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Hello Rockhoppers,

This is weird, but welcome to my blog. I couldn’t figure how to fit all the images in a single email (or document), so I decided to put it here.

I wanted to thank everyone for their kinds words about my work. And thanks to Stefan for allowing me to hang my stuff up in his home, and extra thanks to Elizabeth for coming up with the idea. It was great to show people my work instead of it just sitting in a pile.
I build, stretch, and frame all my canvases. Acrylic on canvas unless noted. Sizes rounded to nearest inch.

its problems

de -its problems                              about 14 x 14                                         $ 180
*wooden panel

An attempt to replicate the line quality of predigital television when viewed up close. It was difficult and not as successful as I would have liked.
OUTPUT

OUTPUT                                              25 x 25                                                     $ 190

Based on a child’s scribbles in a coloring book. Choosing a non-human subject as a change of pace.

lie down down you

lie down down; you                          21 x 27                         $ 425  / $ 750 pair

Do you remember?

Do you remember?                         21 x 30                            $ 425  / $ 750 pair

Weaver series
Old photographs offer a peek into the past and show how life was lived in simpler times. As such, they make for great source material.

At a Goodwill store where they sell things by the pound, I found a huge cache of photos of a single family spanning the early 40’s to late 90’s.

Whether there are no more relatives to inherit the photographs, or no one wants them, I find it sad that a whole lifetime of memories would be thrown away. So I “adopted” the family.

Over the images of the Weavers, I added text based on the heritage of my actual parents: the neon yellow text in Do you remember? is Thai, and the white text in lie down down; you is Portuguese. While not that “deep,” this is a turning point of sorts. These are not just graphic images,  these pieces have some personal meaning.

 

DSC_0562, 30 x30

 

DSC_0627                                           30 x 30                                                       $ 285
*wooden panel on silkscreen frame

Five kids from my Mom’s village in Thailand. The girl in front is a relative. This was a foray back into colors after doing so many monochromes. It was also an attempt to use a new medium of paint – acrylic semi transparent stains that are intended for decks/ porches etc. On canvas, they function like a glaze. Working with 4 stains and a few other regular paint colors, I was able to achieve some nice color effects.

 

Juk 2

Juk II                                      23 x 32                                      $ 300
framed with scavenged wood

A more finished piece using the same semi transparent stains and limited paint colors. Same kid from DSC_0627 (far right).

 

Final Coat, 45 x 61

Final Coat                                                45 x 61                                                $ 1800
frame is heavy

Based on an image taken from a 50’s DIY book. Second time I painted this image, but this time larger and with slavish attention. Attempt to create a full range of value using only one color (and white). Sort of a gimmicky touch, but the surface of the table that she has painted has a opalescent glaze that makes it stand out when seen in person.

 

Eve Drone

Data Entry Girl                22 x 35                 $ 300

Instead of trying to create the illusion of depth, an attempt to simplify and flatten the form using a limited palette of muted colors. In terms of subject, style, and color harmony, a successful piece.

Catherine

Catherine                             25 x 37                                 $ 425

Based on a photo I took, one of the few paintings with a person I actually know. Tried to capture the essence of the blueish purplish color of the hoodie. Couldn’t devote the same energy to the trees, left them terrible.

 

Some Shit

bitchin’                                       23 x 23                                               $ 175

Based on vintage year book photos using colors that mimic the look 3-D images.

Two parties expressed interest in this piece. Parties can arm wrestle for it, I can auction it, or duplicate the painting and sell it for the same price. I am open to suggestions.

 

Lazy Dog

THE LAZY DOG                                         32 x 32                                           $ 300
*wooden panel, framed with scavenged wood

Based on a vintage yearbook photo, chosen for the ridiculous hairstyle. Monochromatic with a focus on using value to create depth.

 

David Robinson

David Robinson                                 25 x 25                             $ 325/ pair $ 600

Ronald Robison

Ronald Robison                                 25 x 25                            $ 325/ pair $ 600

(AKA Stud and Dud)

Based on yet more vintage yearbook photos. This reminded me of my friend and myself; we were alphabetic neighbors in school and as a result, became friends. He was the “stud” and I the “dud.” I wondered if the these two had become friends as well.
“Stud and Dud” references an episode of the Simpsons, which my friend and I were huge fans of.

