April 28, 2011

Quick weekend warm up

After slipping by the show today and seeing what others have submitted I came home to paint. Much needed relaxing moments with my brushes, ink and sipping a cup of Kukicha from Davids Tea. This quick work needs some tea as well, green tea (yellowish hue) and perhaps some matcha (turned into paint. haha).
Extremely excited about tomorrows Royal Wedding. I plan on coming home to watch the recap and get some more quick works done. Still have two canvas' waiting to be attacked with my new medium. Till latter, hope you all enjoy the wedding with a cuppa.

April 27, 2011

Artist talk at Toronto School of Art with Nicholas DiGenova

Nicholas starts out the evening by introducing early childhood work. Each work contained some sort of monster or chimera.
Durring his stay at OCAD He posted stickers around toronto to get his name out visually. Further into His studies after changeing over from sculpture to, drawing and painting He began to see a direction. His goal being to make money off his work as soon as possible. Talking to anyone and whomever he could.
Actively looked for submision oportunities, he then got some work in a book. Which then was bouht by a guy in NYC who had connections to a gallery. All this lead to being represented by Le Gallery in Toronto.
From haveing His work for free to being sold in a gallery seemed unfair if the same work was sold,again Nicholas looked at his roots and changed directon. Anime being one of the sources with the outlines distinct in his current work.
He atempted to recreate a "factory" by only working on the drawings and makeing refrences for an asisstant to use, as they laid down colour which was premixed. Audience member asked about "happy accidents" , Nicholas relplied that almost all of his work consists of accidents. No wasted material, any "accident" becomes part of the work.

Through some events on his trip to Barcelona He found an old taxadermy Museum near his residence. From the visit he began to draw the animals in pen and ink. He was trying to "create eco systems". Grouping creatures wih like habitats together, although all of these are still chimeras.

~Tips for Artists~
1. Try to have something for everyone even if they can't afford the main works (stickers, books,t-shirts) or cheep peices. If your work can go along side "products".

2.Mailing list. Add everyone. Maybe have a draw for a product, give their e-mail and can send to them.

3. Publications. Magazines,blogs, etc. Helps people to see you work.

4.Promote shows! Put flyers everywhere (Nicholas put hem in art magazines, NOW magazine, and even made posters the size of NOW magazine and replaced each mag in free bins with it).

5.Tatoo image for free of a work. with exchange of a photo of the finished work. Send out high resolution image.

6. Get studio! leave a mess and spread out.
7.Internet. Website and Blog!

8.Work at it. Keep at the work, don't quit! Make a schedule. Be driven to create your work!

Next Big Thing!

Vanessa just sent me the official invitation for the show. As I posted before the show starts tonight and runs till May 21st. I will be at the gallery Tonmorow for the openning from 6-8pm. Hope to see everyone there!

April 16, 2011

Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing
Exhibition and Student Art Sale
April 27 to May 21

Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Next Big Thing, sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies and presented by the OCAD University Student Gallery, matches collectors, new and old, with the hottest emerging artists and designers. This exhibition and sale is located right around the corner from OCAD U’s main building on McCaul Street, at 285 Dundas Street West.

OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

April 12, 2011

Old work and Facebook

As a way of celebrateing my 24th birthday I posted some old works from around 2005-2008 area. Alot of work happened, anyhow instead of posting them on here. I ended up posting them for everyone on Facebook. The link is on the sidebar incase you missed it. I try to update here and there regularly. Anyhow I have to prep for work as I open (which means I get to paint more after work (yey!). Things have been great so far this new year for me. Look back soon for a show that is on latter this month, just trying to get things done. It will be at the same gallery and run for a month right through the OCAD U Graduate show that is in May. So take a look at my facebook page to keep up with me. More latter this week. Ta ta for now .