Since we had to postpone our first art show—The Union—we’ve decided to turn this into an opportunity to digitally showcase all the artists who’d submitted to the show. We’ve asked the artists to write about their experiences during this extraordinatry time—how they’re feeling and coping, or what kind of work has the self-quarantine and social distancing inspired?
I’ve been trying to use my art as a creative outlet to better cope with the isolation we all feel. How strange that we’re all apart yet connected by the same fate worldwide. One of my first #stayhome projects was to do a mural on the back of our garage. I titled it “Just hanging” as it reflects our current situation of trying to ride things it while “hanging in there.” I hope it at least makes some people smile.
Since I normally do promotional window paintings (seasonal or for special sales etc.) I also like to paint our windows at home. I hate to admit it but I still had a winter theme with a snowman so when I decided to finally change it I asked the neighbors’ kids what they would like. “A Easter Bunny” they exclaimed so of course I complied.
After that I decided to tackle the grey brick wall along one of the sides of our house and turn it into something fun. So here’s my tagger Roadrunner improving his environment. For both murals I used a combination of spray paint and acrylics.
As to what my future will look like?… Well, I have to be realistic. I most likely won’t be able to get any window jobs for a while and even then, with many businesses and restaurants struggling I’ll have to find some alternative solutions. While I don’t have a perfect plan yet, one of the avenues I’m pursuing is to focus on two games I’ve been working on on the side (I have a narrative design and game design background).
One of the games is “Cheeseland”, a family boardgame of mice adventuring through the dangerous city, encountering friends and foes while trying to make it to the magical Cheeseland. But watch out for the cat who is determined to prevent you from reaching your goal.
My other game is “Kaleidoscope.” It’s a sci-fi themed TTRPG (table top role playing game) in which science and nature have merged to create new “human” races and where the border between the living and the dead is slowling crumbling. Here are a few of the character designs I’m working on.
On the positive front, my niece who lives in Europe asked me to join her in a 30 day drawing challenge so we’ve been exchanging drawings each day while sharing thoughts about anything from movies to women’s rights. It’s gotten us closer and I look forward to her new drawing each day.
Sending my love to everyone and hoping you’re staying safe while finding some positive in this. We’ll get through this together!