Friday, July 31, 2009

Fierce Fridays: 80's Flashback!

Guess who we saw in concert last night?

If you have never seen Jody Watley in concert, you're missing out. The "Looking For A New Love" diva has not only held up fabulously, she puts on a hell of a live show!
After her performance, she graciously met with fans. I, of course did not pass up the opportunity to "talk art". She was warm and sweet and ever so charming.

Ms. Watley and I talk art as I hand her one of my prints.

Appletini on Pink

Martini Love: Appletini on Pink
Acrylic on canvas/4x6"

Martini Love prints now available in my Etsy store!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Polka Dotted Cosmopolitan

Martini Love: Polka-dotted Cosmopolitan
Acrylic on canvas/4x6"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Outrageously Olive!

I don't do much of this type of thing anymore, but it was suggested by my "Bikinis & Martinis" partner in crime Melisa Ricks that I do some hand-painted glasses. It seemed appropriate enough for our fun show.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Putting it Together

We hang the "Bikinis & Martinis" show on Wednesday. This is the part every artist just loves (yes, I'm being sarcastic): wiring, tagging and packing it all up to take down to the gallery.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Polka-Dotted Appletini

Martini Love: Polka-Dotted Appletini
Acrylic on canvas/4x6"

Martini Love prints now available in my Etsy store!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fierce Fridays!: Kenneth Cole HRC Tee


100% of the proceeds from this shirt go to the Human Rights Campaign.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Loto (Lotus)

Zen Flowers Series #1: Loto (Lotus)
Acrylic on canvas/12x12"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Martini Love

Martini Love: Red Hot
Acrylic on canvas/4x6"

Martini Love: Orange Crush
Acrylic on canvas/4x6"

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Official: I Have an Agent!

Cosmopolitan Lounge
Acrylic on canvas/30x40"

I hadn't posted about this before because I was waiting for paperwork to come back, but as of Saturday (papers in my hand) I'm officially signed with an Art Licensing Agent.

He was upfront about the effects of the economy on the art market (which I appreciate) but informed me that the Fine Art Print market continues to hold steady. Lucky for me, this is the market in which he feels my work has the most potential.

I now have to "re-visit" a number of paintings I have already sold and have the new versions professionally scanned for hi-res. Of the pieces he chose, only about 5 have not been already sold. Three of them I will have to borrow back from a gallery. I will be a busy boy getting all this together this coming month.

To be continued...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Random Thoughts on Gay Childhood

Yes, it's a wig!

When I was a child, before I knew the meaning of the word "gay" I struggled with whether I wanted to marry Lynda Carter or BE Lynda Carter.

I also wanted a Barbie but had to make due with Princess Leah, who was like 3 inches tall, had impenetrable helmet hair and who's arms and legs did not bend.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Best Validation

A friend of mine purchased one of my small pieces as a gift for our mutual friend's daughter. We are her long-distance "aunties". LOL! Last week I shipped it out (all the way to Australia). I received this email this morning:

Hi Auntie John,

I hope you are well. I just wanted to say thank you so much for the painting you sent me.
I will thank Aunty Toni separately. I have it in my bedroom along with the postcards you sent me a while ago. It is so cool of you to send me the one I loved.

I forgot to tell mum but I had an art class last week. We are studying Feminism in Art. My art teacher (Mr Flint) was showing us slides of statues etc. I told him about you and your paintings and he was happy to take a peek at your work. Lucky I remembered your surname.

We spent the whole lesson looking at your paintings. Mr Flint said you are a huge talent and used a couple of your prints as an example for the class. Thank you again and mum thanks you too. You are the best!!!!!! You are my favourite aunty.

Love you

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009