Spring/Summer 2014 Recap!

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Gahdamn, yes it’s been a while! The summer has been a busy one and I’m glad that things are slowing down a bit. My hope is to now get back to more of a structured posting schedule on Purple Paintbrush, though it will probably be more like a post once a month while I’m working on other projects for the time being. Either way, I wanted to share a bit of what has happened in the last couple of months so here’s a recap!

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Standing in front of a couple of my paintings from the show

I had my first solo art show! Mannnn, what a whirlwind. Most of my free time in the early part of this year went into preparing for that show. There were a few things that I picked up that I think are worth sharing here, but that will be for a future post. All in all, I think everything went well. In about 4 month’s time, I had 8 brand new paintings with a central theme to present to the world. It was bitter work, but it has been worth it! I took a bunch of pictures leading up to and at the show, and you can see them all in this photo album!

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No, not twerkin while I werk – just trying to work against the glare of the light!

At the opening, 5 out of the 8 paintings sold and I received a lot of praise and a few inquiries throughout the show’s run. Not bad for someone just starting out and learning along the way! Here’s a video that I put together of the opening night that basically captures the whole vibe of it (viewable in HD):

Another great thing about the summer was that some of my best friends flew out to visit, just to hang out and see my art show in person! Such a warm gesture.

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So cute and polished

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Yep, that’s more like us…

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Vatos locos 4 ever

It was a much needed break for all of us! It was almost a straight week of art, music and goofing off. Plus it was a great feeling to be able to show them around my new home, Reno, and introduce them to some of my new friends.

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Outside of that, I made sure to take a little time off in between projects to chill out. I traveled a little bit, checked out new spots around Reno, indulged myself in a little bit of debauchery (hehe) and saw a lot of great art shows and live music.

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Visiting an art gallery in LA

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Silliness downtown

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The Foreign Exchange in Sacramento

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Mark Sexton Band at Wanderlust, Squaw Valley

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24 hour Mural painting competition at Circus Circus in downtown Reno

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Mixed media artwork and installation by Alex Fleiner

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Paintings by Bryce Chisolm

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About to head out to start my birthday weekend!

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Well…it certainly ain’t apple juice

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Helping out at the June Art Walk!

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Going away party for my dear friend

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Dancing so hard the picture’s blurry

Now that everything is winding down, I’m more than ready to get back into some planning and new projects. Can’t sit idly for too long! I’ve been getting the itch to create. I have to stay motivated, especially with the momentum that I’ve been able to gather for most of this year. These days I’ve been working on more technical tasks, like updating my artist website to include a shop where visitors will be able to purchase prints and original artwork of mine. It’s a tedious process but I’m happy to say that it’s almost finished! I’ll also share with you what that’s been like. As I mentioned earlier, I want to return to posting regularly on Purple Paintbrush as well. So I’ve been brainstorming a bunch of content to share in the coming weeks. It’s been a chill yet productive year so far and I’m sorry that posting on here had to suffer along the way, but I’ll try my best to get back to some sort of consistency. I hope you were able to have some great moments over the summer too! I can’t wait to jump back into writing more art-related posts.

Thanks for checking in! ~~<3