“Stacked Up”, acrylic on reclaimed wood, 19.5″ diameter.
“Boxed Up”, acrylic on reclaimed wood, 19.5″ diameter.
Just wrapped up work on a new show poster for W Summon’s show this Friday the 13th @ No Name, 1325 Broadway, Boulder CO.
It’s done! The official debut of “Don’t Be Afraid Of Starting Over”. 4 x 6′ acrylic on wood. Hanging now @ Twig Salon, 1831 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302, through March 2015. (Click for closer view)
This painting gets its name from one of my favorite Foster The People songs, “Pseudologia Fantastica”. (And for anyone who might be confused out there, it was referred to in earlier posts as “Refused To Settle”. But the ‘Don’t Be Afraid of Starting Over’ tagline was always on the back, and in the end I felt like it summed up the idea of the painting better)
2014 has been one of the best years of my life so far. Looking forward to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!
It’s been a great month here at BrianLeahyArt. I had the amazing chance to travel to Art Basel in Miami this year. It was…wow. An international art event, for starters. Incredible variety of incredible work everywhere. Famous people all over. 80 degree sunny weather in December didn’t hurt either. I had never been to Miami before, much less to a city packed with so much culture and art for one of the biggest events in the international art world. It’s hard to describe it all, but there were more shows, galleries, special events, and notable artists in one place than you could possibly see in the time it ran. My favorite part of the trip was Wynwood Walls, a self-contained concrete garden of huge walls painted by some of the best known street artists (Swoon, How & Nosm, Shepard Fairey, Cryptik…the list goes on). The art was not limited to the Wynwood complex itself- it seemed like every possible wall in the next 5 block radius was painted, and it was pretty much all amazing quality work. Plus more was still going up as we stood there. We watched artists all over the place, painting through the afternoon into the evening. I will post photos when I have some more time, but let’s just say it was an incredibly inspiring moment.
One of the biggest things that occurred to me was that these artists were beyond prolific. They worked hard and they worked fast, often on a huge scale, and they traveled the planet doing this, as often as they could. I realized, I WANNA DO THAT. lol. Having *finally* completed “Don’t Be Afraid Of Starting Over”, a 4 x 6′ painting on wood that took me approximately 6 months, this trip happened at the perfect time. I got to thinking…really the only reason this painting took so long is because I actually didn’t work on it all that frequently. I would sporadically take 2-3 hour stabs at it, but I seemed to be held back by the fear of messing something up, or by the uncertainty of which part to paint next. If I learned anything from the trip to Miami, it was that I should be more concerned with just DOING, rather than waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration or whatever. It’s time to crank up my output, and just gain experience by doing.
With that thought in mind I’ve started a sketchbook routine (I wasn’t really doing that ever?!) Here’s some sketches from December.
A fresh batch of 8 stretched canvas prints is now hanging at Boulder Creek Market, 1801 13th Street #120, Boulder, CO 80302.
Brianleahyart sometimes arrives by skateboard box cart…
Sept. 29, 2014:
Valeska Gavotte‘s new EP Songs for Sinfonietta is out today!
I had the great experience of working with him on the album art for this release, his second for Folkwit Records in the UK. You absolutely gotta check this guy out!
He’s a violinist/composer/multi-instrumentalist that sounds like a symphony crossed with folk and indie, and road trips, and time spent exploring cities…his music makes you picture movies in your head. It’s rich, son.
More of the album art:
Much love brother!