I’ll post an update with photos about the event!
Easter weekend I had exhibited at my first arts and crafts fair! I had a lot of fun setting up my little booth and meeting other exhibitors. The kids were great and really seemed to love my fish, so I gave away coloring pages to them.
I made friends with a really nice girl who loves otters–so I made a quick sketch!
I realized this wasn’t exactly the best type of fair for me to sell my paintings, but I learned a lot and had fun!
Pancakes and Booze was an awesome and exhausting first show. For my first show, I’d say it was a success. I met a lot of new artist friends. It was really cool seeing the different styles and talents in the DC artist community. I would definitely do this show again!
I even said goodbye to two of my favorite paintings:
This painting is a smaller version of a large 2-panel 3′ x 3′ painting that hangs over my sofa. This was an experiment with metallic copper and silver paints to depict an abstract version of the Monterey Cypress trees.
It lives happily in the living room of a dear friend!
It’s September 16th and I’m halfway through the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. I’ve also been posting my daily updates on Instagram @jay_p_el and Facebook @eveningpainting.
Everything is posted to the Geometry of Puako Bay gallery and up for sale for $40 (framed or unframed) –unless marked Sold!
Geometry of Puako Bay features the fish and other critters that my family and I saw on our vacation in Hawaii. We snorkeled and scuba’d along the Kona coast of Hawaii for a week and captured some amazing Hawaiian reef fish on the GoPro!
When I first began painting these mandala-like designs, I created designs for specific people in my life, incorporating shapes or color schemes that reminded me of my loved ones.
This is one of my first hard-edge minimal-ish mandalas that I was really pleased with. It’s now covered in epoxy and more difficult to photograph, but it looks clear and vibrant in person.
I finally completed the first of a new series of mandala design paintings!
I really love how the colors turned out in my newest painting! The metallic silver paint creates a great contrast to the matte colors and made it feel very art deco to me.
This was actually my first time painting on canvas board in a while, as I prefer the “bounce” (is that thing?) of a wrapped canvas. I primed it with several layers of sanded gesso to give it a smoother texture.
Check out my original design: colored in red, white, and blue (I drew it around July 4th).
I’m using the word mandala loosely here. This was my first experimentation with a more geometric design and metallic paints, inspired by the art deco architecture and decor around Miracle Mile, Los Angeles.