I’ve added a few posts about Merced Art Hop in the last few years; check out the PHOTO GALLERY for sure to get a feel for this quarterly, downtown Merced, CA event. Saturday, October 20, 2018 was Art Hop’s 10 Anniversary. The October Art Hop is always fun. It’s cool enough for kids to show up in costumes, get their faces painted, and engage in some hands-on activities.
I brought my iPad and a projector and invited a few local artists to share their talents with everyone at Bob Hart Square that evening.
It’s a few days after the fact, but I thought I’d post a story about how one of my digital paintings became the poster/flyer for the Merced Art Hop, July 15, 2017. It all started back in May of this year (2107), when Kevin Hammon, one of the two founders of Art Hop, click here for details, contacted me and asked if I’d put together a drawing for the flyer for the upcoming July Art Hop. Kevin and Kimberly Zamora hadn’t ever asked an Art Hop artist to do the artwork for the Art Hop flyers; they wondered if I’d be interested in the opportunity to do something to convey “…the July Art Hop theme:’Environment & Renewable Energy’….” Indeed, I was interested and excited; but, it took me a few days to get back to Kevin. In a subsequent phone conversation Kevin elaborated on the renewable-energy theme and listed a few of the energy sponsors, and right away an image came to mind. Within minutes I cranked out the following in Tayasui Sketches (the actual Art Hop Flyer flyer can be found below the original,artwork):
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What a treat, especially since I was a Merced Art Hop artist, stationed at Cue Spot Billiards, at this quarterly event on July 15, 2017.
Almost two weeks ago I participated in – as an artist – my first Merced Art Hop (MAH). I was stationed at Binary Systems Computer Repair on the corner of Main St. and M St. in downtown Merced, CA.. About 20 people stopped in to chat and see prints on canvas and paper of my digital, iPad drawings. I learned a lot, sold a piece, and got an order for a larger canvas print of one of the images. As folks strolled by, I sketched these two drawings of my view shed in Procreate (with final touches in iColorama).
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Yesterday, which happened to be the day after yet another shameful Republican
“Presidential” Debate in which decency and civility were set back at least 100 years, I saw what I’m almost certain was a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Wagon on Main St. in Merced, CA, and I was quick enough to pull out my iPhone and catch a photo, which I used as a reference for a freehand drawing in Procreate using the Apple Pencil.
“Merced Main Street, after the rain and before the sun. So peaceful and beautiful in its own right.” These words set the stage for this photograph (as in click here to see it) from Tanisha’s Facebook page (via Instagram…Cf. @ quichefairy). With her permission I downloaded (and credited) her photo and used it liberally as a side-by-side reference to produce the following digital, freehand study on my iPad in Procreate. If I’ve tagged it properly and thoroughly, you’ll see suggested links below or, at least, a bunch of tags down there to other posts featuring downtown Merced, CA and, in particular, the 17th Street Public House, where Tanisha performs – among other places. Please check out her photo; my rendition barely approximates the beauty that Tanisha caught by surprise!
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