Just about every day after work we sit down to watch a little Star Trek The Next Generation on Netflix and I put in an hour or 2 on this piece before taking a shower and hitting the bed. When I paint at night I feel like a hobbyist doing their hobby. It’s kinda fun and sad at the same time, I mean, what I do for a living is the same thing I do as a hobby which is the same thing I do when I have free time. I guess that’s just the way life as an artist goes, there’s really no way of walking away from it.
Production for the Spring/Summer shows has begun, we still don’t have all the dates set and we’re still waiting to find out if we got into a few other venues. You can find our tour dates as we post them on our site and Facebook of course. Here are the stars I have been excited about all month, well all January. We have a few extra pieces we made for the Armadillo that didn’t sell, but we need to crank out more hearts and more “new” pieces. We both have ideas for my solid pieces and stripe pieces and a few other things we want to do and now is the time to make them all. The push for the Spring/Summer shows isn’t as bad and the Armadillo push since we have a few weekends thrown in there between shows where we can work but it’s still a big push.
So I started this one piece, yes Hannah let me be creative with her medium. I have been thinking about squares for a while now and finally we are going to see one come out. We have come up with a very important difference between our styles. It seems that when I do an abstract piece people want to see a subject and just don’t get it. But when we do a subject in Hannah’s style it seems like it throws people off. So with my circles we do subjects and with the cans we do abstracts and people don’t seem so confused when they walk into our booth at shows.
Ok, so I wanted to share with you the time it took and what we had to go though to make another piece. First of all it took me about a year of asking everyone I know and met both online and offline to find someone who not only drank Monster but was willing to wash and save them. Then after I found someone, they saved cans for about 6 months before we were able to get together and to get the cans in our hands. While hauling the cans back out to the ranch a mouse somehow appeared in our van.
After about a week and about 20 cuts on my hands we had all the cans clean, cut up and organized by color. We already had the wood cut up into the sizes we need from preparing from the Armadillo so we didn’t need to spend anything time getting the boards all setup but we usually have to drive about 15 miles to the Home Depot to get the wood and team it up with dumping and groceries. Then we take a few hours to cut up all the boards to the right sizes.
Hannah will paint anywhere from 4 to 10 pieces, given the space, a day and get them all grided up too. We may also pick the can colors we are going to use in that same day and she might even get a few pieces cut.
The actual shape of the heart is where all the concentration and effort comes in, this takes about an hour or so but only cuz Hannah has it down.
Then she punches out the rest of the pieces and puts them in a jar till I can get around to it. When I get the piece I go at it like a machine and bang it out in about another hour or 2., just depends if it’s my first piece or fifth piece of the day.
Now all we need to do is get frames online, which takes a few weeks to come in and really no time to put together and put a wire on and get it up on the wall. Pretty simple huh? Far from it…
This year was the first Super Bowl in about 15 years since I didn’t have any beers. We ate carrots and celerly, I drank water and wished it all was chips and cheese and chilly. Hannah did let me have a candy bar and I ate it very slowly and I really enjoyed it. Even though it was the greatest holiday of the year I still got a little bit of work done. I knocked 2 out of the 3 aspen trees in the first piece of our new body of work. I know it’s been taking awhile to get these all done but I’m trying little by little. We thought about how the background is going to look and I think we have it all worked out, all we need to is finish it then make more.
Being from Denver I was really sad about the game but I kinda wanted Seattle to win cuz of all the crap that one guy got for saying he was the best. It didn’t really matter to me all I wanted to see was a great game not a blow out.