Gallery Rejects, Part 1: Switching Concepts.

Hey everyone! First of all, I want to say, it’s a huge distinction for me to be invited to the show I am going to promote here. I don’t want this post to be taken in any negative way whatsoever, rather just to highlight and analyze a problem you might come across as an artist.
Back in September I was contacted by Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota Florida to participate in the American Masters Invitational Show. Although I wasn’t so familiar with the gallery itself, I am definitely familiar with the other names invited to participate in the exhibition. Names such as Jeremy Mann, Ron Hicks, Paul G. Oxborough, Brent Cotton, Kevin Beilfuss, Joseph Paquet, and many more should be enough to pique your interest as it did mine. I was very eager to create something new that would make an impact on a new scene and within such prestigious company.
I decided to get back into this Natural Patterns series once again. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway, and I think a good complement to the Painted Roses series I’m also producing plenty of. So I decided to give it a shot and send them this image for their consideration.
“Parhelia” 30×24 in. oil on linen. 2014.
A few days later, I got an email from them saying that while they admire my other work, they did not feel like it would sell in the area. They then requested a new painting from me. I grumbled about it for a bit but then got back to work. Time to submit for the show was running out, so it was important to start on the right foot this time. I got an idea of what they wanted from me, which was more along the lines of my painting, “Jaquenetta.” So I got creative with my reference and came up with something that I could get excited about painting.
“Angel Face” 30×24 in. oil on linen. 2014
They loved it! So it will be getting sent out soon to them. I can’t wait.
The take-away? Rejection is always possible, no matter what stage of the game you’re in, or how good you think your painting is. How will you take it? If you’re given another shot, just think of it as a second try to create an even better painting than before. If you don’t succeed again, then it is probably not a good fit of a gallery for both of you. And it’s also not to say that it wouldn’t be a good fit for a different gallery either.
Here is some extra info about the show:

American Masters Group Exhibition

Opening February 7, 2014.
On display February 7 – 21, 2014.
Palm Avenue Fine Art
10 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Check out some of the other paintings for the show at their Facebook page.

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About Sergio Lopez

North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings.

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Long time no see.


How are you web travelers ? Hope your journey is fine.

I was lost in the multiverse between Sigil and my own brainshit

Here’s one of my last picture, hope you’ll enjoying this.

and adding that i got a new tumblr (new is not the word but you’ll understand :p)
happy christmas etc …
take care bros’ and sis’
> lil’ pic’gift for ya :p


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“Study for Parhelia” + Moleskine Project #3 Show

I’m thrilled to be back for the 2nd invite to this show by my good friend Rodrigo Luff who is co-curating the Moleskine Project #3 show with Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Last year’s show was a hit, and I ended up selling my pieces from last year, so I’m glad to have something new to show here. This new piece is a study for “Parhelia,” a painting I am planning on working on for an upcoming show. I am excited to work on some new paintings for the Natural Patterns series that I set aside for a while. I am moving into new ways to create the texture to make it more exciting to me and dynamic to the viewer as well. I hope you stay with me as I push these series to evolution.

I took some progress shots along the way. This was pretty much done with Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils and Verithins.

The finished drawing before I sprayed it with GAC100 to seal it.

 A detail of the face.

 Started to paint over it with acrylic. A pretty limited primary palette.

Here is the finished painting. I will get a photo of it framed at the opening reception.

If you are in the SF Bay Area and want to see everyone else’s pieces, come by this Thursday to Spoke Art. The show begins at 6pm and ends at 10pm. Check out the line up!

• Aaron Nagel • Adam Caldwell • Alex R. Kirzhner • Allen Williams • Ana Bagayan • Bradley Platz • Brun Croes • Caitlin Hackett • Casey Weldon • Charles Santoso • Christian MacNevin • Crystal Chan • Cody Miles • Craig Elliot • Craww • David Choong Lee • Edwin Ushiro • Erik Siador • Fredrik Rattzen • Greg Gandy • Henrik Uldalen • Hsiao Ron Chen • Jason Hong • Jaw Cooper • Jeremy Hush • Jeremy Mann • Jessica Hess • Joel Phillips • John Wayshak • John Wentz • Jon Lau • Karla Ortiz • Kate Zambrano • Kemp Remillard • Ken Garduno • Kim Cogan • Laura Bifano • Marco Mazzoni • Marco Nelor • Marguerite Sauvage • Max Dalton • Michael Shapcott • Miles Johnston • NC Winters • Nate Van Dyke • Nicomi Mix Turner • Nimit Malavia • Pat Perry • Patrick Mathews • Peter Chan • Rich Pellegrino • Robert Bowen • Rodrigo Luff • Ryan Lee • Ryan Malley • Sam Wolfe Connelly • Serge Gay Jr. • Sergio Lopez • So Youn Lee • Steve Kim • Tatiana Suarez • Tom Haubrick • Tran Nguyen • Ville Ericsson • Wesley Burt • Zach Montoya • Zach Oldenkamp
There’s got to be at least a handful of folks in here you are a fan of; otherwise, I have no idea how you found me because there are some heavy hitters in there.
Time: December 5th, 2013 6-10pm.

Spoke Art
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94109
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I will update this post after the show. Hope to see you there.

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North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings.

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Tattoo I did recently

Did this one while on a 3-week cross-Canada Tatt…tour?


About Nomi Chi

I'm Nomi Chi. I draw things, I do tattoos, and I eat lots of bacon.

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Yuki Onna

Hello everyone,

time to show a project I have been working on recently and just finished for an exhibition/event in Tokyo, last Friday. This project was done in conjunction with the Kamishibai Bunkasuishin Kyougikai, the society for distribution of Kamishibai. Kamishibai is a japanese original type of story-telling, where a narrator will tell a story with the help of illustrated boards. Yuki Onna (The Snow-Woman) is a japanese ghost-story about a young woodcutter meeting a snow-ghost during a nightly snowstorm. The version used for these illustrations is by Lafcadio Hearn published in Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. You can, if you like, read the ghost-story Yuki Onna in English here. All in all 13 illustrations, which would be shown shown one by one during an actual Kamishibai narration. All work done 100% in Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint, original size is slightly smaller than A3. Enjoy~

About Alexander Draude

I am an illustrator, currently living, working and studying in Kyoto, Japan. Feel free to drop by my homepage, if you want to know more about me or my work! Thank you.

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