Oh No! Vertigo!

Show is finished! Wanna see something gross? This is the callous on my middle finger from holding a brush:
I'm sure if I wasn't booted out of Catholic school at such an early age they would have cured me of my sinful and incorrect pencil grip but as it is I've always written and painted with a weird death-grip and the implement positioned almost at the end of my middle finger. The brushes rest right under that callous and when I work for a few hours I end up with a huge indent there. Grossssssss.

Last night I finished putting backing and hangers on everything for my show. Here are the backs of everything that i made look nice because I'm nuts:
An aside: immediately after I finished getting all this together and packing it in boxes for my friend to take to Benna's tomorrow, my roomate's dog slipped out the door by my feet and BOLTED several blocks. If you were wondering what the physical effects of sitting on your ass for several months painting beard hairs are I can tell you they definitely include not being able to run 5 blocks after a demented pomeranian. Luckily a neighbor hopped off his porch to help me and Kat jumped out of her car and ran the rest of the way with me and grabbed him out of the back of the corner store that he apparently decided was his new home (more snacks, lottery tickets, understandable).

Anyway, here are some photographs of framed stuff. The first three are frames that Josh Robeson made. We talked about working out a way for me to have glassless frames I could assemble around the art and for these particular paintings I wanted something with a rounded top so he cut all the pieces for me. Originally the plan was the hide the seams with some putty after the art had been glued in but I couldn't find a good brush-able gold paint so I had to paint the frame pieces ahead of time and couldn't close the seams. They really don't bother me at all though and I actually like the way the grain switches directions when you look up close. This is how I'm hoping to frame everything in the future.

My friend Ryann shot really nice lightbox photos of the crosses I posted a crappy picture of a while ago. Because the actual paintings make sort of pathetic scans because of their size, and because I'm having so much trouble getting scans that show the actual color of things I was really excited to see what a good job she did capturing the color accurately and the tiny detail (probably worth a click to see up close)

Tomorrow I'll post the scans I have of other stuff. I did about 4 small paintings last week that I haven't posted in any form yet. Show is friday. Hanging it tonight and tomorrow I'm hoping to relax, eat food and fucking GO OUTSIDE already.


Amy Duncan said...

whilst completely hilarious, that escaped dog story reminds me of the single most horrifying moment of my life, when I thought I was going to watch a fluffy little pomeranian get run over by a huge truck that it ran in front of. the driver must have been a big softy because he slammed on the brakes and the dog escaped unscathed, but the anticipation just about gave me a heart attack.

oh, and wear your finger callous with pride lady, you worked hard for it! yours is the first I've seen that's grosser than my own. congrats!

wandering genie said...

I was seriously so terrified to see roswell (the pomeranian) tearing back and forth across the street and through diagonal intersections and was so afraid I would see a car coming. He is like the least street smart animal I've ever seen. He ran like a possessed thing!

I think I thought everyone had a finger callous until a couple of people were like "what the fuck is that thing?"

kati said...

these are so rad. alan and i are stoked to come up tomorrow night!

Splat Bat said...

these look great! you did it!!!

Kawana Heathcliff said...

i've never seen inverted cross shaped frames before, that's pretty original.

wandering genie said...

Thanks! There's actually an abundance of Christian craft supplies that can easily be turned against their purpose by switching the hanging hardware from the top to the bottom = )