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2018 -- Break Time

HELLO FOLKS:
I'm just getting around to updating my blog. If you've wondered why no updated posts, wonder no more; there won't be one for a while. 2018 is my year to take a break from the "business" aspects of my work. However, soon, I hope, I will be starting a new series. Don't have anything for you, other than, it will be strong in Cadmium Red and Yellow and Titanium White, and... I'm returning to the female nude figure, with the accent on the breasts.

A Little Bit More and Then I'm Gone
I won't be doing the gallery scene this year, but if you feel you want to buy one of my works direct from a galley, then have no fear, contact: Gateway Gallery and Emporium at 727-815-1222 talk to Bobbi. I'm sure she'll be able to help you out. Sorry, but don't contact me directly at this time.

THAT'S IT!
I'm not going to apologize, but as my patrons and followers on social media, I do appreciate your loyalty and patience. I will be back but I just don't know when.
"Last Voyage" is the final oil painting in my current Collection, Sea Monsters.

A Change Is Coming

RECAP
So sorry for the longtime absences; since July, I've been super busy. I will only outline here the more memorial and noteworthy:
I finished the Sea Monster Collection; and finished a video showing my techniques for finishing the last painting in the series, "Last Voyage."

I also got ready for the October Show at the Gateway Art Gallery in NPR. It was a very difficult time for me. Art had to be framed and listed and free ATC (Artist Trading Cards) had to be done. The show went well but only produced two sales. It was very exciting to see all my Sea Monster Collection up in one place. The folks at the gallery there were super in taking in a large number of inventory of works I submitted for the show.

After breaking down the show, I currently put up the last two pieces that I will be exhibiting there for a while.

What's Going On?
I have decided to stop showing my work for the foreseeable future, at least for the better part of 2018. My gallery folks were very understanding when I told them that I needed to reenergize my creative juices. I will still keep my website active with some of my new works.
Speaking of new works, after many souls searching days I will be changing directions, as far as my paintings and drawings go. I will be more focused on the female nude body and parts. Nothing new for me, I did touch on that theme throughout a lot of my works, however, it will be more intense and revealing; I've not decided how best to go about doing that yet...

E-Books
Yes, you read right. These past few months I've written 2 children's books. One has published: BluBerrie - The Party and the other will go to the editor shortly, and the former is available at https://books2read.com/u/3GYo88 and it's also at www.bluberriebooks (dot) com. I've always wanted to write down these stories I've told to my kids and now, my grandkids. In addition, the editor has another project I'm currently investigating whether to devout some time to it. This is another e-book but more serious and more lengthy.

More surprising, none have to do with art and drawing or painting. I found it very difficult to write but I was able to use my visual skills to picture the scenes and it was then an easy matter to write them down.
JacaboStudio (dot) com and JacaboDrawings (dot) com

I've partially updated my Jacabo Studio's website and I will promise to get my act together enough to update Jacabo Drawings's website as well.

HOLIDAY WISHES
More than likely I will be back in contact with you folks after the Holidays so, peace be with you and many hopes that things will only get better...

Summer Blows

Recap
Sales wise things are moving slowly. I've enjoyed some extra income for my oils through the sale of my drawings. It was very profitable for me at the OPUS II Show in Tampa, FL as well. I got to meet new artists and exchanged some of my new ideas. It seems that the younger folks enjoying the totally free event really appreciated my work and loved to hear about my new theory of Whimsically Bizzare Surrealism. It looks like my ATC are moving nicely at the Gateway Art Gallery in NPR, so I sent them a few more to freshen up the lot I have there already.

Taxes Due
In the past, when I sold a piece the gallery would take care of collecting taxes for the sale and that was it; and they still do. However, since I started to collect my own sales' tax I have to report their sale on my quarterly Florida tax return as well. In addition, the Gallery needs to provide me with a copy of the sale receipt; showing the amount of taxes collected. Are you guys bored already? Don't blame you. Let's just say that it's a big pain in the a-s! But it's part of doing business as an artist, so I better get used to it.

Another New Idea
Went shopping for art supplies in Tampa (FL). I like the brick and mortar approach. Love the smell of art supplies just like the smell of new car. Anyway, I found 3-inch canvases with small easels that looked like it would work out well for my next feature show coming up in October of this year. I used three small canvases together to make one large gallery wrapped painting on it. Anyone could be sold separately or all three! Fun stuff doing such a small painting. I spoke with the gallery director and she assured me that we could definitely get more for each. I wanted to improve my oil painting sale by making these painting affordable.

Need Inspiration
I just finished "Sea Blossom" an oil on canvas painting (24 in. x 24 in.) for my Sea Monster Collection. But my inspiration is slowing down a bit. The drawings are at a big standstill now. Much of this has to do with our 4th of July vacation to see my grandsons in South Carolina. It was fun but the drive there and back takes a toll; plus our funds got depleted. And we had to cut our trip short to get back home to meet my daughter who had decided to surprise us with a visit during the same period. Inspiration drain!!

What's in the Future?
In closing, it seems I have my work cut out for me for my next feature show. I'm planning a new sales tactic for the foreseeable future, hoping that it will improve profits. Most of my new drawings and paintings are all going to be small; none more than 11 inches x 14 inches in size. My gallery director advises me that in their area the sweet market price for my work is around $125(US). I couldn't afford to sell my oils that cheap in the larger sizes, so I'm going to have to "right size" things a bit.

We'll let you know how things go... for now keep visiting my blog for more of my crazy artJacobonts!! CYA!
jacabo

Batter-up!

Trading Cards Are Here
Great news for my fans (if I have any - LOL). I've decided to start selling small trading cards of my work! If you couldn't afford to purchase any of my work, now you can at a very reasonable price. Now if you've attended any of my exhibitions, you probably might have received a free trading card from me. That is if you've caught me at the gallery during opening night exhibitions. I usually draw up about fifteen cards per show and give them away for attending. They go pretty fast at the show and are very popular.

I decided to offer them for purchase at the galleries and on my website. Giving the folks encouragement to start a collection. The only difference is that the gallery cards are tag for the gallery I'm selling them from... the web trading cards are not marked.

No More Sales Pitches
Let me see what else... sales have dried up except for the trading cards. I've had very little luck breaking into the Tampa (FL) market. I keep trying the "unsolicited" email but that's not working for me.

Facebook
I'm thinking of putting more of my art on my Facebook page. Right now I've been reluctant to flood my friends and fans with my work. I know it's a good idea to be more active on Social Media. But I have enough to do. I'm also a member of the FineArtAmerica.com website and I can get to post my work on Facebook through them.

Busy? No, Not Really
I'm at the end of my rope. My artist block is back again!! Still staring at my last painting I started back in 2016. It's not a very large one either (16 in. x 20 in.). I think I've convinced myself that I've lost my "juices!" I don't know. I think I'm losing interest. Sad. My drawings are still flowing, but they are a bit "dark." I use to think that my drawings were a relief from my oil work. Now that's all I'm doing. Not sure why? I better stop here... I hate the "feeling sorry for myself" whinny outlook...

