Now showing in Lincoln Park

On Thursday I installed my paintings at the new art gallery opening soon in Lincoln Park. It’s called “Fortunate Discoveries”, it’s located at 1022 W Armitage, and is a similar business model to the Andersonville Galleria. I’ve signed a lease and I get a wall all to myself.

Fortunate Discoveries’ focus is original artwork of all types. I am one of a few 2D artists showing there, and there are jewelers, photographers, sculptors, potters and more. It’s a pretty fab place!

All the artists are installing their work this week. I decided to focus on my florals, still lifes and cheery landscapes seeing that spring has made an early appearance here in Chicago. If all goes well Fortunate Discoveries opens doors within a week. Soft opening meet and greet with the neighbors is April 1 and grand opening is Friday night, May 4 from 6-9pm. Hope to see you all there!


Show at the Phantom Gallery – St Paddy’s Day

The AQUA Series

Opening night

Saturday March 17, 7pm
The Phantom Gallery
4161 North Damen

Show runs through mid April and the gallery is open daily 6-8pm and all afternoon Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments off hours are also available.

The Phantom Gallery is transient and at this time it’s located in Ravenswood. I’ll be showing with the International Artist Group and I have a wall 15 feet wide all to myself. It’s my first art show at a real gallery space. Ok, it’s a popup gallery but that counts… right?

All are invited – bring friends!

If on Saturday you’re drunk and wearing green, you’re still welcome, as long as you keep the green beer away from the paintings.



Sweet attack

Wayne Thiebold made a name for himself during the pop art movement by painting cakes and pastries – and I can see why he chose them. They’re so pretty! Like making a painting of a sculpture, it’s art inspired by art.

While the Pop movement was about glorifying objects of mass culture, my inspiration is more of an homage to the work and talent that goes into making a beautiful cake or pastry.

These were way too fun to paint, and I have lots of ideas to continue the series. However, the fall out is a pretty hefty sugar craving. Uh oh!

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Love a gallery night

Woohoo! Even though the holiday weekend kept the crowd smallish, I had a great time! Thanks for all who came to see me at the Andersonville Galleria last night. I met some great new clients – regulars to the Galleria – who loved my fruit and veg series (more to come there!) And the birdies seem to be getting a lot of attention too. Some lovely neighbors also came by to show support and even bought a couple things! Thanks to everyone!

Sales included the following:

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Nuts for fruit and veg

I’ve been working on a series of fruit and veg for the last couple months and finished them up over the weekend. I was going for fun and funky, and certainly colorful.

These are the same technique I’ve used for florals in the past – a mix of monoprint, collage and watercolor that I learned from Karlyn Holman this spring. I love the element of the “happy accident” you get with the collage paper and the monoprinting process. You just never know what you’re going to get!

I’m going to frame up a few of the originals as groups of two or four I think, for placement at the Galleria. And I just sent scans of all of them, and the little birdies, to get prints in time for the Sept 2 First Friday event at the Galleria. Which are your faves?

The fruits

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The veg

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New booth at the Galleria!

This week I moved. Took me three days and I’m still not quite done. Arms are noodles, legs are sore, and I’m still washing paint out of my hair (just white wall paint, nothing too exciting.)

I am talking of course about my booth at the Andersonville Galleria. In May this year I started renting a booth there to show my paintings and prints. My first booth, while a nice little place, was upstairs and around two corners. Being close to the wine table on First Friday event nights was a plus but otherwise, this booth was a bit hard to find and low on foot traffic compared to other areas in the place. So, when I got the call that a primo booth had opened up I jumped at the opportunity.

My new booth is on the first floor, in the back room. It’s bigger and a bit more expensive, but of course I’m hoping the increased foot traffic will boost sales and therefore at the very least cover the increased price.

New booth at the Galleria, right side

New booth at the Galleria, right side

Wednesday I painted the new booth, Thursday I moved everything downstairs and installed, yesterday I painted the old booth back to it’s original white. I did 4 coats of paint and can still see some of the gray through the paint so I’ll need to go back on Tues for (hopefully only) one more coat. By the time I’m through I’ll have gone through an entire gallon of Killz paint. (I thought Killz was supposed to cover anything? hm). I’ll have to remember this for whenever I move out of the downstairs booth.

So, now that I’ve moved, the next two weeks will be about stocking the new booth with new work in time for Sept 2, which is a First Friday night at the Galleria. The shop will be open until 10pm and there will be wine, folks! I’ll be sending out an evite and hope to see you all there!

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Arty bollocks

I had a great time in art school. Loved my classes, loved my teachers, loved being around art all the time. Especially loved learning new techniques and just being free to make things – all the time. It was fabulous.

I only had one problem – other artists.

Don’t get me wrong – not ALL other artists. In fact most artists are pretty fabulous. But there were the ones – you know who I’m talking about – the ones who give the rest of us a bad name. The “arTEESTs”. The proverbial beret and black turtleneck-wearing, mumbo-jumbo talking, flighty and irresponsible, look-down-their-nose-at-you-for-not-getting-it, art jerks. This is the kind of guy who would wear a cape or even carry a cane. Seriously.

There were a few of them in my classes and at least the ones I’ve met in person were not actually very good artists. But they definitely thought they were. And what they had going for them is the ability to TALK about their art. In high-falutin’ terms. Ad nauseum. They talk so long and in seemingly spiraling circles that you lose track of what they’re saying and stand there dumbly nodding wondering if you’re the idiot or if they’re really so up their own behinds that they forgot that their discourse needs to actually make sense at some point.

Problem is, I could really use one of these guys about now. I’m set with the daunting task of writing the proverbial “artist’s statement”. It is my goal to get into some galleries this summer and one of the things I need to prepare is this statement. When I’ve looked online for some samples of what these should sound like, I have to say I haven’t the slightest how to begin.

I think most artists actually do have trouble putting into words all that they mean in their art. Artists in general are visual thinkers and to try to translate feelings into words seems an insurmountable task. And why bother? After all, your art should speak for itself, right? Wrong. The artist’s statement is actually a really important part of selling yourself first to a gallery owner and then to art buyers as well. It is the background about who you are as an artist, what you have to offer the world and how your message can be interpreted. It is very important to get this right. I get it. I just don’t know if I’m up to the job.

If you’ve read much of my blog you will see that I’m pretty straightforward in my communications. I don’t go on for ages using esoteric language and citing obscure allusions… I simply write what I’m thinking in regular everyday language. These artist statements are lengthy discourses on influences, reminiscences, philosophies, experiences, social relevance, aspirations, etc. and peppered with so much fluff-talk that the whole exercise seriously makes me want to run the other way.

My good friend Kelly just sent me this link, “Arty Bollocks Generator” which I thought was totally hilarious! I’m thinking seriously of using it, or at least using it as a jumping off point! Just click the button and up pops an artist statement. Chock-full of the high-falutin’ talk for which these statements are seemingly known.

Ugh. Well, wish me luck. My guess is my artist’s statement will turn out much like the rest of what I write. Concise and informative, and hopefully somewhat interesting or amusing. I just hope it does the trick! Stay tuned!


Gallery night – woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Friday night (June 3), for my official opening at the Andersonville Galleria. All my Chicago people turned up, even the driving in from the far suburbs, and my family also made it down from Milwaukee – yay! What a fabulous turn out!

This was my first attendance at the Galleria’s monthly “First Friday” event – and what a load of fun! Wine is served (and I put out some snacks) and they stay open until 10pm. The weather was wonderful and the gallery was packed and everyone had a wonderful time.

The following prints were snapped up that night – thank you to all for your support!

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