Well, looks like the world is still here. Which is a good thing since these resin prints are making some serious progress and it would be a shame if they all burnt up or fell into a chasm. They look great so far and I’m very happy with how they turned out. Though, they are taking a little longer than I thought, which doesn’t surprise me. Very few of my endeavors end up being completed in a reasonable time frame.
Regardless, I hope to finish the first batch off relatively soon. I’m done painting all 3 layers of leaves on most of the panels and just need to do some blending and wood staining to finish it off. This first batch will have 15 pieces and 6 are reserved so far. Send me an email if you’d like to reserve one.
Here are the specifics again.
14″ x 14″
Acrylic, Oil and Resin over Giclée Print
$350

andy@andykehoe.net

Here are some shots of the progress.

1st layer of leaves.
Then 1/4 inch of resin added

2nd layer of leaves
Then another 1/4 inch layer of resin added

And the 3rd and final layer. 
Some prettying up and it’ll be ready for the final thin layer of resin to seal it all up.
The wood will also be stained a darker English Chestnut.
I’ll also be pre-mounting them so they are ready to hang. I’ll even send some wall mounting hardware along with it. Boom.

I love Thanksgiving. Though I’m not one of those folks that celebrates the misconstrued, weird history behind it, I do like the idea of being all thankful about everything all day.
In this often horrifying and crazy world, I actually do have a lot to be thankful for. I have an awesome family and an amazing wife that I recently tricked into marrying me. She’s amazing and I feel like a very lucky chap. I have an outstanding group of friends and colleagues around me. I’m ever thankful that I love what I do for a living even though it consumed my soul and traps me in a black hole where neither time nor socializing exist. I’m thankful that I have a job that I can listen to audio books and work at the same time. I am thankful for the Harry Potter audio books for being so well produced and enjoyable. Jim Dale is amazing. Thanks Jim Dale. I’m thankful that I can live with cats that somehow don’t kill me with allergies. And of course, I’m thankful that I have the privilege to share my work with such a kind, gracious and generally awesome group of art makers and art lovers out there. So to all of you out there that have put my work into a show, bought a painting, bought a print, said hello at an opening, shook my hand, gave me a hi-five, wrote me a nice email or message, interviewed me, blogged about me, commented on that blog post, or just thought, “Huh. I like this.” To all those and everyone in between, I thank you.

To get in the holiday spirit, I’ll be releasing 4 new prints this Friday, November 23rd, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time through my Etsy Store. Here is a list of the prints and all the info.

Mutual Enchantment
limited edition giclee print of 75.
18″ x 18″ including 1″ white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$65

Profound Encounters Amid the Forest Deep
limited edition giclee print of 75.
20″ x 20″ including 1″ white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$75
Companion
limited edition giclee print of 75.
16″ x 12″ including 1″ white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$50
Days of Cider
limited edition giclee print of 75.
12″ x 15″ including 1″ white border
printed on Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm, High White, 100% Cotton
signed and numbered
$45

I also have some resin prints of Mutual Enchantment in the works as well and I hope to be done with them in early December. I basically took a photo of that painting when it was half completed and made prints of that. Then I sealed those prints to the bottom of a framed wood box and put a layer of resin on them. The next step is to paint a layer of willow leaves and put another coat of resin on. I’ll repeat that for a couple layers and the final result will be a 3Dish print that is closest to representing my new resin paintings  It’ll be a good middle ground between a print and an original painting. They are 14″ x 14″ and I’ll only be making 30 of them and they’ll be selling for $325 each. More info on them to come as I start finishing them. I should have 15 of them done in a couple weeks. Let me know if you’d like to reserve one as well. Here are some quick process shots so far. 
First I take a wooden box and seal and prime it. In this case I used some black gesso to prime. 
Also, here are the prints before I adhere them to the box.

Here the print is sealed to the bottom of the box and it then received a 1/4″ layer of resin.
At this point they will be painted with a layer of willow leaves, then another 1/4″ of resin and so on. There will be 3 layers of willow leaves and then a final layer of resin to finish. 
More to come.

Just a quick update before I rush around to get my Halloween costume together.
I’ll be showing at the Wes Anderson Tribute show, Bad Dads, tonight at Spoke Gallery in San Francisco. It’s also a costume party, so it should be quite the event. Wish I could be there.

Here’s my piece for the show. I couldn’t pass up doing a Fantastic Mr. Fox piece. It’s called “Days of Cider.” This is also an ode to Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. I always loved the Rat character and imagined him in better days.

Days of Cider


Just returned from LA a couple days ago and I feel like the show was a smashing success. Thanks to everyone that made it out and got to see the work in person. Overall, it seems like the majority of people were very into the new resin technique and I can’t wait to explore this direction further. Please check it out in person if you can, as I really feel like it resonantes so much more in person. Also, if you’re close to the gallery, send me a chicken burrito from Pinches Tacos. We can’t get burritos like that on the East Coast. All we have here is some grade A sarcasm. I can certainly trade.

