Some great art events this week, starting with Thursday night, when we inadvertently went to an opening of wonderful wire sculptures by Tara Lou at Hotel Biron. Inadvertently because we were just popping in for a glass of wine before going to the Christoper David Ryan opening at Rare Device. His work had a dreamy, Nordic feel. Lovely cinematic compositions of deceptively simple drawings.
And last night we took BART across the Bay for Oakland's Art Murmur. I really wanted to see Lisa Beerntsen's and Tony Speirs's paintings in person, because I've only seen them online from reading their blogs. Awesome work, and it was so nice to meet this Sonoma art couple in person too. Their show is up until June 27 at Kuhl Frames + Art near the 19th St Oakland Bart Station.
The Art Murmur was quite a scene. We saw some great work (here and here and here), and some very interesting outfits and street art too, including a boat made of scrap wood in the middle of the crowded street with two girls lying on their backs inside wearing animal masks and texting on their iPhones. Strangely awesome.
I was so thrilled to see one of my little bear cards used in this fabulous clock tutorial at Design Sponge. (Thanks Amy, for letting me know!). It's not letterpress; it's an original drawing with collage - no two are alike!
You can find many more small bear originals in the 3 Fish Studios shop, on wood veneer and card, all at the recession-friendly price of $15!
Way back in 2005, I got a commission to paint a pair of Mexican wrestlers for a San Francisco couple. Well, they are expecting a little girl so they contacted me for a third painting. Here are the three together:
I also changed the name on one of them (from Besitos to El Chino, which he thought described him better) and made all three into banner-style names.
Last night I participated in my first Sketch Tuesday of 2009, merrily painting girls, bears, and wrestlers for 4 hours. It was a blast. I sold about 15 pieces! The last time I did it, I only sold 2 and I was concerned that the recession was hitting the world of impulse art buying in the $15 - $25 range, but last night proved that, as Eric says, it's always possible to shake a twenty out of someone's wallet.
In the same vein, I plan on attending (as a spectator) the Southern Exposure Monster Drawing Rally this Friday the 27th. It's a live drawing and fundraising event featuring over 130 artists, at the Verdi Club on the Potrero Hill side of the Mission.
Then the following day, Saturday the 28th, come back to the Verdi Club at noon for the Noise Pop Festival's Pop n' Shop. Our little business that could, 3 Fish Studios will be there, selling prints, paintings, and awesomeness. Actually, we'll give away the awesomeness for free.
I did these paintings yesterday. I think next is a rhino and a hippo. Oh and maybe a giraffe. Any other suggestions?
Kaylin in Ireland who loves elephants - I will bring you home a special painting for your room in May. What colors do you like?
Movies this weekend: Frost/Nixon was wonderful. We watched the real interviews on YouTube afterwards and the movie's verisimilitude was impressive. Miller's Crossing was terrific, although a bit baffling at the end, and this morning, Eric spent two hours he can never get back on The Arrival, a 1996 Charlie Sheen sci-fi movie. (He likes to watch bad movies on weekend mornings.)