I am hosting Lansdale’s Fun A Day show again this year. Fun A Day is an international event in which artists create something everyday for the month then get together and display their creations. Today is the 14th day of January, which means I have 14 collages completed and various other things for the show to create a fun atmosphere. I decided to make more photo collages similar to the ones I made for my dad for Christmas. A few days ago, I hit a slump in which I wanted to give up on the collages but I kept at it and I’m liking them. I’ve had a few other artists come join me in my studio and that has helped keep my motivation up, I also have a new model that really enjoy working with. I have lots of work that I have posted on this blog yet (hopefully I get to that soon). Here are the first 13 days of collages.
Today’s collage is still laying flat to dry. This is a pretty difficult project, I get kind of emotional looking at old photos and thinking about mortality. So a few of the collages are not what I set out to make but they were much needed comic relief for myself. The point of this is to have fun and enjoy our work. My studio is a mess with so many projects going on. Schwa is working on his projects in here too behind the sheets. We are learning how to share materials, it’s fun having artistic partners to work with.
David Gerbstadt designed the flier for the show. Check him out if you get a chance, he’s a pretty cool guy .
I have recently begun reading the bible with the intention to illustrate important parts. I have completed illustrations of the creation story from the book of Genesis.
I’m still working on the second day but I’m very pleased with the overall feeling of wetness. It has a few more layers to go. Day Three is still in my mind but Day Four asked to be painted first. I have a show at St Luke’s 1946 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115 On November 3rd 7-10pm. I’m challenging myself to get at least through the first 6 days of Genesis before the show. I have so many ideas for the stories I’ve read. It’s a really strange and exciting book to read.
On Friday June 1st, My Five and Dime Art Show theme came to fruition. I cannot thank all the artists who participated and all of the supporters of the arts that came out to enjoy the art, music and games. The cigarette girls helped draw people in off the streets to the upstairs ballroom of the 3rd and Walnut. I was approached by many people who would like to see me put this kind of event together weekly or monthly. I guess it’s best leaving the people wanting more rather than overdoing it. I have some plans in the works but I will in no way be ready to put another event like this together for July. My birthday is July 8th and I’d like to take a vacation. Tonight I will begin a little more work on tiny art to be sold by cigarette girls and I also need to begin designing a tattoo for my little bro. I’d also like to more more live event paintings. The Lansdale Farmer’s market has asked me to do something for them, I hope to find a free Saturday sometime in the near future for arting that up. Here’s a link to an article about the Five and Dime show from Lansdale Patch and below are some photos from the show. I got to use my stand ins!
On Friday April 20th I displayed my latest paintings based on a subterranean theme. The Nuthing But Art Show had its challenges during the planning phase with change of venues and changes of artists as well as musicians. I think everyday of planning I had to rearrange the list of who was involved. In the end I feel it was very successful. Here is a link to a photo gallery done by Tony DiDomizio of the Patch.
Here is my finished painting Under the Earth it was sold but prints are available.
This is the partner painting to Under the Earth, featuring a close up of the monster from the underground sea. It was also sold at the show but prints are available.
This acrylic painting of an above ground lake at night time is still available.
This tiny mountain was also sold at the Nuthing But Art Show but prints are available.
The show was so much fun, I’ve begun planning on the next show. Hopefully, it will come together by June or July. It will be a themed show entitled Five and Dime, involving costumed ladies, games, prizes and all sorts of artsy fun.
I will be doing some portrait painting for the Children’s Miracle Network Charity at Lansdale’s Rite Aide on the corner of Main and Broad Friday May 4th during the First Friday festivities. I’m excited to see how this year’s first Fridays go since the town has taken control of it rather than a for profit group. The portraits will be done live for $5, I hope to see you there.
Yesterday, Penelope and I went and hung some of my artwork up at Virago’s Cafe on Main Street in Lansdale. Penelope mostly ate her cupcake and played with the toys there but she did a great job setting out my business cards and handing me a few nails. She always has her eyes closed for photos like me.
I decided to hang small things and price them reasonably, so yo can go and buy something. I also have Lansdale postcards available for $1 so you can write to your friends about the wonderful time you had in the beautiful city of Lansdale.
The icing on the cupcakes at Virago’s is the best I’ve ever had. Regina makes gluten free food here.
The stuff hanging for the month of April is from my vacation to Mauch Chunk Lake last summer and what is left of my Fun A Day paintings for January of this year.
I’m working on new stuff for the Nuthing But Art Show coming up shortly on April 20th at Lansdale’s 3rd and Walnut. The large one is already sold although it isn’t finished yet 🙂
These are just started, I have two weeks to get finished.
With the help of some very nice people, I have begun construction of display racks for the show. They are very home made but will serve the purpose.
Last night Angela came to model. She is in her second trimester. I’m documenting various stages of her pregnancy, the first painting I did a few months ago was of her anticipating her results. She was much more relaxed last night. I have some old frames laying around so I formatted the paper to accomadate those frames. I intended to work in gouache and ink but decided against the ink once I began.
