Sunday, December 26, 2010

Trees and Things...

Not too much going on work wise right now. I recently worked on the Holidayland show over at The Compound Gallery for my second year. The turn out was amazing and a great time was to be had (a giant squirrel was lurking around taking photos - my kind of action).

I mostly did hand sewn felt work for the show, Whales and a Giant Squid. I also made a few prints of Jellyfish, Squids and an Octopus. The show has ended but my work is still there in the Professor Squirrel shop. If you are local to the Bay Area I highly recommend heading on over there. The regular stock in the shop is always great and reasonably priced.


Hand Sewn Felt Whales
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


Octopus Print
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


Jellyfish Print
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


And in other art, I have not had a chance to do much painting this year, but I have been hauling my laptop with me to work every day to work on some digital pieces during lunch. This is the first one I have finished and I am currently working on others (to be posted later).



"Tea & Trees"
Illustrator
2010




© laura borchert 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

* Long Time, New Works

I have been away from updating recently due to many things. I got a new job which is robbing me of most all of my free time. I'm putting in 12 hour days between commuting and working, so my art updates have been few. I took a short vacation and I have been working on new art (info below).

But I have been making stuff while "away". As I talked about in my last post, I was in a group show at the Medicine Agency in San Francisco. Although it was over a month ago, I will say the turn out was kinda ridiculous. I had to see the whole show in stages over a three hour period it was so packed. I am posting the full photos of the 2 new paintings I did for the show (I only posted partial photos in the last posting).

The show was covered by Hi-Fructose magazine, and one of my pieces (along with my art buddy Serge Gay Jr.) were selected among the magazines favorite among the show. Check it out.

"From There to Nowhere"
Acrylic on Paper
2010


"Goul"
Acrylic on Paper
2010


In other news, I am hard at work with my pals over at Professor Squirrel. I have made new stuffed animals for their store. 2 larger butterflies (like my pins only bigger) and a huge octopus. If you live in the Bay Area/Oakland, PLEASE go and check out my octopus. I put way too many hours into him. He is going to be showcased at the store with some nautical pillows which I have yet to see, but I am excited! He (the octopus) along with my bigger butterflies are all on sale over at Professor Squirrel.

More work is currently underway, more updates later!


Large Yellow Butterfly
Hand Sewn Felt



Large Blue Butterfly
Hand Sewn Felt


Octopus (front)
Hand Sewn Felt



Octopus (back)
Hand Sewn Felt




© laura borchert 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Medicine Gallery Art



Awesome Number One Big Fun Group Show!

Opening Reception 7pm - 11pm

Thursday, June 17th
Medicine Agency Gallery
1262 Mason Street, SF CA



"Goul"
Acrylic on Paper



"From There to Nowhere"
Acrylic on Paper



Hope to see you there!





© laura borchert 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Medicine Agency

The deadline for the Medicine Agency Group Show is approaching quickly and I have to say, I am feeling it.

Originally I wanted to do 5 new paintings. I couldn't think of a good idea of a theme, and then came up with a theme that didn't really turn out the way I wanted even after I started to paint my paintings. My initial count of 5 paintings quickly dropped to 4.

2.5 paintings into it, I like 1 painting, hate the second and am not feeling good things for the third, which any artist knows, only makes that piece cursed never to be finished (at least that is how I roll).

I then kept thinking back to these small sketches I have that I was originally saving for...well, I am not sure what the hell I was saving them for. Every time I think about these sketches, I get excited.

After a long debate, an overpriced trip to Target and wasting precious time to blog about it, I have decided to go forward with the 1 painting I finished that I like, make 1-2 completely NEW sketches/paintings, and show 1-2 of my piece from the La Luz show that didn't sell (something I generally don't like to do, but I DO love these paintings).

If you have made it to the end of this blog, show information is as follows:

Awesome Number One Big Fun Group Show!

Opening Reception 7pm - 11pm

Thursday, June 17th
Medicine Agency Gallery
1262 Mason Street, SF CA


Photos to come...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New site!

Short post today just to let everyone know that I have made a new temporary site. Thanks to the (free) magic of carbonmade, I have been able to create a simple, clean and professional looking artist site to promote just my art. This is perfect for people who don't want to read my blah blah blah and just see the art.

