Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Madness

There is only one week left of the Holidayland show at the Compound Gallery/Blank Space Gallery. I have been to the gallery on three separate occasions since it has opened and merchandise is going fast. Prices are completely reasonable and there are great original gift ideas in both galleries. If you live in the Easy Bay Area, I would highly recommend heading on over.

Some of my jacket pins available at The Holidayland show @ The Compound Gallery

Today the galleries are hosting the Mighty Mini Cookie-Ganza (see info below).

Mighty Mini Cookie-Ganza! : Sunday, December 13th,4-8pm
Stop in, eat some cookies, do some shopping, and drink some hot tea & coffee!
Galleries are open extended hours during the sale:

Help a local gallery out and stop on bu for some holiday gifts, cookies and a warm drink on this not so great weathered day.

In other news, I am currently working on new paintings in high hopes for some new gallery shows for the new year, I will keep you all posted. Here is a sneak peak:

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Great Way to Digest

Just a reminder that next Friday is the start of many things:

1. the official holiday season (even though I am sure it is already here)
2. a day of digesting turkey, or whatever it was you had for thanksgiving

If I were you, I'd take a chance at running into the holiday shopping mob and head on over to The Compound Gallery/Blank Space Gallery - located conveniently on San Pablo, safely away from malls and shopping outlets! I will be there with all the holiday cheer I can muster (which really isn't much). But the gallery space looks great and there are going to be great things happening. Aren't you curious just as to what the wheel o' bounty is? I know I am, and I am going to find out!

Blankspace and Compound Gallery
6604-6608 San Pablo


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Holidays Are Coming...Yikes

Being that my decaying pumpkin is still on my porch, along with all my other Halloween decorations is a good indicator that I am not ready for the "holiday season" to creep in. However, I know that it is going to happen, and have seen it coming since late August at some stores. Christmas is simply a 5 month long holiday.

Knowing I can't hide from it, I have decided to embrace it - sort of. I am participating in the 4th annual (my first annual) Holidayland Show at The Compound Gallery/Blank Space Gallery in Oakland. The show is featuring over 100 local artists and is focusing on handmade, original art and crafts for you to give to your loved ones this "holiday season". My stuffed animals, jacket pins and a few drawings will be in this show - sorry, no paintings this time.

Examples of my pins - magpie, elk, beetle, squirrel, cicada - look great on jackets!

Squirrel pin detail (safety pin on back)

The show looks promising and it is a great opportunity for local artists to show off their stuff and for people to come and purchase affordable original art (everything is priced under $200).

Opening Reception is Friday, November 27th from 6-9pm, followed by First Friday Reception: Friday, December 4th, from 6-10pm (*additional holiday cheer events Dec 13th and 20th from 4-8pm).

Hope to see some of you there!! (full gallery information posted below, or check the website (linked above)).

6602/6604 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608

6608 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Post Show Madness

My show is officially over and had been dismantled. Thanks again to everyone who came and checked the show out while it was up.

There are some paintings remaining which I will post here. All my paintings are now at non-gallery prices in case anyone is interested in helping me out and taking them off my hands, I don't have a ton of free space in the ol art studio room here.

Also, I am making digital prints of ANY of the paintings see on my blog, including pieces that have been sold in the past. And if you buy a painting, I'll give you a print for free!!

Here is a list of paintings still available from my show with their prices:
The Octopus - $150.00
The Harlequin Shrimp - $50.00
The Moon Jellyfish - $50.00
The Walrus - $100.00
The Squid - $175.00
The Puffin - $150.00

Monday, September 28, 2009

Better Late than Never

I did finish my skateboard on time, I simply failed to post it on-line on time. 1 week later than promised, I am posting my finished skate deck.

Once again, if you are going to find yourself in the Philadelphia area, please check out Good Wood 3 at Slingluff Gallery. Visit Andrew Davis' blog for full details, including information on the Stay True organization and a list of participating artists.

© laura borchert 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Back to work

I received my skate deck today - ready and waiting for some painting goodness. I decided to use this project to show my "process" of how I get from finish (if anyone cares).

1. First I need an idea, what am I going to paint. This usually takes me hours if not days of looking at lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of photo references, looking through photo books, reading stories, watching tv and good old fashioned zoning out and looking at the wall for hours on end until that moment when YES - I get the idea.

