Today’s Painting Pick, Available NOW, “Dave”

This week I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can have them shipped or pick them up from the studio TODAY…and they are all 25% off! http://www.vlasicstudio.com/vlasicstudio.com/AvailableArtwork.html

Today’s Pick: “Dave” Oil on board 24 x 36″ from the White Series.

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Today’s Painting Pick, Available Now: Warrior

This week I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can have them shipped or pick them up from the studio TODAY…and they are all 25% off! http://www.vlasicstudio.com/vlasicstudio.com/AvailableArtwork.html

Today’s Pick: “Warrior” Oil on board 24 x 24″ from the Black Rock Portrait Project Series.

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Today’s Featured Available Painting: Chadwick (Warning: Adult Content)

This week I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can have them shipped or pick them up from the studio TODAY…and they are all 25% off! http://www.vlasicstudio.com/vlasicstudio.com/AvailableArtwork.html

Today’s Pick: “Chadwick” Oil on board 24 x 248″ from the Altered Series.

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Today’s Featured Available Painting: Rhy

RhybestThis week: I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can have them shipped or pick them up from the studio TODAY, and at 25% OFF! See all of the available paintings and buy it now links HERE.

 

Today’s featured Painting: “Rhy”, oil on board, 24 x 48″, from the Altered series.

 

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Today’s Featured Available Painting – Brenna

This week I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can pick them up from the studio or have them shipped TODAY, and at 25% off!  Click “Available Artwork” at vlasicstudio.com to see more.

Today’s Pick: “Brenna” 24″ x 48″ oil on board, from the White Series.

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Today’s Featured Available NOW Painting…Darden

This week I am featuring paintings that are available NOW, as in you can pick them up from the studio or have them shipped TODAY, and at 25% off!  Click “Available Artwork” at vlasicstudio.com to see more.

Today’s Pick: “Darden” 24″ x 48″ oil on board, from the Altered Series.

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Featuring Oil Paintings that are Available NOW…

This Week: I am featuring paintings that are available NOW. As in, you can pick it up from the studio or have it shipped TODAY, and at 25% off!

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Today’s Featured Painting, “Angela” Oil on board, 24 x 48″, from the “Altered” series.

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Yesterday’s Featured Painting, “Michelle” Oil on board 36″ x 36″, from the Faces series (LAST ONE available from this series!)

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Whatever Happened to all those Cranes?

cranes3 You may recall awhile back I embarked on a journey of 1000 cranes, folding 1000 pages from Artforum magazines into origami cranes. I finished the folding cranes1some time ago, and put the cranes in storage while I decided what to do with them. After many installation ideas were thought up and summarily  scrapped, this idea finally stuck. I attached the cranes to cranes2an 8′ Sono tube in color-coded order (well mostly anyway). I used all but about 40 of them. This sculpture now resides on the upstairs landing.

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Post-Burning Man…Art, Expectations, Obligations, Failure & Lessons Learned.

As many of you know, I recently returned from my 5th sojourn to the Burning Man festival deep in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. This was the third year I brought my Black Rock Portrait Project to the Playa. (My 5th Burn total.) And this was the first year that it was mostly a failure. A variety of factors went into this failure, however I take full responsibility. Many lessons were learned, especially about myself.

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Me (and Kristina Tripp) out on the Playa on the Mushroom Patch Art Car, the highlight of my Burn.

My first mistake: Expectation. I decided to go to the Burn with a couple of good friends who were “virgins” (someone who has never been to Burning Man before). I was under the assumption that they would be natural Burners, that they would love it. I was wrong. I expected that they would be the gung-ho, outgoing people I thought they were. I was wrong. I assumed they would help get me out of myself, would push me to go do more things. Again I was wrong. Don’t misunderstand me, it is not their fault, everyone is different and responds to the one-of-kind experience that is Burning Man in their own way. The fault is mine for expecting anything of them, for expecting anything from the experience instead of just letting it flow. The fault is mine for not kicking my own butt and getting out on my own, doing the things I wanted to do, without them. Which brings me to…

My second mistake: Obligation. Because I encouraged them to go, facilitated their trip, and because they took on the lion’s share of the RV bill, I felt obligated to do what they wanted to do, including leaving the Burn days early, which I should not have done. I was having a bad day, which happens out there, and I agreed to it.  Again, this was my own fault. I could have chosen to say no, to strike out on my own, but I didn’t. It was my choice, and chose to be obliged.