My tiles have finally dried, I signed the backs and packaged them up. They will be sent off today for the Push Pull Print show
I also have two paintings on display at the North Penn Arts Alliance Annual Member show over at the Frame shop on Broad street in Lansdale. That show is running until this Saturday. Prints of some of my work are available and make excellent Christmas gifts. I have some of the originals available as well, so if you ever see something you like let me know and we can arrange to make it yours.
I’ve been working on my tiles for an upcoming show Push Pull Print . I came down with some crazy sickness for almost a month which delayed my creativity a bit but this week I’m finally feeling better and finished up the remaining tiles.
These two are the final ones. The tile on the left depicts Vishnu’s incarnation as the Buddha. The one on the right depicts Vishnu’s predicted last incarnation in which he comes in on a white horse during the final days of Kali Yuga. I’ve always been interested in stories of reincarnation and the theory of the yugas as time periods. For some reason people want their generation to be the last one. It was fun to paint and think about life. Hopefully, I’ll sell some tiles at this show.
I’ve still been working on this stand in of Michelangelo’s David. I added the leaf last night, I will most likely paint more into this to make the leaf feel at home. It’s on a bolt so the leaf can swivel, for the curious to be able to take a peek. I’m very excited to get this completed and put out into public for some use.
I’ve also begun 25 small paintings on wooden scraps left over from building the stand ins. These are in the process of drying then I will paint into them again. It feels good to be healthy and productive again.
I’ve been spending lots of time organizing this Fun A Day project with a big group show in February. Click on that link to learn more about that and let me know if you want to join me. I’m still working on the tiles for the Push Pull Print show in December.
Sorry about the lousy photo, it’s raining out so I took it in my studio. In this tile, I have Vishnu sitting on Nag afloat on the cosmic waters, the lotus has blossomed thus beginning creation. Over his head he is signing Tuesday which in my mind is the day of creation. I began with tile because of its imperfections, I attempted a second one last night but hit a wall.
Over the weekend, a friend helped me with the construction of some plywood stand ins. I just began some rough sketches on them and I’ll have a model over tomorrow night to help with one of these. I’ve been planning on making these for a while but didn’t know how to go about it. I’m so grateful for the help I received 🙂
Tomorrow September 15th, I will be hanging some artwork over at Rapunzel’s Salon and Spa on Broad Street in Lansdale. I spent last night feverishly wiring and “framing” painting to display. I finished up the Madness painting. It will be hanging in Rapunzels for your viewing pleasure. Rapunzels Salon and Spa is located at 203 North Broad Street Lansdale, Pennsylvania
The hours of the salon are Salon Hours are Monday : 1 – 6 – Saturday : 9 – 8 Sunday 12-5. If you wish to purchase any of my paintings you may go there and do so. Or you may go to North Penn Community Acupuncture at 200 W. Main St, Ste 104 (entrance on Green St), Lansdale, PA, the hours there are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday 2pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm to view and/or purchase other paintings done by me. I also have prints available.
I began this painting on August’s first Friday, worked on it for September’s First Friday and finally finished this morning. The train pulling in and out of the station was a real challenge as well as the lessening hours of sunlight. I may have to do my outside paintings in the morning for the remainder of the year. This train station painting is part of my Lansdale postcard series. I just order the postcards today, once they arrive they will be for sale for $1 at North Penn Community Acupuncture on Green Street across from the train station along with my postcard of St. John’s Church. Prints are also available at www.amyrims.imagekind.com
On Monday night I came up with the concept for this painting with Lisa in mind. I painted the room in acrylics and set the scene for painting madness. Last night, Lisa modeled for us again. She began with 3 longer poses in which she herself was drawing on a board. The rest of the poses began at 4 minutes and we eventually worked our way down to 30 second poses, which gave me loose interesting figures that I had envisioned. It was such fun challenging everyone to work faster. I didn’t get photos of the other ladies work since they took them home with them.
All of these poses are very familiar to me since Lisa and other models have used them before. If you are familiar with my paintings some of this probably reminds you of my older works. I plan to go into this painting again and work the window and perhaps some the Lisa figures who are painting but not the ones that are paintings. I have to say, this is currently my favorite painting I’ve created.
The weather is getting cooler, I have a feeling summer is ending. I want to spend as much time outside as possible, so last night we set up outback, had a fire and painted Doug. It was a good-sized group last night and a few great paintings were made. This was my favorite of the night, it was done by Matt Deleskiewicz, who has been painting with us for a few months but will be going back to school soon, and will be very missed.
I did two paintings last night. The first one was a quick study in my Summer accordion book done in ink and gouache. I’m really enjoying those media.
Here is the larger one I did on canvas. I really messed up the placement of his feet because I was so preoccupied with thinking about his shoes. I know better, so it makes me a little angry that I did that. I do love the colors though, which is most important.
Leanne Vasold came back from her summer life guarding job and was able to join us again. She did some finger painting. This is the one she did of Doug. She focused on the house and pussy willow and wasn’t going to put Doug in, I’m glad she changed her mind.
I was so amazed to have Bobbi back painting with me only 3 weeks after having her baby! She is such an amazing woman.
