TONIGHT: Live Painting @ DTLA Art Walk

Photo by Adi Marie from March DTLA Art Walk. 

Photo by Adi Marie from March DTLA Art Walk. 

It's that time again - 2nd Thursday of the month is DTLA Art Walk. I'll be live painting in front of the Hive Gallery from 7-11PM. 

I also have 21 paintings on display inside the gallery (in the fur-lined room all the way at the back). 

Hive Gallery & Studios
729 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

New Exhibit Up @ Hive Gallery

I'm pleased as punch, as they say. This month I'm renting a wall space at the Hive Gallery & Studios, so instead of craning one's neck up to see work displayed on the banister of my studio, you can now view it at eye-level. 

My display at Hive Gallery, April 9-30. 

I'm showcasing one piece from my She Was Just A Dream series, and 20 paintings from my Windows series - click on the link to read more about my 50|50 project. 

The show will be up April 9-30, with events on:

  • April 9 for The Hive's 11-year Anniversary Show (8-11PM) and
  • April 14 for DTLA Art Walk (1-11PM). 

Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 

"What's that?" you ask. The wall is covered in faux-fur from the last occupant. This place is quite an experience! Come check it out. 

Trials and Triumphs of Live Painting

Last night I had a table set up in front of the Hive Gallery, selling prints and painting as part of DTLA Art Walk. I rarely paint in front of other people, and I have to admit I was a little nervous about the whole endeavor. 

My set-up in front of Hive Gallery for DTLA Art Walk on 3/10/16. 

My set-up in front of Hive Gallery for DTLA Art Walk on 3/10/16. 

The first time I painted live at an event was in 2008, and it was a disaster! I was one of 3 featured artists at the grand opening of my friend's t-shirt printing store, and I had no idea what I was doing. I've blocked out some of the memories from that night, but what I recall is this: 

  • I was seated on the floor with my canvas propped up by the wall, trying not to get accidentally kicked by onlookers as it was both crowded and pretty dark in there.
  • I chose to paint in acrylics to avoid making too much of a mess, even though at the time I had really only painted with oils, and didn't know any tricks to help with drying time and blending, etc. 
  • This was back in college when I was on a bit of an abstract kick, and contrary to popular belief, abstract painting is actually VERY difficult to do WELL

By the end of the night, I had a hopelessly half-finished, HORRIBLE painting, and I felt awful. It was such a terrifying experience that I vowed never to do it again.

Fast forward to 2016. You know that saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Well, I finally overcame my fears, and decided to do just that - with amazing results! 

Click image to view in-progress video. 

Click image to view in-progress video. 

I had fun painting this little number over the course of 3 hours (stopping often to chat with people) AND I'm pleased with how it turned out:).  I know that I did things better this time: 

  • I had a proper setup behind a table with a light; 
  • I didn't try to go too big - working on a 6x6inch panel; 
  • I used my trusted oil paints; 
  • AND I used a source photo - very important since with all the interruptions I had a reference to keep me on track.

Untitled (suggestions?), oil on wood panel, 6x6inches. Sold. 

Most importantly of all, I was way more CONFIDENT this time. I think that's because I have more experience now and I have my own style. Also, my 50|50 project from last summer really taught me a lot, and showed me that I could indeed finish a painting in one sitting. 

Now that I'm over the fear and doubt, I foresee more live painting in my future!

Artists Commute Too

Here's what my commute to my studio looks like:

David at Angel's Gate  by  S.C. Mero

David at Angel's Gate by S.C. Mero

I walk past this sculpture by @s.c.mero on my route from the metro to my studio. 'David at Angel's Gate' uses 7,501 pennies! Love the hair and the (one) copper-colored shoe. Located in Broadway Spring Arcade in DTLA.

Grey on grey . Waiting for the train. 

Grey on grey. Waiting for the train. 

Yes, I did say my walk from the metro. I am blessed to live relatively close to a station, where I can park for free, take a 22-minute ride downtown and walk 4 blocks to my studio. Besides not having to pay for parking nor deal with traffic, I love this because it means I get to enjoy all these amazing murals!

I don't have the best photos - they're so big it's hard to capture - but I would actually suggest a mural tour yourself if you ever happen to be in the area. I know that's next on my list - I want to find out what I'm missing!

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th.  Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th. 
Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.