Sunday, April 20, 2008

Drawing In Progress Part 2

I'm working away at the second portion of the drawing (you can kind of see the first one right above it). It'll be interesting to see it completed. I liked the contrast of the references next to each other, and I'm hoping it will come across in the finish.

Also, I just want to formally announce that both Blackbirds #9 and #10 have sold, and I'm accepting commissions for more Blackbirds (I actually have one underway now). If interested, you can contact me directly via:


cell: (415) 412-8610 (e-mail is usually better for getting a faster response).

P.S. Just updated with a new cafe sketch for 04/20/08.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"Follow Through" Blackbirds Sold Out!

I'm happy to announce that all eight of the Blackbirds at 79 New Montgomery sold out. There have also been inquiries about commissions, and whether or not I have any other Blackbirds in my possession. I have two. Blackbirds #9 and #10 are still available for purchase, and are in the process of being framed.

Please direct any inquiries to Danielle Beach at 79 New Montgomery.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Group Show Reception at 79 New Montgomery

I finally stopped procrastinating and uploaded photos from the reception at 79 New Montgomery onto "Follow Through" went really well, two pieces sold during the reception, and within the first hour, we ran out of food and sketch postcards. Exciting!

Check out the reception photos!

If you missed out on the reception, you can still check out "Follow Through" at 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco throughout the month of April.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Drawing In Progress (Continued)

Just finished the first half of this piece late last night. This image is 9.5 x 12 inches, and there's a second image directly below this one that I'm about to start. All together, the piece will be 22 x 30 inches.

I also updated with a cafe sketch for 04/09/08. There have been some minor typepad issues with the original Sketch folder, but hopefully it will soon be resolved.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Preserving Time in the Studio with Routine

In "Letters to a Young Artist", artist Gregory Amenoff advises a fictional 'young artist' to "let the studio be your sanctuary". That statement particularly resonated with me this month. Between pulling together the two shows, "Missing Time" and "Follow Through", and working two part time day jobs, I've really missed my sanctuary.

But my sanctuary is something I need. On a regular day, it's difficult fitting it in, and I have to give up a lot of other things in order to do it. I rely heavily on routine. Every morning I wake up, grab a latte from one of the local coffee shops, and sketch. Off to work. During lunch breaks, I buy supplies, take photos, or listen to podcasts about blogging. Sometimes, I make notes.

When I get home, I answer e-mails, surf the web, and then around eight pm I start working on my art. I might break for dinner, but usually I work until one in the morning. I might do some minor tasks after that (ex: making more postcards), but then I punch out for the night. The cycle repeats the next morning.

My rule of thumb for my routine: it has to be comfortable. Something that isn't too big for me to accomplish in the time I have. It's also like body-building, or jogging. You start with easy weights, and then build up from there. I used to fit in a half-hour of morning sketching, but now I can manage an hour.

My routine helps me preserve my studio time, my sanctuary. I don't have to think about what needs to be done, because it's there, it's a habit. It feels weird NOT to do it. It's also the one time of the day that no one but me, the artist, controls. That's why Amenoff referred to time in the studio as the artist's "sanctuary".

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

First Thurs Group Show at 79 New Montgomery

This Thursday is the "First Thursday" of April, and the date of my group show at 79 New Montgomery. I will be showing eight of the ten blackbirds and a new triptych. Other artists include: Josh Hursman, Chrystal Jez, and Danielle Thomas. Come check it out!


Thurs. April 3rd, 6-8 pm

79 New Montgomery