Better Times Ahead
My plans to move all my drawings to a new website is coming soon. I secured a couple of new domain names: JacaboDrawings.com and JacaboArt.com. The latter will remain inactive until I can figure how to use it; the former will be the official drawing site for me. I started throwing a few ideas out, how best to display my work. But I'm not in love with anyone of them yet. Look for more to come...

New Year - Same Old Stories? Not Really

Xmas Was Fun - Sought Off
Since my retirement, I'm not sure I appreciate the holidays as much as I use to. Don't get me wrong, being with family is great. I just wish that everyone would be healthy for the occasion. Some of us were either getting over a bug or getting one! On the hold, it was cold and fun. Grandkids are the best at this time of the year.


Back to Art as a Business

I finally had a cooperate name change, and my company is now officially called Jacabo Studio, Inc. I'm throwing all my websites (up-and-coming) under one umbrella. I've secured several more new domain names: jacabodrawings.com and jacaboart.com; along with the two old ones: jamesnavarrostudio.com (before I took up "jacabo" as my official alias) and jacabostudio.com.

Split-Up
I plan on splitting up my drawings from my paintings. I'm taking all my drawings to jacabodrawings.com and leaving jacabostudio.com with the paintings. And if I get some extra time, I plan on coming up with fun stuff for jacaboart.com in the near future. Either way, it's going to require a lot of my time away from the creative stuff.

Cash Is King
Funds are getting really low, and I need to improve sales online. I've hooked up with PayPal to process all my sales with their buttons. Eventually, I will figure something out for a Shopping Cart. And hopefully having a separate website for the drawings will improve traffic? One bit of a pain that I wasn't looking for is tax reporting. Here in Florida, I've had to break down the taxes per county and by zip code! Man did that proved to be a pain in the a--!

t took me three days and working with PayPal support (great folks BTW) to get the tax range in place. Now let's hope that all that effort brings more sales in? (It hasn't thus far.)

Nothing New On The Oils
I'm still not super motivated to finish this new painting I started back in 2016. It's part of the "Sea Monster Collection". Speaking of this collection, I did get a lot of positive feedback from folks at the debut of three of my first paintings I exhibited last year at The Gateway Gallery in NPR. ("Sea Monsters", "Bird of Prey" and "Winged Cooties").

ArtistDaily.com
I found this website, ArtistDaily.com in December and to my surprise I was very encouraged by the exposure they gave me! I uploaded several pieces for their Artist Gallery and I was freaked out when I saw that they had used my "Winged Cooties" oil painting on their website's front page as a link to the artists' galleries! Great feeling to see one's art shown on another website. (http://www.artistdaily.com/?s=jacabo)
Enough of the gloating! If you are a starving artist I definitely would recommend this site to you: http://www.artistdaily.com. They are part of a bigger network so check them out.

Drawings Are Still Here
I've drawn a bit this past year, and I feel that there is still more in me to do. I would recommend you catch my "Fish Fry" drawing I did. It's 18 in. x 24 in. and definitely a very weird surrealistic piece. I like archery as a hobby and fishing so I combined these two into one drawing. I must admit the combination proved startling even for me. I also did a few others less revealing, but the one I did for my Goddaughter, Rebecca (she is getting married this month) was truly exquisite and worth mentioning. Also, 18 in. x 24 in., it reveals a side of me I didn't have. It contains my standard "birds" and sea landscape, but the young lady's face in this charcoal, pencil and conte drawing is truly unique. I call it the "Sailors Beware."

I'm Done!
You guys didn't think I would get this wordy? Well neither did I ...
Well, I'll leave with this image of "Sailors Beware".

Sailors Beware! Charcoal, Pencil and Conte Crayon

In honor of my Goddaughter, Rebecca's Wedding... CYA!

Holidays Are Almost Here

Great News
I'm going to a Hillary Clinton Rally today! I know this is an art blog. But I wanted to share the good fortune that she is coming to our area this afternoon with you.

Art News
October saw more of the same for me: trying to pull out of a big slump! But I had some positive things done. I was able to replace several drawings and paintings at the current galleries I'm exhibiting now. (See the previous post). I also attended a Halloween Grand Opening at the Gateway Gallery in NPR. It looked like a great turn out. (I didn't wear a costume if you are wondering.) I was not impressed with some of the work this time around. I guess the Halloween Theme is not for me.

Artistic Wise
I finished my fourth painting in the Sea Monsters Collection, titled, "Water Nymph". a small 20-inch x 16-inch oil painting.
Do I like it? Yes and no. It seems that the longer I delay between sittings, the further the cohesiveness of the painting gets.
Let me explain: I really liked the portion of the "Nymph" and what figures evolved on the right of her, but the left portion is almost too foreign from the rest. (This was my second session.) The colors there just makes it -- but just!
I have gotten lazy with the use of the negative space. And I've realized that the size of the painting was holding me back somewhat. I guess I'm so used to working largely now that space is harder to define to my satisfaction.

Out of Focus
One serious problem for me lately: my vision is giving me a bit of trouble. When I work close-up for extend periods, and I back up for a longer view, my eyes have a very bad time of bringing the image in to focus. Hmm... getting old. Maybe more wine is required? I've never painted under the influence before, maybe it's time I tried it? Well, I might have a check-up come the first of the year.

In Closing
I'll be doing a lot of traveling this November with the holidays already on top of me. My grandkids come first though! Then my art. One more important note...

Retirement
Haven't been able to put the cap back on this thing call retirement. It is really hard to adjust to a career meltdown. No doubt my art is strong enough to sustain me through some low points. But I've not yet achieved a full battery charge for it. I guess I need a muse or a major gallery breakthrough or a small glimpse of recognition that what I'm doing is worthwhile for someone other than myself? Oh well... cya next time.

One Year Later... I'm Still Alive

How to Explain My Absences
Let's just say that I've been on a long hiatus and let it go at that...

Where Are We Now?
Last time I wrote on my blog, I presented this weird example to explain my new theory of art called "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism", and I feel terrible for having written it! It was a terrible example.

But I've really not deviated much from the original concept:
"If there’s anything further that can be said of my work, it is that it has a “look and you shall find feel to it. A Scotoma appeal: “What am I missing?” I took an intense look at Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the Italian painter in the 1500’s, who through Pareidolia was able to confuse and stimulate the brain into seeing human images made up of fruit, vegetables, fish & books. Much of my serious work depends on this psychological phenomenon; “trick & treat”, you might say. But I expanded it further. Viewing images in a cloud is not new, and it is fleeting. I decided to make it last longer."

I started this new direction with my first painting back in 2015, called "Sea Monsters" and since then, I've produced "Bird of Prey," "Winged Cooties"; and yes, I'm currently painting another smaller piece I call, "Water Nymph". All four paintings have helped me expand, though modestly, this new theory I keep calling "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism."

