May 25, 2006
Magic Carnival Ride
When we moved into our house in L.A. I stored a few portfolios in the spare bedroom that I hadn't gotten to until recently. I just found these pieces that I did when we lived in San Francisco.
Our first year in SF we lived in the Haight, and the second in North Beach. A bus ride to either location can be a freaking carnival ride. The Haight is famous for its hippy days, and there are 1000 tourists an hour (literally? I can't be sure) riding those old creaky buses. It's like something out of Beetlejuice.
North Beach is a straight shot through the crowded streets of China Town. I dont even know where to begin witht this ride. There is a mixture of all the tourists heading from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf and the China town shoppers and merchants traveling to and from. Everyone has a pink bag full of chickens (w/ the feet hanging out! ick.) and fish and veggies. I should stop, because I could go on for days. Give me a sweaty subway ride through Manhattan anyday over a crowded bus to North beach!
I always saved my bus passes. The bold numbers and striped edges are so graphically pleasing. They just reminded me of a circus. The passengers didn't hurt the vision . . .
So of course I had to glue them down! Thats what I do. I glue.
These are so different from my portraits. I love the simplicity of them. The spots on the Fun House where painted using the wine cap that I eventually glued down, and the Ferris Wheel rays where painted wusing the wire I then bolted to the canvas.
I just bought an All-In-One so that I can start doing more work in this vain. I have sort of strayed from anything other than the portraits in recent months. I cant wait to start experimenting!! Thats my plan for this summer.
(These pieces are available in my Etsy store. Get 'em while their hot!!)
Posted by mcaplan at 12:22 AM
May 23, 2006
This week I would like to throw the SPC spotlight on a friend who makes me a better person just for knowing her! I am throwing some kudos to my dear friend Jamey who recently cut off her long flowy red locks to donate to Locks Of Love. If you havent heard of this awesome organization, allow me to explain.
From their website: "Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years or younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss."
Be sure to head over to their website and see the before and after photos. They are simply astounding and heart warming! Jamey has inspired me to keep growing my hair for another few months and then donate as well.
We tie a lot of our daily self esteem up in how our hair looks everyday. This is an amazing service that everyone who can grow an extra 10 inches of hair can afford to contribute to! (That is the minimum contribution.) I am so anxious to lop it all off and send it over. Just a few more inches . . . wont that be an interesting post!
Thank you Jamey for being the inspiration. I'd never make it to 10 inches without your support! I want to chop it NOW!!
Posted by mcaplan at 12:14 AM
May 22, 2006
I am so excited to announce that I will be included in "The Color of Summer" show at the artstream gallery in Rochester, New Hampshire. The show will be June 16 - September 6, 2006. The other artists involved are Toronto painter Bruce Andrew McKay, New Hampshire painter Ashley Bullard, Mitchell Rosensweig, sculptor Jerry Glynn, Painter Susan Schwake-Larochelle and collage artist Claudine Hellmuth. I am especially excited to be in a show with Claudine. I really admire her.
You can get a sneak peak of some of the artists to be included here.
For more information please contact artstream at 603.330.0333 or www.artstreamstudios.com.
Posted by mcaplan at 9:58 AM