Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Akron Arts Expo

Just finished the Akron Arts Expo at Hardesty Park in Akron. 160 juried artists, food, and entertainment. The weather was killer...90-95 degrees the first two days and on and off thunderstorms throughout the weekend. The crowds were still large and people seemed to have a good time. Seven tents were lost during the first nights severe thunderstorm. Here are a few pictures of my booth and other artists near me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Newest creation from start to finish

Here's my newest. I started it a couple of days ago. First step was to gesso both sides of the illustration board and apply some interesting texture with heavy gesso and modeling paste using a pallet knife. After drying overnight, I masked off areas in random but pleasing manner. I just "zoned out" listened to the music and taped off some interesting shapes. I then applied some color. Started out with primary yellows and reds and blues and let it dry again overnight. I then removed the tape and added more color and blended it in. Now the hard part...I tinkered with it all day adding and outlining and rubing with alcohol to remove top layers of paint and expose under colors. Finally adding some highlight colors of copper and bronze. The hard part at this point is to know when to stop and to not reach that overworked look. I tried to maintain the look of a spontaneous mix of colors and shapes even though it took me three days.

What do you think? Is it finished? I need a name for it. I'm thinking about matting and framing it under glass. It'll be huge...the board is 30 x 40.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gervasi Vineyard Art Show

The new Gervasi Vineyard in Canton has established a monthly art show on their beautiful grounds of the winery. The show was first class and attendance was great. It was a beautiful night of art, music, and wine. The next show will be Aug. 16.