Painting painting painting.

August 29, 2011

It’s been a while since I posted anything, June 8th by the looks of it. Well that’s because I’m working. I’m out in the studio every day toiling away on new paintings and drawings. I’ll be showing in the fall and spring if I can help it. Don’t expect much from me until then. I will be putting together some workshops once it cools off a bit, and I need a break from the studio. I’ll be putting together a wordpress for artists 2 day intensive. I’ll be limiting class size to 8-10 people. I’ll also be doing my lantern making workshop for All Souls Procession. Also in the works I should have some affordable reproductions of my work available soon. I should have some new paintings available in the next few weeks, famous last words, until then.

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Tomorrow Night, The Lumies.

June 8, 2011

I’m up for, emerging artist, tomorrow night at the Lumies. Tucson Pima Arts Council’s award ceremony for local artists and arts supporters in our community. Wish me luck!

If you’re curious about the Lumies and TPAC, here’s the Arizona Daily Star’s Caliente’ article:
http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/article_5c6b4c9f-beae-5d17-a822-cc494d55ef9e.html

And A Shout out to my Homie Bruce Clark who picked up my painting Cupie at the Kore Press Garden party (for a song!). I couldn’t have wished for a better home. Bruce taught Metalsmithing at Pima College for many years and was one of my instructors and inspirations. He was a real mutha, and I mean that in the best of all possible ways. If you went into his class thinking art was easy you left with a very different point of view. Bruce isn’t teaching these days, good for him, bad for the rest of us. You encounter teachers in life who make a real impression and change the way you think about the world and in this case art. Bruce is one of those guys.

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Kore Press Art Auction and Garden Party

June 4, 2011

Here’s your chance to buy a great piece of art and support a great press in Tucson. I have an original oil painting available and bidding starts at just $55 an incredible deal for one of my paintings which usually go for between $200 and $400 for this size. Check it out!
http://www.korepress.org/auctionart.htm

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Two Mentions in the Arizona Daily Star

June 4, 2011

KORE Press Art Auction and Garden Party Mentioned today in the Arizona Daily Star:
http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/article_cdafefc6-1cf1-56c4-a54e-21394fcad040.html

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Studio Tour, This Saturday April 16th, Dinnerware Artspace.

April 10, 2011

If you are out and about during the studio tour, stop by Dinnerware’s new space on Toole and 7th Ave. I’ll be set up with a bunch of smaller pieces and working on a cardboard sculpture. Many other artist will be there halking their wares Including my buddy Joe Marshall (aka Pork Chop Press) who is a great printmaker. I’m looking forward seeing you.

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WordPress for Artists Workshop

April 9, 2011

Tomorrow morning I will be heading up what I hope will be a useful professional development workshop for artists. This first workshop is only being offered to those who attended the Creative Capitol Internet for Artists workshop with me last month. If this is successful I will be trying to develop it into a regular offering for local artists. WordPress is the platform on which I publish this website and which I’ve worked the most on, developing themes and web presences for other people and organizations. This workshop will focus on the WPFolio theme which was developed by Steve Lambert. Steve was also a team leader at the Creative Capitol Workshop. Though my first impression of WPFolio wasn’t great, it lacked design characteristics that I was looking for, it has since won me over as a communication tool. It really takes advantage of the tools built into the WordPress platform in ways, to be hounest, I hadn’t really understood before. If you don’t know what WordPress is, it’s an open source content management system and blogging tool that allows users who don’t code to produce and update websites. If you are having trouble using WordPress or are interested in attending a future workshop on it please contact me. Those of you who will be attending tomorrow’s workshop, I’ll see you in the morning.

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New Website!

March 29, 2011

My old website was fraught with problems and I was tired of banging my head against the CSS browser compatibility wall. Sure it looked good on my computer but it went to pieces on any other platform and every other browser. I’d fix one thing to find I’d broken something else. I was at the end of my rope, then I took the Creative Capitol Internet For Artists Workshop. There I was introduced to the WP Folio Theme. It’s a WordPress theme developed specifically for artists online portfolios.

When I built my site four years ago the WP Folio theme existed but it was in it’s infancy. I failed to see some of the innate WordPress features it took advantage of. I was confused as to why anyone would want to use the post function to add art work to their site. It seemed like an awful way to manage a portfolio. I chose to use the NextGEN gallery Plugin along with pages to arrange and manage my portfolio. It worked great. I had no complaints about the functionality of my site. Setting up galleries adding pages and using the post function to deliver news and announcements all worked well and I was very happy with it. What I didn’t understand was that Posts produce an RSS Feed and Pages don’t. By putting the portfolio construction part into the post functionality of the site you push out an RSS feed every time you add a piece and that is something you can use in social Networking sites like Facebook (you can subscribe an RSS feed to a Facebook Page). In terms of publishing your work and spreading the word that’s a huge difference.

Now that I’m using this theme I’m a convert. Though it ends up looking like a typical wordpress theme, in terms of functionality it’s head and shoulders above my old system. If you are considering setting up a wordpress site to manage your portfolio and presence online then I would strongly encourage you to go with the WP FOLIO theme. Somebody else has done the work for you.

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