Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Gallery Somewhere

Whenever someone asks where I plan to show my drawings, paintings, and digital prints, I say “I don't know—a gallery somewhere.”

Introducing: A Gallery Somewhere.

Currently in the planning stages, A Gallery Somewhere will be brick and mortar when a location works, at least temporarily, for an exhibit. It will also be an online gallery that sells limited edition prints, posters, and originals of my work and also that of select artist friends.

Art print poster for A Gallery Somewhere

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Skin Deep

Our Tuesday night drawing group is planning an exhibit of life drawings, probably in March, 2014. Anyone who has participated in the group can submit a drawing that was done at one of the Tuesday night sessions.

I plan to post photos of the show here. The exact date and location will be decided in the next couple of months. It should be interesting, considering the incredible variety of styles that artists in the group create every Tuesday night.

Skin Deep
An exhibition of life drawings by the Argos Gallery Tuesday Night Drawing Group

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

White Chalk

In an old box of art supplies I found an extra soft white pastel stick that works much better on newsprint than any other chalk or pastel I’ve used. Schmincke Pastell is handmade in Germany and dried for eight days before it’s wrapped and packaged by hand.

A dozen artists attended last night’s three-hour drawing session of around 25 different poses varying from 1-minute to 45-minutes.  

Charcoal and pastel on newsprint

Friday, November 22, 2013

Model with Dark Hair

Model with Dark Hair

Charcoal, oil, & pastel

Monday, November 11, 2013

Drawing at Duel Brewing

I've been hearing that Duel Brewing in Santa Fe hosts Sunday mid-day drawing sessions, so I decided to check it out.

A $25 fee provides you with a live model for two hours, a Belgian waffle, and a Belgian-style beer of your choice, brewed on the spot. The atmosphere was inviting, the 6 or 7 artists in attendance were nice and friendly, the model was great (she modeled for our Tuesday night group recently), the lighting was dramatic, the proprietor and staff were welcoming and gracious, the waffle was excellent, and the beer I chose was “Non-Fiction,” a less-hoppy version of their Belgian-style IPA, “Fiction.” I've also tried their medium-bodied amber ale “Bad Amber.” All good stuff.

An unsuspecting, not-artists couple with an infant in a car-seat wandered in during the drawing session, having missed the sign on the front door that said the brewery wouldn’t open until 1:30. I have to say they handled it pretty well, but this is Santa Fe, after all. After a while you just kind of expect weird stuff to happen occasionally. . .  like a naked woman casually sitting alone in a pub. 

Duel Brewing is my idea of a friendly neighborhood pub. Definitely going back there soon.

This drawing started as charcoal on newsprint. I took an iPhone photo of the newsprint pad and opened it in Photoshop where I added digital color, texture, and highlights, then enlarged the image to 30 x40. 

Ambient Light at Duel Brewery
Digital print
30 x 40

Monday, November 4, 2013

Psychedelic Zydeco

As Robin and I strolled down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a psychedelic Zydeco explosion of light and sound came blasting out the front door of a bar...

Psychedelic Zydeco
Digital print on canvas
38 x 30

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kill Me Tomorrow

In the play Othello, Desdemona desperately tries to talk the insanely jealous Moor out of smothering her by pleading “Kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight." That would have worked on me, but Othello is obviously a moron who thinks the source of his infidelity information (his BFF, Iago) is a truthful and honorable man. Really? Everyone in the audience knows Iago is evil. 

Oh well, at least Othello realizes, just before killing himself, that he “loved not wisely but too well.” Loving “too well” seems to be a nasty condition that many men in the Shakespeare canon suffer from. 

If I were a woman I’d prefer a “loving-pretty-well” kind of relationship. Anything a little less “Shakespearean," thank you.

Kill Me Tomorrow, Let Me Live Tonight
Digital print on canvas
16 x 20