a painting by Helene Ruiz / acrylic

That was a real fun art opening last night at the Petersburg Area Art League

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)

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 !

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Untitled Exquisite Corpse

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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!

Door Mouse Said, “Feed Your Head.”

It's an Exquisite Corpse.

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.

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.

Urban Individualist’ new space at Artworks

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We moved into another little gallery at Artworks. It’s upstairs #201. We’re participating in the holiday sale. IMG_1368
The members of the Urban Individualists are Helene Ruiz, Sherri Bangoy, Ashira Benitez, David Freeman and myself. It looks like Helene and I are hogging the space, but we don’t mind taking our things down if the other group members bring in more work. Sherri, our new member does those beautiful Native American dolls and the leather hand bags. We rearranged a little more after I took these photos. We’ll be changing the space around a lot.IMG_1370

I like the space. The window is nice. There’s a cozy love seat for our visitors to hang around and get comfortable. Sherri might be found there doing her hand sewing in our little gallery over the weekend.

I have to do my labels. I’ll get back down there with them this weekend.

Artworks is on Hull St. a few blocks South of the 14th St. Bridge. In the Manchester area of Richmond.
4th St. and Hull St.

These photos don’t show everything. Come on down!

Musician in the Sun / acrylic by Helene Ruiz

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Helene said she did this painting as a tribute to her dear departed brother. He was a guitar player.
Isn’t it beautiful?! It’s in gallery 140 at Artworks. Come on down and see our great show!

the Heron Rookery at Henricus / charcoal

a link below has a movie clip of the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman's character giving advice to a young writer

a link below has a movie clip of the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character giving advice to a young writer

I saw a few seconds of this clip on the news. The wise words are at the end. Naturally the news didn’t show the pithy part.

I hope this link works. Sorry about my ungood computer skills

News from the art world in Richmond VA.

Art6 on Broad St. closed. The owner of the building wants to convert it into apartments. I was sad to hear it because I liked to enter shows there.

Helene Ruiz worked out a plan to keep her group “The Urban Individualists” together and invited me to join. I’m excited about it! I always thought they were a cool group. When I join a group I usually stay on the edge of it. I’m not sure why. But I feel like my work would be missed if I didn’t participate in this one. I told Helene I was happy to be in with the cool kids and she kind of chuckled but didn’t say if she thinks we’re cool or not. That was on Sat. before Philip Seymour Hoffman died. Then Sarah sent me this link and now I’m not sure  if there’s a chance of coolness or not. Maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character was right about artists being uncool. The last words on the clip remind me of what my friend Dick Clayman said so I think it sounds true.

I’ll post more info on the Urban Individualists as I get it. Our big night in Feb. is the 28th. Gallery 140. at Artworks on Hull St.

come on down!

this is Helene Ruiz / artist

Helene  came to Richmond from New York City. When I met her, I was thinking, she’s a mover and a shaker in the art world. Then another lady said those exact words to me !

I have a link to her redbubble website on my website where you can see her bio and more art.

She’s planning a show for Oct . at Art 6 . It will be GREAT !! Its all a latin theme. There’s going to be professional latin dancers and a lady precussionist. Plus art that will be exciting too !