Friday, July 31, 2009
I just survived a record heatwave here in Portland. It reached a balmy 106 degrees earlier this week and people were freaking out! Almost every store sold out of air conditioners and people were checking into hotels just for the AC's. Madness. It got so hot, that I had to sleep with my fan in my bed. Don't worry, it was consensual... I think. Anyways, I had 2 fans blasting, my window wide open and I wake up to my landlord and the building manager inspecting my apartment. They walk into my bedroom with me hugging a fan in my bed in nothing but my underwear. I jolted awake and they ran out apologizing and all I could think to say was, "I had a late night last night!" I thought it was the afternoon, so I was embarrassed to be sleeping so late, but it ended up only being 9:20 in the morning... assholes! I guess they had knocked, but whose going to hear anything with a fan blasting right in their face!
I did have to move my work into my apartment since my studio probably reached over 120 degrees... no joke. Probably would've seen visions of spirit animals if I spent more than an hour up there. In the time it took me to get my supplies out of there, my body started weeping sweat.
I just released FIVE new prints on my Etsy Store. Sweet! There is a little mini shop to the right or you can click here. Onward to Prints
I originally planned to release three, but it was too hot for my brain to decide which ones to release, so I just decided to release a bunch. Why not? I'll have some bigger prints coming out around September so more on that to come.
I'm also going to be partnering up with the BLDG to release a print of the piece, "The Wandering of the Wicked" in the near future. It'll be an 18" x 18" print with a 2" border, screen printed on Stonehenge 100% Cotton Rag paper. Nice! They are an amazing outfit and have done high quality prints for many great artists over the years and I'm honored to be on board. More info on them here--->BLDG
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
My friend and studio mate, Evan, recently finished a commission for a fine fellow going by the name of Nick. The painting had been finished for some months, but Nick was crazy bonkers busy touring with his band, Death Cab for Cutie. That's an awesome kind of busy. So last friday, Death Cab for Cutie was stopping in Portland to play an outdoor show at McMenamins Edgefield, which is a pretty cool spot by the way. To take advantage of this, Evan decided to go to the show and bring the piece of commissioned artwork to Nick while the window was open and the gettin' was good. Evan asked me, "Would you want to go to a free Deathcab for Cutie show?" to which I replied, "I'm your huckleberry."
Evan also decided to bring a bottle of wine to Nick of which he designed the label for. It was quite a sight to see Evan trying to get a big painting and a bottle of wine through security that have been firmly trained to slap any exceptions in the face. Following much deliberation, Evan was carted off to a different gate and all was well. After New Pornographers played, we decided to take advantage of our backstage passes and get some refreshments. Whist backstage, I meet the manager of Death Cab, Jordan, and it turns out he just bought one of my paintings from my show at Jonathan Levine Gallery. How random is that? I love when these happenings... happen. Then Jordan escorted us to the stage and we got to watch the show from the side of the stage. A good summer night indeed.
On to news of the official manner. I'll be releasing 3 new prints in August so keep posted. The store is looking mighty sad these days, but brighter days are ahead.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Got back from San Fran on Monday and have slowly been putting my life back together since. Had a super great time in San Fran and will probably post more specific details on the trip later. One highlight though was a shirtless man running up to me screaming, "YOU'RE PART OF THE REASON I'M CASTRATED!" and proceeded to punch things around me. No joke. The funny thing about that is that I really think I was part of the reason he was castrated... I used to run with a pretty rough crowd. On the way back, Evan and I traveled up the coast and camped out in the Redwoods. Wow! What a magical place. The picture above is me hanging out with Paul Bunyun... a real man. All in all, a full success of a trip.
On to some other pressing issues. As I've already hinted at, I'm going to be releasing 3 new prints shorty, but they won't be happening until the beginning of next month. I'm doing a whole restructuring thing and will have a whole new deal for August. The prints have gotten so popular that they started taking over my life... which is awesome! But doesn't leave much time to actually get any painting done. So I'm bringing someone in to take over the print business for me... Yes, that's right. I'm going to have some poor person under my employ. Hahahaha. Her name is Heidi Maas and she's an absolutely amazing human being and should treat you just fine. If she doesn't, she'll have hell to pay! So in light of having someone else doing my prints for me, I will have to bump up the prices moderately. Just $10 more so I can maintain keeping them affordable for everyone and make sure my new employee doesn't end up on the street with all the crazy castrated people running around. But I will of course be around and you can still email me about all things prints. This also solves the problem of me dealing with releasing the larger prints I have planned... now someone else can deal with all that madness and I can sell them directly from my store. Awesome!
Speaking of prints! Since it's going to be a couple weeks until the new prints and my store is looking a Depression Era grocery store, I released all my remaining AP prints of all previously sold out editions. There's only a few of each and after these AP's, they will be gone forever... forever... for... ever. So if you missed out on anything, now is the time to jump on it. I usually keep these AP's for request, but I have to put something in the store! Plus, it'll be good to start fresh in August and bring in a whole new era of printiness. Also, since I've got some help now, I will focus on getting some T-Shirts added to the store. Hopefully by the fall. Hi-fives all around.