15 Oct 2016
in Art, fun art project, Illustration, poetry, surrealism
Tags: art, collaborative, Entangled, Helene Ruiz, illustration, music, Petersburg Area Art League, poetry, Sarah Hill, Skulduggeries
That was a real fun art opening last night at the Petersburg Area Art League
This is my favorite one of Helene’s paintings from her “Skulduggeries” series. Helene illustrates life’s hardships and the strange people you meet, with humor in her paintings.
The show I entered with her group, the Urban Individualists, was titled “Entangled”. It’s a collaborative effort between visual artists and poets. The authors wrote a poem for a painting, and a painter illustrated a poem. The paintings and poems are hung together. And Helene had a section of the gallery for her Skullduggery paintings. The show is GREAT!! in my humble opinion. If you’re in the area and didn’t get there last night, you should go check it out.
This is my daughter, Sarah, and me standing in front of two of our entries. (my paintings and her poem and story)
We also enjoyed the poetry readings and the Latin music !
10 Oct 2016
in Art, fun art project, Illustration, inspiration, Mayans, pre Columbians
Tags: art, collage, Corn God, James River Art League, legend, Maya, mixed media, Montpelier Art Center, myth, sacrifice, underworld
I’m excited because this collage I did a few years ago got a lot of attention yesterday at the art opening of the James River Art League, at the Montpelier Art Center!
It was inspired by the Maya legend and I tried to copy their style of illustration. I have a good book about the Maya titled “The Maya” by Michael D. Coe. One thing I remember from this book is that it wasn’t too difficult for the Spanish who invaded Central America to convert the Maya to Christianity because there are similarities between the two religions, a resurrection being one important story.
This is how the story goes, if I remember correctly. The Corn God was in the Underworld. That’s him, with the green sprout coming out of his head, in my collage. The two guys paddling the canoe are gods who were sent to rescue him. It’s a dangerous trip, and they could all get killed in some violent bloody way. If the Corn God doesn’t make it back to the Maya city, the crop will fail and the people will starve.
The two girls in the canoe are virgins sent to wait on the Corn God. They’re offering him food and water. Later, at their ceremony, the virgins will be sacrificed and the Corn God will be drenched in their blood. Yes, they really did sacrifice virgins. They were a bloody tough tribe that didn’t fear pain or death.
The Maya, never boring, always an inspiration.
25 Aug 2016
in Art, Drawing, flowers, fun art project, Illustration, inspiration, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, opening night, Pastel, plein air
Tags: art, Black Eyed Susans, collaborative, collage, illustration, pastel, Petersburg Art League, Sarah Hill, writers
I worked on my sketch in the shade at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a while, then came home and worked on it again. It’s for a collage I’m doing for a show titled “Entangled”, happening at the Petersburg Art League, Fri. Oct. 14.
The theme Entangled is a collaborative show with visual artists doing an illustration for an author, and the author writing a poem for a painting. It’s always good for artists and writers to get together and exchange ideas. Artists find a lot of inspiration in in the other art forms.
I’m entered with my daughter, Sarah Hill, a writer. She wrote a book for teenage girls. The story is about a girl who’s mother is like Wonder Woman from another planet, and her dad is a normal human. The daughter has some super powers too, and the scene I’m illustrating is the chapter where the mother teaches the girl to fly. It’s a real fun subject to illustrate. And Sarah is writing a poem for one of my paintings. The poems and the paintings will be hung together.
I need to cut this sketch up into clumps of flowers for my collage, and arrange them in among the trees in their back yard. Then I can work again on my 2 figures floating slowly down to Earth. Doing the figures is kind of like making paper dolls for this collage. Fun stuff!!
If you’re in the area, you should make it to this opening. It will be great. People will be reading poetry and there will also be Latin Jazz and Salsa music.