Please visit the site here, and please make sure to check back on it frequently, as I plan to update it regularly as new art is created. It WILL NOT have any information as far as new shows or upcoming events. You will still have to come here or to my facebook (friend page only, haven't been able to bring myself to a "fan" page yet) for that information. Sorry.

Feed back is always welcomed, as I hope it will only improve the look of the site. Although I am sure I will just receive my usual comment from my friends running the Asian porn blog (see posting comment from 4/13, 3/31, 3/16...).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Professor Squirrel!

This weekend marks the grand opening of Professor Squirrel and the re-opening of the Compound Gallery at its new location. I have spent the better part of the past month making all new felt pins for the opening of the store (including the new "girl" hot dog, as the store owner called it).





I am SO excited for the opening of this store/gallery/studio for so many reasons. First being the people who are running it (Kerri and Lena) are so great. I have met with them and they are just awesome. They are so excited about the space, the art and the artists that it really makes me excited to be a part of it. I have had experiences in the past where this level of goodness just wasn't being put out and it really got me down. You should be excited about your art and the people who are showing it. This is defiantly the case with Kerri and Lena.

Also, the space is opening in Oakland which is always great. The building space itself is amazing, a very open warehouse that has been divided into a shop, working studios and a gallery space. It is just a really great use of space and a great place to have artist work and show their goods.

Interior of the new location for Compound Gallery/Professor Squirrel

Here again is all the information about the opening reception. I will be in attendance and hope to see you there!

Grand Opening, April 17th, 2010 6-9pm

1167 65th Street
Oakland, CA 94608

Email: info (at) professorsquirrel (dot) com
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm until 10pm on the First Friday of each month



© laura borchert 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Paintings, Shows and Squirrels!

A lot to update today.

First off, I have three new paintings to share, which brings the end to a small series of paper paintings I was working on, 5 of which were in the group show which has now ended at La Luz.

"Flapper"
Acrylic on paper

"Bulgarian Crisis"
Acrylic on paper

"Mantis in the Pulpit"
Acrylic on paper



In other gallery related news, as I mentioned above, the group show "Everything But The Kitsch 'N Sync" came down last weekend. I have to say, I always feel a slight panic when a show I am in ends. The need to hurry and find a new show to be in kinda clouds over me and at times months pass before I am doing anything new publicly. I have been lucky enough to have some new opportunities comes my way.


The first event is taking place later in April. The Compound Gallery in Oakland sadly closed recently, but is being transformed into something new. A new shop called Professor Squirrel will be opening in its place (ran by the same people of the Compound gallery, which is awesome cause they are awesome people). I have been asked by them to make some felt pins that I sold in the Holidayland group show at the Compound Gallery back in December.

The stores grand opening information is as follows:

Professor Squirrel
Grand opening Saturday April 17th
1167 65th Street
Oakland, CA
Regular Store hours: Thursdays - Sundays 12pm - 6pm


An online version of the store is currently up and running via the link above.


And lastly, I will be in another group show at the Medicine Agency Gallery in San Francisco. The opening reception is Thursday June 17th and I will be making all new work for this show. The details of the show are still being worked out, and as it is still 2 months away, I will be making a second post about this show as it draws near.


That is all for now, I will be posting my pins that will be for sale at Professor Squirrel sometime soon. If you live in Oakland or the Bay Area, please come and check out the shop in person. For those of you who live elsewhere, please check out the online shop!


© laura borchert 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Houses and Sharks

I have been working on many new pieces recently, and have much to post. The first piece I did for a friend back in Michigan who just so happens to enjoy hammerheads.


"The Hammerhead" (title until I think of a better one, might let Natalie name it)
Acrylic on paper


This piece was a bit larger than paintings that I have been doing recently, so I was able to add in some more details that I can usually fit on my smaller pieces.





And, as my habit has been recently, I worked on a digital piece that was made from a sketch I did a while back.


House drawing from sketchbook
micron on paper


The finished piece.

"Floating House 4"
Illustrator



I will be posting the rest of me recently finished pieces later in the week along with some new gallery show information.


© laura borchert 2010


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SHOP back in action!

