I Just finished this for a client that asked me to help visualize a beautiful idea called "Rooted Investing." Her name is Diane & she is trying to change the mindset of how we invest. Everything in life is a resource, but currently so much of it is tied to paper money. She believes & so do I that we need to invest more locally & pull it out of the hands of the conventional vehicles used to invest. She is a veteran of the Stock Market & has decided to make a change in her own life to illicit it in others. She is a visionary with action, but cannot do it alone. The tree represents being rooted locally. The mountains depict the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, & the Capitol. They control the policies, the money & us if we so choose. The camp at the base depicts the hedge fund managers & other traditional investment vehicles using our money for their risk. We need to bring it back down to our level & we can only do this if we stop playing the game. Thank you Diane for asking me to be a part of this. Share if you would like...
During the month of September there will be prints of these original art pieces on display and for sale at Nossa Familia Café on NW 13th & Johnson. The coffee is quite outstanding and the staff is always in good spirits, so Bosco and I stop there a couple times during the week.
Since the beginning I have either salvaged frames and refinished them, built my own from reclaimed timber, refinished wood surfaces, used clocks repurposed, and now on cross sections of salvaged trees. I always want to get better at impacting the environment less with my art, and these are cross sections from trees salvaged here in Portland by Jeff, owner of http://www.treecyclenw.com/. Each of the cross sections provides a unique canvas every time. The sunflower is the first piece and a commission for a friend. The 2nd piece is a commission in process. It is for a friend and someone that I chat about business with regularly and is my vision of her new business idea. I will keep updating the website with future art pieces on the cross sections, and look for more pieces inspired by http://lesialichonczak.com/ photography. Enjoy
September 15th, 2014
16" x 20" Polychromos Pencil on Rives BFK. "Cherry" About a year ago Lesia and I were walking back to Koldshoulder and noticed this beautiful classic car. I knew at some point that I would want to make a piece from this beautiful day and my appreciation for anything with great design, especially cars. Whoever owned this car, loved it. I have used Lesia's photography as references before, but want to start using it more. We tend to look at things from a very similar end result... with our own way of getting there. I know that her perspective capturing the event or moment in time through a lens with my memory of the event and artistic style will produce something unique pushing my art.
I intended to have this finished for a contest entry, but it was my first stab at colored pencils and I really had to take my time. This piece was quite difficult for me, and I learned a lot from it, so I am excited to start a new piece in this medium. I'm entering this piece in a different contest this month & I will update you to any news, but this pieces is also for sale. Send me a message if interested. Enjoy and have a good day!
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