18 May 2015
in Art, art community, Collage, creativity, Drawing, fun art project, inspiration, Mixed Media, modern art, Richmond VA., surrealism
Tags: art, collaboration, collage, Exquisite Corpse, Helene Ruiz, imagination, Richmond VA.
I started this Exquisite Corpse and gave it to Helene Ruiz to finish. I covered the board with gold acrylic and collaged the swan. Then I covered half the board that I collaged, except for 1/2″ of my part showing. All Helene could see was the top of the swan’s neck. she had no idea it was a swan, or even which way was up, because I didn’t mark “up”. I also gave her some of the colored paper I used on my half. I was very happy and excited to see how abstract looking it came out! And I realized, if someone gives you an Exquisite Corpse and you don’t know which way is up, you can still finish the corpse by going non directional.
Helene gets to title this one, and keep it or sell it.
Helene doesn’t want me to post too many of the Exquisite Corpses because she doesn’t want me to give away the show, which isn’t scheduled until Sept. She sent me photos of some entries entries she received so far. There’s a lot of really cool ones coming from artists in different states and different countries. Helene probably won’t mind if I show you the ones I had a hand in, because I’m trying to drum up interest in the corpse for more local participation in the show. Also Helene hooked me up with an artist in VCU who finished a corpse I started and is starting one for me to finish. YEA! It’s a fun game and all it takes is a little imagination!
03 May 2015
in acrylic, Art, Drawing, fun art project, game, surrealism
Tags: art, collaboration, Exquisite Corpse, Feed Your Head, fun, game, Helene Ruiz, Jefferson Airplane, mushrooms, party, pot, psychadelic, surrealism, wine
It’s an Exquisite Corpse.
Helene Ruiz and I started corpses for each other to finish. This is the one she started for me. Helene did the top half.
This shot is the half finished corpse.
If you take the wrapping paper off the panel before you’re finished, you’re cheating. I didn’t cheat. I could see enough on that 1″ of color showing to figure out it was a party going on. First I saw the lips on the right in red. Then I saw what looks like a red bubble nose. I knew it was faces in red. At the very edge of the wrapping paper I could see part of a white spiral, and I thought it was probably an eye on drugs. So I decided to bring a joint to the party. That’s me on the left. hahahahha. When I took the wrapping paper off and saw the psychedelic mushroom people and the little smoking worms in the picture, I was happy.
I wish I could paint as well as Helene with acrylics, but I never use them, so if it’s not great, oh well. I had fun with it. So I wanted to use psychedelic music lyrics for the title of the corpse. Do you remember Jefferson Airplane?
And I gave Helene a collage corpse to finish. It had only 2 black lines for her to connect her half of the drawing to my half. And it came out all abstract! I’ll try to get it on the blog soon, but I had a technical difficulty downloading it.
06 Apr 2015
in Art, art community, Collage, fun art project, game, surrealism
Tags: art, collaborative, collage, crazy, drawing, fun, game, surrealism, the ressurrection of the exquisite corpse
It’s a Surrealist art game. Here’s one I lifted off Wikipedia.
Shelby and I are excited about the exquisite corpse game! Here’s how you do it:
Both artists should agree to use the same colors and media. It can be a pencil drawing, but Shelby and I both like collage, so we’re doing that. The first artist covers half the paper with half of their design and then covers what they did except for 1/2″ in the center, so the second artist has no idea what the first artist did. Then the second artist has to connect their design to the 1/2″ they can see on the unfinished corpse. After the second artist is finished, they can take the wrapping paper off and see the CRAZY !
Both artists start a corpse and trade so both get to finish and keep one. I sent one to Shelby. I hope she can’t guess what’s under the wrapping.
Here’s an exquisite corpse I’m sending to Mary Beth Brath.
I tinted the board with gold acrylic, and I’m sending her the colored paper I used. She can finish this on and start one for me. We’re planning Exquisite Corpse shows in Richmond VA and in PA. If any of our friends out there in computerland would like to participate, let us know.