Abraxas & Approaching Waves of Being

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for." Jack London

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Bear with me for a few weeks of repose.

I used to almost hibernate as a teen; beckon away to the tides of fall and sit in wait for Fall to cool my mind and bones. In recent years, I have fallen for figures from the likes of Hemingway, Didion, Ellis, Faulkner, Whitman, Keats, Crosby, London and Bronte. A lot of my literary romance has been placed on perceptions of the connection to the depths of Fall, Frost & Fog

What do you do to recharge and find yourself whole again? I'll be swiftly set on my way to another timezone in a day, this always seems to give pulse. :)

"I'll be the victim!' -Amanda

"All your life" - Wednesday

Currently Reading: The Art of War in the Western World - Archer Jones
Currently Listening: The Devil's Trill - Andrew Manze**

**The story behind "Devil's Trill" begins with Tartini's alleged dream. He recounted to astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed the Devil came to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lesson Tartini passed the Devil his violin in test of his skill; the Devil immediately began to play with great intensity and Tartini was strongly taken aback. He awoke from the dream and in fever, desperately tried to recreate the works heard in his state of sleep.

-Fernbeds

A Season in Hell

'No mind can engender till divided into two' -W.B. Yeats

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I've be spending time on 'ending' and 'starting'. A friend of mine is wrapping up paintings for a show coming up at the end of the month and we laughed for a minute in her turmoil of ending and my fevers of starting in. Both are a interesting parts of the process in both art & life... both sometimes make you want to lock yourself up in a room until its all over (kind of sometimes kidding...).

I felt like I actually got to enjoy a weekend. Good company (seeing my grandfather laugh), good food (probably ate too much pumpkin pie for someone my size), good weather (don't talk to me about seasons) and some serious reflection (let go).

Bear with me while I just turn the music up louder and keep my head down.

"I saw the sun set low on you...In a blood-red suns final rays...With after night solo shadow plays...Into the world we started to run...Like bullets from a gun...With passion and desire...Like two burning balls of fire...And there is surely nothing else...The gods have gotta keep on...laughing"

-Fernbeds

Currently Reading: Une Saison en Enfer - Arthur Rimbaud
Currently Listening: The Damned - Friday 13th EP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides'

This piece is flying over the mid-west as I write this. Perhaps a more fitting title for it would have been 'The Devil Takes on Ohio & The Big Mac'.

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'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides' - 24x24 Framed Gold

'Prayers Spoken Backwards For Black Tides' - 24x24 Framed Gold

I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out and now my pig obsession has grown to fanatical heights for reasons I cannot mention.

If you live in New York, you can see this piece along with about 30 others for the Last Rites Gallery's '13th Hour' Show happening October 11th from 7pm-11pm.

I'm considering going out for the show, other plans pending but if you are in the area, definitely check it out. For inquiries about this piece and other works in the show, please email Erica at: info@lastritesgallery.tv

-Fernbeds

"What's the furthest place from here?"

I feel like I've been running around with my head stuffed in a dusty box; shoved somewhere in the closet. Lots of shipping-and-framing-and-life stuff-and-shipping-and-sorting going on around here these last few days.

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This entrance of Fall has brought a lot of changes with her and there is no better time to sit and meditate... Open up and out.

As the rest of the week comes to a lull, I'll be here working on some smaller commissions that I've wanted to finish for some time now, starting new works & projects and catching up on some movies (Highly recommend: The Double for all you Dostoyevsky fans...all three of you)

"I learned your name without words.
I used my eyes, not my hands."

-Fernbeds

Of Wormholes & Mayors

Starting in...

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I've sat here all day working and thinking about constants: Ernest Hemingway had 'Pilar', the Stars have the Moon, a Story always has its Beginning... That feeling of a constant is like a warm pool as you lie buoyant and surrounded.  

The Sun has been warming my workspace and casting sundials across my paper. Distracting and turning me into a languishing reptile? Sure. Recharging and relaxing? Hell yes. 

I'm not sorry for this ramble. Its' been a long one.

-Fernbeds

Runneth Over & Under

This month is proving to be kind of nuts...

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Last weekend's show at Corey Helford was pretty awesome. There were some really beautiful pieces available and lots that got snagged up.

The drive was long but I am easily entertained (I listened to enough tough-guy hardcore to grow chest hair and lose my voice, laughed and learned with some Ram Dass and counted neatly piled roadkill along the highway). I must say that through its sunbleached humidity... LA has grown on me. 

I came back home to a lot to do. A lot.

Coming up early next month is the Opening Reception of Last Rites Gallery '13th Hour' Group Exhibition. Stay tuned :)

-Fernbeds

 

Teenage Moments & Rosemary's Baby

Finish one piece...On to the next ones.

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I get wave of excitement after a piece is done because it means I get to start on something different. Fixate on another world. There is a project I've started working on with a very talented musician that has been giving my imagination a run for its money, which is thrilling in an of itself. I've had the fortune of always starting in on something with someone who I can align with, which can sometimes be hard for artists of any path. Good things to come on this one :)

Also on the horizon, works for Last Rites Gallery's 13th Hour show coming up in October and a handful of there goodies and commissions to work on.

P.S.

Don't miss the opening of 'Art Collector Starter Kit' this Saturday at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. 

"To 1966! The year One."

-Fernbeds

"Every Time We Do This I Fall For Her..."

"...wave after wave after wave, it's all for her."

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I've been wrapping up my piece for the Corey Helford Gallery's "Art Collector Starter Kit"  featuring works from artists including: Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Chloe Early, David Stoupakis, Shag, Lola, Michael Hussar, Miss Van, Natalia Fabia, Paul Frank, Sylvia Ji and many other talented folk. The show opens Saturday August 30th. For the complete list and more details, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com

I'll be driving down for the event, so do stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

Currently Reading: Standing In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd Rice
Currently Listening: The Cure - Wish

-Fernbeds

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.

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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