15 Dead White Men and Pam Grier

A small sample of the new work...
PamGrier

15 Dead White Men and Pam Grier, 2013, Oil on paper, 16"x12".

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CORE Holiday Show

Holiday showThis December, CORE is running a beautiful group show of small works for the holidays. I have 24 of the Disaster Belles watercolors on display. Come by and see them! DressIs Disaster Belles Disaster Belles
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October Show at CORE

You are invited.
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Summer Workshop Posters

This July, Jethaniel Peterka and I ran our fourth year of the Drawing Intensive and second year of the Painting Intensive at Gage Academy of Art. I'll have more on the excellent work our students did, and why I work with teens in a future post. For now, I want to share a few of the posters I made over the course of the month:
"I KNOW you'd rather draw with a pencil."

"I KNOW you'd rather draw with a pencil. That sounds like a personal problem."

From the Painting Intensive: If you fail to have faith in relativity, the Limited palette will do NOTHING for you.

From the Painting Intensive: If you fail to have faith in relativity, the Limited Palette will do NOTHING for you.

This studio runs on burritos and dogma.

A classic from Fred Rodger. My studio runs on burritos and dogma.

 
"Know this, filthy mortals." Seriously, running an oil painting studio with 15 beginners requires an almost Old Testament devotion to cleanliness.

"Know this, filthy mortals."
Seriously, running an oil painting studio with sixteen beginners requires an almost Old Testament-style devotion to cleanliness.

   
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Wyoming

As promised, I spent some time in Wyoming. I found it satisfactory.

The Teton Range looks something like this.

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Summer: A Time for Action

It is said the T.R. drank one gallon of coffee each day and conducted mid-afternoon boxing matches in his office. He had no time for blogging.

It's been a while since I've made time for the internet. Summer is in its full glory here in Seattle, and I'm working to match the long boreal days. This Summer I'm teaching, the Drawing and Painting Teen Intensives at Gage, Contemporary Art and Design at AIS, and writing new courses for the Fall. (Get ready for HUM399 "Design and the Human Habitat" at AIS, and ART515 "Classical to Renaissance Art History" over at Digipen!) The garden is working through the seasons prolifically; I cut things down and eat them. I'll also be making a couple dozen paintings for a solo show in October (more soon), spending a little time in Wyoming (more soon), making another pottery project (more soon). Until these tasks are finished, please enjoy this photo of President Theodore Roosevelt camping with John Muir. (Go outside and get your work done!)
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Lorem ipsum dolor burrito?

Est hoc verum?

Dear Graphic Designers at Chipotle, I got some burritos in this bag the other day. Y'all are either hilarious, or something went hilariously wrong between the initial bag design and the trip to the printers.  Thank you for the few minutes of confusion/amusement that this gave me.  Also, thank you for selling reasonably priced burritos downtown. Yours, Ryan
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Farewell, First Thursday Art Schlock

For nearly a year now, many of us in Seattle have been enjoying the satire of First Thursday Art Schlock.  Yesterday, the author called it quits. The project was one of those Tumblr sites that paired animated gifs with adverb time clauses. The author was anonymous, which allowed her to skirt the careful politesse that dominates the Seattle conversation off-line. It was as if one of us slipped casually out of the art-opening like Clark Kent, donned a small mask and cape, and returned to delight us with super-caddy commentary. “Where’s Jeff?” asks one of us. “I don’t know, but $40 is too much for an entry fee!” While I didn’t always agree with the site’s apparent skill-fetish, or its occasional forays into self-pity, it was funny. It also allowed us to recognize one another and our common frustrations- rallied around the site’s “about” line: Your art show exhausts me. Thanks FTAS, Here are a couple of my favorites... When your artist statement uses the word FECUNDITY, When your interest in my work vanishes after I donate a piece to your auction.

Oh, you’re experimenting with video now?

   
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