I'm currently expanding the focus of shapes produced by negative space within each shape's outline. I'm creating new images from existing negative space and build on each subsequent one. Naturally, I have to constrain the composition of these shapes in such a way so as to create a pleasant overall look of the painting. Yes, I'm still using the "Pareidolia" effect, by the artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1500's), to conceal some of the larger images within the smaller ones but more subtle.
I'm beginning to enjoy the relaxing flow of waterscapes for concealing images within swirls of ocean, skies and sea creatures. "Bird of Prey" is a good example of that. I'm also noticing that my painting's focal points have become dominant and not as controlling the composition as I develop this new theory.
Again, I'm frightened of this approach to the extent that it makes it too easy for me to lean on the "cartoon" style for lack of imaginative artistic quality solutions. I'm many times trapped. And the negative space fails to reveal it's self to me in an artistic shape but rather a "cartoonist" one. Bad. Bad.

Well, there you have it; more to come from this quandary I'm in.

A Few More Points
I've not been lazy within this past year! I've secured three galleries to exhibit my work.

"Gateway Gallery in Newport Richey, Bug's Splatter Gallery in Zephyrhills and oh course, the Dunedin Art Center, in Dunedin, which continues to work for me at this time. I've been relying hard on my charcoal and pencil drawings to show there while I get my new collection going. (See "Sea Monsters").

And if you are reading this new post, then you know that I've completely upgraded my website, JacaboStudio.com.

A Bad Year ...

Super Delinquent
It's now the end of September and I've been super delinquent with my blog -- and you folks! And here's why: Tragedy continues to befall our family. My mother-in-law passed, my wife's uncle passed, one of my dearest uncles passed and now my last aunt, on my mother's side, is in a coma from a stroke, and she won't be expected to live long. I will travel to Miami soon.

Are You Totally Depressed Now?
Well, if you are, multiply that ten-fold and that's the climate I'm in... my art is in ... what art? But I know I have to continue on this path I've set for myself, even if it's only for my mother's sake. I've managed to focus on a few gems that have come my way since I've posted last.

When One Door Opens...
After much work by many, the art gallery I submit my work to, the New Port Richey Art Gallery, maybe closing at the end of October of this year! My heartfelt thanks to Fran, the director, and the many others who came before her. Apparently, there are no large patrons to help support the gallery. If you know of anyone please contact her at the gallery. But for me, and through the help of Fran, I've managed to get a lead to another gallery in Dunedin, FL.

I contacted the director at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, this past Labor Day week, and she agreed to meet with me briefly. With her help, I was able to submit my work for the jury, a couple of my best charcoal/pencil drawings. They were well received, and are now, on exhibit there through October the 3rd, 2015. (Strange Lands & Watering Hole). Please go see them... http://www.dfac.org.

Do I Know How to Paint Anymore?
Yes, it's a fair question. And yes, I've not been able to refine my art: "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". My current painting ( I promise to you show you when it's finished.) is a small attempt at fleshing out a poorly thought-out dream I once had from my childhood days.

I wanted to see a world of "bizarre" elements, objects, creatures, and people all living in both "dance" and somber solace among strange situations of modern-day predicaments.

"Wow!" I can't believe I thought of that when I was younger? Well, it was an ongoing vision for me. It came to me at different times. Some while I was daydreaming. Some while I slept. And some while I contemplated how I could bring it to life... But all in all, the influences were all there from the likes of surrealism, cartoons, and Disney, all flushing to the surface in a state of the unreal, of the imaginative and of the bizarre!

I Promise to Easy Up -- But Not Yet!!
Let me give you an example of what I'm after: Imagine that you are sailing on sail ship, and you glance out to sea and you see in the distant shore, and where you are part of the distant landscape, a shape of a big bird; and this bird is chewing up a person and at the same time, fighting for it from another animal for its next meal. It's all very bizarre, but not horrific! It's a pleasant depiction of what is horrid. And it doesn't affect you as a horrid event but merely whimsical. "Hey, look! I'm looking at this ship sailing and I'm part of this painting that is showing the big bird fighting for a meal. Not terrifying -- just a pleasant walk in the park!

If I can capture that -- then I can say I've reached my goal of "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". Not too hard? Maybe? Either way, I'm going to have some fun doing it. And I hope you will have fun viewing it.

Stay tuned, I promise I will try not to be less morbid and depressing... jacabo.

Super Delinquent
It's now the end of September and I've been super delinquent with my blog -- and you folks! And here's why: Tragedy continues to befall our family. My mother-in-law passed, my wife's uncle passed, one of my dearest uncle passed and now my last aunt, on my mother's side, is in a coma from a stroke, and she won't be expected to live long. I will travel to Miami soon.

Are You Totally Depressed Now?
Well, if you are, multiply that ten-fold and that's the climate I'm in... my art is in ... what art? But I know I have to continue on this path I've set for myself, even if it's only for my mother's sake. I've managed to focus on a few gems that have come my way since I've posted last.

When One Door Opens...
After much work by many, the art gallery I submit my work to, the New Port Richey Art Gallery, maybe closing at the end of October of this year! My heartfelt thanks to Fran, the director, and the many others who came before her. Apparently, there are no large patrons to help support the gallery. If you know of anyone please contact her at the gallery. But for me, and through the help of Fran, I've managed to get a lead to another gallery in Dunedin, FL.

I contacted the director at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, this past Labor Day week, and she agreed to meet with me briefly. With her help, I was able to submit my work for jury, a couple of my best charcoal/pencil drawings. They were well received, and are now, on exhibit there through October the 3rd, 2015. (Strange Lands & Watering Hole). Please go see them... http://www.dfac.org.

Do I Know How to Paint Anymore?
Yes, it's a fair question. And yes, I've not been able to refine my art: "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". My current painting ( I promise to you show you when it's finished.) is a small attempt at fleshing out a poorly thought-out dream I once had from my childhood days.

I wanted to see a world of "bizarre" elements, objects, creatures, and people all living in both "dance" and somber solace among strange situations of modern day predicaments.

"Wow!" I can't believe I thought of that when I was younger? Well, it was an on going vision for me. It came to me at different times. Some while I was day dreaming. Some while I slept. And some while I contemplated how I could bring it to life... But all in all, the influences were all there from the likes of surrealism, cartoons, and Disney, all flushing to the surface in a state of the un-real, of the imaginative and of the bizarre!

I Promise to Easy Up -- But Not Yet!!
Let me give you an example of what I'm after: Imagine that you are sailing on sail ship, and you glance out to sea and you see in the distant shore, and where you are part of the distant landscape, a shape of a big bird; and this bird is chewing up a person and at the same time, fighting for it from another animal for its next meal. It's all very bizarre, but not horrific! It's a pleasant depiction of what is horrid. And it doesn't affect you as a horrid event but merely whimsical. "Hey, look! I'm looking at this ship sailing and I'm part of this painting that is showing the big bird fighting for a meal. Not terrifying -- just a pleasant walk in the park!

