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Where does the time go? It seems as though I’ve been so caught up with recent news about my photography (me! me! me!) that I’ve completely neglected another important area of the site: the Collection! In the past I’ve regularly shared news about the incredible works of art I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire for my private collection.

I think the last update was last… March? Yikes! So isn’t it about time for an update?

First up is a really cool mixed media piece by Craig “Skibs” Barker titled I Cannot Change The Future But I’ll Find You If You’re Gone. You can actually see the painting live and in person through March 26th at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City.

Next up is a creative little painting from Kristin Tercek that recently fell into my hands when another collector decided to prune portions of his rather extensive collection. Lucky me!! The title of the piece is Vernal Equinox and I’ve hung it over the arched doorway that leads from my downstairs hall towards the living room. Though not pictured in the jpeg below, the artist bridged the left and right corners of the painting with a colorful ribbon that forms a kind of “faux framing wire.” It’s a clever effect and really sets the painting off in its new home.

The first drawing in this batch of new art is a piece from Ana Bagayan that I coveted, big time, the first time I saw her post pictures of it to her web site. The drawing was created for her “Flutter” solo show at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome during May of last year. This is called Caged and it is now hanging in my master bedroom. It’s rather funny, looking back now, that Ana used to have a web site called “Paint Good Draw Bad” when I first came to discover her work. Draw bad… uh, yeah, right.

Wanna see another of Ana’s drawings?

Okay, this one is titled The Suitors and it was included in a charity auction at Distinction Gallery last summer. The theme of the exhibit was clowns — a subject matter that would not normally appeal to me. Ana’s take, though, was so clever, creative, and brilliantly unexpected that I found my aversion to clowns softening enough to add this wonderful piece to my collection.

Still looking for a spot to hang this (no, don’t suggest your house), so for now it is leaning against a wall in my guest room along with a Mark Ryden, a Clayton Brothers, a Kathy Stacio-Schorr, a Femke Hiemstra, and others waiting to find their permanent place on my walls.

Another awesome piece from a recent Distinction exhibit is a 24×30” acrylic from Casey Weldon titled Safe Passage — the centerpiece of his two-person show this past February. This was the first time I’d seen Casey’s work and I was extremely impressed with how masterfully he is able to meld the sublime with the surreal. Safe Passage is sharing “wall leaning space” with the Ana Bagayan drawing, but will eventually graduate to either my office or library.

As many of you know, one of my very favorite artists is Femke Hiemstra, who has been showing regularly at Roq la Rue in Seattle. I jumped on the Femke bandwagon the first time the gallery floated me jpegs of her extraordinarily tight, fairytale-like paintings of wondrous creatures, real and imagined. The Newborn is a small, incredibly detailed oil painting from her November show with Ryan Heshka. The painting is only 7×12”, but the amount of detail is truly amazing. The jpeg here can’t even pretend to do the painting justice. It waits, still boxed and wrapped in plastic, for just the right room and just the right spot. The dining room, maybe? (Which reminds me… I need to update my “living with art” series that shows all of the art in my collection hanging on the walls of my house).

How many favorite artists do I have? Actually, far too many than to actually use the term “favorite artists” (even though I just did in describing Femke Hiemstra’s work), but another (if I were to continue to use the term) is Brandi Milne. Her solo show at Corey Helford this past June marked an epic evolution in her work. Every piece was a masterpiece of imagination and technique. The piece below, Sleep Escapes Me, was one of the first she completed for the show. It’s a nice big painting — 36×24” — and now hangs above a large, old, Indonesian armoire in my living room.

Last, and surely not least is a drawing from Mark Ryden’s epic “Old Tyme Art Show” at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York last spring. I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to acquire one of the drawings from the show, and I was thrilled that the drawing for The Piano Man was available when it came time for me to make a selection. Note that the drawing is a little different than the oil painting created for the show, in that the girls in the drawing are all shedding tears, whereas the girls in the painting are not.

The drawing is now hanging in my office beside a small painting by Mark’s wife, Marion Peck.

