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I created two new paintings and gave them to my Mother and Grandmother for Christmas.

I created a simple drawing of a bird on the computer and printed it out on plain white paper. Then I pasted the printed drawing onto the panel using acrylic matte medium gel and painted on top of it. I usually draw directly on the panel using a paint pen or china marker but I wanted to experiment with an alternative method for creating the underdrawing on the panel. One panel that I used was originally used as a palette for mixing paints and the other panel was an abstract painting from the SUICIDE PIE series that didn’t make the final cut.

My painting style is usually very painterly but I wanted to experiment with a painting style that is a mixture of drawing and impasto painting. I wanted an unfinished look. I wanted to keep the energy and expressiveness of the original drawing. I would like to continue to experiment more with combining drawing and painting together and create a more stylized version of my my current painting style. These particular paintings failed to hit the mark. I don’t think the experiment was 100% successful but the end result gave me a better understanding of what ideas should be explored in more depth.

Overall all, I’m happy with these paintings because they gave me a blueprint for future paintings.

Expect more little experiments in the near future…

Here are a batch of t-shirt designs that I designed and had printed using the Brother GT-541 Digital Garment Printer at work.

The ZOMBIE LINCOLN t-shirt was printed on an Ice Grey Gildan 6.1 oz ultra cotton tee.

I wanted to get my girlfriend, the super talented Katie Sykes, a really special and unique gift for Christmas and I decided that a t-shirt featuring all of our crazy pets would be the perfect gift. The design was printed on Alternative Apparel’s Men’s Vintage White Destroyed Tees. Very cool t-shirts.

And here is a design that I did for Katie’s sister featuring her four dogs. SPACE DOGS!!!!

Here is a video I found online that shows a Brother GT-541 Direct To Garment Ink Jet Printer in action.

Below is a great article about BRAIN AID by Connie White that is currently featured on the NAKED CITY Blog – www.nakedcitywichita.com

BRAIN AID: ART FOR KELLY’S SAKE
words > Connie White

A good many members of Wichita’s art community crowded into Old Town’s Tangent Lab art gallery last Friday for Brain Aid, a silent art auction to benefit Kelly Moody. Moody, who had surgery to remove a brain tumor and is now undergoing cancer treatment, owns the Firehouse Art Gallery and Frame Shop on west Douglas. Through the years, I’ve entrusted him with framing everything from my grandmother Beryl’s oil painting of an old homestead, to a mixed media work by Leigh Leighton-Wallace. And I’m saving a three-piece drawing by my nephew Keaton for him to do when he’s back at work in his shop.

Undoubtedly, Moody’s craftsmanship and eye as a framer are important to his standing in ICT’s art world. But that doesn’t come close to explaining the outpouring of love and support for him and his family (wife, Dana; sons Hayden and Miles) at Brain Aid. Not even the fact that the date of the event — Dec. 4 — is Moody’s birthday gets to the heart of the matter.

What does is this: “Kelly has always been one of the unsung heroes of the Wichita art community,” says Dustin Parker, an artist and one of three main benefit organizers. “The Firehouse Gallery played a vital role in establishing the careers of a large numbers of artists, myself included. The gallery was an incubator of talent and creativity and freedom of expression.”

The idea for Brain Aid was artist Wade Hampton’s, but it didn’t take much to talk Parker and Brad Ruder, an artist and owner of Tangent Lab, into getting involved. And the three had no problem in enticing more than 60 artists to contribute works to the silent auction. Thus, benefit-goers had the choice of bidding on some 150 works of art — and by the end of the night had raised just under $8,000 for the Moody family.

“I’m a big believer in karma,” Hampton says. “I think what you put out, good or bad, comes back to you. Kelly has quietly supported so many artists with his friendship, his gallery and his frame shop. A lot of artists have had their very first show or their very first solo show at his Firehouse Gallery.”

“For me, the event was incredibly fulfilling and humbling to see so many people give of their art, funds and effort,” Ruder says. “We had a core group of volunteers who helped hang the show and work that evening, including Lee Shiney, Chris Frank, Travis Hinnen, Jess Bechtelheimer, Chad Droegemeir, Jana Erwin Durfee, Rod Pocowatchit and Scott Garvey. Several people donated food and drink, and Sugar Sisters donated a cake to celebrate Kelly’s birthday.”

My husband Phil and I bid on at least a dozen art pieces that night, and brought home a wonderful little painting by Chris Gulick, who’s better known for his kinetic sculptures and mosaics. The frame on Gulick’s work is certainly adequate, but to set it off just right may well require re-framing. Kelly, get well soon!

BRAIN AID
Benefit for Kelly Moody
A silent art auction

Tangent Lab – art gallery
Friday December 4, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Nearly 50 artists have contributed 116 pieces of art for Brain Aid – A Benefit for Kelly Moody opening at Tangent Lab this Friday! The event is a silent auction that will end at 10 p.m., so get here early to bid on the artwork you want. Most of the pieces in the show have a buy-out price of $45 to $95, so you can take it home right away if you wish.

Lots of people have offered to help, and we could use further volunteers to bring food and drink to make this night a real party. If you would like to contribute, please email brad@tangentlab.com. Thanks to all the artists and volunteers for their generosity.

Kelly Moody is the owner of the Firehouse Art Gallery and Frame Shop. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. To keep up with how he is doing, visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kellymoody

Fore more info visit www.TangentLab.com