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College                                                     23 x 31                                                 $ 200
*wooden panel, framed with scavenged wood

One of the 50’s DIY series. Monochromatic with an attempt to create as little value as possible.

 

Untitled
Chairfixer                                                  24 x 29                                                 $ 325
framed with scavenged wood

One of the 50’s DIY series. The execution of the figure was less labored than usual, and looks more fluid as a result.
Text obscures figure to the appropriate degree.

 

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uggest                                            about 23 x 32                                                $ 285

Based on vintage image from a knitting catalog.

 

TROUBLE OR MALFUNCTION

TROUBLE OR MALFUNCTION                        50 x 26                             $ 600

Originally intended to be just a landscape, perceived problems with accuracy lead to overlaying other imagery. Background image is a based on a photo I took in Portland.

 

under the circumstances / Diptych

under the circumstances                                  74 x 25                               $ 1500
diptych joined by piano hinge

Ultramarathon of figure painting, based on an image culled from the internet. Limited palette of five or six colors.

A few other pieces that were not shown.

Juk 1, 24 x 14
Juk I                    14 x 24            $ 100
A “throwaway” piece done between more “serious” works.

 

70's Family

That 70’s Family                              24 x 37                             $ 200

Based on a found photograph. Love the hair!

 

success with roses
Tamara                                                21 x 34                                                    $  250
framed with scrap wood

Based on a photograph I took of an old friend.

 

du pain

Du Pain                                                   44 x 25                                               $ 280

Avoiding realistic figures, based on kids drawing. Trying to loosen up and do something different.

 

Final Spin

Final Spin                                            50 x 26                                                     $  450

Part of the Weaver series. Based on a photo when Pat Sajak and Vanna White visited the old folks home Mrs Weaver was staying at.

 

Art Four

ART FOUR                                            26 x 32                                                $ 200
Unique frame style, it’s octagonal

Collage style with main image based on photo of a friend.

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Whew! That’s it. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for checking out my work again. If you are interested in a piece or have questions, please email me at shutupbecky@gmail.com.  I’m flexible and we can work something out. I’d love to get more of my work out into the world.

Things Change…

Depending on where you live, you might notice the trees turning colors. The trees around here are definitely changing. Not anything super spectacular, but low key Texas style. Maybe that’s what is inspiring me to make a change. Or maybe it’s just because I’m tired of hearing that question, “Do you have a website?”

You may or may not know that I am an artist- I make paintings. I’ve been half-assing it for a long time. I’ve also been unemployed for a while now and it’s really getting me down. But I don’t want to work a stupid job – I want to do something I actually enjoy doing. However, finding a job where I just paint and build stuff all day is probably not going to happen. At least not easily, and not without some blood, sweat, and many many beers.

So where am I going with this? Well, I am going to try and full-ass it as an artist. I want to put my work out there, and that requires a website. And while it would be great if I could make money talking about my running, I know that if I focus on presenting my art, I can sell it. So I am going to be shifting the focus of this blog. It’s not going to be just about running, rather it’s going to be about…. uh… stuff? Yeah, that’s pretty vague, I haven’t quite figured it all out yet, but I will.

However, I have decided to ditch the Shortcuthills moniker and promote myself as Shutupbecky. I love the name- it’s loads snappier and makes people get weird, or laugh or both. I have had the name as an email since 2000, so I feel like the name is a part of me. It’s my alter ego, pen name, stage name, code name, however you want to call it. So yeah, Shutupbecky!

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I’ll leave you with a few pieces I did last week.

A quickish "sketch: painting
A quickish “sketch: painting. (The stuff on the sides isn’t part of it.)
Kids in my Mom's hometown village in Thailand.
Kids in my Mom’s hometown village in Thailand.
Juk. Same kid, same image as the first painting.
Juk. Same kid, same image as the first painting.

