Look what arrived in today's mail! Hot damn! Thunder Bay Press' current stated release date is April 2017, but scuttlebutt has it that orders may be processed and shipped sometime in March. You can pre-order here or at other fine book stores and suppliers.
After much encouragement and assertions that many of my designs would look rather fetching as skins to various consumer products, to wit and behold:
I chose eleven of my creations and have been uploading and positioning the largest files I can generate onto the Society6 platform. So click on through here and see what you like. Society6 is known for their high quality printing and products as well as top-notch customer service. If you purchase prior to December 14, your items should arrive by December 25th. There are also coupons and frequent sales for Society6 floating about their site and mailing lists. Their search engine doesn't seem to favor newbies for some reason, so find my stuff through the links above. If you are feeling spunky, perhaps even click on the "like" hearts by each product you fancy and tell your friends that their lives could be filled with pop art psychedelia if only they'd open their m̶i̶n̶d̶s̶ wallets.
The coloring book completed, the arms, fingers, and soul rested. It also began to think again about paint. Thoughts marinated, fermented, and the results were close to, if not just as good, as the perfect half-sour pickle. As the paintings took shape, it became apparent that these were portraits of sorts. Currently they appear to be siblings, though they could be also categorized as moods. They feel tryptych-ish, needing one another for comparison and distinction. If they wind up on your wall, you can display them as you see fit. That is your right and don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise.
After a 7-month pause for working on the coloring book, I declare this painting finished. I had just begun to play around with some of the freehand forms that have appeared in my drawings when opportunity struck. The painting waited patiently on its easel while I worked with black pens and looked longingly at color.
Title: "Topographia." Otherwise, the title would've been something like "Topographia Vietnam Chakra Intestinal Terrain Chi Interior Macro Battle Adjustment: Tactics, Strategy and Alignment Continuum."
Acrylic on canvas. 12" x 36"
It will be on display at Renaissance Healing Arts, 1004 Pine Street when I get it together to drop it off to them.
I am rather chuffed, thrilled, excited, pink-tickled to announce that I will be a published illustrator! Since late December I have been working on creating a coloring book for Thunder Bay Press which is slated to be published on February 4, 2017. It will be 96 pages in a cool 10" x 10" format and will feature illustrations with the broad theme (and tentative title) "Look Up." I am incredibly grateful to Thunder Bay for taking a flyer on me in what some have called a "saturated market" for adult coloring books. It's an amazing opportunity and is pushing my artistic boundaries and getting me to think in new ways. I am rather stoked to see my work in Barnes and Nobel and Target, too. Above all, it's mind-boggling that colorists who buy this book, perhaps thousands, will be fellow artistic collaborators. I really hope they post their completed art on my Twitter and Facebook pages. More soon!
There is much exciting activity afoot. A number of my drawings will be included in a group show at the James Oliver Gallery. The opening is February 20 at 6pm. The show goes through March 26, so you'll have lots of opportunities to go visit the drawings, talk to them, ask them questions, purchase them (if you are so inclined) and offer them snacks. Click here for the Invite on Facebook and here for the J.O.G. website. J.O.G. is located at 723 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. Hours: Wed-Fri 5-8pm, Saturday 1-8pm, or by appointment.
The Fall of 2014 saw much art making with new materials and gnashing of teeth, though much time was devoted to the preparation and release of the new album from I Think Like Midnight entitled Warm Seclusion Structure. And band rehearsals. Lots of band rehearsals. My musical head and my visual art head must be quite entwined, though I don't see colors when I play a music. I suspect B flat is a deep purple, C is green, and D is indigo, though that may be a long-running delusion from childhood. As a kid I was partial to the number 7 and rectangles, but now twelves and hexagons fascinated me, as evidenced by recent work and the ITLM cd cover art. If the paintbrushes and pencils saw a little less action this past fall, the guitar strings and InDesign were in a state of near constant resonation. You can preview the ITLM album in it's entirety here and buy a cd of it here or a digital download here and then have a circular discussion with me about why music and art should or shouldn't be considered separate arts.
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