I usually draw it out small, scan it and enlarge it to my canvas size and print it out to the exact size. This time I drew my image to the exact size because I loath scanning and fitting images together.

Drawing on the left, blank skate deck on the right

2. Next, I get out my handy carbon paper, I'd be so sad without it. I then place and trace my drawing onto the canvas (or skate deck).

3. Finally, I remove the carbon paper, and there is my template from which I will paint. I almost always make changes in the design, as I have already with this one - I cut out about 1/3 of the original drawing, trust me, it was not worth putting on there.

And that's it. Now all i have let to do is paint it. In this case I only have 1 week to start, finish and mail this painting because my bff and husband of bff are coming for a long overdue visit.

Come back in a week for the final result - and if you are going to find yourself in the Philadelphia area on October 16th, please check out the Good Wood 3 show at Slingluff Gallery.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Opening

My solo show opening on Friday went REALLY well. There was a huge turn out and I met and talked with a lot of really cool people from all over the Bay Area (and I even met some Detroiter's - go figure).

I want to thank everyone who did turn out, it was extremely hot in the gallery and everyone was my hero for staying in my gallery room for longer than 5 minutes.

Me with my art.

Me and my CCS crew/husband/cousin

If you live in the Bay Area and missed the opening, the show runs until October 4th at Eclectix gallery.

In the mean time, I have been asked by my curator friend, Andrew Davis, to make new art for the third installment of his amazing skate deck show, Good Wood. This year, it is happening in Philadelphia at Slingluff Gallery (formerly Studio 2728) on October 17th.

The show is benefiting Stay True, a great organization inspired by young students in Philly who, despite their environments, have decided to dedicate their lives to helping others.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, please check out this great show for a great cause. Unfortunately, I will not be in attendance, maybe one day Good Wood will make it's way to San Francisco.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't Forget

There is only 1 week left until my solo show opens at Eclectix.

Bryen was wonderful and handmade frames for more than half of my paintings. I have spent the last week attaching them, staining them, wood filling them and sanding them. I am exhausted.

BUT they look awesome and I think the show is going to be great. I dropped off all my paintings at the gallery today, and they are waiting patiently to be hung.

In addition, there are a few blogs and websites out there that are promoting the show. I especially enjoyed this posting, as they gave a nice description of my paintings.

Once, again, if you got nothing going on next Friday, I would love to see you at Eclectix. there is also the Tattoon show going on in the upstairs gallery - so come and check it out!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Show

Well, it is officially on - I picked up my promo cards yesterday and now have the daunting task of passing them out about town.

Again - if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, PLEASE come to the show. There are going to be 2 shows opening that night, my show and the "Tattoon Show". All the info can be found on the gallery website.

And in case you can't read the postcard posted above the information is as follows:

Exhibit Dates, August 28 - October 4
Opening Reception, Friday, August 28 7-10 pm
Eclectix Gallery
10082 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94503

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The End

I have finished all my painted pieces for my solo show next month. Now I have the task of framing and making prints and other small items for sale. It feels good to have these paintings finished, I have been working on them for a long time. And now for a short vacation to the motherland and then back to work!

"The Periphylla"
Acrylic on Balsa

"The Harlequin Shrimp"
Acrylic on Balsa

"Moon Jellyfish"
Acrylic on Balsa

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The School

Working on finishing some small framed paintings. I DO apologize for the poor quality of this image. The wood is balsa and is extremely porous and does not scan well, so the color is off and the wood grain is showing through. If you want to see the real thing, come to the art show!

"The School"
Acrylic on Balsa

© laura borchert 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Rest

My solo show is quickly approaching and I have been working pretty much non-stop on the final pieces. I still have a few more to go before the show is final and ready to hang, but here are 4 new pieces until then.

"The Octopus"
Acrylic on Wood

"The Seahorse"
Acrylic on Wood

"The Puffin"
Acrylic on Wood

"The Sea Turtle"
Acrylic on Wood

And as a reminder, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, my solo show opens Friday, August 28th at Eclectix in El Cerrito. Hope to see you there.