I need to start taking better photos-  which is to say NOT USE A PHONE…

Another Painting “Well—”

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15″ x 21″. The girl is painted with an asphalt based roofing adhesive.

I had used a material like this before, and really liked how dark it seemed. It was a bit hard to work with, as it wasn’t thinning very well. It took awhile to figure out how to make it work. It was fun trying something new, I will def be using the material again.

Don’t think it is as successful as the previous painting. I put in the text before finishing the face appropriately, and don’t want to go back in to rework it. But it’s nice to bang out another little piece, especially a semi-experimental one.

The frame is scrap molding that I had just the right amount of. It’s all rough looking, I’m not sure if that roughness should be fixed or not. Likely it will not be. :)

 

Neglecting Your Blog

Neglecting your blog isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if it means you’re doing stuff – good / fun stuff. I’ve been out in the garage pretty much all week working on art. I don’t have any pretty pictures to post, so you’ll have to suffer plain text.

I don’t know what the deal is, but my art mojo is in full swing. I’m 99% finished painting Lady Painter, or officially, The Final Finish. Because of some technical difficulties, it was a bear putting together.  But I found a way, (there’s always a way!) and finish framed it and it looks great. I stained the frame, but it needs just a bit of gold trim. God, I love gold paint. It’s wired and ready to hang, which I’m slightly nervous about because the outer frame was really beefy and so this sucker is the heaviest painting I’ve ever made. But I’m sure it will be just fine.

I’m almost finished with another throwaway! I had a canvas that I did a long time ago that I was never terribly fond of. I was going to paint over it, but painted over just part of it, and decided to keep it. I layered some stuff on it and it looks totally dope. (Actually, it just looks like a magazine cover layout, which is sort of depressing.) It needs one more element and it’ll be ready for framing.The best part is I have some painted finish frames from a project that I had to redo that have been languishing in the wood pile that will work brilliantly for this piece. Putting this crummy old canvas and these unused frame parts to use makes me happy!

I cut out the text for the Bambi piece that I thought would solve the issue, but it didn’t. I came up with another idea to make it work, but will test that tomorrow.

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A-Punk by Vampire Weekend

Since we have been blessed with this extra hour of daylight now that Spring has arrived, it’s really hard not running. I mean, it’s freaking gorgeous right now! I really have to take advantage of this weather because before I know it, it’ll be so freaking hot… I don’t even want to think about it.

I got out there and ran the greenway. As much as I’m not a fan of pounding the pavement, today was pleasant. There were a ton of other people out running and biking. Which if I could digress and get up on my soapbox:

Let me first just say that as much as I love bicycling, I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a “biker.” I’ve done plenty of riding in Chicago and Portland, and some here in Texas, but I don’t see myself as a biker. I (think I) get what it’s about.

I cannot understand the bicyclist that insist on speeding by on the path. To me, it seems like cyclists don’t care about anyone else because they’re too focused on going fast. Which is similar to the way motorists treat bicyclists on the road! But here the cyclist is the jerk! ARGH!

Bicyclists, don’t ride like a motorist! Yes, it’s fun to go fast, but it doesn’t always have to be a race. Slow down when you’re passing people. Please and thank you!

Omigod and the running! Let’s get back to the good stuff. I ran my butt off today. I was a little surprised, since I hadn’t eaten much during the day. After I have my coffee, I’m usually good for a few hours. So my energy was a bit flagging, especially after working in the garage all day. But my stomach was empty, so I didn’t have to deal with the bloat.

03/12/13 Run
03/12/13 Run

The first mile was tough. My ankles were pretty stiff, but by mile three I was rolling well. I don’t know how accurate the Garmin is without using a footpod, but my third mile was the fastest at 6:24. That makes me happy because I think that bodes well for the Culinaria 5K. I think shorter distances are hard because you push yourself so much harder. I remember the last time I ran this race, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! Two more weeks til’ 3.1 miles of push!

