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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Progressions for "Pulp Depiction"

Alright, here are few more pics of some pieces that I am working on for the show on the 17th. I am really excited for this show just because of all of the energy that I am using in such a short amount of time to get this series done. This is so much fun. I have been in the studio every day for the last two weeks straight and I have been cooking as much as I possibly can.

It's fun when your day starts right at that moment when you are still laying in bed, just about to wake up. You just stopped dreaming and now you are thinking, but with your eyes still shut. That's when I usually start thinking about what I am going to be painting. Color schemes, certain pieces, and which one I am going to start on. Ah shyeah!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Pulp Depiction" Sneak Peek

John has been working like a mad man pumping out paintings on "pulp" (aka paper), for our next show. We are very excited for this and we will have our Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17th from 3-9pm so please save the date!
The sneak peeks of his newest works are not even fully complete yet, as John is still adding the finishing touches. But I wanted to give you a little taste of what you'll see at the next show. I don't want to give you too much -- just enough to entice you all to come by and see us.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Soule and ArtReach Recap

What a fun last few days it has been. Michele and I both knew coming into October that we were going to be busy and our predictions were right. Last Saturday night we had Soule's show (see the first 4 pictures) where she exhibited her new and never before seen paintings at our gallery which were very cool. She uses stenciling techniques with spray paint on canvas and her style has definite street influence. She also had these little water color pieces framed in glass that make great gifts for friends or family (they ranged in price from $15 - $40).
I believe the highlight of the night was when my good friend Erik's parents showed up. Now Erik's family is very unique, they tell you exactly what is on their mind and they don't hold back and thats why I love them. Erik's mom could not beleive that we had a woman with a machine gun printed on some of our clothing and was baffled that would actually sell the product. But Erik's dad was the best. After taking a look and deciding which pieces he want to discuss he found the one that he didn't like and started our conversation like this. " John! I don't like this one and I'll tell you why!" I can't remember what he said because I was laughing so hard but the great thing is that he had any opinion and he let me have it. Ah the Halse's, there is no way that you can't love'em.

So that was Saturday night, Sunday was a day to recover (and watch the Hawks destroy the Rams Ah Shyeah!), Monday we got everything together for the Tuesday show (see last 4 pictures above), and then Tuesday is when Michele and I finalized all the details. So lets start the recap from the point of when Michele and I have the car packed with the paintings and we are pulling out of the Bherd Studios parking lot. As I am waiting to pull out into traffic, I am second guessing myself to as if I had brought my hammer for hanging my paintings. I trick myself into thinking that I did and continue on with my way. The whole way down to the show the idea was perched on my shoulder just talking to me like a little parrot. " Hey John! Arrck! Do you know or do you think you have the hammer? Arcck!" I never did have the hammer. Michele and I get down to the SeeSound Lounge, get a dope parking spot right infront of the place and then start hauling everything in. Now hanging my paintings is not something that I enjoy doing. There is measuring, estimating, and putting nails into walls that seem so permanent. (I have a problem with putting hole into walls, but these weren't my walls so it didn't matter.) We started at five and the hanging ended a little bit before 7pm. 2 Hours to hang, thats ridiculous. But paintings are up, Michele and I had some tacos, and the night was about to get under way.
After Michele and I got back from our dinner we got up the bar for a drink. Right before we ordered, someone from ArtReach told me that with my name tag I could get free drinks. Bonus! Lets just say there is a small dent in the Guiness keg today. So it didn't take long before the place was jumping with people. With the help of ArtReach, the people who put the show on, and the four other artists that were there to bring people in too, the turn out was great. Another thing that was great was that it didn't long for someone to come up and want to buy a painting. Only if you could have seen me with this potential buyer. I had no clue what I was suppose to be doing, who was taking the money, and who was taking credit cards. I can only imagine that I looked pretty out of sorts to this person. But after that first collector I was filled in on the information and it was all good. The night went great, all of the artist were real cool, and everyone with ArtReach was very appreciative, helpful, and excited to be a part of that event. If I had a chance to do it again futher down the road, it would be a definite yes!

Thanks to everyone that made it out to the shows. Our next event is November 17th "Pulp Depiction" Works on paper.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Bherd Studios Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, on October 20th, Bherd Studios is having another artist reception with our featured guest being Kim McCarthy, AKA: SOULE.

Bherd Studios has been busy as bees as of late. Getting ready for this show, the group ArtReach show at the See Sound Lounge on the 23rd of Oct., planning our next show at our gallery on Nov. 17th "Pulp Depiction" works on paper, getting ready for the Urban Craft Uprising event, and planning for future shows down the road. ( Future shows down the road meaning our February "Love is a Battlefield" Show. ) Hopefully everyone already knows about these events, but if you didn't, now you do. And you should tell a friend as well. Here you go, copy the next line and send it to someone you think would be interested in artwork or clothing by Bherd.


On another note, when you come in, please congratulate Michele on being the Employee of the Month at Bherd Studios. She has been working real hard and giving 100 % everyday.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

New News

What up team! Here is a sneak preview of what we have in order for you on the 20th of October, our next show. The top two paintings are mine, the bottom three are Soule's, and the poster picture is something that I threw together the other day for some added promotion. Last week I was sick as a dog. I couldn't do anything except lay on the couch and watch the same hour long ESPN Sports Center all day. Alright I did throw in a few programs from the cooking channel. ( So if you want to put together a five star dinner for a some friends for only $30, talk to me, I have some ideas.) But since being sick, and feeling 100%, I have been on a tear with painting. I finished a bunch of framing up at my parents place so now I get to spend all of my time at the studio. Which is really nice. When ever I get to stay at the studio and I don't have to run around all day doing errands, I definitely get a lot of work done. And when I see that I get a lot of work done in a day I get to turn around and pinch myself and say " Holy Pickle Snapper, I can't beleive that this is my job!". I am very grateful for all of the events that have lead up to this point and I am very thankful for all of the people that have had a helping hand in getting me to where I am at.

So here are the dates that you need to know.
-October 20th, Bherd Studios. Guest artist: Soule
-October 23rd, See Sound Lounge in Belltown. ArtReach Group Show
-November 17th, Bherd Studios. Pulp Depiction. Artwork on paper
-December 1st & 2nd, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Urban Craft Uprising

Come to one, come to all of the events, I hope to see you soon. Yep, you!