Arctic Circle to Kiev

A little out of my comfort zone, and I decided to go with a loose look to these. Part of a series of illustrations I’m working on for an upcoming publication; all locations from the Arctic Circle down to Kiev, and then some. It’s rough when you are trying to illustration something you haven’t actually seen the text for, either!

These are all 10×8″ oil on panel.

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New Painting: “Night Shift”

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Oil on paper, 11×14 inches.

Maybe it’s the time I spent in New Orleans this year — or the fact I’m wishing I could be there when I’m not — I have been having a common theme of masks, lately. It’s very hard to get the colors right on things when I can’t scan direct, but I think you get the point. Here they are framed…

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They are available for purchase here.

New Products from the Land of Arabella

Loads of new prints (in various sizes), note cards, iPhone skins, and cases for sale over at Society 6. I have a few skins of my own, and I’ve seen the smaller framed prints in peoples homes, and I can say I think the quality is far superior to a lot of places that sell artist products. Here is a sample of “Georgina” as a case…

Of course in the Land of Arabella we only have an iPod Touch. We’re old school on the Blackberry, because it has a normal keyboard and because money for an iPhone goes to frames, oil paint, and cheap red wine.

50 Artists for 50 Dollars

One of the first art shows I ever did when I moved to Cleveland was The 50/50 Show. So this year, since it got resurrected, I thought I would again. Here is my piece for it, “Masquerade” 4×6″ oil on paper…

The show works as sort of a lottery drawing, put your name is for the artworks you want, and when your name is called you can choose one for $50. It all goes down Friday @ Dredgers Union, and I’ve seen pretty awesome stuff already during the drop-off. www.5050Show.com has a list of artists and more information. I’ll also be appearing on Fox 8 in the morning on Friday. Myself and a few other artists will be Kickin’ It with Kenny, doing art stuff.

Dominatrix Made Adorable

I started doing these color studies recently which are a little different, but kind of cute and sexy. S&M cuteness has been going around since the whole to-do with that awful book series, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, and I kind of think of these girls as like a vanilla version of the bondage world. Maybe. Funny how I make pretty much every women in my artwork dominate in some form or another. If I make larger paintings of these, I might not make them so doll-like, but we’ll see. These are oil on paper…

“Hussy” 4×6″ sold

Smoke Break, 4×6″ available in my shop framed for $100 smackers.

December & January Art Shows

Cleveland Artists Holiday Invitational Exhibition
December 2, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Sponsored by the Visual Artists at Trinity Cathedral and curated by Mary Urbas,
Artist Reception: Friday, December 2, 2011, 5 – 9 PM
www.trinitycleveland.org

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 1-6 pm, Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Sunday Noon – 5 pm

This show will include some recent Cleveland Institute of Art grads, as well as Anna Arnold, Judith Brandon, Randall Tiedman, Jami Zents, and moi!

Saturday Dec. 17th is Cleveland Handmade Markets and The Screw Factory Artists, band together with the 4th annual Last Minute Market & Screw Factory Open Studio. I’ll have my studio open from noon – 4pm on the 2nd floor. I’ll also have copies of my book available! So if you want it signed, you know where to come. Who knows, you might even be in the acknowledgments (it’s true!)

 The Last Minute Market is a wonderfully unique, one-day shopping destination with more than 65 artists and craftspeople from Cleveland and our talented friends from across the rust belt region. In addition, artists whose studios are in the building will open their doors to offer a peek at their workspace and an opportunity to purchase their work. Don’t miss this Market! Nearly every form of art and craft will be represented. The Umami Moto food truck will also be on hand to keep you fueled for shopping.

January 3rd – 26th 2012: Surreal Salon Invitational IV @ Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. On Saturday, January 21, 2012, BRGCCA will host a costumed soiree in honor of Surreal Salon IV from 7 – 11 p.m. This will be an exciting evening of visual art, live musical performances, surrealist games and costumed attendees channeling their own pop-surreal visions. The event will be held at BRGCCA inside Baton Rouge’s historic City Park. I’m currently seeing if I can swing going down for this event.

January 7th – February 3rd, 2012: “Ephemeral Antidotes” solo show @ Articulated Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Reception: Saturday Jan. 7th from 8pm-11pm (I will be in attendence)

Saturday, January 7th, 2012: The Annual Group Invitational @ William Rupnik Gallery, Cleveland, OH. This is a one night only event from 7pm-10pm.

Beware the Female Imagination

The other night, I learned the origin of this image that has appeared and changed over centuries in Aristotle’s Masterpiece. The hairy woman, and the black baby. Although originally having nothing to do with each other aside from illustrating the dangers of maternal imagination, they were together on a single woodcut on accident, and thus, have always stayed together until later editions when a black baby meant something very different in America than in Europe. The lady loses the hair eventually, too.

Maternal impression or imagination was the theory that a baby would, or could, look like something the mother imagines or sees. So, if the mother saw something traumatic or awful while pregnant, it would manifest itself onto the baby. This is why pregnant women were told not to go to executions and avoid unpleasant sights as a rule. The book actually tells you how to trick your husband if you are with a lover; just imagine your husband while you are having sex, and then, the baby will still look like your husband. Easy! Here are some babies where the mother had nightmares or saw something terrible….

Any inherited diseases or mutations always got blamed on the mother, of course. Or it was an act of God to punish the mother for some misdeed. Whatever the case, a woman’s imagination is a powerful and dangerous thing that has to be kept in check, otherwise, bad things happen. This book was still in publication until the 1930s and mostly unaltered. In fact, there is some evidence it was still being published into the late 1940s. This is what your grandmothers and every woman before her had to read in order to learn about reproduction and child care. I wonder how people will laugh at our current medical literature in the next few centuries?