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Other awesomeness: My mom and I are going to Thailand for two months! Her mother is 90 something, and this might be the last time she can see her mother. It’ll be cool to go back again and see our relatives. And bonus is that we’ll be there for Song Kran, which is the Thai water festival. I was there for it last year, it was really fun. The video clip is from Pattaya, which is a touristy party city. We’ll be in Khao Sun Kwang, which is way more low-key.

It’s going to be tough to keep on track with any sort of running schedule, but I have more motivation this time to stick with it (Chicago). It’s just going to be a lot of early morning runs to beat the sun.

Do you have any suggestions how to stay focused and not totally slag off whilst on holiday? Oh and did you want me to send you a postcard? ; )

Art Jag Part Deux

On another super art jag!

This is the progress on the Lady Painter. It’s coming along well. I decided that I am not going to add any other imagery or text over top. Just need to start thinking about framing.

Work in Progress - Lady Painter 2
Work in Progress – Lady Painter 2

This Bambi piece has been hanging around for two weeks (?) now. Doesn’t seem to want to get finished. Had wanted to add some text that was cut out of foam-core. Maybe I’ll do that and see if that’s what the hold up is.

Work In Progress - Been trying to work this Bambi image, but it's just stuck.
Work In Progress – Been trying to work this Bambi image, but it’s just stuck.

I found three boards I had prepared weeks ago. Had intended to do some colored washes with them, but never got around to it. So they became this mini series. I almost wish (50/50) I had left them alone and not added any new layers (the gold diagrams). I should have at least sat on them a day and seen if they could stand on their own. But impatient person that I am… I projected the tree image on top of one of the boards and it looked cool… I quickly found another diagram, and that was it. They would receive a second layer. But two is not enough, I will do have to figure out at least a third layer. The good thing is, the process is easy to repeat. So, worst case scenario, I start over.

This mini – series is / are not really “paintings”. More like poly-chromed graphite drawings. I don’t know, but it just doesn’t feel right to call them paintings. Regardless, I’m very happy with the procedural discoveries I’ve made with these. Specifically, I’m loving the graphite; when it’s thick and metallic black, and then you smear it! Great effect.

(Actually, I learned about this from the Bambi piece, the background text was done in graphite.)

Work in Progress - Awaiting Diagram and... ?
Work in Progress – Awaiting Diagram and… ?

This is preliminary stage. (Below) I do like this as is. I don’t think viewers would “get it” though.  I’m worried the additional imagery may have ruined them.

But the heck with it: “Hold nothing sacred.”

Work in Progress - Awaiting Diagram and... ?
Work in Progress – Awaiting Diagram and… ?

Small detail, you may notice those are Behr house paint samples. Yup! I’ve gotten over my paint snobbery. For some colors, it works just fine, and it’s cheap.

Work in Progress - Awaiting... ?
Work in Progress – Awaiting… ?

I’m super loving the color palette of these, especially with the gold. But unless you shoot at an angle, the gold doesn’t photograph well, which may pose a problem for purposes of posterity.

Work in Progress - Detail of Gold
Work in Progress – Detail of Gold

Finally, another small happiness. I stenciled the text on these, and it came out pretty well. Which is possible only because I’m working on board and not canvas. However the grain of the wood is slightly annoying, I may move to masonite. [To clarify, these are just cheap stretcher frames with Luann tops. What’s even crazier is these were made from scraps, you can see the joint running across the bottom third on all three pieces. Poor man WIN!]

Stenciled Text
Stenciled Text

This is next in the rotation. The window offers obvious opportunities image placement… Glad this is a one off and not part of a series!

Work in Progress - This image found its way onto the canvas at 12:30.This is the first stage.
Work in Progress – This image found its way onto the canvas at 12:30.
This is the first stage.

And the magic revealed! Lest you think I’m some crazy artistic genius, behold! An opaque projector. My imagery is projected onto the canvas and I simply trace it. I could do it the old fashion way and grid it out, but the result would be the same. My point being, I used to think this was “cheating”, but I’ve gotten over that idea. Mostly. I’ve has this thing since the late 90’s. Best $300 I ever spent. But it may be on its last legs, it seems to be blowing bulbs with greater frequency. And those bulbs are kinda of expensive – $8 a piece. It takes two bulbs, but you can get away with just one.