And there you have it! I promise (he said with the confidence of untested optimism) to be more diligent about future updates. Enjoy!

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Where does the time go? It seems as though I’ve been so caught up with recent news about my photography (me! me! me!) that I’ve completely neglected another important area of the site: the Collection! In the past I’ve regularly shared news about the incredible works of art I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire for my private collection I think the last update was last… March? Yikes ! So isn’t it about time for an update?

I Cannot Change The Future But I'll Find You If You're Gone — Craig `Skibs` Barker, 2010

First up is a really cool mixed media piece by Craig “Skibs” Barker titled I Cannot Change The Future But I’ll Find You If You’re Gone. You can actually see the painting live and in person through March 26th at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City.

Next up is a creative little painting from Kristin Tercek that recently fell into my hands when another collector decided to prune portions of his rather extensive collection. Lucky me!!

Vernal Equinox — Kristin Tercek, 2010

The title of the piece is Vernal Equinox and I’ve hung it over the arched doorway that leads from my downstairs hall towards the living room. Though not pictured in the jpeg to the right, the artist bridged the left and right corners of the painting with a colorful ribbon that forms a kind of “faux framing wire.” It’s a clever effect and really sets the painting off in its new home.

Caged — Ana Bagayan, 2009

The first drawing in this batch of new art is a piece from Ana Bagayan that I coveted, big time, the first time I saw her post pictures of it to her web site. The drawing was created for her “Flutter” solo show at Mondo Bizzorro Gallery in Rome during May of last year. This is called Caged and it is now hanging in my master bedroom. It’s rather funny, looking back now, that Ana used to have a web site called “Paint Good Draw Bad” when I first came to discover her work. Draw bad… uh, yeah, right.

Wanna see another of Ana’s drawings?

The Suitors — Ana Bagayan, 2010

Okay, this one is titled The Suitors and it was included in a charity auction at Distinction Gallery last summer. The theme of the exhibit was clowns — a subject matter that would not normally appeal to me. Ana’s take, though, was so clever, creative, and brilliantly unexpected that I found me aversion to clowns softening enough to add this wonderful piece to my collection.

Still looking for a spot to hang this (no, don’t suggest your house), so for now it is leaning against a wall in my guest room along with a Mark Ryden, a Clayton Brothers, a Kathy Stacio-Schorr, a Femke Hiemstra, and others waiting to find their permanent place on my walls.

Safe Passage — Casey Weldon, 2011

Another awesome piece from a recent Distinction exhibit is a 24×30” acrylic from Casey Weldon titled Safe Passage — the centerpiece of his two-person show this past February. This was the first time I’d seen Casey’s work and I was extremely impressed with how masterfully he is able to meld the sublime with the surreal. Safe Passage is sharing “wall leaning space” with the Ana Bagayan drawing, but will eventually graduate to either my office or library.

As many of you know, one of my very favorite artists is Femke Hiemstra, who has been showing regularly at Roq la Rue in Seattle. I jumped on the Femke bandwagon the first time the gallery floated me jpegs of her extraordinarily tight, fairytale-like paintings of wondrous creatures, real and imagined.

The Newborn — Femke Hiemstra, 2010

The Newborn is a small, incredibly detailed oil from her November show with Ryan Heshka. The painting is only 7×12”, but the amount of detail is truly amazing. The jpeg here can’t even pretend to do the painting justice. It waits, still boxed and wrapped in plastic, for just the right room and just the right spot. The dining room, maybe? (Which reminds me… I need to update my “living with art” series that shows all of the art in my collection hanging on the walls of my house).

Sleep Escapes Me — Brandi Milne, 2010

How many favorite artists do I have? Actually, far too many than to actually use the term “favorite artists” (even though I just did in describing Femke Hiemstra’s work), but another (if I were to continue to use the term) is Brandi Milne. Her solo show at Corey Helford this past June marked an epic evolution in her work. Every piece was a masterpiece of imagination and technique. The piece to the right, Sleep Escapes Me was one of the first she completed for the show. It’s a nice big painting — 36×24” — and now hangs above a large, old, Indonesian armoire in my living room.