If I can capture that -- then I can say I've reached my goal of "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". Not too hard? Maybe? Either way, I'm going to have some fun doing it. And I hope you will have fun viewing it.

Stay tuned, I promise I will try not to be less morbid and depressing... jacabo.

LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER - Not Really!

Since my last post...
I’ve been too busy to post a word, so here’s a few that I think might be of interest:

I’ll just start with stuff I can remember right away and then perhaps the “rest” will tag along?

Artists’ Market Show
I’m very excited about having mailed off an application for a place in the Artists’ Market at the Leepa – Rattner Museum of Arts in Tarpon Springs, FL in September. As I understand it this is a very sought after exhibition for the artist but there are limited spots available and the competition is very intense. I’ve learned not to get my hopes up, so though I know my work can compete, I may have gotten my app in too late; wish me luck. (I will write more on this in my next post.)

“Your Pretty Face” Featured Exhibition
I canceled my featured exhibition with the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery (DNPRArtGallery) for September of this year. After much thought and consultation with the director there, I decided that my theme would not “blend” with their “Around the World in 30 Days.” So I moved it to February of 2015 around Valentine's Day. Their theme of “Romantic Notions” was a PERFECT MATCH! Now I just have to finish the last piece in the collection “Vanity’s Veil” a big 4 feet by 4-foot canvas!

The ARTPool Gallery Showings a Success
The ARTPool Gallery in St. Pete, FL (www.artpoolrules.com) was a great opportunity for me to break into the art market there and with great success. The folks at the gallery are great to work with and their artist pricing for exhibiting during their monthly events is a very good deal!

Their events attraction a nice crowd and I was able to sell several of my charcoal-pencil drawings!! But I must admit, I could not sell any of the paintings I brought in. I have to rethink subject, pricing, and media. I’ve taken a break from showing there until late fall; hopefully, things will pick up when the “snow-birds” come back down?

Jacabostudio.com Website Updated
I’ve been working like a beast on updating my website. I will upload it soon. I still have several pages to work out. First: I’ve cataloged and number up to 40 plus drawings that I will be uploading. Now that’s easier said than done. I could really use a part-time assistant to help out (no money in my budget for it though).

Also, I’ve decided to offer a way for folks who want to buy from my site. I’m planning on using PayPal for the transactions. For now, I’ll be using their “buttons” and maybe later I’ll jump to a shopping cart?

As it is, I will only be offering the Charcoal-Pencil drawings for sale in this manner. I have to provide pricing, descriptions, icons and more for each button! Now that’s a lot of work! If anyone is interested in any of the paintings they will still have to contact me by e-mail as in the past (info@jacabostudio.com)

I don’t want to hold up the rest of the site for this so, I plan on placing a security login on that page so that it will prevent anyone from accessing the page until I’m done; hopefully?

A COUPLE MORE ENTRIES AND I’LL BE DONE
On top of it all, I’m contemplating moving from Dade City to perhaps Tennessee to live closer to my sons and daughter and now soon to arrive more grandkids!! Money is, of course, an issue so I have to strategically do this… for sure it won’t be soon … Am I thinking several years to do? We’ll see …? Anyway … I digress.

AN IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP
I stopped by the DNPR Art Gallery yesterday to dropped off a new drawing, “Ship Wreck” and found out from the gallery director that the previous submission I had there fell down! Yep! I had framed it with a poster 16 inch by 20-inch frame (plastic) and I taped the wire on the cardboard backing; it seemed sturdy enough – NOT! I was reminded never to use tape to hold a frame up! The frame seemed light enough and I had tried it at home without incident but I did not have it up for two months like at the gallery. In the end, the drawing did not get damaged but I was lucky. Just thought I’d run that by you …

Just remember, “We’re just pilgrims on the road to a better place.”© jacabo

Where is jacabo Again?

You ask, "Where have you been? And Are you still an Artist?"
Well, the answer is, "Busy!!!" and "Yes! I'm still an artist and will always be!!"

Things have gotten super, super crazy around my personal life, and my art, I must say, has suffered a bit. My mother in law continues to be very ill and she continues to be our top priority around the jacabo residence. We don't expect she will be with us for very long and so both my wife and I have been seeing more of her at the nursing home.
Inspiration - a Haven For the Nearly Lost

I have managed to continue to draw a bit and my charcoal drawings continue to improve and they have been of great solace in these difficult times.

"ONE OUT OF THE SHOOT"
I have, believe it or not, managed to get one painting in this year. And because it's been such a long time in posting, I have made a great effort to upload an image of the final oil that I call, "Sea Monsters" 24x30 today for you. See below
Sea Monster Surrealistic Oil Painting on Canvas 2017

Me a Cartoonist? NEVER!!
It is, as I promised, an early attempt to at furthering my theme of "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". I am having, in truth, a difficult time with it. I have come real close in areas, and with dear apologizes, at overdoing the "whimsical" and have dangerously approached the "cartoonist"!! I'll let you all decide ... and as they say, "It was a lick and a promise to do better next time."

"Who me? A TV Star?
Well, actually not. But I did get asked to do an interview on a Spanish station, MiraTV. Great inspiration for an artist that so needs it...

And it was merely by chance that I got the interview: a friend of my, you've heard me mentioned him before, Carlos (the frames all my work) was asked by his friend, a videographer for MiraTV if he knew any Spanish artist. The videographer was trying to get a few Spanish artists in the Tampa Bay area (FL) to do interviews about their work in order to improve an awareness of the arts in the Spanish community. Carlos mentioned that he knew too. I was one of the two!

Didn't take much convincing to do the interview. The catch (isn't there always one?) that the whole interview had to be conducted in Spanish. Well, and to my horror, my Spanish has slowly been deteriorating since my mother passed away several years back. She and my aunt are the only ones that forced me to speak in Spanish till now. And when I spoke it was local talk and not much to do with the arts, surrealism or technical.

I really didn't have to worry, my Spanish was right on the mark and when I needed help, the show host, Emilio De Fortuny, was great in helping me out of the tough spots. You must see the video that I've upload and see how I did?

"I'M SURE THERE'S MORE TO TELL?" YOU ASK.
Yes, there is, but you'll have to wait for my next post ... jacabo

New Year - New Resolutions

So Where Was I?

Well, life happens!

First an apology:

Sorry for not updating my blog in so long; can't remember when...
With that out of the way...


Let me tell you what has been happening:
I will be finally exhibiting at the NPR Downtown Art Gallery (FL) my long-awaited collection, "Your Pretty Face." (Feb. 6th - 28th, 2015 ) "Long awaited" because I had to cancel the event back in August or September of last year because the galleries' "theme" didn't go well with this collection. This month's theme, "Romantic Era" for Valentines was well worth the wait.
Please come out to see it. Here's the link for more details, http://www.nprgallery.com.

