I picked up a corporate commission to produce a painting for the cover of the Smuckers Company 2016 Annual Report. Initially I was pretty happy that I got it, but it turned out that they were on a very short timeline and I would only have about three weeks to complete the painting. In a perfect world I would have liked (very much) to have had an additional week, but May 31st was it. So, I’ve been working like a crazy man to get this done as fast as I could, and last night just before midnight I called it done.
My plan for our two person show at Tree’s Place Gallery this year is to have all my work limited to a 12 x 12 format. I’ve done one “soda” painting already and thought it needed a companion, so I’ve added a Pepsi to the mix. I love the spiral bottles and really love the bottle cap graphic on the carrier.
My brother was in town for Christmas and while he was here we spent some time knuckling around antique shops in Old Chamblee. At one of those stores I spotted this vintage stapler. It had a cool shape, was kind of shiny, and I thought, “this may be something to paint”. In July it’ll be shipped north to Cape Cod for our two person show at Tree’s Place Gallery.
Well, like the Red Sea, the storms parted at 10am and it was smooth sailing all the way to the gallery. Not a drop, but the meteorologists were still predicting thunderstorms to begin just as the doors to the gallery were to open at 5 that evening. We had driven up Monday of that week to deliver the paintings and when we arrived the day of the show the staff had hung the space beautifully. Principle is a gorgeous gallery.
Karen and I were warmly greeted by Michele, Frank, Thomas and Tabitha, and we had a nice time getting reacquainted and walking around the space. After our hello’s we left to get ready. Since we had departed so much later than planed it was nearly time for the the doors to open, so we went to our room, dropped off our bags and got cleaned up for the reception.
A little after five, the skies were overcast but still dry, when we arrived at the gallery. The space was quickly beginning to fill and it wasn’t long before the guests began to surround Karen. At that point I faded into the background, as my job now was to record the event.
I had just got my camera ready I saw Frank Russen, the director, adding the first red dot. I should say the first red of the evening, because three had been added during the week leading up to the opening.
As the evening progressed the weather continued to remain dry, and the crowd continued to grow. Karen and the gallery staff were kept busy speaking with all the guests and of course adding more red dots to the walls.
The reception was to end at 8 and at a quarter till the rain finally came. We couldn’t believe the weather had held until the show was nearly over. Personally, I don’t think the event could have gone any better. Maybe a sold out show. The gallery was filled for the entire evening, everybody seemed to be having a really good time and when it was over 11 of 21 paintings had sold! Michele, Frank, Thomas Provost and Tabitha did an amazing job putting everything together. They are a very hard working team that love what they do and it shows.
Another piece slated for our two person show at Tree’s Place Gallery this July. I’ve got a new mixer on the easel right now. It’s destined for a still life invitational at Principle Gallery in April. I should be posting an image of it in four or five days.