spring is the time for birthing new art babies

Here’s the next show of my work:
The Bossier Arts Council, Boomtown Casino, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to invite you to the next WAM event slated for Thursday, May 15th at 5:30pm. This quarterly event features wine and food pairings, music courtesy of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Peter Haas, Dan Santelices, and Chris Reed), and visual art. Cost for entrance is $20 and the featured artist is Joshua Chambers. For more informaiton please visit the Bossier Arts Council website at http://www.bossierarts.org or call 318-741-8310.

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ink and gouache on cut paper, 4×6/12×12

 

I’ll post more images of the 28 new pieces on the website after the reception. Hope to see you there.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the 16 new pieces in production.

 

Menu

Vegetable Crudités Served w/Spicy Ranch Dip & Mozzarella, Basil, & Roma Tomato Bruschetta Paired w/Rogbert Goyette Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA

Assorted Fruit & Cheese Kabobs & Assorted Canapés Paired w/Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

Mini Quiche Sun Dried Tomato & Smoked Chicken Cerviche Paired w/Peirano Estates Chardonnay, Lodi, CA

Grilled Mini Bacon Wrapped Scallops w/Roasted Corn Salsa Paired w/Christopher Michael Pinot Gris, Willamette, OR

Lasagna Cups Paired w/ Carpinetto Dogajolo Rosso, Tuscana, Italy

Prime Rib Carving Station Paired w/Stephen Vincent Cabernet, Central Coast, CA

Assorted Desserts w/Eberle Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles, CA

new year and new pieces

Happy New Year!

Although I have made only one new painting this year, I’ll go ahead and include images of the other paintings that I finished right before 2013 ended. I’ve updated the galleries on the website to include the new pieces and their info, so if you have any questions regarding price you can look there. I have a couple of exhibitions on the calendar, but I’ll release those dates in upcoming posts.

"yes, once or twice"  acrylic on wood panel 10x10in

“yes, once or twice”
acrylic on wood panel
10x10in

"why am i?" acrylic on wood panel 10x10in

“why am i?”
acrylic on wood panel
10x10in

"i'd put a pillow over his sleeping face if i could ever stop loving him" acrylic on wood panel 23x11.5in

“i’d put a pillow over his sleeping face if i could ever stop loving him”
acrylic on wood panel
23×11.5in

"your romanticism masks my deficiencies"  acrylic on wood panel 23x11.5in

“your romanticism masks my deficiencies”
acrylic on wood panel
23×11.5in

"i am trying to redeem myself" acrylic on wood panel 23x11.5in

“i am trying to redeem myself”
acrylic on wood panel
23×11.5in

"maybe just play with me" acrylic on wood panel 23x23in

“maybe just play with me”
acrylic on wood panel
23x23in

it has been a long time.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written. It’s been a busy two months. The group show Enigma in Baton Rouge, and the two person show at Graphite Galleries have both come to an end.

In Enigma, curated by Kelli Scott Kelley, I had the honor of exhibiting with Jamie Baldridge, Lafayette, Louisiana, Mark Cervenka, Houston, Texas, Amy Guidry, Lafayette, Louisiana, Todd Hines, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Debbie Kupinsky, Appleton, Wisconsin, and Karey Rawitscher, Czech Republic. All are fantastic narrative artists, and encourage you to visit their websites.

For the two person show in Graphite Galleries I was paired with the artist Lidia Altagracia. This New Orleans based artist’s work is sometimes quirky, sometimes dreamy, sometimes dark, and often humorous. You should definitely check her out. She’s become one of my new favorites.

I’ve been busy in the studio and recently for the first time since my undergrad days I was approached to do a commission. The interested party supplied me with the line of text and size of the finished pieces, but left all other creative freedom to me. It’s the first time I’ve ever been approached for a commission in this manner, and in all honesty, I was a little nervous. The pieces have been delivered, the couple loved them both. Here are the finished works:

it's all right to cry acrylic on wood panel 10x10 in

it’s all right to cry
acrylic on wood panel
10×10 in

the simple truth is, not all of us become the men we once hoped we would be. acrylic on wood panel 10x10 in

the simple truth is, not all of us become the men we once hoped we might be.
acrylic on wood panel
10×10 in

These last few are the other recent works to come out of the studio:

do i still seem a stranger to you? acrylic on wood panel 11.5x23 in

do i still seem a stranger to you?
acrylic on wood panel
11.5×23 in

a brilliant counterfeit of of joy acrylic on wood panel 23x11.5 in

a brilliant counterfeit of of joy
acrylic on wood panel
23×11.5 in

are you sure you don't want the weight? acrylic on wood panel 11.5x23 in

are you sure you don’t want the weight?
acrylic on wood panel
11.5×23 in

As always, if you are curious about pricing, you can contact me here.

nice letters are nice

I received my first rejection letter of the new year: The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition. I have to admit that I’ve grown fond of reading rejection letters. I enjoy the subtle differences in the construction of each rejection letter. I used to save them when I was in graduate school. I pinned them to the wall of my studio like some sort of merit badge. I kept them all on the same push-pin. One day while I was painting, the push-pin fell out of the wall. It could no longer hold the weight. I laughed at the situation until I was cleaning up the mess and realized the stack that I thought had been accumulating for awhile had only amassed over the course of one academic year. Sitting there on the floor in the midst of an obscene amount of rejection letters I counted on two fingers the shows I had been selected for, neither of which were in the same year. It was a very dramatic moment.