Last, and surely not least is a drawing from Mark Ryden’s epic “Old Tyme Art Show” at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York last spring. I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to acquire one of the drawings from the show, and I was thrilled that the drawing for The Piano Man was available when it came time for me to make a selection. Note that the drawing is a little different than the oil painting created for the show, in that the girls in the drawing are all shedding tears, whereas the girls in the painting are not.

The drawing is now hanging in my office beside a small painting by Mark’s wife, Marion Peck.

Piano Man Drawing — Mark Ryden, 2010

And there you have it! I promise (he said with the confidence of untested optimism) to be more diligent about future updates. Enjoy!

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I’ve added a brand new painting to the Collection section of the site. Clarity by Aaron Jasinksi from his two-man show opening Saturday night, March 13th at Distinction in Escondido, California. I really like the composition of this piece, as well as the choice of colors. Nicely conceived and executed!

If you’re in the area, come on out for the opening reception and take in some really cool new art!

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"Reverie" by Jeni Yang

A couple of years ago I heard rumors that there was a cool and successful art gallery somewhere in San Diego County that catered to the type of art I usually only found in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. I may have even seen a mention in Juxtapoz or on a trendy‘n’hip web site. I immediately dismissed this rumor as a psychotic dream or the hallucinatory visions of an especially spicy chili pepper, for certainly San Diego was awash in “tourist art” — countless scenes of the sparkling coast, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and lots and lots of seagulls. Like the photo to the right… which includes not just seagulls, but also the all-important coastal scene all tourists seem to drool over.

(Okay, full disclosure… I took that photo with my camera phone at La Jolla Cove and use it as the wallpaper on my cell. It may be a photo of seagulls and the coast, but I like it! I also would like to thank the seagulls for posing so nicely and allowing me to creep up close, all paparazzi-style)

Anyway, back to the rumor that there’s a cool art gallery somewhere in town….

Sure enough, a couple of weeks ago I ventured down to Art Walk, San Diego’s yearly art-fest held in Little Italy where the streets are lined with booth after booth of budding artists and funnel cakes. Art Walk is pretty huge, but I can usually make it through fairly quickly, since a lot of the same artists show year after year and I have a quick (or, perhaps, impatient) eye for what I like. As I was zipping around the stalls I came across a booth of illustrative work that immediately slowed my step and drew me into the curtained walls.

Bold, confident work, strong themes, very lowbrow (to beat an obnoxiously overused-to-the-point-of-cliche term to death) in the best of ways. Nah… no way… could it be?

Sure enough, the stories were true; I’d come across a sample of work from Distinction Gallery in Escondido (just north east of San Diego for fans of geography).

Inside the booth I met Melissa and Sam, two of the friendliest gallery owners I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (which really isn’t fair to all the other gallery owners I know, since they are all equally friendly and have played a tremendous part in helping me build my collection). We had a fun chat about collecting art, the San Diego scene, and their gallery way up there in Escondido. Upcoming, they told me, was a three person show opening May 10th featuring Jenn Porreca, Jeni Yang, and Alex Willan.

Curious to see this once-rumored-now-real gallery I decided to attend the opening reception. Because most of the openings I attend are out of town I tend to pick and choose the shows I attend very carefully, usually going to shows where I’m very familiar with the artists and (maybe) intending to purchase something. After all, if I’m going to burn a tank of gas, I may as well make the walls of my house happy. For this show, though, I wasn’t at all familiar with any of the three artists, so my wallet would surely be safe, and — apart from getting lost and ending up 20 miles north, in Fallbrook, after the opening — the gas expenditure would be light.

Little did I know that I would come across the delightfully imaginative work of an absolutely brilliant artist, the talent-rich Jeni Yang. Wow! I was really taken by her bright, candy colored acrylics, and found each of her paintings wildly exciting with unexpected surprises. Quite seriously, every time I looked at one of her paintings I found some new hidden surprise.

