What a great year! Technology was my best tool, as I focused my energy on creating digital Pop Art and setting up my Etsy and Society6 stores. The other great technological asset was Instagram, which continued to connect me with an amazing community of art lovers!
Here are my most popular Instagram posts for 2017. From left to right, beginning with the top row: Drama Hands digital art, Strawberry Boy painting (framed), Ecstasy plexi painting, Morning Boy digital art (framed), Nude with Violin drawing, Dean hanging artwork, Big Guy drawing (censored), Immaculate Conception illustration (published in Give Us This Day magazine), and Pop Faces mug.
I can’t help but notice that 55% of the most popular posts are nudes! Perhaps this means I should invest more time in art that celebrates the human body. What do you think?
Enjoy whatever it is you do to finish out 2017, my beautiful Pop People, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
For the most part, I have continued to focus this year on completing private commissions and liquidating existing inventory. I did make an exception to the rule, however, when I decided to actually do something with materials I already had lying around.
At least 2 years ago I purchased some acrylic sheets with the intention of painting on them. This technique is known as Reverse Plexi Painting, after the brand name Plexiglas. Because this medium allows artists to achieve a perfect, glassy surface, it has been used in Pop Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Nutt, and many others.
My approach to the medium was to be an extension of the cut-out technique I have been employing for over 2 years, as I would be using cut-outs as stencils. I loved the idea that the Plexiglas surface would remove all evidence of my hand. The end result would be like something off a factory line.
The piece at the top of the page is my first attempt. To see how I made this, take a look at my short video: