Monday, February 23, 2015

Missy At The Grit

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Missy has a solo ART SHOW at THE GRIT, Athens, Georgia’s world-renowned vegetarian restaurant. Her artwork will be up until March 8th, and if you’re anywhere near here, you should come check it out!

Even though Missy booked the show last summer, work only began in earnest about 3 weeks ago, after scrapping some of her original ideas and starting over almost entirely from scratch…

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Missy decided to supplement her show with some original COLLAGES she had hanging up in the LET IT BE yoga studio out in Watkinsville:

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Since her PAPER CUT SILHOUETTES always get a great response, Missy decided to bust out a handful of them for the show…

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The Sunday before last, we showed up at The Grit between their lunch and dinner service to hang up the show. We had a two-hour window between 3pm and 5pm to get everything up. It turned out to be a lot harder than we thought. Luckily, Matt, who books the shows at The Grit, was there to help hang art. While we started hanging art in one room, Matt started in on the other…

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About half-way through, it became apparent that we were going to run out of HANGING WIRE, so I ran out to the HOME DEPOT and bought out the last of their stock. I made it back to The Grit with 30 minutes to spare and we JUST BARELY got the show hung up before the first of the evening’s customers came through the door…

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One of the first people to come in was NATHAN and his mother, Catherine. Nathan is a HUGE TOFU BABY FAN and he wanted to show Missy his HANDMADE SCRAPBOOK that he uses to collect Missy’s weekly Tofu Baby comic strip that appears in our local culture and entertainment mag, FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE. Nathan decorated the front of his scrapbook with a great drawing of Tofu Baby up on a roof, looking like she’s ready to go down the chimney Santa-style! Missy and Nathan had a nice little conversation while she autographed and drew on the back of his book. It was a real honor to meet him!

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Much to her surprise, Missy ended up selling three pieces that opening night! So, between the sales and meeting Nathan and seeing his awesome collection, it turned out to be a brilliant evening…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sketchbook Sunday: Art Show in Progress

#bunny #drawing #illustration late night drawing and I am on a roll!
Last summer, our friend was scheduling the art shows for the Grit, a local favorite restaurant, and I told him I would like to have a show there. So, since then, I had ideas and dreams of how I thought my art show would look on the walls at the Grit.

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Over time, I had different idea and sketches as to what the themes would be, and how large or small I wanted to work. I usually work fairly small, but the walls there are so big, I needed to think about that in relation to the work. Some of my artist friends said I needed to work big, which for a miniaturist, like myself, was a nervous thought.

Working on big bunny portrait! #drawing #draw #illustration

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I also do not usually love making backgrounds, but I tried some here. These are paintings that did not quite fit with my vision, but they were still good to work on and explore possibility.

More drawing. #draw #drawing #illustration #art
A lot of times, I like to work on my art at lunch, just to break from the computer or whatever I was doing that day.

Lunchtime sketches. #art #illustration #lunchtimefactory #drawing
So there you have it, some of my drawings and process from my art show!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #185

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The Friday before last, we had dinner at THE GRIT in order to get a better idea of how much art work Missy would need to bring the following weekend for her art show…

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After dinner, we spent some quality time with the pets before passing out in bed…

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The following day, after running our usual Saturday morning errands, we started to crave Indian food, so we went to A TASTE OF INDIA for their lunch buffet, where we stuffed ourselves with pakoras, samosas, and biryani…

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Later that night, we headed over to FEDEX/KINKOS to pick up some art work that Missy had scanned and copied onto a FLASHDRIVE. The pieces were too large to fit on her own scanner, so we took them to Kinkos where they had a large format one. We neglected to bring a flashdrive with us, so we ended up buying this cute little “DJ OWL” flash drive there…

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We capped the night off with a quick stop at EARTHFARE to get some cat food. It wouldn’t be a proper Weekend Wind-Down post if I didn’t post at least one shot of Missy in the middle of some aisle somewhere…

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In the morning, we had breakfast with our friends, Cindy and Quinton, at their house. Then, later that day, we had dinner at CALI ‘N’ TITOS. We endured their usually long line just to savour a bite of our favorites: warm tortilla chips with a side of their signature pico de gallo, and an order of vegetarian tacos…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Valentine’s Day at The High and Oreo’s Day! And putting up my art show at The Grit and meeting Nathan!
RAOUL- The High for Valentine’s Day.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – The ice storm.
RAOUL – Us being cocky and not making reservations at Cafe Sunflower.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – That dream I had where you bought the weird pants from Urban Outfitters.
RAOUL – Missy asking me if I “knew any songs by Pitbull?”

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – “Besties!”
RAOUL – “Frylock Saggy Jeans”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Veggie tacos, chips, and pico at Cali ‘n’ Tito’s.
RAOUL – Lunch buffet at Taste of India.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – I’m sure I had a frozen meal that wasn’t the greatest thing…
RAOUL – Microwave burrito.

THREE THINGS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Tofu Baby comic, wash bunny towels, read my new book.
RAOUL – Pay bills, downsize our magazine stash, vaccuum.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Kate Bush, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Rebecca Pearcy, Morrissey.
RAOUL – Plastics, New Order, Gary Numan, The Normal, Grace Jones, Flying Lotus, Parliament, Kate Bush, The Smiths, The Drums.

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