June @ The Hive

Do you believe in second chances? If you missed the show last month, you have another chance to come see my paintings (& meet me!) at The Hive Gallery & Studios this month. I'll be present for the event nights:

  • June 4, 8-11PM, Opening Reception
  • June 9, 6-11PM, DTLA Art Walk

Trust me, original paintings are ALWAYS better in real life, so if you're in the area, stop by!

Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 729 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. 

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!

New Studio at The Hive in DTLA

Hello there! I've been busy the last couple of weeks setting up my new studio at The Hive Gallery & Studios. Here are some photos to give you a sense, but also feel free to stop by and see for yourself - gallery hours below. 

Me popping up through the hole with the ladder, which is the only way to access the space. 

Me popping up through the hole with the ladder, which is the only way to access the space. 

My easel and part of my workspace - it's hard to capture the whole space without falling off the edge. Don't worry, there's a bannister for safety!

My easel and part of my workspace - it's hard to capture the whole space without falling off the edge. Don't worry, there's a bannister for safety!

The Hive is a multi-use space that has rotating group shows in the front 2 rooms, then wall space for rent in the back where artists can display and sell their artwork. Upstairs are studio spaces for artists to work in. The Hive was voted "Best Art Gallery 2013" by the LA Weekly's Reader Choice 2013. 

View through the display area on the ground floor. You can barely see my studio loft at top.

View through the display area on the ground floor. You can barely see my studio loft at top.

View from my loft of other artists display spaces. Did I mention this place is called The Hive? Hence the bees and hive shaped decor hanging from the ceiling.

View from my loft of other artists display spaces. Did I mention this place is called The Hive? Hence the bees and hive shaped decor hanging from the ceiling.

I got lucky because my space is a hybrid - it's a loft (accessible by ladder only!) built above the display walls where I can both paint and display my work. 

View of my bannister hung with paintings; my easel and workspace behind. 

View of my bannister hung with paintings; my easel and workspace behind. 

Regular gallery hours at The Hive are 1-6PM Wed-Sat, plus an opening reception for a new group show every month on the First Saturday, 8-11PM. We also participate in DTLA Art Walk every Second Thursday, 4-11PM (The Hive was voted the best stop on the Art Walk by the LA Weekly in 2014). 

Come say hi! NOTE: It's best to text or email me prior to visit if you want to guarantee I'm there.