My third mistake: Not getting out to take photos enough. Although I was sick for 2 days, (and felt fairly crappy for a few more days), the weather was bad for a couple more days,  and we left early, I should have kicked myself in the butt to get out with the camera more. This is the main reason the trip was a failure. I went into some pretty serious debt to go and share my project and get more images to create paintings from for my Black Rock Portrait Project. And I feel like it was not worth it. For the first time it was not worth it. Again, I take full responsibility for this. I did find some great models, and a few paintings will come out of this experience, so it isn’t a total loss…

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My Black Rock Portrait Project display at Burning Man.

I am still mentally processing the trip, the disappointment (mainly in myself), and the aftermath. I did get out of my comfort zone, which was one of my goals this year, though not quite in the way I had intended. I did manage to have some fun, especially out riding on the Mushroom Patch art car (thank you Michael!). The art out on the playa was spectacular this year. My camp-mates at Whiskey & Dust are about the best Burners out there, wonderful people and great friends. And I did learn a lot about myself. Tough lessons, but good. Will I return to Burning Man? Probably. But next time, I will not put the trip on the credit card. I will do my best not to have any expectations of others, and I will not oblige myself (mentally or otherwise) to anything but my camp and my project.

If you’d like to see some of the model pics from this year, click here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.729892513732784.1073741825.169502786438429&type=3

Learn more about the Black Rock Portrait Project here: http://blackrockportraitproject.com/blackrockportraitproject.com/Home_Page.html

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New Book, New Work, and all those Cranes…

If you haven’t heard by now, (I’ve been marketing the thing like crazy) I’ve published a little book on the Black Rock Portrait Project oil painting studies as a fundraiser for the project, which will be returning to the Playa this year. You can see and order it here: http://vlasicstudio.com/vlasicstudio.com/Order_the_Book__the_Black_Rock_Portrait_Project__the_Study_Paintings.html  The book turned out great, and I’m very pleased with it. (this is the first book for the project, I will still be creating a large book on the completed project in the future).

Speaking of fundraising, I am offering the painting “Michelle” at 50% off in my Etsy store, all proceeds go to support the project: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VlasicStudio (In fact, the sale of this painting would fund the entire trip, so I would be extremely grateful to ship her off to a new home.)

This year’s trip to Burning Man will not only include the continued taking of photographs of people to later create paintings from, but I’ll also set up a display of the project with images of the paintings, something I promised to do at the Project’s inception in 2011. It’s my way of giving back to the community that inspired it. Any support you’d like to provide to help make this happen is greatly appreciated: http://www.blackrockportraitproject.com/blackrockportraitproject.com/Support_the_Project.html I am rather excited about the journey to Black Rock City this year. It will be the first year that I am going out early (to help build our theme camp and install my display) and staying late (to help tear it all down.) I’ll be on-site for 12 days total. It’s a very different experience being there before the event opens, meeting all the serious Burners out there to build camps, install art, and create the city’s foundation. I’m really looking forward to it.

On that note, I’m working on completing as many paintings for the project as I can before I leave for BM in August. I’m very excited about this one, “Warrior Princess” (it’s a big one, 2 x 4′.) Here are a couple in-studio images of the painting in progress: (There’s still a very long way to go, but I am happy with it so far.)

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More New Work: This lovely little painting for the Wallflower series is currently up for auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121329239661?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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Into Instagram? I’ve been getting really busy there lately, sharing lots of little videos and images as I’m painting: http://instagram.com/vlasicstudio_livethefablife#

And about all those cranes…If you read my last post, you’ll know that I started a little personal project, folding 1000 cranes from ArtForum magazine pages. I finished! I now have bags and boxes full of colorful cranes crammed into my art studio’s storage area, ready to create an installation. If the Man and I could only agree on where this installation will go…I will post pics when the installation phase starts.

That’s all for now, I hope you have a marvelous weekend. I’ll be here in the studio, painting away…

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