I hope everyone is having a great time off for the holidays. At the moment, I am busy with a mural proposal for a gym.
Just before the holiday break, I heard about a call for proposals for a mural wall in a gym that is associated with a college. It sounded like an interesting challenge, but it had a relatively tight deadline.
While the Gym is only asking for a verbal description of the proposal, you need to think through what would address their expectations and how that would actually look. A further complication is the Gym is asking examples of your past work. In my case, I have only done a couple of practice murals. As a result, I decided to develop a digital sketch that works up my proposal to a fairly high. That, and few examples of my past work, will hopefully give them confidence in my abilities..
Some of you may have received my Christmas Card (shown above). This digital creation was printed out on glossy card stock by the UPS Store. However, I wanted to create a piece that would have also worked as a mural.
So, that is where things are at. Again, best wishes for the holiday season and see everyone in 2019.
This Friday (Dec 14th) is Art Crawl on James Street North in Hamilton.
It is always a great evening to visit all the galleries and shops in Hamilton’s arts community. The SWARM show at Hamilton Artist Inc continues until January 12th. The Dec 1st opening was great and this year there are almost 60 artists on display. Of there is my amazing painting entitled, “Urban Code” in the show, but if it does not match your tastes, then there is lots of other works to look at.
I highly recommend visiting David Brace’s gallery, B Contemporary at 226 James Street North. If you like abstract art, David’s gallery is the place for you. David is not big on social media, so the only way to find out what is showing is by visiting.
Another really interesting gallery is You Me Gallery at 330 James Street North, which is at the far end of the street. Bryce Kanbara is one of the founding artists of Hamilton Artist Inc back in the mid-1970s. Again, if you want to find out who is showing you gotta visit the gallery. It is hard to predict what kind of art you will see at You Me, but the artists on display are always the ones with ability and insight.
Of course, James North is now full of great restaurants and after visiting several of the galleries, dinner and drinks will really warm you up.