Busy Beelzebub & Other Happenings

A little bit of radio silence lately. I am working away on getting commissions finished as Fall starts to bring her humid touches to the end of Summer. I've been drawing foxes, beloved felines, skulls & children for patrons and it has been nice to explore techniques that I have not tried previously.

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There are a couple smaller pieces I have made over in the Shop. I'll be adding a few new goodies so check back later this month.

-Fernbeds

Melancholy Menagerie | Fullerton Museum Exhibtion

Earlier in May, I was asked to take part in an exhibition at the Fullerton Museum showcasing the art of the Big Eye Movement. Apart from original works from Keane and Eden, the exhibition showcased works from Mark Ryden, Paul Frank, Camille Rose Garcia, Tim Burton, Fawn Gehweiler, Liz McGrath, Ana Bagayan and many other talented creators.

Not only is the Fullerton Museum a really beautiful landmark but the exhibition was nothing short of impressive. (We even got to rock out in the Fender Room...) If you get a chance, you can still catch the exhibition before it closes July 27th.

 

Side Note:
I remember the first Big Eye art I had seen was a torn Eden print of blonde girl in diamond tunic at a thrift store as a kid. (I think I really liked her but I also hated clowns thanks to Stephen King and her tunic screamed "Pennywise"). 

-Fernbeds

The Little Engine That Probably Could But Drank A Beer Instead

In between exhibition works and commissions, I've had a little bit of fun for myself. 

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I've been finding it helpful to draw as many studies as I can when I am not working on larger pieces. It helps me figure things out along the way. It's easy to draw things the same way, as kind a crutch, so I've tried to curb that way of doing things by relearning techniques I thought I had "mastered". Never stop learning.

Currently Reading: Pym by Mat Johnson / A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Currently Drinking: Peak Organic IPA (meh...)
Currently Listening: King Buzzo - This Machine Kills Artists

-Fernbeds

Etnies Skateboards & Fernbeds Part I

I have had the pleasure to work on an Artist Collaboration for the past couple of months with Etnies Skateboards.

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Needless to say it was a blast to create the final pieces for the collection and I can't wait to share the end results. In the meantime, I'll be off to the framers with these pieces. To inquire on availability, email: contact@nicominixturner.com

-Fernbeds

Weird Sisters & Dark Power

'Fair is foul, and foul is fair...Hover through the fog and filthy air'

This month has already been full of field trips and unexpected meetings with the departed.

I've been quite busy working on collaborations and commissions but I have taken a little time to make a few small pieces for you all. Also, if you are lucky enough to be in Portland, stop by Antler PDX this month to catch my show "Foes & Hindsight".

May Mercury's Retrograde not smite your intentions this month.

-Fernbeds

 

Fortune Telling & Talking Shop

Last night was the opening night for 'Foes and Hindsight' as well as the reception showing the new collections of work from artists Ajay Brainard and Caitlin McCormack at Antler PDX Gallery.

It was also Portland's Last Thursday which was pretty entertaining! The show's opening went really well and it was a pleasure to meet all of you who came out and checked out the works!
A big thanks to the wonderful Neil and Susannah for your hospitality and for putting on such a great show. (If you want to read more about the show, check out the interview from Empty Kingdom.)

If you are in Portland, I would definitely recommend checking out the show which runs through June 25th. If you are not local and would like to inquire on works, you can email Antler PDX at: Antlerpdx@gmail.com or reach them by phone at 503.284.6757

When in Rome...

After traveling many miles with art tied to his back, this Caravan Beetle needs some sugar...

This Thursday May 29th, come see the opening of 'Foes & Hindsight' at Antler PDX Gallery! I will have 13 pieces on view and have brought some other goodies for those who come early.

Hi-Fructose Magazine paid the loft a visit to see the works and talk about the show. You can also check out the studio tour and write up for the show via HiFructose.com.

-Fernbeds

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

In the forests of the night... What immortal hand or eye... Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies...

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This past week's heatwave has made me crave a cold & crisp fall; crunching leaves, wood burning and damp soil. Things have been wicked crazy around here. I have been working on some pieces for Etnies Skateboards and have been really having fun tricking out details. Also on the shop table is piece for Pangea Seed, an amazing international organization trying to raise awareness and education for the sharks and marine life in peril on earth.

Stay tuned for more on the upcoming collaborations and in the mean time, pop over to The Shop to view some new (and almost sold out!) goodies!

Currently Reading: Pym by Mat Johnson Currently Drinking: Beer 

-Fernbeds

 

Blood Moons & Bad Toons

Talk about adventures...

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Last Thursday I took a trip to the Cal Academy of Science in San Francisco to get a little sketching on. Although the museum was filled with highly excited kids (highly is heavily understated... "Moooom, I found the alligatorrrrrrrrr!) it was really awesome to sit and sketch in the jungle and watch coral-scapes down in the aquarium. 

