeballs at Women's City Club's gallery (254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI - just up the street from the BOB, where I was last year)! It's part of a stunning group of work... it's really worth a look!

Art Prize begins officially on Sept 21st (next Wed) and runs through Oct 9th. First round voting to determine the finalists is only during the first week, so, if you're interested in that, that's my best intel (you have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote, btw). To vote for my entry, my ID# is 62588. It's also displayed by my piece, as you can see.  If you go see my work, comment below! I wanna know! Bonus points for a picture of you with it :D

8 More Eye Portraits for Art Prize 8!

All are about 6x6" on smooth bristol, all are done in pencil. There is some ink in the first three as well. It's a really interesting addition to my drawings and I'm really glad I've been giving myself the space to experiment with it. 

If you're interested in attending Art Prize and seeing my piece (which will also include video) - I'll be showing at Women's City Club near the city center in Grand Rapids. It runs from September 21st to October 9th. My artist number (for voting) is 62588.

All of the artwork has a page of its own HERE.

What 600 (+1) Tiny Drawings/Paintings Looks Like

So, I was just updating my Drawing-A-Day page (which isn't truth-in-advertising, I grant you) when I realized something momentous:

I'VE CREATED 600 SMALL PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS*

That's just madness. What's even MORE mad is that I feel like I could/should be doing more! Oh, self.

So, it's my birthday and I thought I'd share all 600 (+1) pieces with you! Enjoy! Do you have a favorite?? Click through to their page to see them up close & personal - these are just screen shots :)

*NOT including the derby portraits, Rob, the eyes for Art Prize, my work illustrations, etc.

The New Derby Portraits are Done! Time to Hang Them!

Dreamy McTranspants, 22 x 30", 2016
Carbon dust, white chalk & roller skate dirt

Dreamy is done! Hooray! 

Now it's off to Lansing tonight to hang 'A Bout Face' at the MICA gallery in Old Town! This is my first solo show and I'm really, really thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully, this will go really well and even more opportunities are right around the corner!  #projectjustanartist