Then we went to the Geffen Contemporary, where we saw a great Architecture exhibit. The structure below was one of my favorites. It looked like it was made of the mesh material from lawn chairs and light/patterns were projected onto it. Standing in the structure had a calming effect.
In August, I was asked to show my work at the Santa Ana Art Walk with the Orange County Creatives Gallery. They did a really nice blog write up about me. Orange County Creatives
I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a good experience. The gallery was extremely busy the whole night. I seemed to attract a lot of visitors and I met a lot of interesting people.
It has just been confirmed that I will be there again on Saturday, October 5th!
As for making things, I had made a lot of new Mizzles and Mermizzles for the show, but I have been working on a few paintings here and there. Since Operation Relocation, a lot of the Mizzles have been exploring the beach life along with me.
This first one is not one of my favorites. It still needs a lot of work and turned out to be more yellow than I had planned. I might have to redo this piece, but I thought it would be fun if the Mizzles had a beach bonfire.
After looking at this piece on the computer screen, I feel if the background was darken more then perhaps it would unify the piece more.
This piece was a commission from one of my new neighbors. She bought a Mermizzle for a friend's baby and wanted an artwork to go along with it. This is probably one of my favorite pieces. I have a lot of fun drawing the Mizzles exploring underwater life and meeting sea creatures. I began by inking the outlines of the characters with a .18 rapidograph.
Then I used Derwent Inktense pencils to paint the foundation colors for each character.
I used regular watercolor paint to develop the shadows and background.
I mounted it to a 4"x 12" canvas and coated it with gel medium to seal it all in.
This is the doll and painting together. Since I loved it so much, I plan on recreating it. Hopefully, I can remember the correct color schemes I used.
I seem to finally be in a good place to begin working on my book again. I spent the last weekend working on a few pages. I'm trying to not let life get in the way of my goals.