Maybe you remember overhead projectors from school? This works the same way, except you don't have to use transparencies, you can use opaque paper as well.
Maybe you remember overhead projectors from school? This works the same way, except you don’t have to use transparencies, you can use opaque paper as well.

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Haven’t run for a few days, since…. Thursday. Wow, only two days? It feels like it’s been four days. Missed a volunteering opportunity yesterday because I was working on my paintings. I feel kind of guilty about that, but I have to keep painting when it’s going well. I should try and do a long run today, depending if I can tear myself away from painting. But it’s a beautiful day out right now, it’d be a shame not to get out and enjoy it.

Have two weeks until the Culinaria 5K. I don’t know what my PR’s for any distance, so I am going to run this race like a crazy person so I can PR. (Since I don’t really have a 5K PR, whatever I do will be a PR.) But my goal is to run under 20 minutes. Yeah, I need to run today.

Painting Marathon!

Per my 5K art goal: A stencil of Bambi’s legs on a small board seemed like a good start. Perhaps the board was too small, but for whatever reason, I wasn’t able to go anywhere with it. However, I did start painting. Big time. For the last three days. 5K art goal? Pffft! More like 50K!

Taking several months off from painting must have allowed my “painting glycogen” stores to top off. Once I got going, I started working on several pieces. When I got stuck on one, I worked on another and kept on that way. Since Monday, I finished and framed two pieces, and am working on a bigger piece, and have three smaller “throwaway” boards that I at least put some paint on. (Throwaway boards are just really small pieces that can be used like sketch paper. If an idea doesn’t work out, just paint over it and do something else.)

de -its problems 17.5" x 17.5". Smaller "throwaway" on board.
de -its problems 17.5″ x 17.5″

de -its problems (Above) is a good study. The main image of the woman is not as well done as I’d like. I wasn’t able to properly blend each layer with the previous layer. Some of my paints are cheap house paints, and they dry very quickly. Once I added the diagrams over top, there was no way to go back and fix the woman. But that’s okay, sometimes you can’t belabor a work, just finish it and move on. I plan to revisit this image but on a larger scale.

OUTPUT 25" x 25"
OUTPUT 25″ x 25″

OUTPUT (Above) is another essentially a study as well. I am trying to find the appropriate image to paint using just the bluish/purple color, which I think is kind of similar to the color on those famous vases. (You know the ones I’m talking about.) And also trying to figure out how to fake coloring like a child. The cat image is from a child’s coloring book, and the scribbled paint is an attempt to replicate the child’s marks. It’s really hard to fake that.

For me the best part was the frame. Made from a scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood (which happened to be just the right size!), I was able to assemble it very cleanly. Also, I decided to stain it, which turned out to be a good choice.

WORK IN PROGRESS 56" x 40"
WORK IN PROGRESS 56″ x 40″

Finally, the lady painter. I’ve actually used this image in a smaller scale painting before. I sold it to a friend and was very sad to see her (the painting) go. But now I’m getting her back, on a much larger scale. I feel like I’ve been reunited with a long lost friend.

The paint I’m using is thinned down almost to the point of being a watercolor, so it takes time to build up any dark areas. Working on this painting is like doing a really long run. The painting pace is very slow and contemplative. A few more rounds of working the darks and the lights, and then I have to make a big decision: what – if anything – to overlay the image?

Lady Painter on Board.
First version lady painter.

In the first version, I put some very light text over top. I could use the same text or find some other text. I could do something completely different, or do nothing at all and just have it be a “normal” straight painting. I’m not sure what to do.

Actually, I do know what to do: go for a run.

I haven’t run for three days, and honestly, I haven’t missed it. I’m going to run today mostly because I know I should, rather than because I want to. (Since the painting is going so well, I want to keep working on it. But I know I need to avoid rushing this piece.) Hopefully, some fresh air and blood circulation will help out, because oh yeah, I have a race this Saturday!