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New date for my upcoming solo art exhibit at the downtown Lumberton, NC Civic Center: Thursday, January 15, 2015!
Particulates Of Light
"When an artist applies paint to canvas, they are in effect painting light. As light is made of particles of energy, spray paint is made of particulates of pigment. I came across this spray paint art form only a few years ago and explored its potential to create art, and I found spray paint can emulate light that leaves the piece with a pleasing glow, drawing the viewer like a moth toward the light placed on canvas."
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Candles And Gifts
402 North Chestnut St.
Lumberton, NC 28358
I've been keeping an eye out in Lumberton, NC for a good retail establishment to provide wall space for my paintings, and found it! You can now check out my paintings/prints downtown Lumberton at Candle And Gifts, and while you are there experience the scents of their many natural soy candles!
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Come to find out that the pricing structure for workshops were a bit confusing so I am simplifying it.
Originally there were 2 types of support: Canvas panels and stretched canvas. I will be eliminating the lower cost canvas panels because the stretched canvas is much better and easier to hang, and will streamline the pricing.
All workshops will now be on 16" x 20" stretched canvas.
The base pricing will be divided into 3 catagories. Each additional student reduces the price for everyone by $5.00:
2 Student Workshop
Save money by inviting a friend to attend the workshop with you.
Spacepainting: $35.00 ea.
Silhouettes: $45.00 ea.
Planetscapes: $55.00 ea.
3 Student Workshop
Save even more by inviting 2 friends to attend with you for a 3 student workshop:
Spacepainting: $30.00 ea.
Silhouettes: $40.00 ea.
Planetscapes: $50.00 ea.
Workshops are limited to 3 students at this time due to space and materials.
As before all materials supplied at no additional cost.
I'll just put it out there: I don't do commissions. There may be an exception such as for a family member, but in general I don't like doing it and there are several reasons.
One, is that the one who wants to commission the painting has a specific vision they want me to paint. More often than not the painting isn't exactly what they thought of and they try to talk me into a redo or a lower charge.
Second, is I've been burned more than once after completing the piece. Even charging half now and half when the piece is done has me sitting on the piece waiting for the final payment for months, if ever.
Third, is signs involving lettering. I'm terrable at lettering and don't enjoy doing it.
I do enjoy receiving ideas though, such as when someone suggests a theme and it would spark my creativity. I don't do commissions, but if you have an idea for a painting, let me know. I just may paint it.
The date is set for an art exhibit of my work hosted at the Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, NC. The reception is Thursday, Jan. 15th, 2015.
Carolina Civic Center
Thurs. Jan. 15, 2015
I decided to put a hold on sales of my work until the exhibit. A portion of the sales during the exhibit will go toward the Carolina Civic Center.
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Edit: Reception date edited to correct date. Cya there!
When you think about it, stencils and masking goes hand-to-hand with spray paint art. It could be an intricate detailed cut out stencil or a hand torn piece of poster board, you can't separate the method from spray paint. But is it cheating?
Better yet, did the old masters cheat? No. But they did use technology they had at the time to help them create their masterpieces. For example, they used the Grid System to help enlarge, reduce, or enact accuracy in size, shape and proportion of their subject matter. They even traced by punching holes along the lines of their parchment drawings and they painted through the holes to transfer the image onto another surface.
If the old masters were alive today I bet they would use the modern technology that they would have at their disposal, much like we do. It's okay to use a computer to take an image and enlarge or reduce its size, to copy it onto a sheet of poster board and use an exacto knife to cut a stencil or mask. These are tools of the modern artist.
Spray paint art is not cheating, my friends. It's a chosen tool for some artists to help put their vision on canvas, much like the tubed paints and brushes, tools used by traditional paintiers. A famous artist, Helen Van Wyk, once said that an observer of a piece of art does not care about the struggle that the artist had to endure to create the work of art. They either like it or not. That's all.
It's important to not only learn the methods and technique of spray paint art to help you create, but to also use the tools you have at your disposal to help you create your work of art in the most direct and easy way that is best for you. It is your vision that you are placing on canvas. Make it yours by using what tools you have at your disposal.
A good friend of mine who have never dabbled in art dropped by the other day and agreed to do a spray paint art workshop. The next couple hours was something to behold as he created this beautiful soldier spray painting.
He described the experience as 'calming' and 'therapeutic", with astonishment that he actually painted it himself. Nicely done, Jon!
Thanks to computer/internet technology, anyone can just about do anything with the aid of a computer these days. In my particular case it is the ability to create and print my own books thanks to Print On Demand (POD) services.
There are many services that will help you create your book, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and my preferred print on demand 'online publishing' service is Lulu.
I have already published quite a few books in the past 10 yrs. such as 2 novels and 4 or 5 how-to-paint instruction books. One novel titled Jack Ryder - The Rundorth Faction has a USBN number and is available on Amazon. The others can be purchased at lulu.com.
One Particular book that I enjoyed writing is Merged Centuries, a how-to paint with oils guide by combining old school methods with new modern ways of painting. That was followed by a few step-by-step oil painting guides on specific paintings. All of these books can be ordered at Lulu.com.
Having picked up spray paint art these past few years, I no longer use the Merged Centuries method of painting, so it is time for me to begin on a new publication involving spray paint art. I see it as a 1 year project.
Expect the book to be published spring of 2015.
We are getting closer to the spring 2014 workshops. Still a lot to do between now and then, but I took a couple weeks to rest after the festival and am now gearing up for the spring workshops.
My daughter Megan had yet to try spray paint art, so I walked her through a really cool wolf painting last week that she shipped to her boyfriend in CA. Her painting came out crazy good, and here she is proudly showing it off.
Paintings make great gifts to friends and loved ones especially if hand painted by the giver (you). Attend a spray paint art workshop and create a treasured painting that you can share or give away.
It's been at least 15 years since I've shown any of my work at a festival, and this most recent showing here at the Rumba on the Lumber festival on March 1st. in Lumberton, NC was a great success!
Not that I sold any original paintings, mind you. But the lower priced 12" X 16" prints and the small 5" X 7" prints sold well enough to cover the costs and plenty of literature was passed out promoting the upcoming workshops.
Speaking of workshops, we even conducted one at the festival. Here is Susanna proudly showing her first spacepainting! Looks great, Susanna!
Of all the various paintings I had at the festival, it was the silhouettes that got the best reaction. Something about the mysteriousness of the subject, drawing you in to fill your own personal details and meaning. I plan to paint more of these and record more videos on the process.
What's next? There's lots to do between more painting, scheduling workshops, recording and editing videos, and putting up an online store making it easier to get your hands on one of my paintings.
Until next time, my friends.