The New 365 Days of Painting Project is LIVE!

Hello! It's an exciting time in the chilly Mitten! I've begun a brand new 365 days of painting and I can't wait to share it with you! Below is a synopsis of what I'm up to; as outlined below, you can always keep an eye on THIS PAGE (or FACEBOOK) for updates as well. 

What's the Process? 

  • Create a realistic painting on 4x4" rounded-corner "coasters" (heavy card stock) every day for a year. 
  • The maximum (creation) time limit per painting is 1 hr. & each are done a day ahead of posting.
  • Every day of the week has a theme with occasional (saucy) bonus paintings thrown in on Mondays (see below).
  • Daily posts are made to new dedicated IG (address TBD) & Twitter accounts, my established FB page & a page that lives here. 

What's New?

In the past, I'd just wing my 365 projects and rapidly run out of ideas. Devising a new object every day becomes exhausting fast, leading to dread, and that doesn't jibe with happy art-making. This time I'm out-smarting myself with several pre-emptive moves - a one-hour time limit per day for painting creation, creating the paintings a day in advance (so I'm not posting them the day-of at 11:59pm), a stockpile of 400 sheets of paper already "torn down" to the perfect uniform size, the themes you see below, and a veritable cornucopia of references that I amassed before the project started. 

What are the Themes?

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What's the End Game? 

  • Gallery show(s).
  • Selling the original paintings, prints, posters of each/each theme.
  • Authoring a Bored Panda article.
  • Pitching a coffee table-esque book to a publisher.

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.

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.

Ann Arbor Art Fair Wrap-Up!

Welp, my first Ann Arbor Art Fair is complete and all I can say is: "PHEW! Whatta ride!" From the weather (heat, storms, wind) to the people from all walks of life ("My daughter won't stop talking about you after visiting yesterday, so we're back again today!"), it was a life-changing adventure. 

I was part of the original art fair that spans N. University, Washington, and the "Mall" - I was told by several patrons that it was the part of the Art Fair that was "most elite" and "hardest to get into" and that I should feel very honored to have gotten in on my first try. Of course I felt that way! 

I had neighbors from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota... everywhere! It quickly became apparent that my being "a local" was rare and maybe... an asset? So, I mentioned it when it made sense to do so.

Did I sell? Yes! Did I sell "a ton"? No? I don't think so? How does one measure that amount... I suspect it's highly individualized. Lemme 'splain: I sell tiny paintings that take me an hour to create* - my overhead was low for this show. I had the entry fee and the tent/table rentals sure, but I didn't travel or stay in hotel... I wasn't selling fragile and challenging-to-transport sculpture or glass... I could carry my work in my backpack (literally). 

I made a little more than my expenses, so, I consider that a success! Also, I really believe this experience helped put my face and work in front of my local audience again... and repetition hopefully breeds memory which will lead to commissions, sales, opportunities, down the line. Someone remembered me from ArtPrize last fall, for example! I think that's huge!

My square Moo business cards were a hit, as was my live demo that I signed up to do for the Fair; I got a (surprise) small honorarium for it as well! I forget how much I love teaching until I do it. This was no exception as I showed a handful of folks how to paint some coffee beans, beneath the shadow of Hill Auditorium (!). Magnus helped me paint up some decorative rocks (see picture in the slideshow) and I put up a small sign saying as much - that got a lot of notice too. I think folks appreciated my approachability? At least I hope so.

I learned so much - the first thing being that I need to up my booth game! I saw some amazing displays and took a million notes/pictures so I can now plan for next time. It was my first time, a learning experience - I hope the A2 folks understand that and give me another go next summer. Lastly, I will edit the pieces I bring - stay on a theme, be more choose-y. Frame more... etc. etc.

There were dance parties amongst the artisans, art swaps, tips and advice, electricity shares, chats, hugs, runs to the A/C'd Michigan League building, Italian Ices, and a shared experience unlike anything I've ever had - I want to do it again! 

PS: There are some new paintings in that slideshow up there! I passed the time (total hours: 40) painting, of course!

*most of the pieces are this way... some are more involved, of course!

Coffee-Stained Goodness with More to Come!

Having fun with these new watercolors created on coffee-stained paper. I have two small pieces left - what will I paint next?? Stay tuned!