Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Surreal Salon


Things are not always what they seem. . .
this sexy sailor hides a secret beneath the deep.

I've had this twisted image in my head for over a year now, I'm relieved to finally get it out! I first came up with this idea in response to a show about gender, which I failed to enter at the time. Then when I saw the ad for the Surreal Salon in Juxtapoz, I figured this might qualify as "Low-Brow Pop-Surrealism". It's been a big goal of mine to enter a National Exhibition, so I went for it! It felt like an accomplishment just to finish the painting and submit my entry -whether I was selected or not, at least I did it. Then I received notification that I actually made it into the show! Hot Damn!! They said they got over 300 submissions, so I'm feeling pretty good about making the cut. Best in Show will be published in Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose magazines! -Hopefully with a link to the rest of the show, which could result in some excellent exposure. . . Toot  toot!

The Show will run through January in Baton Rouge

Did you know that Popeye was an animal rights activist?!

"I got a lotta muscle and I only gots one eye / And I'll never hurt nobodys and I'll never tell a lie / Top to me bottom and me bottom to me top / That's the way it is 'til the day that I drop, what am I?
I yam what I yam." 

The Wild One

Marlon Brando from the 1953 Outlaw Biker Film 'The Wild One'

Blackburnian Warbler
Where's Warbler?

Every year the Portland Audubon Society holds their Wild Arts Festival in November to fundraise for our feathered friends. Every year I aim to contribute to their big 6x6 Project, and this year I finally did it! I still had my free blank canvas from last year, so I was already ahead of the game. I had fun with this little painting -even though I don't usually paint on canvas. It was a good exercise for me and I'm happy to have pulled it off and even happier that it SOLD within the first hour (out of over 150 paintings!). 
 See the trailer HERE