Some notes on the New collection, "Your Pretty Face"
Barely got the final painting done in time (more on this later), had to deliver the 4 ft. x 4 ft. painting, "Vanity's Veil", wet in various areas to the framer. He turned it around in record time for me (many thanks to Carlos) and we packed the van this weekend. At the gallery, I was able to say "good-bye" to Bonnie, the former director, and "hello", to Fran the new one. We talked about placement, lighting, and pricing.

If you've ever heard me rant about the problems I've been having w/these poster frames I bought to hold my drawing, Fran put me at ease with a simple solution. The problem with the plastic frames: they kept slipping off the sides. Fran suggested putting thin black tape on the back of each corner to hold them in place. She said that she would do that for me! Now that's service from a gallery!!

Artists' Market at the Leppa-Rattner of Arts Museum (last year)
Of my last telling: I was waiting to hear if my application would go through -- and it did!! It was a great experience for the 2-day weekend show. The venue was fantastic! Indoors and air-conditioned (it rained the last day) and my work was very well received (I didn't sell any paintings but I did well with my drawings!

Though, I must recount a bad experience I had there: I was having a picture taken in from of my two most favorite paintings, "Broken Chalice" and "Missile Toad" and I clumsily knocked one of the legs from the easel holding "Missile Toad"!! Both paintings came crashing down and one of the legs of the easel broke! The painting "popped" from the frame as well! It created such a loud bang in the museum that it resonated through the entire place, making folks take notice and ran over to help. All I can say, it was not too professional -- "Oh well!"

What's Ahead?
Before I say more on what's ahead, I must state that in the past 6 months I've not done much painting; I've not been inspired. I've worked on and off on developing my Charcoal Drawings but not with any real heart.

My efforts have been with my mother-in-law; she is very sick and I have added tremendous efforts and support to help her (and my wife) in her last days here on earth. Perhaps this month I will again start to paint. I hope.

I look forward in the coming months starting again where I left with my previous collection, "Odd Ball". I enjoyed the "freedom" I had with color and subject in my current collection, "Your Pretty Face" and I will bring that along and perhaps, combine it with the ridge compositions of late in the previous "Odd Ball" works. "Cerebral Stew" was a major achievement for me both in advancing Surrealism, and my own theory and interpretation of it with "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism".

I'm looking forward to seeing the "melt". Stop by often, I can't promise to update my blog as often as in the past, but I will try ... jacabo

New Year - New Resolutions

So Where Was I?

Well, life happens!

First an apology:

Sorry for not updating my blog in so long; can't remember when...
With that out of the way...


Let me tell you what has been happening:
I will be finally exhibiting at the NPR Downtown Art Gallery (FL) my long-awaited collection, "Your Pretty Face." (Feb. 6th - 28th, 2015 ) "Long awaited" because I had to cancel the event back in August or September of last year because the galleries' "theme" didn't go well with this collection. This month's theme, "Romantic Era" for Valentines was well worth the wait.
Please come out to see it. Here's the link for more details, http://www.nprgallery.com.

Some notes on the New collection, "Your Pretty Face"
Barely got the final painting done in time (more on this later), had to deliver the 4 ft. x 4 ft. painting, "Vanity's Veil", wet in various areas to the framer. He turned it around in record time for me (many thanks to Carlos) and we packed the van this weekend. At the gallery, I was able to say "good-bye" to Bonnie, the former director, and "hello", to Fran the new one. We talked about placement, lighting, and pricing.

If you've ever heard me rant about the problems I've been having w/these poster frames I bought to hold my drawing, Fran put me at ease with a simple solution. The problem with the plastic frames: they kept slipping off the sides. Fran suggested putting thin black tape on the back of each corner to hold them in place. She said that she would do that for me! Now that's service from a gallery!!

Artists' Market at the Leppa-Rattner of Arts Museum (last year)
Of my last telling: I was waiting to hear if my application would go through -- and it did!! It was a great experience for the 2-day weekend show. The venue was fantastic! Indoors and air-conditioned (it rained the last day) and my work was very well received (I didn't sell any paintings but I did well with my drawings!

Though, I must recount a bad experience I had there: I was having a picture taken in from of my two most favorite paintings, "Broken Chalice" and "Missile Toad" and I clumsily knocked one of the legs from the easel holding "Missile Toad"!! Both paintings came crashing down and one of the legs of the easel broke! The painting "popped" from the frame as well! It created such a loud bang in the museum that it resonated through the entire place, making folks take notice and ran over to help. All I can say, it was not too professional -- "Oh well!"

What's Ahead?
Before I say more on what's ahead, I must state that in the past 6 months I've not done much painting; I've not been inspired. I've worked on and off on developing my Charcoal Drawings but not with any real heart.

My efforts have been with my mother-in-law; she is very sick and I have added tremendous efforts and support to help her (and my wife) in her last days here on earth. Perhaps this month I will again start to paint. I hope.

I look forward in the coming months starting again where I left with my previous collection, "Odd Ball". I enjoyed the "freedom" I had with color and subject in my current collection, "Your Pretty Face" and I will bring that along and perhaps, combine it with the ridge compositions of late in the previous "Odd Ball" works. "Cerebral Stew" was a major achievement for me both in advancing Surrealism, and my own theory and interpretation of it with "Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism".

I'm looking forward to seeing the "melt". Stop by often, I can't promise to update my blog as often as in the past, but I will try ... jacabo

Another Lack Luster Month

WELL NOT COMPLETELY
I’ve had a modest attempt to start the juices flowing in January; rearranged my entire studio and fixed a nasty leak in the window. The studio is, I must add, cleaner and more organized now; much credit goes to my wife.

ANOTHER FACE IN THE WORKS
I've started another painting, in the "Your Pretty Face" Series. Oh and I signed up for a one-man show in September at the New Port Richey Gallery. Now under the new gallery director, Bonnie Bratby-Carey and under a new name: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery.

I had a great conversation with Bonnie: seems like the gallery has gone through some new renovations and much-needed publicity. I’m a bit behind on the paintings but hopefully, I’ll be able to finish the collection. (15 pieces).

STILL IN LIMBO
Not sure if I want to find a new gallery in St Pete. I would think my work needs more of the metropolitan atmosphere. Don't know. One thing that is for sure, once I’m done with the “Your Pretty Face” collection, I’m heading back to my “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow” style. I can’t wait. I’m sure that that’s where I should be painting; it’s something in myself that needs it. I can’t put it into words …

We’ll see you soon.

jacabo

Why Try Recalling February & March & What about April?

"HERE WE ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN"
I won't try to go back that far; what I can't remember or what was not eventful enough to remember, I can't say. But I'll tell you what, I'll start from today and maybe some of yesterday might surface?

