Monday, October 31, 2016

Muses and Gameplay (and Open Studios) at Helikon Gallery!

Chasing Coin by Ray Munoz, for Gameplay
Helikon Gallery and Studios continues its gratifying habit of producing high-quality art shows--this time with Gameplay and Muses of Mount Helikon IV!

"Gameplay is a group exhibit of unique and original artwork inspired by the influence, history, and current state of video games. This interactive genre of art has had a major impact on our pop culture, helping define the pastime of a whole generation and sparking heated debates about its role in our lives. 
The show includes tributes to specific games and series, new takes on classic titles, and homages to the aesthetics and themes of video games. All work in Gameplay is small and affordably priced, making it easy to start or expand an art collection or find a unique, memorable gift for the geek in your life."

Below are a few more pieces from the show:

Doorkeeper by Kayla Edgar for Gameplay

Liu Kang by John Van Horn for Gameplay

Here's the link to the Facebook event:

Crude by Joe Vaux for Muses of Mount Helikon IV

The Archer by John Park for Muses of Mount Helikon IV

 About MUSES IV:

"Helikon Gallery is proud to present the next installment of our year-end, definitive group exhibit of inspiring and influential contemporary artists known as Muses of Mount Helikon IV. This annual show is an invite-only exhibit of artists from across the United States, known for being large, eclectic, colorful, and featuring high-level work in the illustrative arts – a loose term encompassing portraiture, figurative art, illustration, and narrative, imaginative artwork.

The Muses were Greek goddesses of inspiration said to dwell upon Mount Helikon. In accordance with this classical myth, Muses IV has no restriction on theme or concept, but rather serves as an encouragement for artists to show their newest and most expressive personal works."

Jésus, a small work by Daliah Ammar for Muses of Mount Helikon IV

Here's the link to the Facebook event:

And there's more!

One of many Suggestive Succulents by Kaitlin Zeismer for the first Shop Showcase
"Join Helikon for our first-ever Shop Showcase, a new program in our retail space that devotes a large area to the works of a single artist.

"Kaitlin Ziesmer has previously shown with Helikon in her duo exhibit with Robin 1000, Electropop, and in a number of group shows including Muses of Mount Helikon II and Screenplay. Her work is well-known around Denver and has been exhibited across the United States.

This feature includes an array of small, affordable original paintings from her Suggestive Succulents series as well as special offers on her collection of prints."

More info and imagery at:

In addition, Helikon's halls are always filled with original art, and the resident artist studios will be open for the Receptions on November 3rd from 6 - 10 pm and for First Friday on November 4th from 6 - 10 pm. The studios are also filled with incredible art for enjoyment and purchase.

Your support of working artists builds your collection, and allows us to continue making great art! 
Entry to Helikon for both evenings is free and open to the public, including complimentary food and drink as well as limited off-street parking.

Come see me in my studio in the BEST gallery in Denver! Click the link for more info:

And thank you for reading and for your patronage of the arts!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Painting Outside in Gouache and Oils

Plein Air Study: Carson Nature Center, South Platte River Trail
Gouache on Crescent Board
Painting on location regularly again has been good for me both emotionally and artistically. There's nothing like getting out into the natural world to center oneself, and translating what one sees into line, value, and color can't help but result in better art production.

I like painting in gouache and watercolor for its convenience and simplicity, but decided to get back to oils for a change. Headed out to the Highline Canal the other day and saw this scene.

Here's my translation of it.
Decided to use a limited palette since it'd been awhile since I'd painted plein air with oils. Been using Winsor & Newton's Ultramarine, Alizarin, Cad Yellow Light, and Rembrandt's Burnt Umber, and White.

My alley neighbor is an amazing gardener, and has gorgeous hops vines growing over his fence and gate. This study was done on a piece of cardboard (hence the horizontal line texture).

My yard has a big Blue Spruce in the corner. I got locked out of the house the other day. I had my paintbox, but no canvas or cardboard. 
Luckily there was a two-by-four behind the garage, which was a decent enough surface for this study.

I like all media, but there's really something special about oil paints. I hope I can do them justice someday soon.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crimson and Cobalt at Sally Centigrade!

This pretty much sums it up; there's a cool group show happening at Sally Centigrade in Denver, and this Thursday, October 20th is the opening and artist's reception!

The Boy Who Took the Moon for Himself (detail crop). 
Acrylic on wood panel.

I'm happy to be a part of this great crew of artists for Crimson and Cobalt:

Andre Lippard, Axe Haka, Christopher Stewart, Erin Andrews, Grace Lang, Jess Brick, Johnny Acurso, John Van Horn, Justin Ankenbaeur, Ryan Morse, Tom Bond, Rabies Babies, Tom Sarmo, Victor Escobedo, Vinni Alfonso, Wizard Bong

If you are in Denver, or here for a visit, I hope you can come by and check out this unique show at a gallery I love!

Click on the links below for more info:

and their site:

Thanks for reading!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Aesthetical Zoological at Valkarie Gallery!
The Cranky Bird Theatre Production of The Old Curiosity Shop (detail)
On this post I'm featuring a few details of larger paintings I've been working on for an upcoming show at Valkarie Gallery.
The Art Lovers (detail)
I've done a number of larger pieces for this show, and I'm excited for you to see the paintings. I'll also have many smaller works, as well as ready-to-hang prints and unframed drawings!
I'm showing my new works along with the fine works of Karrie York and Mike Kloepfer. I love both of those artists and their works, and I am sure you will too.

A Lucky Catch (detail)

The show is called Aesthetical Zoological, and features all of our takes on the subject of animals, and I've thrown a few creatures into the mix too.
The Magic Book (detail)

I sure hope you'll come to the reception, meet us, and check out all the complete works!

Here's the scoop from Valkarie Gallery:

October 12 - November 16, 206
Opening reception Friday, October 14, 6 - 9pm

Time to get out your party hats and fancy pants, then grab your favorite critter and head down to one of the of best animal themed shows to hit Denver since the opening of the zoo back in 1896.

Resident artist Karrie York along with guest artists Tom Sarmo and Mike Kloepfer are sure to make you laugh with these wonderful portraits of some of our favorite furry friends.
 If you missed the link to Valkarie Gallery above, here's their Facebook Page. Click on both links for lots of info about this amazing gallery.
Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

First Friday at Helikon Gallery (My New Studio Included)!

Last July, I opened a new studio at Helikon Gallery, one of the best and most fascinating galleries in the Denver area!

It's in the heart of the RiNo Art District, and an amazing, welcoming place--packed full of illustrative art, and more!

There are two main galleries within Helikon...

...both are stunning and inviting spaces.

There's also a great retail area, full of art and complete with a coffee shop.
Plus, the long and open halls of Helikon are lined with art as well!

And from Tuesday through Saturday, artists are in their studios upstairs, working away on their art! All gallery visitors are welcome to stroll the art-filled halls, enter the open studios, and chat with the artists.

It's a great way to spend a day indulging in art and you'll be supporting Denver art and the folks who make it available. It's completely free--there's no admission charge!

This week, the doors will be open for First Friday until 10 pm. You can check out two shows: Four Whales and a Dolphin by artist Sierra Barela and and Splat! by Natan Lawson.

And you can visit with me and all the great artists of Helikon during open studios.
Here's the link--click on it for more info: Helikon Gallery
Hope to see you there!

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