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Heartmade Art Market: This Saturday!

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Heartmade Art Market at Art Blocks: The Big Bash!

Guys! I’m so excited — This Saturday, the Downtown District is kicking off its inaugural public art project at Main Street Square with Art Blocks: The Big Bash. I hope you’ll grab your friends and family and head over to Main Street Square to celebrate with us as we showcase a talented bunch of local artists at the Heartmade Art Market! There will also be the Stella Artois Beer & Food Truck Garden, live entertainment featuring Amy Ell and VauLt, a kids crafts zone sponsored by Young Audiences. And dude. Houston’s own The Suffers will be there! Art + music + food & drink + an afternoon outside? Winning.

Saturday, April 16
Noon to 6:00 pm

Main Street Square
900-1100 Main Street
Downtown Houston

It’s FREE!

Entertainment Lineup:
Noon-6 pm    DJ Sun
12:30-2:15 pm    Craig Kinsey & Crew
12:30, 1:30 & 3:30 pm    Havikoro
1, 2 & 4 pm    Amy Ell & VauLt
1:15-2:15 pm    Divisi Strings
2:30 pm        Second Lovers
4:30 pm        The Suffers

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P.S. I’ll even make this goofy face for you.
P.P.S. Hope to see you there!

Animals for People — From Concept to Completion

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Over the past few months, I have ventured out into unknown territory: the territory of solo art shows (gaaaah!!!) Unsurprisingly, it’s been a learning experience. I initially felt overwhelmed by the prospect of creating all new works of art with no real outside direction placed upon me — Anyone with a background in graphic design will understand the comfort associated with having project constraints. But a blank page (or really, 15 blank pages), 3 months, and no requirements for media type, dimensions, or theme? Terrifying.

Luckily, I am a list-maker, which means I had a plethora of concepts to choose from, some of which had been stewing in my brain for years. I narrowed it down to two possibilities and eventually settled on the one that I thought was realistically doable in the amount of time I had available. The result is Animals for People.

In a nutshell, the concept for Animals for People is relatively simple: animals, doing people things. But (and forgive me for getting all art-school-critiquey for a moment), for me the concept is slightly deeper than that. Yes, I wanted to draw animals in clothing, but I also wanted to allude to our human feelings of discomfort, inadequacy, and feeling troubled by what is expected of us. I think we can relate to the beaver who knows it’s in his nature to cut down the tree, but feels ashamed by his own destruction. We can relate to the hippopotamus who feels the pressure to “be fit” and reluctantly laces up his sneakers, despite a body type less suited for running.Refined Dog Sketch

Throughout, I struggled with balancing imagery of cute furry creatures with more serious topics. And now that the pieces are complete, there are perhaps changes I would have made here and there. But my hope is that in the end, the work reflects life: fun, playful, and humorous with just the tiiiiiiniest inkling of sadness hidden beneath.

Animals for People: A Solo Art Show by fuzzy grapefruit
Saturday October 4th, 7-10pm
Space Montrose, 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Free Admission & Open to the Public
Music, drinks and nibbles provided
*First 25 attendees will receive a limited edition fuzzy grapefruit print!*  Bodie Looks for a Job

Winter Holiday Art Market — THIS WEEKEND!

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Okay, so I’m freaking out about everything I have to get done before this thing, but it’s going to be awesome!!! I have three entirely new holiday-themed notecards, a slew of new art prints and a new running animal! (I’ll give you a big hint… he’s known as the king of the jungle.) Stop by to see my new work, grab some beautiful handmade gifts before the holiday rush, and rock out to sweet tunes. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

Winter Holiday Art Market
Winter Street Studios – 2nd Floor, 2101 Winter Street, Houston TX 77007
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  ($10 general admission/Free for Fresh Arts members)
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free admission)
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free admission)

Riffing on Artists

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Frantisek Kupka’s “The Yellow Scale” (oil), and Allison Johnston’s “Orange Scales of Justice” (pastel and chalk)

Sometimes I hear other artists complain about needing inspiration in order to produce new work. Although I find that my personal problem has more to do with an excess of thinking and a lack of doing, I can certainly relate. Every now and then I have the sneaking suspicion that the GENIUS idea I just sprouted has already been done… perhaps many times. But that brings up an interesting question: If we are all unique individuals with unique thoughts and experiences (and I believe we are), don’t we automatically infuse that uniqueness into our work, regardless of whether the concept is truly original? And let’s be honest, nothing is truly original anymore. The spark of an idea must always come from some other source of inspiration. It’s what we do with that inspiration, how we put our own spin on it, that really matters.

Yesterday was the final critique for my drawing class. The end-of-semester assignment was to create a “riff” of another artist’s work. Initially, the idea made me uncomfortable — there is a lot of bad art out there which is meant to pay tribute to the genius of an artist whose skill level is above and beyond the capabilities of most of us. In other words, no matter which artist I chose, I felt completely incapable of doing the original work any justice. But after a frank discussion with my instructor lamenting my lack of time, quality materials, and ability, she reminded me of the importance of individuality and perspective. We are all unique, therefore we all create unique work. If we embrace our own voices as artists and refrain from attempting to mimic, our work which is inspired by another can have its own unique style, its own unique point of view. Most of the great artists of the past were influenced by each other, pulling bits and pieces of inspiration from the world around them. But they always made their work their own. It’s okay to be influenced by other artists, it’s natural. But if we’re not putting our own uniqueness into our work, what’s the point?