Here are some of the highlights from my work here in 2013 at DREGstudios...
JANUARY kicked off the year with a Grand ReOpening exhibit at No Egrets Tattoo (showcasing local art in a newly renovated space.) I also submitted a TOPSY-TURVY book to The Sketchbook Project which went on a nation-wide tour before finding it's permanent home in the Brooklyn Art Library!
FEBRUARY marked a massive land-mark for my wife Aurora and I as we purchased our first house together and have since made it our cozy home. In the midst of remodeling our house, I did find time to get some work sent to Detroit for the annual Dirty Show!
|The New Office|
|Yours truly making an infinity sign with a shovel full of coals courtesy of Ashley Fly's photography at our Housewarming Party.|
Click HERE to let Dirty Twin teach you Step-By-Step How to Make a Rocket Barrel!
APRIL I started getting back into the swing of things creatively by hosting an Exquisite Corpses Party at the house and doing a really wicked collaborative painting, Monster in My Garden with the Wolfman! It's so valuable to have creative friends I can work with to get the juices flowing!
|Acrylics and Spray Paint on Wood (with Wolfman Bennett)|
Click HERE to WATCH a TIME LAPSE VIDEO of the ENTIRE PAINTING!!!
MAY gave us some sunshine and really got the wheels turning this year. Aurora and I had a lot of fun this summer but one of the highlights was our first Pig Roast (click HERE for a slew of sick pics!) For Memorial Day I created a Purple Heart for Peace which was one of the first serious illustrations I did to get myself back at the drawing table again. I was also involved in a three-man exhibit called Little Deaths, where the Woflman and myself threw down another epic live painting session which you can watch HERE!
JUNE brought another milestone this year with my illustration being used as the cover art for a novella called Fat Trapped which was published over the Summer. Aside from working on my drawing projects, I hosted the first painting session at our new house, which evolved into Purple Reign (click HERE for the VIDEO!)
|Acrylic and Spray Paint on Wood (with Wolfman Bennett and Jesse Shaw)|
Click HERE to look at some process pictures!
JULY was a busy month and I spent some time helping out other artists with projects. Click HERE to see a video I created for my friend Miranda Herrick of her illustration process! Aurora got some pretty cool pics I shared of Rednecks Playing with Fireworks at our 4th of July party. We had a mid-summer Yart Sale at Chad Spann's house where we massacred watermelon and melted in the sun. I also started a new series of paintings for SOLUBLE FISH which was coming up in the Fall.
|"Frizzle Fried Green Tomato" Inks on Bristol / 2013|
AUGUST Aurora and I had a sweet Anniversary hovering in the mountains of Gatlinburg (click HERE for LOVE in the CLOUDS to see the pictures.) Later that month our own home state of Tennessee hosted Traditional Marriage Day where we posed the question, "What is Traditional?" since interracial marriage is still technically illegal in our home state. Aside from the topic of love, August also had Blue Moons, a commissioned portrait of a wire sculpture and new art for East Nashville's Annual Tomato Art Fest!
|"The Fruits of Labor" inks on bristol / 2013|
OCTOBER began with a very rewarding experience at my solo exhibit Soluble Fish hosted by Space Gallery in Nashville! This was the first solo outing for me to exclusively showcase just paintings (no markers allowed!) I love the First Saturday Art Walk crowd- massive waves of folks got to see my paintings and I got an incredible amount of positive feedback about my work. Click HERE to see pictures from the opening reception! I am certainly encouraged to pick up the paint brush more now! Of course, Halloween is the highlight of every October- click HERE to see the pumpkin I carved this year!
|"500" doodle marking my 500th blog post on 11/19/2013|
|With Jesse Shaw and Wolfman Bennett at Southen Pop Surrealism INTERACTIVE!|
Happy New Year- Visualize and Realize in 2014!!!