Did you see the Blood Moon?! We waited up and searched through the SF Fog and finally caught a glimpse. Imagine seeing the moon change color in the 1400's...

I have some pretty awesome collaborations on the horizon. One that I can share right now is a collab between Etnies Skateboards. Im super stoked to be working with them and can't wait to show you more about the project as it goes along. 

-Fernbeds

Signs & Signets in Mud

I've been spending a lot of my days in this position...

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Hunched.

Coming back from Europe this year made me really hyper critical about my art and process. When surrounded by Rubens, Mucha, Bosch, Bruegal and Ensor... well, it is easy to feel what Cassatt described as an "Art Crisis". Although perhaps crisis is a bit of an overkill, this art fueled adventure to Europe had certainly solidified my long standing assertion that I can always do better.

I have sat with the idea for the piece I am currently working on for months. Several scraped versions of this piece finally led to something I think I can work with. This piece will be my first museum exhibited piece, which is pretty exciting. 

Do better. Try harder.

-Fernbeds

Space Dust Never Settles

Along with lots of other works, I'm working on a large piece for an upcoming split show with artist Ajay Brainard at Antler PDX Gallery in Portland Oregon. 

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I've been thinking about droughts lately. Waking up thirsty, dried vegetation, dead fish... I am a true nut when it comes to fixating on the shit we have put this planet through. For years, my art has reflected a lot of these dwellings and I am seeing a lot of the drought theme come up in this piece.

If you are in San Francisco this week, stop by Fecal Face Gallery on Friday for the opening of 'Salt the Skies'. I will have a piece in this group exhibition featuring works from Brett Amory, Curiot, Hiro Kurata and many more. Show opens at 6pm Mar 21 at 2277 Mission St. SF | CA

-Fernbeds

Social Skills Developed Through Gardens

Although I am never a fan of warm weather, I must admit a growing sense of excitement for Spring and the bounty of flowers budding through our neighborhood. I come from a linage of dirt lovin' flower ladies. You know the type; flower clippings in pockets, the occasional speck of pollen on their nose or in their hair, the visible urge to smell every flower on an evening walk...

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I can remember making flower soup from the petals in great-grandmother's garden (sometime I wonder if this was the start of my obsession with piles of vegetation out of their element)  and popping unopened fuchsia and being told in the sweetest Cuban tongue, "You are killing my ballerinas".

After my mother died, I was able to find her book of poems she wrote ( which still smells faintly of roses).

"Anything in the universe of giving

My first love and touch

of feeling

still plays upon my mind;

so many years away from grandma's

garden" -T.L.W.

 

-Fernbeds

 

Quarrels With Sunbathers

So much art making going on...

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and walk talking, trouble making, sun bathing, cookie binging and perspective taking.

There are about 5-ish shows coming up within the next few months. I've been trying to get everything done in tandem but sometimes there are creative potholes on a piece and all you can do is get frustrated and stop and move on.

Doing art full time can be daunting. Beautiful but daunting. I am so thankful for the time to create and push my work as much as I can.

-Fernbeds

Varnish Fine Art 'Winter Show'

This Thursday, February 6th visit Varnish Fine Art for the 2014 Winter Show!

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San Fransisco! Get a chance to see a couple of the works created for the LA Art Show by myself and artist duo Ransom & Mitchell. The show opens at 3pm-8pm and will be on view at the gallery until February 28th.

See you there!

Varnish Fine Art 16 Jessie Street San Francisco, CA

-Fernbeds

Migrating Crows & Creaking Floors

Lots of in progress art happening around here.

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It feels like Spring is already here. There are false starts to fresh blooms, the morning fog is no more and I am already eating cobbler and drinking cold whiskey. Bummer. I miss the ache of a good Winter's chill.

I am working on pieces for a lot of upcoming shows, while also trying to keep The Shop stocked with Mini Beetles, which last time sold out in 20 minutes! So bear with me if my blog updates are sporadic.

Coming up:

'Melancholy Menagerie' Group Exhibition - Fullerton Museum Center Fullerton, California

'Out of Body' Group Exhibition - Gauntlet Gallery San Francisco, California

Split Exhibition with Ajay Brainard - Antler PDX Portland, Oregon

'The Elusive Key' Group Exhibition - Gristle Gallery Brooklyn, New York

-Fernbeds

Good Riddance & Swan Dives

January has been a whirlwind.

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We took a trip to Los Angeles earlier this month for the 19th annual LA Art Show. It was amazing. Not only did we get to see so much great work from so many galleries, we also got to finally meet some of our art neighbors and I got a chance to talk to some really awesome people that came over to the Littletopia Booth with Varnish Fine Art.

Hi-Fructose did a great little write up about my works for the show, too. You can check out the article HERE!

There is a whole lot coming up and I can't wait.

-Fernbeds