April Exhibition - Painting No. 1 ... and No. 2!

It felt almost like an eternity, but I finally finished my first painting for the April exhibit! To be exact, I finished it at 8 a.m. today despite having gone to bed at 1 a.m. the night before (I’m an intense early bird even when I don’t want to be).

And, before starting on my second painting, I needed to take a pause. In the midst of the craziness of trying to prepare a total of six large pieces over just a couple of weeks while working full-time, I had to remind myself to enjoy this time of fully using the right side of my brain.

So, I took some hygge time to myself, enjoying a mug of coffee while watching the steam rise from the cozy mug and watching my two adorable little cousins play in the backyard. If you don’t know what hygge means, it’s an amazing concept I live by (read exactly what it means here).

 

Okay, on to Painting No. 2! I decided to go for the same image as in Painting No. 1 except I used the colors of Elliott Bay Brewery’s logo: beige and red.

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And so, that is where I am right now with the second painting. I still need to add a second or third layer of red paint followed by the touch-ups with the beige paint, then I should be done by the end of the day tomorrow! Stay tuned …

April Exhibition - Painting No. 1, Part 2

Last night, I finally reached the stage of my painting (also referenced in my previous blog post) where I traced my drawing directly onto the canvas with my No. 2 pencil.

One thing I have to mention here is how great it felt to use the No. 2 pencil! I felt like a little kid as drawing on the paper and smelling the lead took me back to those good ol’ elementary school days before smartphones existed. I almost forgot about those days, and it was nice to be reminded.

Another thing I want to say is it was exciting overall to take on this task. I had never done anything with a canvas before that didn’t involve painting tools, and so it was a thrill to face this new challenge of mine.

 
 
 

What came after tracing the drawing? Painting over it, of course! That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. Here are some snapshots …

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So, for the rest of this Friday night I’ll be finishing painting over the portrait while in my house clothes and bingeing on Persian tea to try to stay awake. Wish me luck and stay tuned for more updates!

April Exhibition Facebook Page Is Officially Up!

If you are an avid Facebook user, this is a quick note to let you lovely people know that I’ve just created the official Facebook event page for my April exhibition, which will be taking place at the Elliott Bay Brewery in Burien, WA. :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/2268654260017536/

And, I will end this short and sweet blog post with a small preview of what my brand-new paintings will look like …

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Exhibition(s) Announcement

So, 2019 is already off to an exciting start! I got confirmation a few days ago that my art will be hanging at two locations in the next few months, and I’m so excited I literally cannot even. Here’s the general info …

April 2019: My acrylic paintings will be at Elliott Bay Brewing Company in Burien, WA. Something extra exciting about this exhibition is not only will I recreate my 4 x 4” pieces in larger scale but I also plan to do a piece specifically for the brewery.

June 2019: It is yet to be determined whether it’ll be the paintings, portraits or both on display, but during the month of June I will have my artwork hung at Third Culture Coffee in Old Bellevue.


Also, I plan to try and organize opening receptions for these exhibitions. I will post deets on them as they come in. In the meantime, stay tuned for lots of behind-the-scenes posts I’ll be sharing! :)

End of an Era ... Sort Of

As of tomorrow, my art will no longer be hung at the CoCA gallery or Freshy's Coffee. It's truly been a wonderful and surreal experience showcasing my work in these venues, and I am so grateful I that had those opportunities.

When it comes to trying to get your artwork hung in public places, I've found that it requires being super proactive and persistent. I've had so many cases where I contacted a venue several times (of course I would leave some breathing room in between messages because obviously I don't want to seem like a crazy person) and never heard back. But, it's one of those things where if you notice something isn't working out or going anywhere, you just have to move forward and look out for your next possible opportunity. 

I look forward to getting my art hung in more places hopefully soon! I will keep all you lovely artists and art lovers out there updated for the next time you can see my portraits on display. :)

Exhibition at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Exhibition at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Exhibition at Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

Exhibition at Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

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Exhibitions Going on Now

Man, this has been a major week! I now have my art in two locations at the same time! :)

Until the last week of May, you can see "Daisy #2" at CoCA (find out how to get there when you click here) and 9 of my charcoal pieces (including "Daisy #2") at Freshy's Coffee (the West Seattle location). Also, when you drop by Freshy's you'll get to see some beautiful paintings by Eva Lu

Below are snapshots I took at both locations ...

First Thursday opening reception at CoCA

First Thursday opening reception at CoCA

At Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

At Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

Also, check this out! This is the catalog CoCA had printed for the exhibition.

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Anyway, I hope you'll be able to stop by at either or both places before May comes to a close. And, if/when you do, let me know what you think!