WHAT TO TELL FIRST?
OK. Here goes: I have six new charcoal drawings now hanging at the Art Pool Gallery in St. Pete! Yep! Remember in my last post, how I was looking for a gallery there? I was pretty excited when my email got answered by the owner, Marina Williams. She invited me to show at their 6th Annual Anniversary, this past Saturday (April 5th, 2014).

I had to scramble to collect the best six of some 30 drawings and mount them in a matter of a week. I had a limited budget, so I grabbed the local newspaper and searched for coupons at Michaels. Michaels had a great special of poster board frames last week, so I took off and bought all they had on the shelf that day!

But once I had one in the frame, it didn't look good against the white paper I was using, so my wife suggested (she's smart) to buy some oak tag (it's like poster board) in black and place the drawings on top. (We didn't have the funds for matte board either.) But they looked great, just as if they had been mounted!

TOO MUCH DETAIL … I'LL SKIP A BIT NOW...
I delivered the charcoal drawings the Friday before the show, and with Marina’s help, was able to price & label them quickly. Luckily, I had tag each one on the back with their own I.D. number and title, date, and size, so now all I had to do is transfer the info right on to her sales tag.

Opening night, this was my debut, was a bit lackluster I thought. I’ll explain: in my opinion, most of the guests were not so much interested in my art but the event itself. And boy, they had plenty to keep their interest. One side note: I didn’t tape the drawings to the poster board, so they slipped down at the gallery; they did help me out by using just small amounts of glue on the back of the drawings. And got them all ready for that night's showing.

All in all, it was a great night, I did have a few art lovers wonder over to my section of the gallery to look over my work. But the big surprise came when Marina called alerting me, a week later that two of my drawings sold!! I’m glad I made this gallery my first step into the Pinellas market. Especially because they don’t charge a commission for any sales, just a modest entry fee for each.

I will from time to time continue to show there, however, I do plan on finding another gallery in St. Pete that is more “traditional” in nature. I need help from a gallery to open new roads for me and to have a local place to get input from other artist and collectors. I won’t mind paying a sales commission for their efforts.

OK MOVING ON A BIT
I’ll be picking up my charcoal drawings (minus two) in a week and … they’ll be going into my new featured exhibition. In September of 2014 at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery (DNPRAG) I plan on showing them there along with my new oil collection, “Your Pretty Face.”

“YOUR PRETTY FACE” IS ALMOST FINISHED
I just finished “Pearl’s Plight” (24”x30”). This painting marks the end (or so I tell myself) of boobs in my paintings. I need to move on and suppress the urge to expose their beauty in all my work. And I will do just that in my next and final painting of this series. This new piece will be a bit more ambitious than the rest (36”x48”) and it will be the anchor for it as well.

As the time nears to the DNPRAG show and, it becomes clearer to me, I will give more details of the reasoning for this series. I could state today, the obvious though, and say that I needed a break from my last major work, “Cerebral Stew” (6’x4’ approx.) Yes, I did burn out. My mind, back and what-ever-else gave out with this painting, it really was exhausting. The charcoal drawings were a major remedy for me and it felt right to do.

AND IN PARTING
I’m off to "Carlos" (remember my framer) with more drawings and also to mail out my certificates of authenticities to my patrons.
I’ll also fill you in where I land my next gallery. I’ve decided that there’s a great deal of work that goes in promoting an artist and his work and I will be very glad to be able to concentrate on my work and let the gallery worry about the marketing!
As always, "Hang in there, we’re all just pilgrims on the road to a better place.” Cya!

September and October were busy for me

What Happen?
I knocked out two more amazing paintings; smaller than I'd like them to be, however, very good. I'm talking about “One Night” (18x24 inches) and “Angel Maker” (24x30 inches). Click here to view. They are very similar, yet, very different. I’m not sure which one I love the best. My, “Angel Maker”, out edges “One Night” and only because it expands on my theme of "consequences of our actions" a bit further.

I'm A Weary Traveler
My day job’s traveling time is draining my energy and it’s very difficult to keep the pace of the past two years. And now the holidays are upon us and I don’t want to miss out on family life during this time. I struggle with my inner feelings of remorse for my art. I feel that I’m at crossroads and my art calls and demands my full attention. I’ve had to postpone my April Exhibition of “Your Pretty Face” at The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery.

A Wish of Success
I’d like to wish Nancy Ciesla, the former Gallery Director at The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, success in her new endeavors, and a great welcome to Bonnie Bratby-Carey as the new director here: http://www.nprgallery.com

I may still submit a couple of my paintings in April from my new collection, “Your Pretty Face” but I’m not sure if I should wait till I have more paintings? Besides I don’t want to steal the featured artist his or her thunder.

A New Gallery But Which One?
I have yet had time to look around in St. Pete for a gallery. Is my challenge heading there an extra day i.e. Saturday or Sunday to check things out? (125 miles) I need to check the websites out to see which one(s) is a right fit; more on this to come.
Well, that’s it for now. I do have a promise to fulfill; I will have up to a new page of all my charcoal drawings. I just need to figure out which ones to put up and figure out names, sizes, etc. (no time).

If I don’t add to my blog before the holidays come up. Have a great time with family and friends. jacabo

August Came and Went

No Telling What Happen to Me in August Now
Oh, yes, let me get this nonartistic item out of the way. My "regular gig" moved away approx. 120 miles (round trip) in August. So now I'm on the road three hours daily. That's 600 miles a week. So I know you know what comes next? Right? Yes, a big all fat excuse for not painting! Well if you thought that then you're partially right, I have been painting... but slower.

SURPRISED YOU?
I do have two more paintings done and a nice size one too, "Ecumenical Damsel" it's 24" by 48" and I just finished this weekend, "One Night" 18"x24".( Click here www.jacabostudio.com/index.html ) They are all part of the new collection I call "Your Pretty Face" (for those of you have not been following my blog). I keep telling myself I'm all about quality but my gallery director is looking to cover more wall space than I have paintings; I'll be needing about 12 -15 paintings to round out this collection.

Good Luck!!
Not sure if I'll be able to knock out 15 paintings, but I'm going to try. On a brighter note, I've been buying up paint and canvas at the local "art store" with 40 - 50 percent off coupons; stocking up for the more leaner days. I was printing out the coupons until I ran out of ink, so I used my Smart Phone and went to the website and had the clerk scan them in at the store; saved on paper and ink, brushes, paint, and canvas.

Charcoal Drawings
I also bought some charcoal and drawing pads and I've been sketching out some nice pieces. When I get some "extra" time I'll build a web page and let you see them all; hopefully, you'll request to buy some right? LOL. Need cash to pay for that “big old gas bill” I now have? I have to stop with the whining.

