Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pancakes and Booze Art Show Chicago 2016 Review

That's me!

  The art show event was a success! Over 80 emerging artists displayed their artwork at Reggie's Rock Club. The event also included live audio performances, live body painting and a free pancake bar! The pancakes were absolutely delicious. The blueberry pancakes and the chocolate chip pancakes were my favorite!
The art also blew me away. I have to say, there are a lot of talented artists in Chicago. Check out some of the paintings that caught me eye below:


Painting by Ray Espiritu and the Butterfish Group
Ray did a wonderful job painting this piece. The sunflower captured my eyes instantly. I especially like how Ray combined a gloomy like atmosphere and then brought in powerful elements of surprise; the sunflower and large cat. The gorgeous yellow flower ads positivity to the misty landscape. It is very aesthetically pleasing.


The Letter A, Oil Pastel, Kathryn Aleksov
This is one of my favorite paintings from the show. I connected to this painting the second that I saw it.  I can almost feel his expression even though most of the face is blurred out. It is as if his head is in motion but his body is very still. The background color caught my attention as well.
Third Eye, Annalise Kucan 

I have always been a fan of drawing or painting eyes. So it is easy to see why this painting got my attention. The mans eyes are very powerful. It is as if he is looking into my soul and can read me. 


Cassandra Robin

I love these mixed media artworks! I started out as a portrait pencil artist so I admire these paintings. I especially like how the newspaper on the top painting is peeling off of the females face. It adds a lot of symbolism.
Middle Painting, Audrey, Acrylic Paint

I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn so that piece jumped out at me right away! I especially love the blue halo around her. (If you are the artist please contact me so I can give you credit)

Alyssa Marie Beech 

I admire this artist for creating these creative art pieces since they are very unique. The patterns and colors are what caught my eye. 


Dylon Cooper Art
These paintings are beautifully painted with special attention to detail. I really like how all the attention is focused on the subject. The subject matter is quit interesting especially the large female sitting on a small stool. 


Live painting was a special addition to the show! (If you are the artist, please contact me so that I can give you credit) This event stimulated all of my senses, especially my eyes! 


I want to thank Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for sponsoring this wonderful event. I also want to thank all of those who made this event possible (all emerging artist) and especially those that came out and supported the arts!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Pancake and Booze Art Show - Chicago - June 17 & 18 / Veiled Baby's Breath


    Let the count down begin! Three more days until the show. I will be revealing my new oil painting,Veiled Baby's Breath. I completed this piece today.
Come check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/473955012797927/
See you there! It case you see me stuffing my face with pancakes, please don't judge me. :P lol


Monday, June 13, 2016

Veiled Bliss



Veiled Bliss, Oil Painting, 18 x 24 inches
The surreal figure is surrounded by a dreamy landscape. In the distance, blue velvet mountains and trees are present. Condensed specks of baby’s breath flowers are also in the far distance. The baby's breath flower field slowly heads up the tree figure which then morphs into a white transparent veil.
The figures body is also going through metamorphosis right before your eyes. The transition is at her waist and going up her torso. She is slowly morphing into a birch tree. Although it is clear that her arms are up in the air, the transformation has been completed; she is a tree. Nonetheless, there remains a connection between the figure and the tree. The titanium white strokes on the tree and the white dress connect their forms into one.

The paintings composition highlights the tree figure. I placed the figure further towards the right rather than in the center.   I usually try to follow the golden ration and the rule of thirds when creating the composition. However, sometimes these principles occur subconsciously.  I call this a happy accident! Furthermore, placing the large figure in the front of the landscape rather than in the far distance lets us witness the importance of the figure in the composition. It also creates the feeling of depth. Along with the placement and size of the figure, I purposely painted the landscape clean and flat, so that it does not take away from the figures significance. I also used heavy textured paint (impasto technique) to further highlight important areas of the painting, especially the tree, dress, and the baby’s breath field.  
The figures face and the remaining parts of the tree are left unseen. This enhances an overall feeling of mysteriousness. It leaves you questioning, who is the girl? What is she hiding? It is as if her truth is veiled from those around her. The only part of her that you will notice is her hair. The small raw umber brush strokes are the figures hair. It is the only clue that leads the viewer to believe that she may want to unravel the hidden message. The addition of the hair is a vital part of the painting otherwise it would look like a dressed up tree.  
A major significance of the painting is the birch tree. The birch tree is the first tree that flowers in the spring. It is also considered to be associated with new beginnings

Lesson of the Birch 
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
 The birch tree symbolizes a fresh start and can bring courage and determination to those of us who are treading the path of spiritual growth and development for the fist time.

Although the birch does appear fragile, it is in fact extremely hardy. This teaches us that in apparent weakness there is often to be found great strength.

The birch also promises new life and love, and is a potent symbol of purification and renewal, which focuses on new directions and goals to be experiences in our lives.

It teaches the lesson of unselfishness and of caring for the needs of others in ways that help them to flourish of their own accord. 

Other than the birch tree, baby's breath is also significant. These bright white dots symbolize ever lasting love, pureness, and innocence. I hope you enjoy viewing this painting as much as I enjoyed creating it.