After a 6 month hibernation, my Etsy shop is operational once again. Right now the shop is featuring paintings, drawings and a few hand crafted items (stuffed animals and pins). I plan on making some more pins and jewelry related items once I get a few more paintings out of the way. Please head on over to the shop and check it out.

In other news, if you are finding yourself in San Francisco this Friday, head on over to the Medicine Agency Gallery to see new works by my friend, Serge Gay, Jr.

His new work will feature pieces that reflect him homeland(s) of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Miami, Florida. Also, "proceeds from select works will be donated to World Vision and the victims of the Haiti earthquake."

Additional gallery information can be found here:

Opening Reception:
Friday Feb. 19th @ 8 pm

Gallery Address:
Medicine Agency Gallery, 1262 Mason Street (at Jackson)
San Francisco

Hope to see some of you there for good art and a great cause.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Digital Meets Traditional

I have 3 new pieces to share this week. I have decided to keep switching between digital and traditional - as I am starting to really like working digitally. Plus I have a lot of drawings laying around that are not ever going to be paintings, so they can go on as digital pieces.


"Right At The Top"
Illustrator

"Bogë"
Acrylic on Paper

"Nautical Nautilus"
Acrylic on Paper

That's it for new pieces, but I am working on 3 more small traditional pieces and a seemingly endless amount of digital pieces.

In other news (although not related to me), if you are finding yourself in the Bay Area this weekend, please come and check out Rob Sato's solo show at Giant Robot. He is a friend of a friend, and I had the chance to catch his last trio show at Giant Robot some time back and was impressed then. Just by the look of this single image flier for the new show, it looks like it is going to be amazing. His pieces are on the large side and remind me of Hieronymus Bosch in the way that there is so much going on, you'll find something new every time you look at the same piece.

The show opens this Saturday, the 13th of February from 6.30 - 10pm and runs until the 9th of March. Giant Robot's full gallery information and address can be found on the link I posted - hope to see some of you there.



© laura borchert 2009

Thursday, February 4, 2010

First Show of 2010

I received some exciting news this morning - 5 of my pieces have been chosen for an upcoming group show, "Everything But the Kitsch 'N Sync" at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in L.A.

The show runs from March 5th through March 28th, with opening reception on Friday March 5th from 8-11pm.

I am still undecided as to whether or not I will be in attendance for the reception, BUT if YOU find yourself in the L.A. area while the show is up, make sure to stop in and check it out. La Luz is an awesome gallery/bookstore/art store/toy store and always has really great art.


For all gallery information visit La Luz's website - hope to make it to the show, and hope to see some familiar faces there.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Taking A Break

Since my last post, I have been working on a digital piece. I finally finished it this evening and really want to start another one, but I think I am going to give my eyes and computer a rest and work on some traditional paintings I have been neglecting while working on this.


Here is the drawing from my little sketchbook...





...and this is the finished digital piece done in Illustrator.





© laura borchert 2009

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Bit of a Change - Kinda

Due to a conversation I had this evening, I was reminded that I have made digital art in the past and semi-recently. It is not, by any means, my preferred medium - however, I like doing it and I like learning the programs. Also, it is sometimes nice to have colors readily available instead of making 30 different of brown until I find the brown. Also "apple Z" is am amazing option and should apply to real life.

Saying that, I think I might like 2010 to be a year where I make digital art more, and by more that would require about...3 pieces, as I don't do it often and am kinda slow at it. BUT, in the mean time, please enjoy (or not) the pieces I have been working on recently (without wacom I would like to add, not that that makes them any better).

"mustachio"
2009 - Illustrator

"lucky cat"
2009 - Illustrator

"A - Armadillo"
2009 - Illustrator

Personally, I think my armadillo needs some work, so I am going to work on that as my first digital assignment.



p.s. thanks to michelle "mad dawg" matiyow for helping me keep my files at a realist size, you are a life saver


© laura borchert 2009

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 - for real?!

I suppose that almost a week after it has happened, a happy greeting to the new year is still acceptable. In celebration of the new year, I bring you new art!



"annus mirabilis 1666"

"the ribbon seal waits for no one"

"the haunting of husbands"

"recreational trawler"

"dr. S. returns"




Hope all is well in this new year!!

© laura borchert 2009