Off to Atlanta this weekend to be a vendor with the Terminus Legion supporters group Saturday morning of the MLS Cup Final between ATL United FC and Portland Timbers. Thanks for stumbling upon this post, clicking, swiping, reading and being a supporter of the arts. Best Wishes.
Chalkboards were laid out with white charcoal pencil and painted by had with liquid chalk. For more on watching my process in action check out these videos of the project on Youtube.
Sign was laid out with white charcoal pencils and finished with liquid chalk markers that were drained into a container via drilling into the back of the markers and then hand-lettered by brush. Enjoy this time lapse video on Youtube of the work in action.
Check out some of the time-lapse video of the work in action on my Youtube channel and Instagram account.
This was a fun project using white charcoal pencils for layout and Zig-Posterman brand liquid chalk markers for the letters, add a bit of nu-pastel chalk for pops of color and shading on the left most logo for the part of the show involving Mesu Gallery 360 and the mannequin meets spray paint can on the right. The opening night of October 12th was jam packed and great to reunite with local artists that I met last year during a group painting project at the HIVE during last years SHINE event. Knowledge was dropped during the panel discussion with local artists, art store owners and a member of the St. Pete Arts Alliance about how the city grew over time to cultivate a vibrant art community through crown jewels like the Morean Arts Center, the Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.
Hard to believe its already November, more posts to come as many projects are being juggled at the same time. Been so busy that I've been neglecting updates on the blog. Excited to announce I'm renewing advertising through the Directory of Illustration for their 35th publication. Check out my recently updated portfolio page on their website here.
During the closing night of the show a panel discussion with five of the seven artists took place, hosted by gallery owner Bob Devin Jones. Interesting discussion with insight into our earliest memories gravitating towards creating art, inspiration or themes behind our work and where we see ourselves and the city of St. Pete in 3-5 years. Enjoyed meeting other creatives, learning why like myself they moved to the area and getting the local artist's perceptive on how the city has transformed in the last twenty years.
Gratitude to the staff at the gallery for all the work they do for the art community and also hanging a show that really flowed, capturing the viewers attention. Enjoyed the variety of art on display from 3-D sculptural work by Alan Johnson, to 2-D abstract paintings on metal by Angela Alvarez, figurative work by Patton Hunter in oils and acrylics, botanical paintings by Mary Khosh, work sealed with encaustic wax by Eva Broadbent, watercolors, pen and ink illustration, charcoal drawings by myself and canvas prints by Katie Deits. This was my first opportunity to display a large amount of art with thirteen works total on display. Recent works mainly made in 2017-2018 on canvas, paper and wood, including three black and white images from 2006.
Recent chalkboard art for MacDintons Pub in St Pete, FL hand lettered sign art done with love between the Argentina vs France match and the Portugal vs Uruguay thriller. Layouts with white charcoal pencil and finished with Bistro brand water soluble chalk markers. If you know anyone in need of sign art of chalkboard menus email me James (at sign) artbyjamese.com
Much like the sand mandala the monks created, this chalk sign was around for less than a week before being wiped clean. Take note the monks explained they were not destroying the sand art they made but rather it was taking on another stage of creation. Similar to our cultural differences trying to understand death and life as separate, from the Buddhist perspective, there are no endings only beginnings.
Reminded me of the impermanence of life and often the art we make may not be around for a long time but that shouldn't lessen its potential impact on other people and neither should it lessen the inherent value of art and expression. Some moments can't be captured on a camera, some things take time to do properly. Made me feel better about the path in life I am on, a journey of discovery as an artist, helped me feel good about taking 5-6 hours to design, layout and finish chalk boards. Much like the monks folded over the mandala, drawing and shading with grains of sand, we contort and bear with hot environments or surface challenges and overcome those hurdles to make art. Hopefully it captures the viewers attention and provokes thought.
Dolls & Where They Live, exhibit is currently on show within the lovely air conditioned gallery space of Florida CraftArt. Opening was last Friday, June 8th and featured a variety of dolls, creatures and environments, from dark oddities with shades of Tim Burton to welcoming miniature tree houses full of charm and detail. Check out the show and its numerous events and workshops, on display until July 28th.
"What's so funny about peace, love and understanding..."
The opening reception for the 100 Film's Show at Green Bench Brewing in St. Pete, FL is tonight from 7-11 PM. The art show was rescheduled from last week due to bad weather. Should be a gorgeous night for the event. Showcasing the work from 100 artists who submitted work samples, were accepted to participate, given a list of 300 films to pick from, we all received the same 1ft square wood panel to render their work upon. This is my first time participating in this event or any show curated by Chad Mize. Decided to challenge myself and stay away from repeating subject matter like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars and chose the oddly relevant again Cold War film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Can you guess which one?
"Dr Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" for a black and white film released in 1964 the themes at play have been revived by our current political climate. Themes rearing their ugly heads again like the tension of a shooting war between Russia and United States, atomic era brinkmanship, espionage, jingoism and school yard style squabbles between immature leaders that hold the fate of the planet hostage. For anyone up for watching a classic, check it out. You will hopefully enjoy and be slightly frightened by both the parallels and how little we have truly advanced in the fifty-four years since then. Peter Sellers is a comic genius in the film playing three different characters including the President, a former Nazi scientist and a British Officer of the Royal Air Force.
