I’ve slowly, but surely, been adding artwork to my Minted store the past few months, at sueprue.minted.com. You can find some recent wins, like Pasture (above), as well as some self-launched pieces, like Red Barn (below)—just in time for the holidays.
I particularly love these art challenges as they’re a great outlet for experimentation: I’ve been working on creating loose patterns, as well as painting a little more abstractly. These were done in guache, watercolor, oil—and even water-based oil paints.
I’ll be adding more artwork in the coming months, as I enter the next wave of challenges, so check back periodically if you’d like. You might even find a notebook, pillow, or some wrapping paper in there as well. Thanks for visiting!
Friends, I’m excited to be showing four paintings in my first juried art show this month! This was one of my goals for 2015, so I’m thrilled that it’s actually a reality. The gallery is located at 50 Wharf Rd. in Bolinas, CA, right on the (left) coast. And if you happen to live locally you can check out the opening this Sunday from 1-3. Otherwise, it runs every Thursday-Sunday in November (minus Thanksgiving Day).
There are over 20 artists represented, all of whom paint together at Marin Art School. This show was primarily organized by Dorallen Davis, who I’ve been studying with at MAS for the past 4+ years, and judged by Camille Przewodek, both accomplished colorists.
By the way, if you’re wondering what a colorist is exactly: it’s an approach that uses vibrant colors to push the warm and cool effects of the sun. Think Monet, Van Gogh and the rest of the Impressionists. It’s a really fun way to look at the world.
This is something I’ve been dying to announce for a few months now: I have an art print for sale at West Elm! Through a partnership with Minted, one of my art prints was chosen to be sold at westelm.com and in select West Elm stores for the next six months or so. For this particular contest there were over 5,200 submissions, and I’m so thrilled and excited to have been selected by one of my favorite retailers. You can see Big Egg right here, and if you happen to live near a West Elm store, you might see it there too. If you do, let me know. In the meantime I’ll be right here, pinching myself.
The first time I went to Alcatraz was during my first visit to San Francisco. The second time was after I moved here and played tour guide. And the third was a few weekends ago, on a date, to see the Ai Weiwei installation.
I admit, I didn’t know much about this internationally-renowned artist/activist beforehand, but had heard a lot of buzz about the show, called @Large. Plus it was an excuse to play tourist in my own town for the day.
The show was included in the ticket price, and intertwined within the prison walls. What’s really interesting is that Ai Weiwei created these seven site-specific installations—without ever leaving China. Briefly imprisoned himself, Weiwei is still not allowed to leave his own country.
Some pieces were so subtle, mainly using sound, I initially didn’t even realize they were part of the exhibit. But once we walked to the New Industries building, where the large, splashy sculptures were located, it became pretty obvious. This dragon kite, called With Wind, greeted us at the door.
Those portraits on the floor are made of legos! You can read more about that here.
The show also extended through the dining hall and hospital areas of the main prison, where porcelain flowers filled the sinks, tubs and toilets. And it was very (creepy) cool walking through the asylum and seeing those old beds. This would make a great night tour. Maybe on trip #4.
If that doesn’t impress you, check out this amazing view on the way back. And just like Alcatraz, it never gets old. The Ai Weiwei show runs through April 26.
My latest card design for Minted.com is now up for sale: you can buy Painted Pines here, in three different colorways for the holidays. I was thrilled to have one of my designs selected for their holiday collection as there are thousands of entries in this category, from some fantastic designers. And you can also check out my new Minted storefront, where you’ll find posters and art prints—more to be added soon!