Sticky Lucky Cat (2009)
[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculors.]
Last night, I participated in Art Week 09.
One aim of the festivities was to place visual artists in various locales around the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. I received a call from one of the coordinators asking me if I'd like to participate. He had visited my web site and had liked my "paintings." I had to explain that I made digital art. Although every other participating artist was either painting or creating mixed media constructions, I said I could take a laptop and projector and demonstrate how I make my art. He agreed and put me on the schedule. I spent several days doing the best I could to build a portable digital art studio on my laptop.
So, come Saturday afternoon, Cindy (my wife) and I packed up: laptop, projector, stands, portable screen, mike, karaoke machine (for sound), and a few prints (for show).
We set up at Sticky Fingerz, a restaurant and music venue, in Little Rock's River Market, and I made art for four hours while we talked to the crowd, showed off prints, and handed out business cards. I worked on five images -- explaining my process as I went and taking suggestions from the audience as to what should be kept or undone. Some friends dropped by, and I talked to a number of cool people, including a mathematician and several graphic designers. One guy even wanted me to teach him Photoshop.
It was a good time, and I hope the Art Week organizers ask me to participate again next year.
Sticky Lucky Cat was created live at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, May 9th. The title was suggested by someone in the crowd. Image initially made with QuaSZ and post-processed until the audience agreed it was done.