It didn’t take too much time before I began to get that —  Must. Own. Art.  — feeling, and ended up buying the amazing painting pictured at the top of the page (and added to the Collection section of my site). This piece is titled “Reverie” and it’s filled with a treasure box landscape of imagination, spread across a 4 foot wide, 30 inch high canvas of natural wood. Broccoli trees and milk carton buildings. A noodle bowl hot tub, and a boombox factory.  Lavish desserts and magical headphones. It’s really a wonderful masterpiece!

The artist — Jeni Yang, who is pictured above next to the painting, was very forthcoming with all kinds of information about how the painting came to be, from the initial ideas, the first sketches, symbolic elements, and pictures of her friends and pets scattered throughout the work. I was very impressed with how well she was able to corral an extremely vivid imagination, and transfer her energy into her work in an organized and cohesive fashion that felt, to the eyes, like a roller coaster ride of fun. I think she has a tremendous career ahead. Check out more of her work on her website:  www.jeniyang.com.

It just goes to show that sometimes the best art in the world is hiding just beyond the plans we make, and accidents can be quite a pleasurable trip!

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New to the collection!

The Music Box Song Club

So… how cool is the painting above? The artist is Femke Hiemstra, a pretty amazing painter of wondrous delight whose latest exhibit opened last week at Roq la Rue in Seattle. Regular visitors to my site will remember how excited I was to discover her work last year when I made my first acquisition of one of her fantastic paintings. And this year… it’s acquisition number two!

The Music Box Song Club is one of 11 new paintings and drawings on exhibit through May 3rd, and it will no doubt find a prominent place in my house once it makes the journey from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California in another few weeks. I absolutely love the way Femke is able to pack so much fine detail and fun into such relatively small paintings. Pretty much every piece in this show is amazing, with many painted on vintage objects such as tin boxes or frames. The Music Box Song Club is painted on a vintage book and floated in a very nice frame.

You can see photos from the opening reception on the Hi Fructose web site, and if you’re quick (before it slips off the home page) you’ll also see The Music Box Song Club nicely positioned on the main page.

Can’t wait to see the new painting for myself in person!

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“Mother” by Ana Bagayan

Just above is a brand new painting I’ve added to my collection, Mother by the super talented Ana Bagayan, which is currently on display for all to see at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City. Over the weekend I made the trek up to LA for the show’s opening reception, which also features the incredible work of Yoko Tanaka and Judith Schaechter. This is a very strong show, with the proverbial “something for everyone” (which isn’t exactly true… there’s only so much “something” that three people can produce, so satisfying “everyone” might be an art-blog exaggeration).

In any case, I liked what I saw, and decided to plunk down a little bit of cash on another painting by Ana Bagayan.

This painting, in it’s cool black oval frame, was the centerpiece of one gallery wall, flanked on either side by six small diamond shaped “baby animal portraits” — the offspring of “Mother” — which was a really cool way to tie together her central theme of mother nature.

Pretty much all of Ana’s paintings were sold, or mostly sold, or close to sold, or almost promised… anyway, all but a couple of paintings sported Red Dots of Purchase, so get on the phone and call the gallery if you want to nab that last painting (if it’s still available, that is).

Next… figuring out where I’ll hang this beautiful piece once I get it home in another month or so!

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Taking a quick break from all the hype, er, focus around my exhibit at the Pannikin, I’ve added a new painting to my collection… my very first Shag! Pictured above is “The Mentalist,” one of the new pieces that will be on display at Shag’s upcoming show at Billy Shire Fine Arts. The exhibit —  “Conspicuous Consumption” — opens this coming Saturday with a reception from 7 to 10 PM, and includes over 100 small 6” by 6” paintings of many of the motifs and characters Shag has developed throughout the year. Monkeys, tikis, shriners, willowy babes…they’re all there to be gleefully consumed.

“The Mentalist” is one of six large paintings that will anchor the show (this one is 17” by 30”), and I absolutely love the imagery of a suave 1960’s illusionist performing bar tricks in a swanky cocktail lounge. A fine addition to my home… and now appearing for everyone’s viewing pleasure in the collection section of my site.

And now… back to the focus, er, hype, er, shameless self-promotion.

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