Happy Thanksgiving! This year, one thing I'm giving thanks for is "The Cannonball Flight," a new musical album release from long-time friend and creative co-collaborator, Albert Keever. I just finished the album art today. I'll update this post later when I find out when the release date is. Albert blends a lighthearted folk-rock style, some west coast flair, and heavy spiritual themes. I love his music and I love that my creative work and his have united!
The book is finished! I have finally completed all 21 illustrations for the forthcoming ebook, Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children (and other mind-altering substances). If you'd like to meet the author, see the artwork in person, get your signed copy of a special print edition, or simply have a great time, come to the Glovinsky Gallery at the Santa Fe Art District in Denver on Friday, September 5th from 5 to 9pm. The gallery is at 800 West 8th Ave, Suite 116, Denver, CO 80204. And here's a fun little blurb about the event written up by the author of this hilarious-yet-insightful collection of mini-memoirs which I've had the pleasure of illustrating:
Funny, whimsical, clever, and occasionally profound -- such are the paintings and sketches David Condry created to illustrate Mary Huckstep's book of domestic humor, in their collaborative masterpiece, MARY MARY QUITE: On Raising Children (and other mind-altering substances). It's a collection of mini-memoirs on the fun and foibles of families. Come see for yourself! David Condry's process work and illustrations will be displayed from 5-9:00 pm, September 5th and 6th, in the Santa Fe Art District at the Glovinsky Gallery (800 West 8th Ave, Suite 116, Denver, CO 80204). There will be live music from Plainspeak, wine and nibbles, activities for the kids, and some special freebies. Buy a book, art print, or CD and get it signed by the author and artist. Meet this dynamic author-artist team and celebrate the launching of their first family-friendly, life-affirming book. For a preview, go to www.marymaryquite.com
Here are some updates on my experimental photo blog, where I have posted some recent successes with an ever-developing photo technique that involves impulsive light-writing and color-inverting the results so as to keep the negative image. All of the shots you see above are the "negatives," in the sense that the colors have been inverted: dark colors are light, warm colors are cool, blue is orange, red is green, and so forth. Over the last few months, I really feel this process has started to reach first signs of maturity, as I came across quite a crop of interesting, exciting images. Most of them are non-representational or non-pictorial in the sense that they depict nothing beyond the color, tone, shape, and line that one sees plainly within each composition. This does not, however, mean that they convey nothing besides those formal details. Rather, having less specificity, in terms of their referent, allows the pictures to convey a rather wide range of thoughts and feelings.
For a fuller grasp on what I'm trying to do with this images, check out my artist statement from the photo blog (which is lovingly dubbed "Purely Experimental Photography Produces Exciting Results," or "P.E.P.P.E.R." for short):
Recently, my own photography has consisted more and more of photo-experiments that seek to pull back the veil on a surprising and profound reality. Although I point my camera at the "mundane" details and "meaningless" twitches of life, the photos reveal just the opposite. This occurs through a creative mode of total experimentation. I combine seemingly random photo techniques with exposure to obscure or mundane subject matters. But when all is finished, a surprise emerges. The mundane, micro, and meaningless are revealed to be beautiful, grand, and purposeful. Nothing is meaningless. And the veil has been removed.
The Holiday season is upon is, which in part means that tonight you have the chance to see and acquire some wonderful artworks by illustrators who call Colorado home. Alongside numerous works by fellow Colorado artists, the above two paintings will show and be on sale tonight at The Art Station in Arvada, CO, in the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Fourth Annual Holiday Show. The event lasts from 1pm to 7pm and will feature not only compelling artwork but Winter-appropriate warm drinks. I hope to see you there!
Salutations! If you missed my art show last week, here's a little video I shot on a friend's phone such that you can get a glimpse at how the pieces were arranged and which ones were shown. Throughout the video, I read one of the artist statements that I had displayed that night (see below). It truly was a great time. Many, many thanks to the amazing people at City Church for offering their gallery space as an opportunity for artists to show and thus get involved with one of the hottest First Friday art walks in the country!
Hope all's well, and take care. And here's a look at my artist statement from the show:
Works on Paper and Canvas
My watercolor illustrations on paper combine realistic scenery with imaginative color and fictional stories. I find that the best fiction offers not an escape from reality but an unrehearsed confrontation with it. So, in hopes of drawing the viewer’s attention back to how brilliant life can actually be, my illustrations seek to blend the details of reality with the colors and surprise of imagination. Hence, the images represent no escape into a pretend world. Rather, I’m pointing to a real brilliance that already surrounds us, if only we’d look for it.
My canvases arose from the experience of taking and teaching fine art classes. They stand as an encouragement that students can, with time, become teachers. More so, however, they stand as a reminder that the true teacher must always remain a student at heart. The best teachers I’ve ever had are the ones that are open to learning from their students, the ones that see the good in their students’ work, even when no one else does. Without such teachers in my life, I would never have become the artist I am today.
My own journey as an artist started when I was very young. Since I could first hold a pencil, I’ve enjoyed drawing people. I have since expanded my repertoire to include a few background details, though the human being remains the most beautiful and captivating subject to me. Before I went to art school, I couldn’t stand watercolor and using color in general intimidated me. In college, however, I gradually discovered that watercolor was a perfect match for my drawing style, that it would bring my characters to life. I also do other types of artwork, including digital illustration, fine art photography, music, and graphic design.
I've got another art show coming up! This time I'll be showing somewhere around 20 pieces, works on paper and canvas, new and old. Again, the show will take place in Denver's Santa Fe Art District along the First Friday Art Walk. See these paintings and many more at the FOUND gallery -- that's 800 W 8th Avenue, Suite 112, Denver CO, 80204. The show lasts from 6pm to 9pm this Friday, come rain or shine (or even come snow, I hope, since we have a rather unexpected snow storm forecast for that night!). And the gallery offers some great food and beverages to complement the excellent art-viewing experience. Come hang out, support local artists, enjoy some good conversation and refreshments. See you there!
Among the images pictured above, the top two are rather new and have never been made public until now! They're part of the MMQ series I've been working on, that is, the illustrated collection of short stories called Mary Mary Quite: On Training Up a Child and Other Mind-altering Substances, by Mary Huckstep. Stay tuned for more updates on the book, which we're hoping to release in ebook form by mid-to-late December.
Hope to see you at the show! Bye for now and take care.