I’ve grown a thicker skin and developed a more selective process for submissions. And sometimes a rejection letter can be a relief, especially when the opposite would mean a last minute scramble to frame and pack. I think I still prefer a rejection in the mail over one in email.

Now to speak of the shows in which I do have work. Here are the links to their online catalogues:
Louisiana Purchase
Surreal Salon 5

I have also finished two new monotypes and two new paintings:

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voted, painted, photographed, and updated.

I had the day off today because its voting day, so I made the most of it:

I voted (won’t be sharing the gritty details)

I painted (one painting finished before 11:30)

this was very disagreeable to a guilty mind

I photographed new work using the equipment at the Bossier Arts Council sponsored Artists One Stop (the work above, and the these two below)

we don’t mind lying to ourselves

always remember: if you’re not having fun, stop

I updated the website 9 new images with info in “paintings” (if you want to see those, you’ll need to go to the website.

The show at Graphite Gallery is going well. Work is selling steadily. Hope the momentum maintains.

#7 is done while #8 eagerly awaits

Good news! My car is back. Unfortunately, I think I got too cozy with the rental. Oh well, I’m glad to have my car back just the same. Even though the bill is settled with the mechanic, I’m still offering the sale on the older works that I listed in a former post. If you haven’t taken the time to look at which ones are on sale, I suggest you do so soon.

Although this week was terribly busy, I was able to finish two more 10×10’s:

what’s to keep it from drying up?
acrylic on panel 10×10 in

there was an eager, greedy, restless look in his eye

there was an eager, greedy, restless motion in the eye
acrylic on panel 10×10 in

These two put the total at 7 (9 if you count the ones already at Graphite Gallery still for sale). This leaves me only 25 more to go till I complete my goal.

Also coming up this week is the reception for the 25th Annual September Competition at the Alexandria Museum of Art. I’m happy to be participating in the exhibition again this year. I’ll post pictures of the reception next week.

5 and One

I completed five new paintings this week. All are 10×10 inch acrylic on panel, and used cut vinyl (the process described in last week’s post). My goal is to have 32 finished by the end of October. Here are the first 5:

the devil is in the details, and god is in the mistakes
acrylic on panel, 10×10 in

with an apple in his mouth
acrylic on panel, 10×10 in

the bark will burn very well even when wet
acrylic on panel, 10×10 in

his heart and soul were in the scene and with his former self
acrylic on panel, 10×10 in

all folded over on top of itself
acrylic on panel, 10×10 in

If you’re an artist in the Bossier area you can really benefit visiting the Bossier Arts Council. Through the Artist’s One Stop local artists can have access to top-notch photo equipment and photo editing/design software. It’s completely free if you’re a member (which you should be anyways). All of us need good photos of our work to submit for exhibitions, and the staff at the Bossier Arts Council would be happy to help you learn how to use the equipment. They will even be offering free workshops on everything from excel to photoshop to setting up an artist’s website.

Out with the Old . . .

Last week I told you that I was going to mark down some of my older work. I chose five and cut the price by 50%. I also sent out an early notification on my facebook page ( Joshua Chambers : Art) a couple of days before I posted the info on here. One has already sold. Here are the remaining four:

"wholesome made for stringy meat" 44x54 acrylic on canvas, originally $1200 - now $600

“wholesome made for stringy meat” 44×54 acrylic on canvas, originally $1200 – now $600
This painting was published in New American Paintings

"it's for my surprise" 44x54 acrylic on panel, was $1200 - now $600

“it’s for my surprise” 44×54 acrylic on panel, was $1200 – now $600
this painting was published in New American Paintings

"next time, you be Santiago"

“next time, you be Santiago” 35×47 acrylic on panel, was $900 – now $450

"it's the difference between schooling and shoaling"

“it’s the difference between schooling and shoaling” 35×45 acrylic on panel, was $900 – now $450

If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me by email through my website, or through my facebook page.

Now, for the step-by-step I promised you:

Once the vinyl is applied (see photo from last weeks post) each panel receives several transparent coats of color until the desired color is achieved.

vinyl lettering is then removed, and two or three more coats of paint go on in order to cover the white of the gesso. This gives the surface an embossed look.

next, a smaller version of the same text is applied to the panel, and the figures or scenes are drawn on top of and around the text. In this photo the drawing is complete and the painting was just started.

Once the drawing is done, the painting is then completed.

The final step is to remove the vinyl.

The final product results in a subtle inclusion of the text within the picture plane.