Saturday, April 28, 2007

A New Painting

I started a new painting today. Another double portrait. This one is of my son Noah when he was in kindergarten (5 years old) and today at 16 years old. This is just the underpainting, and I've decided that a black background, like the one I used for my self-portrait would be too dark with the black hair, so I have to pick something else. I even found a sentence from his kindergarten report card I'm going to use, but I won't reveal that until the painting's finished.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

We're on NBC!

Here's the link to the NBC spot that aired at 5:20 on Wednesday, April 25:

Now I'd better get back to actually creating art.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We've got press!

NBC did a piece on ECO-logical Art Gallery at 5:20 p.m. today and showed all the billboards. Associate Press also did a written piece along with a video piece which you can see here:
It's pretty cool seeing your billboard covered as a news story. If I can get a way to post or link to the NBC piece, I'll do that, too.

Monday, April 23, 2007

More Off the Wall 3 Photos

Here are more photos from Off the Wall 3. The top one is of all the artists who were at the show. Photo number 2 is of Keri Rosebraugh and myself. She's an amazing artist and I met her when we helped measure and hoist the billboards the first day. Her billboard is currently located in Silverlake at Beverly Blvd and Virgil. Photo 3 is of Matt Adrian and myself in front of the small version of his billboard, which is located just off the 405 at La Tijera (photo #5).
The next photo is of my two sons who were supportive and hung out at the show for over three hours, though having a food table helped. It was a great opening and fun to talk to some of the artists about their experiences with painting on such a large scale. Most said it was a challenge, but they'd do it again.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Off the Wall 3

The opening for Off the Wall 3 was last night and there was a great turnout, at least among my friends (no, seriously, there were tons of people). The first photo is of Shelly Rand, myself, Lisa Yuan, and Tom Vaillancort. The second photo is of my friend Ana and me in front of the small version of my painting. Next is Josh Margolies, who recently purchased two of my paintings and is telling me where all the great galleries are to check out in LA. The fourth photo is of Cari Marshall, who writes a blog, holarubia, about the southern California art scene. She's standing in front of Matt Adrian's painting, who's billboard was just moved to a new location at La Tijera at the 405 (east facing). I'll be posting more photos of that when I get them.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Disaster in Downtown

While driving through downtown LA, you may come upon one of Matt Adrian's disaster paintings, currently located at Cesar Chavez and Mission Street. He is also participating in Eco-LA's Off the Wall 3 show, and painted a 14" x 48" billboard all by himself in a San Fernando valley parking lot while fighting the hot sun and wind. It went up at this location this past Monday, but both he and the gallery owner are fearful of possible spray paint additions, so it may be moved before the show. I'll post the new location if it gets moved.
In the meantime, I'm pretty excited about this Saturday's show. I even had official business cards printed, which I'll probably leave in my car or apartment.

Just talked to a co-worker who drove by it Wednesday night and it still looks good (no taggers).

Monday, April 9, 2007

I Finally Visit the Billboard

Today I dropped off my original painting of "Kim Has a Good Skip" to the gallery and was able to see the billboard in person.

It's really big.

We were actually so busy trying to find a parking place that we drove by the first time without seeing it. I hope other people are more aware of their surroundings than we are. Unfortunately I was looking into the sun so in most of the photos I resemble a mole in the bright morning sun.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

New double portrait

I'm finally getting back to a double portrait that I started before the whole billboard painting. It's of a friend who visited last fall and hopefully I'll be able to post the progress, but I currently don't have any photos of it and it's grey and overcast today. I'm going out of town next week, so the next post will likely have something to do with the big Off the Wall 3 show opening April 21. There will definitely be photos. I'm actually dropping off the original painting at the gallery this Monday, so I'll try to post photos of myself in front of the billboard on Monday.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Billboard's Up!

Got an e-mail today saying the billboard's up and here's the first of many photos. Click on the image to see it bigger. Now I guess I'd better get back to work on some new paintings.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Off the Wall Invitation

Here is the invitation for the Off the Wall gallery show (click on it for a bigger image). The billboard wasn't actually hung in time for the postcard, so this is just an approximation of what it will look like (thanks to PhotoShop). It's pretty exciting and the gallery owner did an interview with Associated Press and hopes to do one with NBC and the LA Times Calendar section.