Monday, May 30, 2011

Sanctuary: Work in Progress


I'm just about to finish blocking in the color on my new painting, Sanctuary, and thought it would be a good time to share a sneak peek. This is a small portion of the painting, but one that is consuming quite a bit of time thanks to the striped pattern on the sheet. I like the stripes though because they help define the contours of the figure's legs beneath the fabric.

The piece shows a figure in his sanctuary, blocking out the world by surrounding himself with meaningful objects; escaping into his imagination. Some of my own meaningful objects include a Marilyn Monroe cookie jar, Snow White figurine, and a purple teddy bear -- so they worked themselves in somehow. :)

Once I have all of the color laid in, I'm excited to start using my tiny brushes and working on the detail. Most of the paint you see in this photo won't be visible when I'm finished because it will be covered over by several more layers, so this is truly a work in progress. I'll share more as I go along.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Agora 8 Recap

I had a great time last weekend participating in the Agora 8 exhibit at Junctionview Studios here in Columbus. Junctionview is a big, glorious maze of art studios that houses some of our city's finest artists. Occasionally, they open up their space to other artists from the area to display our work alongside theirs, and the result is a fabulous community event.

This year I displayed three paintings, I Won't Tell if You Won't, Size Matters Starring Jack Mackenroth, and In Hot Pursuit Starring Jesse Archer. It's always fun to let the gayest of the gay paintings from my collection loose on the city and see how they are received.


While I wasn't able to make it to the main event on Saturday, my friend Maria Fanning and I attended the preview party on Friday night and I was tickled to overhear a very young girl explaining the cause of Jesse Archer's wardrobe malfunction to her mother. "Look, he's trying to get away from that monster and the tree's tearing his clothes off!" Then she started pointing and giggling uncontrollably. I hope she grows up to be an art critic! Maria told me that my work is also a big hit with her son Sam, who thinks it is hysterical that the guys in my paintings keep losing their pants. He calls me "Paulypants" and sees my work as being of the same genre as his other favorite art series -- Captain Underpants!

Maria and I had a wonderful time checking out the exhibit, which was so diverse and truly amazing; something Columbus should take great pride in! Especially this gigantic cupcake piece (I wish I knew the artist's name so I could give proper credit. It was gorgeous!).


We also enjoyed visiting with the Jeni's ice cream man and climbing what looked like giant spools of thread behind the building. All in all, a fantastic night on the town!


And the frosting on the cupcake was that my painting I Won't Tell if You Won't was chosen to receive a Best of Show Award by the artists who organized the event. I was so honored -- especially when I saw what the Best of Show Award looks like.


If you live near Columbus, please support the wonderful work of Junctionview Studios. Can't wait for Agora 9!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lyman-Eyer Gallery


I recently signed with Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts to represent my work. I'm really excited to be taking this next step in my career, and am honored to be in the company of some of my favorite artists.

A number of my paintings are now available exclusively through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery, so please visit my artist page on their site for purchase information. I will continue to operate my online store for the sale of additional paintings and prints.

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Good Day Columbus

Yesterday I appeared on the local Fox morning show Good Day Columbus with my childhood art teacher, Linda Regula, to promote our anti-bullying You Will Rise Project. Watch our segment here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Woke Up in a Strange Place

We recently announced the results of the Uncovered contest, in which voters helped choose my next limited-edition print from four recent cover illustrations. The winning images was the cover for Eric Arvin's novel Woke Up in a Strange Place, which is now available in my online store. Check out this post on Elisa Rolle's journal to read my responses to some of your submitted interview questions and to see if you were one of the lucky winners!