I’ll be releasing 3 prints from the show through my Etsy store on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Summoning the Dusken Wanderer


Summoning the Dusken Wanderer
20″ x 20″ including 1″ white border
edition of 75
$75

Sir Botley, Lord of Troublemakers

 Sir Botley, Lord of Troublemakers
12″ x 22″ including 1″ white border
edition of 75
$70

Isle of the Floating Moon

Isle of the Floating Moon
16″ x 12″ including 1″ white border
edition of 75
$45

I’ll also be releasing 3 more prints in a few weeks with a new venture in resin prints. Stay tuned.


Well, my next show at Thinkspace Gallery is on the horizon and the ship has almost passed through the fogs of exhaustion and the rocky shores of panic and fear of complete disaster. Never in my life have I been involved in a show with the upmost hopes of reaching new heights with my work coupled with the heaviest fear of absolute failure.
For this show I decided to add a new dimension to my work and that is the dimension of depth. I’ve been playing with layers and depth a good deal over the years and for this show I decided to push that even further by adding layers of resin to my work. Each of these new pieces is made in a box and comprised of multiple layers of resin that I paint on and build up to make a 3D-like effect at the end. So it feels like the characters are actually immersed in their surroundings.

This is after several layers.

Resin layer poured

Trees added on top of lovely creatures

The final result after a couple more layers of trees

I only intended to do a few of these at the beginning stages of the show, but I just kept coming up with more and more ideas for these resin boxes. So I just went all in with it and centered my whole show around this concept and technique. It was a little risky to devote a whole show to something I’ve never tried before, hence the the occasional pangs of panic. But in the end, I love how these turned out and I’m glad I took the leap. This is definitely work that needs to be seen in person to really appreciate. So any of you in the LA area, please come out to see it.

Profound Encounters Amid the Forest Deep


 
 Here’s a painting I did for my fiancé and soon to be awesome wife, Ash. I started this piece around October/November last year and it’s been quite a journey from inception to completion. I originally intended it to be a Christmas present, but then I had different plans for it. I knew I was going to propose to Ash so I decided to include it in my engagement plans. But as I worked on it, it took on a life of it’s own and a simple idea turned more grand and fantastical and layers turned into more layers.
   Then one night, Ash and I went out to a nice dinner and my sister’s friend came up to our table from the bar. After the normal courtesies, he says, “I just wanted to congratulate you two. That’s really awesome.” In the next second, I saw Ash’s look of complete obliviousness to what was just said, his brief but unmistakable look of immediate guilt when he saw Ash’s face and his quick retreat from our table, leaving me completely caught off guard and looking at a face that wanted answers. All I could do was plead ignorance and formulate the angry texts I was going to send my sister when I had a free moment.
   After that, the lid was blown off the whole deal and Ash started picking up on every little sign and every little comment. Some of my friends were interrogated, but I didn’t really tell anyone… to prevent this very thing from happening. So in the end, the painting didn’t become part of the engagement day, but I was able to take my time with it and really make it the painting I wanted it to be.
So here it is.

I’m also releasing this as a print, to which a large portion of the sales will go directly into our wedding. So in a way you’ll be helping us celebrate our wedding… and you might be contributing to that special bottle of whiskey that leads to one of our guests to becoming the drunk guy that takes his shirt off, makes a drunken, teary speech before jumping into the pond. You could very well make that magic happen.
The print is 18″ x 22″ with a 1″ White border and an edition of 100. It’ll be in my Etsy store for $70.

Thanks!


Hey All,

Hope you’re all having a good winter. It’s been very unwinter-like around these parts and it’s been awesome… but weird. Part of me is wary of celebrating it because I keep waiting for the other winter boot to drop and smack us all in the face with subzero blizzard hell. But on the side of optimism, I guess I’ll just enjoy the sunny Fall-like weather, plead ignorance and pray to the Northern Gods in the weirwoods. Winterfell!!!

I’m busy working on my next show at Thinkspace in July. I’m taking a bit of a departure for this show and exploring some new techniques and mediums. I’ll have more to show in the upcoming months to further explain. All I can say is that it seems like a logical step for me in the making of small worlds and if anything, enhances the spirit and mood that I so love to express in my work.

Another thing I’m getting ready for is my wedding in the Fall. Yep, I proposed to my lovely girlfriend, Ash, and we’re now both thick in the madness of getting ready for a wedding. There’s a lot to think of, lot to do, but I’m excited to spend the rest of my days with my best friend and the woman I love. I’ve got some ideas for the wedding that have been shot down so far:
Have the minister dress up like Albus Dumbledore.
Have the entire side of the Kehoe family ride in on war horses holding spears.
Have a small rowboat full of explosives and fireworks floating in the middle of the pond to be ignited with a fiery arrow the moment we both say, “I do.”
Sounds romantic to me… I’ll keep working on it.

I’m releasing some new smaller prints in my Etsy store. They’re all from my recent show at Roq La Rue. I wanted to pick some of the smaller painting to release as prints andjust decided to pick them all. So there four new prints that are 9″ x 12″, editions of 40 and are selling for $35. Here are a couple examples.

A Fading Farewell

Affinity to Unfamiliar Worlds


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