Well …
I not sure if August was worth mentioning on the blog. Oh! Wait I got one more important bit of news. There are a lot of galleries at my new job’s location. I will be planning a field trip sometime soon. Check them out and see if any are anything I will be interested in. The area is very old and enjoys a lot of folks with extra money to burn. So come back next time and I’ll tell you where the galleries are. cya. jacabo

Just a Tad Behind on Blog

What Not To Tell
I’ve submitted just one painting in June and July to the Downtown Art Gallery of NPR (formerly Progress Energy Art Gallery of New Port Richey) “False Face” (18”x24”). It is also the first in my new series, “Your Pretty Face”. Things are going slow for me this year. Looks like “Cerebral Stew” (4ft.x6ft approx.) took a big bite of my creative juices. However, I’ve committed to another exhibition in April 2014. I might do a three-year retrospect of my work and include several new pieces, just to give my exhibit some “body”.

Pretty is Better Slow than Fast?
I do have a couple more pieces. One is done “Two Maidens” (18”x24”) and another partially done “Street Lady”. I’ll upload the former soon (I promise). A few family health issues and some financial life struggles are impeding the forward momentum.
My “regular gig” is making more demands on my artistic insights; so when I hit the brushes it doesn’t want to go too far. If the only artist could make a living off their work before they become famous? LOL

I’ll Be Better – Soon
Can’t promise much output this year, but I will continue past “this”, whatever ‘this” is? And I’ve not given up on “Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism". It seems that “Missile Toad” is starting to make some headway and has found some recognition among fellow artists. One visitor exclaimed, “Arresting work! Daliesque melting forms!” (See http://www.jacabostudio.com/index.html).

My work has never been so described, but no matter – folks are trying to find a spot for me in history?? LOL.

See you... jacabo.

Oddball Exhibition and More

A LOT TO COVER

Well, I’ll skip the “surprise phone call” I sighted in my last entry only because with so much going on I forgot who called me… Hahhh!! I just remembered!! Man, I'm getting old ...

I got a call from Cheryl Segal, a reporter, from New Port Richey Life Magazine!! Since I was exhibiting at Progress Energy Art Gallery (PEAG) at the time (April), she wanted my input on a story she was doing on community art galleries. Plus, she was also interested in knowing why I traveled from Dade City, FL to PEAG to exhibit my work? She showed some interest in the "Surrealism" I am doing and I would hope, it'll get my name and ideas out to the art community.

We spent a short time on the phone and went over some very interesting topics and she even requested some pics from my Oddball collection!! I have to get a hold of Cheryl, to see if she can give me a link to their site; more to come on this.

THE BIG MOVE

Does $110 sound like a lot? Well, it does to me! That’s what it cost me to bring “Cerebral Stew” (48”x 72”) back home after the exhibition in New Port Richey. I rented a cargo van (you know from whom); the rental fee wasn’t bad: $19.95 but boy, the 59 cents per mile was a killer!

I also had to go to the gallery the previous Monday, on pickup day, and remove my smaller paintings (I had many smaller paintings), since they couldn’t store them for a week; I rented the van Saturday and picked up the “Cerebral Stew” and returned the van by 4 that afternoon.

I could go on but I have more to tell….
Martini Mouse Part of the Cocktail Digital Collection

SOME FUN STUFF!

I started a new digital series of 10 prints of what I like to call, “Cocktail Hour”. Really fun stuff to do and very whimsical drawings of ladies drinking cocktail drinks; right now I have 3 done (See sample on the right) and I’ll upload two more soon. I think you’ll find them a very different break from what I do. Hey, an artist has got to make a little money to pay the bills!!

ONE MORE THING AND I’LL STOP

I got a great new idea for my new collection of paintings. It came to me from a song phrase I heard on the radio: “…your pretty face…” That sounded good so, “Your Pretty Face” became the name for my new collection. It’s all about a simpler approach to painting then I have been doing, yet interesting enough to portrait different types of women in the different state of mind.

I need a break from the twisted cerebral stuff of “Oddball”. Mind you, there will be more to come from that collection. I feel that I can not leave behind Whimsically Bizarre Surrealism. I have worked too hard to bring it to the community at large. Yet, I need a new focus for now. All I can say about it is that “life has many roads, and we all hope that it gets better as we go.”

I MISSED A FEW THINGS

But here’s a surprise for you loyal followers of my blog: A first-time sneak preview of my first painting for the “Your Pretty Face” Collection, “False Face" (18x24”).
Enjoy.

ODDBALL EXHIBITION UNDER WAY!

WHERE TO START?
The Oddball Exhibition night went well, and better than I expected. (For those who haven’t been keeping up with my blog: I was the featured artist at the Progress Energy Art Gallery (PEAG) this month). Great turn out; I spoke to a few regulars and many more that I didn’t know. The discussions and comments were enlightening. Folks loved the large painting, “Cerebral Stew” (48”x74”) and proved a great vehicle for an open discussion about Surrealism.

WHIMISICALLY ENTERTAINING
The conversations drew much interest from the figures and images juxtapositions. The entrails of diversions brought forth revelations and discoveries from the viewers; and much to my surprise, new discoveries that I had not placed within the painting. Yet, all in all, I’m not sure that I had the “WOW!” factor at work for me? It seemed that the focus of the evening was my explanations of the making of the paintings. Next time, I’ll ask questions, keep my mouth shut, and wait for the answers.

FREE ARTIST CARDS
My free artist cards (pencil and charcoal drawings on baseball card sizes) were warmly received as a reward for finding me in any of the paintings. Also, I also gave out some cards to folks I knew the previous week. Those who came could claim the cards at the gallery. At first, I didn’t think that anyone would come to get them but they did!!

MUCH THANKS
I must thank Nancy, PEAG curator, for her wonderful patience with me. I asked her to keep the gallery open that Saturday during one of the largest festivals in New Port Richey, “Chasco”. It was good that we did. We did get a steady stream of visitors during and after the parade.

OK I'LL GO EASY ON YOU - CUT IT SHORT
The exhibition will be open until April 27th at PEAG, so no excuses please come out.
Next time … how on earth will I bring home that huge painting? And a break in my style that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. I’ll upload an image for your review. Plus a surprise phone call ... Cya.

March Crazy - Glad It's Gone!

OK, WHERE DO I START?
Well, I promised last time I’d let you know how things went with my application to the “Miami Gallery” (see my previous post) and it didn’t! Yep. Got a rejection letter in the mail stating to try again next year? The letter was not too specific (are they ever?). Well, I guess I got to find another gallery to apply to or wait until next year? I think I’ll look around for another gallery that can see great work right off!!

GREAT NEWS
I do have some good news; I’ve finished “Cerebral Stew”, my largest painting, to date! I have not celebrated yet; waiting to hear how the public will receive it at my exhibition coming up (more on this later). I have to be honest, as much as I love painting, I’m glad that this piece is done! Large works like this (48 inches by 74 inches) are best left when you are on vacation for several months or retired. Neither which I had the pleasure.