I painted Bobbi as she made a painting of her newborn son. I’m not really sure what I was thinking with the arrangement here of two Bobbis, I was still a bit sick. The image on the left resembles her the most.
We had Doug over last night to model for us. I feel like everyone’s skills are improving, it was such a great painting time.
I did this with ink, then went back into it with gouache, similar to the way I worked last week. This composition sets a scene for an interesting story. Which motivates me to get back into the narrative work that I dabbled with in college. I was so revved up from painting last night that I was only able to sleep maybe 2 hours last night, it’s kind of cool but awful when that happens to me. I should have just continued to paint instead of tossing around all night.
The painting is group is always changing and I love. We had a pretty great dynamic last night, at first I was unprepared with my materials but once Angela sat down, ink seemed like the appropriate medium. She had so much nervous energy due to anticipating something huge which helped motivate my creative process. This first painting/drawing came out fantastically.
Earlier this week, I was having a conversation with my husband about communism and the personal/creative freedom it must allow since so many of your expenses are taken care of. I began some research on Communist arts but got sidetracked by an interesting caption “Mondrian so disliked the sight of nature whose irregularities he held accountable for humanity’s problems, that when seated at a restaurant table with a view of the outdoors, he wold ask to be moved”. This struck me as almost obscene but after some thought made sense to some extent so I read more about him and looked at a lot of his paintings. Even though I studied art in college, I hadn’t learned much about Piet Mondrian. I began to understand that those rectangles of squares were actually abstractions of subjects. He was looking to create dynamic equilibrium through male VS female, individual vs society and spiritual vs material through the use of a color’s visual weight. That is a lot to think about, during my second drawing last night, I delved into that concept just a bit and gave everyone in the room a color and attempted to find a balance. I’ll put more thought into this since it was such a fun idea.
I decided to practice watercolor painting during my week-long vacation at Mauch Chunk Lake. I set aside some time each day to do some painting. I’m happy that each of my paintings turned out nicer than the previous one.
This is a really great painting of the three trunked tree next to our cabin, it looks really nice framed and matted on my http://www.amyrims.imagekind.com site!
I’m really happy with these paintings. I wish I could spend more time at the campground painting but it was time to come home and get back to real life. If you like one or all of these paintings you may purchase a print or the original by contacting me through this blog or finding me and my paintings on Main Street during Lansdale’s First Friday celebrations.
I met Moose a few years ago through an ad on Craigslist, he has a very scientific mind and is interested in some fascinating stuff. He also watch Ancient Aliens like I have been and seems to be on the same page as I am with subterranean oceans and animals and such, although he hasn’t seen Piranha 2. I felt a little bad for my fellow painters who couldn’t join our conversation but I had a great time.
We began at 7:30 and painted until about 10, so the light changed drastically even with my work lights strung up in the tree and the lit fire to his left. I’d like to add more detail into my garden to the right but I didn’t want to focus on that last night since I only had Moose to stare at for a few hours. For some reason I painted him with a sad face, he didn’t seem sad last night.
Christopher-Michael Snyder wrote a very nice article about my art work Here I’ve also just submitted two of my paintings into the North Penn Arts Alliance Members show at Montgomery County Community College. The opening reception is Wednesday June 29th 5 to 7PM but the best thing is the show is up until July 29th. That will be the longest any of my paintings have been publicly displayed.
This past Tuesday my model canceled so I painted portions of my backyard into an accordion book that I had created a while ago but left empty. I’m calling it my summer book currently, I’m not exactly sure where I’m going with it. The works are in gouache and ink.
I did and ink drawing from a lovely model then digitally edited it in hopes of it becoming a cover for a book about Adventure. I’ll know in July if it was chosen or if any of the following images were chosen. I have another week until the deadline I may create more from my male model this week.
Here is the graphic edit. If you’d like to purchase prints of these they are available at www.amyrims.imagekind.com
Last night I created this painting of Lansdale’s first Friday celebrations. This is my favorite live action painting so far. The weather was perfect for plein air painting. People are starting to recognize me and remember me from my previous paintings, which is very exciting for me. I used my artistic licence to omit traffic, it’s amazing how beautiful things appear without cars. I have prints available of this image at www.amyrims.imagekind.com please help support my artist endeavors and buy a print, the original is also available for $300 unframed.
It was a nice evening so I decided to sit by the fire and do some painting. Here is a small 5″ X 7″ gouache painting of my chiminea.
We were without a model this last Tuesday, Othello climbed up and fell asleep. This is a quick oil painting on some cardboard that I had laying around. I used a palette knife, it really has an accurate texture. The sun kind of hid that in this photo.
I found a frame in the trash, it’s 16″ X 20″. So I went through my stacks of paintings to find a painting to fit it. I came across this unfinished painting of Eric. It fit the frame, so I sat and critiqued the mistakes and successes while it was resting in the frame.
I thought about frames and paintings I’ve seen in frames. I really don’t understand the big deal with frames but the North Penn Arts Alliance seems to be all about framing your work before displaying. So I decided that I was going to spruce this painting up to fit its frame. In museums you see a lot of frame paintings of men riding horses, so I decided to give Eric a horse.