Before Thanksgiving, I had Sellwood Public House express some interest in my work to display on their walls. Great news, right? Except for the fact that I showed them a piece that wasn't done. They wanted it hung ASAP, so I was trying my best to finish it within reason given that Thanksgiving was the same week. Fast forward to last weekend. I still don't have the painting done -- it's the red truck on 4 canvasses. I have been working on it, contrary to my typical habits of procrastination. However, since it's done in oil paint, it's taking forever to dry. Which leads us to the Dia De Los Muertos painting below.
Knowing that I needed to produce something big, and having a ton of other ideas in my head that I can't reasonably start until I get other stuff done, I decided to go out on a limb and try to do a large black and white portrait. This works especially well for the Sellwood Public House -- given that they aren't meant to display artwork, the light source namely comes from the several flat screen TVs that put out a green hue as football games are displayed weekly. Never the less, it's a great place, my artwork gets great exposure, and I pushed myself to do a huge (56" by 44") piece in... 14 hours. Stretched, primed, painted, done. Here are pictures of the process:
Done and Done. I'm thinking her body needs a little more shading, but the owners of the Public House actually liked it a lot, and appreciated that I wanted to try something different since I couldn't get them the other painting. Next step -- sell something!! I've gotten a great experience by displaying at cafes, yogurt shops, and public houses; now it's time to start making some money! Spread the word, Laura is breaking out into the restaurant world around Portland!!
I spent last post illustrating my skillful procrastination. This time, I have progress to report! I completed one of the paintings I was stuck on, and started 3 more. The list of things to do has to keep going, right? Here are some progression pictures of what I've been up to:
Ta-da!! This one is a re-do of a piece that I did for my brother and his wife a few years ago. At the time, it became the bane of my existence -- a piece that I started which quickly became a challenge my brain couldn't handle. The second time went a lot faster, though, once I got past the memory of the first time!
Here's another piece I made a little progress on:
Now it looks like this, although still not finished.
This truck is my latest in paintings that I didn't think would be a big deal, but have turned out to take way more time than initially planned for. Such is the way of being an artist, I guess. I've also started a new painting, which will be awesome as soon as I paint over the old project that the bottom canvas was used for!
Her name is Gabriela. As in Gabriela and Rodrigo. I even looked up the exact guitar that she uses. Research for paintings is fun, woohoo!! If you're aren't familiar with their music, I highly suggest it. It's an awesome motivator when you're being creative.
As for the Michael's gig... I did a couple of paintings for display at the front of their store, but no real bites yet. I'm thinking that holidays aren't the best time to advertise for classes -- people have Christmas gifts to worry about after all! Here's a picture of one of my display paintings: