Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Orleans or Bust

I'm about to embark on a 9 day stay in New Orleans during Halloween to participate in a group show to celebrate the grand opening of a good friend's art gallery with an entourage of party-loving people.  There are a lot of red flags in that last sentence for someone who decided to quit drinking and having fun a couple of months ago.  I'm about to step into a goddamn hornet's nest.  I tell myself that this is a business trip because 1.) it makes me sound as if I should be wearing a pant suit and toting around a briefcase and that makes me giggle but more importantly 2.) it will hopefully help me refrain from going totally apeshit crazy in a spring break sorta way.  I can be a responsible grownup...I can be a responsible grownup...

To curb the allure of debauchery, I have scheduled appointments to sketch from the animal specimen collection and tour the art department of a local university.  I've vowed to visit every structure, be it glorified mansion to ramshackle leanto, that houses art or critters and the rest of the time will be spent painting, sleeping, or eating fried gator tails, varmint gumbo, and whatever else those Cajuns throw on a plate.  I want to be up to my eyeballs in all that is New Orleans.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Orleans Series

So below is what consumed me for the last 2 1/2  weeks.  I'm calling this group The New Orleans Series.  A simple, direct, and factual title because I made them for an upcoming show in New Orleans.  It all began with a superbly shitty sheet of plywood (as usual).  I enlisted the help of Dad and with skill saw in hand we cut several 11"x13" pieces from said shitty wood.  Next, I turned to one of my most cherished material possessions...my 1960's Alber Van Luit & Co. wallpaper sample book.  I carefully chose several of my favorite designs and glued them to the wood panels - which are no longer looking so shitty.  Then the studio exploded with toys, which in turn led to the work below.  The End.
 Dinos, 11"x13", oil on vintage wallpaper, 2012
 Guns, 11"x13", oil on vintage wallpaper, 2012
 Jacks, 11"x13", oil on vintage wallpaper, 2012
 Birds, 11"x13", oil on vintage wallpaper, 2012
Cowboys & Indians, 11"x13", oil on vintage wallpaper, 2012