Well, it’s officially official-- I just signed a contract for my next show, and I’m throwing myself into it. I’m working on bigger canvases than I’ve shown before-- the only thing I’ve done larger than this before is a handful of murals. This is another animal altogether.
Oh, did I mention it’s all about Star Wars?
*cue trumpets and explosions*
Explosions! Romance! Good vs. evil! King Arthur throwbacks! Heck yeah! Hang on kid, Fairbanks Alaska is going into hyper drive on May 4th. The Alaska Center for Natural Medicine is throwing this group show, and I'm so thrilled that they asked me to join in the fun. I'm really letting go and just playing, allowing things to come naturally. Playful, glittering paintings are going up. And did I mention they're big?
My studio is basically a nerd-fest, and I absolutely love it.
This is a story that has punctuated my whole life. My brother and I drooled over the epic effects in the special edition vhs we had as wee kids. I was small enough when Episode 1 came out that I didn’t (and still don’t) hate Jar Jar Binks (cue the tomato throwing. Booooosa!) In high school, I was disappointed with the short, quippy dialogue in Episode 3, and now it seems like Disney is putting out a new movie every few years. I cried the first time I saw Darth Vader on the big screen.
I have a total of 10 to 12 pieces to put together for this group show. So far, I’m planning on doing a couple of Princes Leia. She was my first punky feminist hero growing up, and there should absolutely be glitter involved. I’m envisioning C-3PO being worshiped by the Ewoks, and maybe some space stuff.
On the dark side of things, Darth Vader and a stormtrooper are in progress. I wanted these pieces to have a lot of atmosphere and set an ominous mood, but I’m still waiting for that “thing” to happen, where everything is tied together and I feel like it’s “done”.
Planning is the hardest part for me. My painting process is so organic-- I like to approach each canvas with fresh eyes, and let the painting emerge, so sometimes planning out a series is daunting.
Well,I need to stock up on supplies. I'm just about out of white paint, and I'll need to pick up some more canvas. But big paintings are more expensive to make, as well as daunting.
To that end, I've done a series of small drawings that I'm listing for $5 to fund supplies. If you would like to adopt one of these tiny scribbles, they're listed in my shop, and I would REALLY appreciate your support! You can get the official Jar Jar Art Print, or head over to my Shop to see what originals I still have.
The original "Jar Jar Binks Finger Guns" drawing has already sold! Thank you, Gavin! <3
Is it strange that I’ve already decided how I’m going to do my makeup for this show? Queen Amidala’s lipstick is gorgeous, and I’ve always dreamed of having a reason to wear it out of the house. Who knows, maybe that same lipstick will end up on a canvas as well.
There's only 99 days left until May 4th, and I can’t wait to reveal the finished pieces. Heck, I can’t wait to see how they turn out myself!
Now I've got to get back at the canvas. You go out and have a FABULOUS and CREATIVE day!
Note to Fairbanks, Ak locals: if you'd like to buy a piece in person, you can skip the online store! Send me an email, or hit me up on social media. I'd be happy to meet up and send some art home with you!