Friday, November 30, 2012

Show at M Gallery

Dave and I are in a show with M Gallery (Charleston, SC) that opens tomorrow.  We've been so focused on it and so busy chasing our tails and screaming at FedEx minions that we forgot to share it with the world.  Oh well.  You probably already heard about it.  We know that we were among the last to know about it, when one day a magazine editor got in touch with us and said, "As you know, we are doing an editorial for your upcoming two man show..." and I was like, "Yeah, of cooooouuurse, just give me a sec, I want to get my gallery on the phone..."

Dave and I will have an assortment of oldies but goodies and fresh out of the oven pieces.  I would especially love it if someone bought "The Pair."  I'm just putting that suggestion out there for the universe to mull over.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Needless to say, I have gained victory over Kate once again.  The end was rather lackluster, as Kate's open studio became too cold for her to paint.  As we all know, she lacks the necessary back hair we all have to keep us warm, so she will have to finish her piece in the spring.  My piece was finished just in time for our show in December.

Anyway, here is a final shot of my piece.

Next posting, "how to keep your stray back hairs from getting into your varnish layer."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


We have decided to do a series of motivational poster for fun.   Here is first of many.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why I love being married to an artist

Today Dave and I celebrate our five year anniversary.  Sometimes I wonder where the time went, but then I remember that we spent it having fun.  In honor of the special day I would like to present my Ten Reasons why it is Awesome Being Married to Another Artist.

1.  They share your artist flakiness.  "You forgot to make dinner reservations?  Perfect!  I forgot it was our anniversary."

2.  They understand that it's more important to have a studio than a dining room, and are happy to eat off their laps so long as you have a place to paint.

3.  They think it's a BRILLIANT idea to buy that viking helmet off of ebay, and by the way, they saw a whale harpoon at the flea market and they bought it for you.

4.  You get to split the work.  Dave hates varnishing.  I hate making panels.  Looks like a match made in heaven to me.

5.  They're not jealous when you spend your evenings painting.

6.  You can do gallery shows with them!  I know it takes me about two years to produce enough work to fill a one man show.  As a matter of fact we're splitting a show at M Gallery next month.

7.  Your most ruthless critic is on hand at all times to push you in your art.  Please see Ten Reasons Why It Sucks to be Married to an Artist.

8.  They're schedule is as flexible as yours.  You end up spending a ton of time with each other.  Probably about three times as much as everyone else spends with their spouse.

9.  Their idea of a vacation also involves museums and art galleries.

10.  Anniversary presents are unusually suited to artist couples.  Paper?  Linen?  Boo-yah. 

Happy Anniversary, honey.  I was able make dinner reservations after all.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Donkey Kong's got nothing to do with it

Dave is mistaken.  It is not the speed of completion that counts when determining the victor in a creepy doll painting contest.  It's whether or not, late at night, as you wander downstairs to get yourself a glass of water, you can hear the pitiful crying of the lost children whose souls were devoured by said creepy doll.

Yeah, yeah.  Not much more done.  Been busy preparing my new studio.  And it's freaking cold outside, and raining constantly, so standing next to an open garage door makes painting an extreme sport.  Two layers of gloves and a constant drip of hot coffee doesn't balance it out.  Not sure I'll finish this before winter clenches her frigid fist around us.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's On Like Donkey Kong

And Dave takes the lead in the still life battle royale.    Kate should know by now, I never back down from a fight, (unless the guy/girl is bigger than me in which case I kick them  in the groin and run away.)  Although she had an overwhelming head start, I have not only caught up, but I am only days away from finishing my still life.  Now remember, this is a competition about speed, not quality of work, so Kate still can't brag when her still life looks better in the end.

I still have to render the remainder of the wood and the doll's legs and arm, but other than that this baby is finished (I hope by now I don't have to remind my readers when something works on two levels.)  This piece, along with several others by Kate and me, are going to be featured in a "Petite Salon" at M Gallery.  For those who don't know, "Petite Salon" means small exhibit in French and I am sure everyone is going to "mucho gusta" our show very much.