Hope to see you out at the show tonight, the final image has a twitter bird icon on each of the bombs. Symbolic of the damage that can be wrought on many levels from both the physical and digital bombs launched by our current, "stable genius" President Number 45. Acrylic paint and ink on wood, sealed with a UV protector top coat. Happy Friday to everyone out there.
My skull is paper mounted to wood, a watercolor painting meets and ink drawing, entitled "Son's of Medellin" it is a tribute to my SCAD professor who passed away, George Alvarez. And to Andres Escobar, a professional soccer player with over 250 games played, appeared for his country 51 times, the Captain of Columbia's National Team during the 1994 World Cup, nicknamed, The Gentleman. Best known for his quote, "Life does not end here."
More on breathing new life into their stories in a previous post from March. Sign art done with Liquid Chalk Markers, got these at Whimsodoodle my new favorite art supply store right in downtown, St Pete off 2nd Ave South. Super excited about having art in another gallery show and to help take FL CraftArt's sidewalk signs to a new level. Did a preliminary drawing with a white chalk pastel pencil, this is the most info I've even been asked to include in a sign. But definitely a fun hand-lettering challenge. Hope to see out at there this weekend. Cheers.
All the area codes of places I've lived are featured along with skylines of Atlanta, GA and St. Pete, FL. Come out to the show and I will be happy to explain the symbolism and allegory in person. The piece is titled, "Art Nerd Life" and is an effort to essentially show what makes me up in a visual nutshell, as opposed to the classical portrait of my external self.
New lettering art projects in different locations. Two local brewing companies have collaborated to make a new brew from sea-grapes called Raisin De Mer or Raisin of the Sea. Locally sourced, wild picked sea-grapes have been filtered and condensed into a syrup, then combined with the magic of a Saint Somewhere Brewery's wizardry created the world's first commercial beer made from this tropical secret.
Working with these new client's has been really enjoyable, creating chalkboard art for the special occasion. Lettering was drawn with liquid chalk markers, which I highly recommend to any artists out there. Hopefully one of many sign art projects to come at these local establishments.
Not normally a fan of sour beers this brew has a unique flavor that goes down easy. Those hard to describe elements of eating a sea-grape are distant but present. Sweet, tart, sour and slightly salty. Try one out for yourself its quite refreshing in the glorious spring weather. As always out there folks enjoy your drinks responsibly.
It would be good to see elements of the Dias de las Muertos traditions crossover into the USA. Everyone deals with death and grief differently but I think the communal element of making an offrenda, honoring one's family roots and tending to, cleaning the cemetery, making paths with flowers for the spirits to follow, makes the concepts of life and death more grounded and accessible for people to understand, especially children. In summary, life is short and we only get one. Speak your truth; boldly and often, express gratitude to those who influence your life; if you know someone is in the hospital visit them; because they could be in hospice next and gone from this earth quickly after. If you have a teacher that changed your life for the better let them know that, if you love someone, tell them. Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug. Happy Friday y'all enjoy the weekend.
"Jorge Alvarez was my professor at SCAD in 2005. His class helped me view my art skills differently. I was recruited to work on murals and the influence of those teachings changed my path in life from a film major to Illustration. Jorge grew up in Brooklyn, loved music, futbol, Frank Sinatra, and his beloved bulldog, Lucy. Jorge passed away in 2007 from complications related to HIV. Andres Escobar was the captain of Columbia's National Soccer Team, scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup, and was murdered on his return home. Sport should heal and unite not divide us."
Busy getting new pen and ink works ready for a group art show on Central Avenue this Saturday night. Check out the sixth annual St. Pete Robot Art Exchange at Bar 548 from 8-11. Enjoy this link to a promotional video of the event. Looking forward to a fun time as it's my first year participating. Here is a sample from the process art of the series I'm doing on paper with FW Acrylic inks. My work is playing around with themes about the ever-evolving use of technology in our daily lives, human vs machine, nature vs manmade, good robot vs bad robot. Hoping to see you out there doing your best Robot or Robot-Boogie.
Come out this Friday, 1/19 from 6-9pm for the closing reception of a group show entitled, S.I.P.P. The sharpie, ink, pen and pencil show put out an open call to local artists and my work as accepted. Honestly can't think of a better way to start of the New Year with positive vibes by connecting with fellow creatives.
A well attended opening happened on 1/13 as part of the second Saturday ArtWalk throughout downtown St. Pete, FL. Four of my sports themed word art pieces were framed up and on display. It was great evening meeting new friends and getting to talk with other artists about their process and work hanging on the walls. Excited to have my TB Lighting art grouped up under the title of the show with other talented artist such as, left to right, Lupy and Jenny Jo Kosharek.
Art will remain on display until February 3rd. I have a total of four framed works, all originals, done with dip pen, brush and FW acrylic inks. The typography art on display are 2017-18 rosters for EPL teams Manchester United pictured below, Manchester City, Brighton Hove Albion FC and the NHL side Tampa Bay Lightning. I have been working on more word art, club crests of Spain's top two teams, check back for updates.