Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tompkins Square Label 10th Anniversary

What a cool experience it was to create this poster for the 10th Anniversary celebration of Tompkins Square Record Label in NYC. This show has such a dream line-up of musicians, and now that it's one month away it's finally almost here!

The first time I came across Peter Walker's beautiful 1968 album "Second Poem to Karmela..." some years ago in the basement of Plan 9 Records, I remember pulling it for a listen based purely on the appeal of its lovely cover art of swirling hand-drawn illustrations around a black & white photo filtered in pink. All too often this particular "pretty cover, must listen!" judgement call doesn't work out as well as hoped, but this record quickly became one of my favorite and most listened-to finds during those days, and I would never have imagined a time that I would be carefully painting his name out in watercolor for an actual event in 2015!

The case is the same with Michael Chapman, who I had the great pleasure to see when he came through town a few years ago and played two mesmerizing sets that conjured up magic both dark and beautiful with his particular style on guitar. And as a note to those also in the Richmond area, I hear he will be coming back through town again to play on October 7th at Black Iris - mark your calendars!

So the ethereal, transporting sounds of Peter Walker's "Second Poem" and his earlier "Rainy Day Raga" from 1966, Michael Chapman's fantastic "Rainmaker" (1969), and Ryley Walker's latest album "Primrose Green" remained steadily on repeat during the process, with the hopes that some of the spirit within their music would be injected into the artwork.

Please come if you will be in New York on October 9th, it's sure to be a special and once-in-a-lifetime event!! Truly perfect sounds for the changing season and another Autumn on the way.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Fresh Season

After what was perhaps the longest, coldest winter I can recall, spring has now been in full bloom officially for enough time now that I feel safe to say it's truly here - soon to be summer before we know it! For now, I'm truly appreciating the lush greenness of this picturesque commonwealth state and these days of breezy sunshine and budding sprouts. Though there's always more work to be done that requires sitting at a desk indoors, it's difficult not to want to spend every free moment with the sun, soaking in the low-humidity and fresh air. Spring looks good in Virginia: trees dressed in pale pink & white blossoms wear them well among old houses; even the gravestones lighten up.

My parents have been here for a few days visiting from Texas, and yesterday we took a short scenic drive out of town to visit an old plantation house and peek at more marked historical locations of the civil war as they dot the countryside, ghosts of the nineteenth century blowing gently through meadows...


In art-related news: working on several things that can't be shared as of yet, but just a couple months ago I noticed that this old interview from the Quirk Gallery show last summer was posted after their new website went live, and so figured I'd share... a nice throwback to last year when things were busy in the best way!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Interview in REVIVE #1

Apologies for the poor quality of these screen shots I took, but just wanted to share a short interview I did for the first issue of REVIVE Vintage Magazine, put together by the Pavo Collective - a group which includes lovely friend and prior collaborator Lise Silva. What a cool honor to be featured in it, along with her most recent beautiful art fantasy photo series (pictured on the cover)!  

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dream Threads: Shop Show at Quirk Gallery

I briefly mentioned this show in my last post, but with the reception this evening, I thought it would be a good time to share a bit more about it here today! 

I'd been working on these paintings nonstop since returning from California, and it's so exciting to see them finally all neatly installed upon a freshly painted white gallery wall! My theme for this show was a collection of colorful watercolor paintings that could be hypothetical textiles, or that held a common or repeated geometric pattern which could be part of one. Patterns that are timeless - they could be worn, lived with, meditated on, enjoyed - and bright, vibrant colors that would fit right in with the summer sun. 
Pieces created with a principal intention of celebrating beauty and with a simple purpose of making viewers feel good. 

Quirk Gallery was nice enough to do a Q&A blog post on their featured work this month, which hasn't been posted yet, but I'll be sure to share the link when it does. And in the event that you happen to be in the Richmond area, the shows are up through the end of August!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

All Around

First Day of Creation - from the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle



Something about circles has been so appealing lately, to the point where I included two new paintings of them in my own show that just opened at Quirk Gallery (more on this soon!). I may have to do a bit of meditating on what could be the personal current significance with this particular geometric connection, but for now I wanted to share some artwork by others (from a variety of eras, and that I haven't already posted about before) that focus on a prominent roundness. They are everywhere!

Julio Le Parc

Emil Bisttram

Anne Nowak

Alexander Rodchenko

Naum Gabo

Michelle Tavares

Lena Wolff

Erika Giovanna Klien


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A California Dream...


Here are some quite belated photos from our trip back in May for my Into the Golden show at The Tarot Woman Vintage Boutique: a short but sweet visit filled with Bay Area magic in Berkeley and San Francisco. We really lucked out on the weather while we were there, and everything was just beautiful... I'm ready to go back anytime! 








Friends new and old!

Some of my pieces from the show, image collage originally posted by The Tarot Woman

Paintings from the show as well as greeting cards are still available for purchase via The Tarot Woman etsy shop, though I'm not sure for how much longer - get them while they're up!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dreams from the Psychedelic Dollhouse

So excited to finally post my collaboration with DC-based artist Lise Silva (you can read her narrative about the shoot here)! 

Virtual pals via the blog realm for quite some time now, when Lise moved from Brazil to Washington, DC last summer, we determined that while only living a couple hours away we just had to get together for some kind of artistic collaborative project that incorporated our mutual love for 1960s-era & vintage references.  

We paired vintage clothing and jewelry with projections of our drawings and watercolor paintings onto lovely model Kate Greene, and dreamed of a magical "day in the life" from a Valley of the Dolls-inspired interior.

Concocting a project like this with Lise was just fantastic! I'll really miss her when she moves out west this summer, but hopefully future collaborations will still be able to come together despite distance! Technology can be a very cool thing sometimes. 

Creative direction & styling: Lise Silva and Sara Gossett
Artwork: Lise Silva and Sara Gossett
Photography: Lise Silva
Model: Kate Greene
Clothes & jewelry: CellardoorSequins

Prints of the artwork used in this photoshoot can be found at GoldenHaze and CellardoorSequins.