17 December 2011

Holy IAMFest 3

my first recorded interview. i don't even have the guts to watch the whole thing. shame on me, but hey you can.

In case you're curious here are some links to past posts about IAMFest:

13 December 2011

Holy IAMFest 2

IAMFest Part Two:
there were a couple things i forgot about painting live on stage and a couple things i learned about painting on a glass window this year. here are a few of the amazing people i worked with and met this year:

Josh Keleher. Photographer. https://www.facebook.com/ANew.View.Photography
Josh was my partner in crime so to speak for this event. i had the pleasure of selecting his photograph of an old homeless woman and developing the right side of her face on an old window frame.

Seana Higgins. Artist. http://seanahiggins.com/
Seana Higgins extraordinaire is a ceramic artist and had a fancy display of her art at IAMFest. Seana (pronounced SHAWN-ah) might not know this, but she is now my favorite art buddy in chicago and we're going to be the best of friends.

Sarah Scott. Photographer. http://sarahscottphotography.com/
Sarah, like me, has been involved in all three IAMFests. she took fantastic photos of events on stage this year which can be seen on Sarah Scott's flickr account. one such photo was the beginning of the painting i did on stage.

lesson #3: constantly changing stage lighting severely messes your view of the color palette while painting. one minute everything looks green and next second magenta and then you can't see a darn thing for several moments because they turned the lights down just as you where working on some intricate section. next time i would work with a well defined color palette...most likely a monochromatic palette.

((photo taken by Sarah Scott http://www.flickr.com/photos/elboroom/6114581571/in/set-72157627471868643))

lesson #4: when working on glass the brushes you use greatly matter. last year i worked on a large canvas and i grabbed my less than prefect brushes incase they got lost in the shuffle of the fest. this year having the same thought i did the same thing. oops. painting on glass with acrylic using low quality bristle brushes is not forgiving at all. i ended up having to re-imagine the painting while on stage because i didn't have control to do any details or line work.

and here is the final.
((photo taken by Seana Higgins))

still to come...
• my first recorded interview

08 December 2011

Holy IAMFest

IAMFest Part One:

i had a fantastic time. i meet a ton of cool people. and i didn't take a single photo....arg. lesson learned. actually many lessons learned just like last year's IAMFest, but this year i'm going to share them all.

lesson #1: if you promise to have pictures to show from an event you have to take them....yourself....carrying around a camera on top of all my painting supplies not a fun idea, but next time i'm sucking it up.

like the two years before at the start of the fest before the doors open they usher everyone up on stage for a group photo. I alway like this even though I have a terrible track record of ever being able to find/see myself in the photo, BUT this year i'm so there. can you find me?

((photo taken from IAMFest.com))

nope? well neither could i right away. not to worry let me help out. circled in red, way in the back, thats me. well thats my arms at least. 

lesson #2: no matter how tall you think you are standing in the back will not get you noticed or seen....in a photo and especially if they decide that its a good idea to have a crowed stage of people all jump at the same time. next time plant your ass on the floor infront of everyone.

more posts to come through out the next weeks about IAMFest2011 including introductions to a couple awesome people i meet, the painting i produced while there, and my first recorded interview (i still haven't watched it all so here's hoping i don't embarrass myself).

in other news, i'm wrapping up a huge hand full of paintings this month which i've been working on since september. about 7-8 brand new paintings which aren't really like any paintings i've done before. nervous and excited.