WHAT WHEN WRONG OR RIGHT?
I was getting tired of the palette I was using: Titanium white (Two large tubes), Burnt Umber & Sienna, Raw Umber, Black, Yellow Ochre and touches of Cadmium Yellow ($40 per tube), Prussian blue and Indigo. And I felt that I was back in my younger days when I was told to “color within the lines”. (Remember?) The long large pervasive brush strokes and flights of fantasy were gone! Also, it didn’t help when you underestimate the time it would take to finish a project of this size; how quickly the inspirations came – right! My brushes were getting on my nerves; some were wearing out, some losing hairs, some I couldn’t clean fast enough to apply a different color and colors ran together. Man, can I continue to whine?

MY STUDIO LOOKS EMPTY
I had a heck of time delivering the painting wet! It would not fit into my SUV with easy, nor would it fit with the frame, so I had to take it to the framers (Carlos – many thanks!) and yes, we got paint on the roof of the vehicle (many times). Carlos mounted it and helped haul it to the gallery this Saturday in his caravan. I will be reporting back on how the heck I’m going to pick up the painting in my next blog post.

I do miss seeing the big canvass in my studio. It was very hard to paint in a small room. And more still, it became part of my life for several months. It left a big void, but if I sell it, I’ll have a big check to fill its spot in my heart. LOL. Oh, well, enough of that let me move on.

MY DUES ARE IN AND SPACE IS RENTED!
My annual dues are in ($40) and the rental space for the month of April is too for PEAG. It was tough coming up with the cash. Art is a very expensive mistress. My featured exhibition at Progress Energy Art Gallery (PEAG) is on for this coming Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 6 p.m. Please come and you'll be sure to meet me there Friday, but if you can’t come out then, I will also stop in Saturday, April 6th afternoon. I’ll have my family with me there and you’ll get to meet my grandson, Colton-James. The exhibition will be on till April 27th so you’ll have plenty of time to see it. Just ... please, don’t touch the painting … LOL.

February Will Be No Easy Month

As Promised... “Cerebral Stew”
"Cerebral Stew" is the name a group of associates I know came up with when they saw I partially worked on canvas.
Yes, I'm now in full swing with, remember, the "big one:" 4ft x 6ft? This linen canvas has proven surprisingly difficult to paint on and I'm not sure if I like the "do-it-yourself" treatment of the gesso surface I did; I’m serious! In some areas, the gesso is too thick and is now “cracking”. The cracks seem to “go away” once the oils fill the “gaps”. But will they come back? I’ve chosen to ignore them since there’s no time to do a major repair on this canvas now, my exhibition is right around the corner (April 2013) and I still have so much more to do.

Applications Away!
I did manage to mail my application to Bakerhouse Art Complex, Miami (BAC). www.BACfl.org But I did have to resubmit it because I failed to provide the adequate separate files they required. I just sent them a PDF file with links to certain pages on my website that covered the requirements; also they wanted a DVD of my samples as well. I did manage to get enough time to do a PowerPoint presentation but that was only because I had to in order to meet their February 1st deadline.

The presentation was simple and it cataloged twelve paintings I liked that I did the past two years. Which brings to mind a very important point: my history as a painter and/or exhibitions is very short, and so, I may not have enough experience to get in. My work will be juried by some very knowledgeable/talented individuals. I feel that the Miami Venue will prove rewarding for me both in learning and experience.

One more thing on this subject, I did email them a picture (from my cell camera, no less) of my partial done Cerebral Stew; an afterthought, that may not have been a good idea? But I feel that this work that I’m doing on this piece is very special. Not only because of the new techniques I've had to learn to make the subjects flow on a larger composition, but I'm defining a new direction for my work and I feel that I’m growing as an artist. Wish me luck.

I Promise to be Short, Hang On…
I’m running out of paint! Yep. The large surface is eating up more paint, oils, paper towels and brush cleaner. I don’t buy in large quantities but I may have to do just that, possibly do some research on the Internet. Locate a web store with better prices than the brick and mortar. The out of pocket cost for this painting is pushing my home budget to the edge. OK, that’s enough of the whining for now ... come back and I'll tell how I did on my application!

“c u on the flip-flop!!”

MUCHO CATCHING UP!!

New Year's Resolution: Do More Painting
Needless to say, November and December 2012 were not very productive for me. As you can tell just from my blog alone, it is in very serious need of updating. I definitely had an artist “block”. (Note: “had”) And with vacations, holidays and family gatherings (love those grandkids) things just did happen for me artistically.

“BREAKTHROUGH!”
Both in November and December (mostly November) I produced one medium painting and one small painting; though they were ones in which I really, really, had fun doing: "Missile Toad". (22"x28") and “Untitled” (11”x14”)

In “Missile Toad”, I've combined much that I had struggled to discover in “Broken Chalice”. I managed to amuse myself even with the title. Once I had this painting completed, I truly felt that I had broken through into a new world of imagery and psychological experience. It even inspired me to try to tackle a more ambitious work, ”along the same lines”.

Full Throttle Ahead 2013!
I started a large linen canvas (4 ft. x 6 ft.). Remember the one I was going to start back in October’s blog entry? Well, it finally is happening…

And as an aside bar: I need to do a better job of applying and sanding the gesso. The oils are drying up pretty fast (I’m using the best-refined linseed oil) on this linen canvas. And the gesso brush strokes are tough to ignore. I sense that I’m not as fluid here as I would be on a cotton canvas.

Anyway, I have started …
And I have spent four, 10 hour days, back to back on what I consider will be one of my major works in this “Oddball” Collection. I have sooooooo much room that it worries me that my overall composition may suffer. I may post the different stages of my completion, from start to almost finish once I get done. Why to “almost finish?”

Well … I have a gallery showing come April 2013 at PEAG
I need to move fast now (I can do it, remember I’m inspired). I have only five paintings done for this collection. I still have to design, produce and have printed a brochure and flyer to go with it. And I have to have them framed and delivered by April 1st. And delivery is going to be a big challenge: Once framed the large canvass will NOT fit in my SUV; more to come on this in my next post.

Miami Here I Come
I need to apply to a jury gallery in Miami soon. More to come on this as well… my …. I need to stop for now. Promise to be more “regular” :-) and detailed in my future postings. Come back soon...

OCTOBER DRAGGED ON

NO PAINTING, NO INSPIRATION
I have nothing for you guys. Just some nothing to report:
I bought a smaller canvas, looks like I need to start small again. It took me four small paintings before I got the nerve to start the mural-size canvas since my last posting. But now I have to remove it to paint the smaller one. As you can see, things are not good for me. I also got turned down to show at a Junior College this month in St. Pete. I'm not feeling sorry for myself here, just noting the facts. Oh, course; it would have been a great boost to my spirits!

SAW THE DA VINCI CODE AGAIN
I was listening to this time to a line about... the mind sees what it wants to see or "scotoma". I'm not going to get too deep into it here, but it does have a lot to do with my work generally speaking. I guess "scotoma" can be said to represent a lot of artists. What good is it to know this and for what reason I'm bringing it up here? I don't know. Just thought I mentioned it. So as things go, I'm not going to say anymore, other than I will be painting this weekend. And yes on the smaller canvas.