Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why Thank You

I love Thanksgiving. Though I'm not one of those folks that celebrates the misconstrued, weird history behind it, I do like the idea of being all thankful about everything all day.
In this often horrifying and crazy world, I actually do have a lot to be thankful for. I have an awesome family and an amazing wife that I recently tricked into marrying me. She's amazing and I feel like a very lucky chap. I have an outstanding group of friends and colleagues around me. I'm ever thankful that I love what I do for a living even though it consumed my soul and traps me in a black hole where neither time nor socializing exist. I'm thankful that I have a job that I can listen to audio books and work at the same time. I am thankful for the Harry Potter audio books for being so well produced and enjoyable. Jim Dale is amazing. Thanks Jim Dale. I'm thankful that I can live with cats that somehow don't kill me with allergies. And of course, I'm thankful that I have the privilege to share my work with such a kind, gracious and generally awesome group of art makers and art lovers out there. So to all of you out there that have put my work into a show, bought a painting, bought a print, said hello at an opening, shook my hand, gave me a hi-five, wrote me a nice email or message, interviewed me, blogged about me, commented on that blog post, or just thought, "Huh. I like this." To all those and everyone in between, I thank you.

To get in the holiday spirit, I'll be releasing 4 new prints this Friday, November 23rd, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time through my Etsy Store. Here is a list of the prints and all the info.


Mutual Enchantment
limited edition giclee print of 75.
18" x 18" including 1" white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$65


Profound Encounters Amid the Forest Deep
limited edition giclee print of 75.
20" x 20" including 1" white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$75


Companion
limited edition giclee print of 75.
16" x 12" including 1" white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$50


Days of Cider
limited edition giclee print of 75.
12" x 15" including 1" white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$45



I also have some resin prints of Mutual Enchantment in the works as well and I hope to be done with them in early December. I basically took a photo of that painting when it was half completed and made prints of that. Then I sealed those prints to the bottom of a framed wood box and put a layer of resin on them. The next step is to paint a layer of willow leaves and put another coat of resin on. I'll repeat that for a couple layers and the final result will be a 3Dish print that is closest to representing my new resin paintings  It'll be a good middle ground between a print and an original painting. They are 14" x 14" and I'll only be making 30 of them and they'll be selling for $325 each. More info on them to come as I start finishing them. I should have 15 of them done in a couple weeks. Let me know if you'd like to reserve one as well. Here are some quick process shots so far. 

First I take a wooden box and seal and prime it. In this case I used some black gesso to prime. 
Also, here are the prints before I adhere them to the box.

Here the print is sealed to the bottom of the box and it then received a 1/4" layer of resin.
At this point they will be painted with a layer of willow leaves, then another 1/4" of resin and so on. There will be 3 layers of willow leaves and then a final layer of resin to finish. 
More to come.


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