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Arthropod

No new additions to the tiny paintings today, I have been working on some more new paintings for a solo show I am having at Eclectix on August 28th. My show, "Somewhere In Between", is going to feature paintings of sea life or mammals that just enjoy a good soak, like the Rhino. I am currently working on larger paintings, but in the mean time I finished two small paintings:

"The Arthropod (Underside)"
Acrylic & Pencil on Balsa Wood
4" x 5"

"The Arthropod (Top)"
Acrylic & Pencil on Balsa Wood
4" x 5"

© laura borchert 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Tiny Painting 1-5

I have finished the first 5 of 100 tiny paintings. Things are running faster than I thought - so this is a good thing. The size of each painting is about 3" x 2.5" and are done on paper. The following paintings are titled as follows (from left to right):

1/100 "Tanacetum Douglasii"
2/100 "Ophiopholis Aculeata"
3/100 "Crossaster Papposus"
4/100 "Aequorea Aequorea"
5/100 "Polyorchis Penicillatus"

Only 95 more to go...

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Tiny Paintings

I have officially finished my sea creatures painting (The Squid, The Whale, The Jellyfish & The Narwhal (not yet posted due to poor photography).

The plan now is to do 100 tiny paintings (3" x 2.5") of sea plants, sea critters and probably some bones cause I like them. I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I am determined to make it to 100. I'll try to post them in batches of 5 or 10.

The first one is just to show an example of what it is I am doing.

"Tanacetum Douglasii"
Acrylic on Paper
3" x 2.5"

© laura borchert 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I am currently in the middle of finishing some new paintings, but not wanting the blog to become stagnant, I have decided to share some of my moleskin sketches. Nothing super fancy, just some drawings to keep everyone interested and happy - hopefully.

Check back soon, my newest painting is almost done - it is taking forever for some reason.

Also, Easter is soon, and I am offering free shipping on all my etsy bunnies if bought before easter, that's less than one week!!

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

This is Old Art, I know, I know...

For anyone who has been following my art or the art antics of Andrew Daivs for the past 2 years, this piece of art is old news. However, I noticed it somehow slipped by me and never made it to this blog, and it is one of my favorite pieces.

Acrylic on Skate Deck
Click to Enlarge
Made for the "Good Wood" skate deck art show series, this was my contribution. It was awesome for Andrew to have asked me to participate in this very cool show which debuted at 555 Gallery in Detroit, and made its second appearance at 3rd Ward Gallery in Brooklyn. A very delayed thanks to all my friend and family who attended the opening in Detroit, I hear the show was awesome. And thanks to anyone who made the Brooklyn show, Andrew works hard to make cool stuff like this happen. Please make sure to keep up to date with what Andrew is doing, he is one of my favorite Michiganders...and so are you Amy, don't worry.

© laura borchert 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Squid & The Whale

These are my 2 newest paintings, The Squid (name for now) and The Whale (name for now also). They are 2 paintings out of a set of 4 which are going to be done very soon.

"The Squid"
Acrylic on Wood

Ciliate Detail

Squid Detail

"The Whale"
Acrylic on Wood

© laura borchert 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Easter, apparently

Apparently Easter is right around the corner, it changes too much for me to keep up to date. However, I was asked to make some easter bunnies of the stuffed variety for Eclectix. If you live in the East Bay area, head on over and check them out. I will be posting these on my etsy page as well.

These guy are about 7" tall and as you can see they come in pink, green and blue.

This guy here is a 10" version of the bunnies above & he comes in the same colors.

And this guy here is about 8" and only comes in white, sorry!

© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

I am beyond excited about this, and now October is going to take forever to get here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Walrus & The Rhino

Here are 2 new paintings I finished at the end of last year. They are 2 out of a set of 6 (the other 4 are to come). I have also made stuffed animals of these guys and they are available on my etsy page or if you live in the East Bay area, you can buy them at Eclectix.

"The Walrus"
Acrylic on Masonite

"The Rhino"
Acrylic on Masonite

© laura borchert 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here are 3 drawings from a set of 6 that I did for a solo show last March:

"Symmetrical Defense"
Pencil on Paper

Pencil on Paper

"Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania"
Pencil on Paper

© laura borchert 2009
"sheep stack"
acrylic on balsa wood

"lamb stack"
acrylic on balsa wood

"las calaveras de azucar"
acrylic on balsa wood

"colors de los muertos"
acrylic on balsa wood

© laura borchert 2009