I just returned from a very fun and fruitful trip to Miami for my latest show with Thinkspace Gallery at Scope Miami 2014. Got to meet some great people, and I got to put some faces to artists that I truly admire. It was a unforgettable week… well, things got a hazy there for a bit, but what can you say. Miami nightlife. 

On the heels of this amazing show, I’ll be releasing 2 new prints on Friday, December 12th at 4:00 Eastern time through my Etsy store. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/andykehoe

It’s a tight window with the rapidly approaching holidays, so I’ll try to get the orders out as soon as possible. It’s looking like I’ll be able to get orders from the US out in time for Christmas if I receive the order by Wednesday, December 17th. We might have to get a bit clever if I get anything after that day. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to guarantee any orders from outside the US. We can sure try, but I don’t want to be responsible for tears under the Christmas tree… Hmmm. Country song in the making. 

Here’s the info on the prints. 

Cathedral of the Forest Deep

Cathedral of the Forest Deep

Cathedral of the Forest Deep

22″ x 18″ including 1″ white border

Edition of 150

$75

At the Edge of an Unknown World

At the Edge of an Unknown World

At the Edge of an Unknown World

22″ x 18″ including 1″ white border

Edition of 150

$75



Joined Under a Fantastic Hope iPhone case

Joined Under a Fantastic Hope iPhone case

I recently added some new images to my Nuvango page for the standard phone, tablets, and laptop cases, and I’ve also made them available as greeting cards which is a first. 

Also a first is that I’m releasing 2 prints through Nuvango that are available as fine art prints and in a stretched canvas format. I’ve never done a print through another print company, so if anyone grabs one, please let me know what you thinks.

Here are the 2 prints available through Nuvango:

Guardian of the Billowing Bluffs

Twilight Rendezvous 

Twilight Rendezvous 


It’s that time of the year for my next Tiny Showcase release. They’ll be releasing 2 prints this week featuring my work. The first, Bearer of Wonderment, will be released today, Tuesday September 30th. It’s available now. 

The 2nd print, Forest of Illumination, will be released on Friday October 3rd. 

Part of the proceeds for the sale will go to the Colker Memorial Fund, that provides environmental education through the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy. Feel good knowing your supporting some young naturalists. 

Go here to check it out.

Tiny Showcase

Bearer of Wonderment - Tuesday Release

Bearer of Wonderment – Tuesday Release

Forest of Illumination - Friday Release

Forest of Illumination – Friday Release


My wife and I ended up buying a house last month, rather unexpectedly, and rather awesomely. Moving is always pretty rough when it comes to uprooting your life, but it’s doubly disrupting when you work where you live, especially when you’re in the middle of a show. I love my new space though, so it’s been very worth it.

Ugh. What a mess. Setting up a new studio is always a daunting, yet exciting undertaking.

Ugh. What a mess. Setting up a new studio is always a daunting, yet exciting undertaking.

Here's a recent shot with the studio finally starting to come together. I've also got a whole separate room for doing resin which is amazing. 

Here’s a recent shot with the studio finally starting to come together. I’ve also got a whole separate room for doing resin which is amazing. 

I’m finally getting settled into the new space, and getting back into the groove of painting. Though I did have to sacrifice a couple weeks of work, so there will need to be some serious, non-stop painting sessions in the next few weeks. I’ve also had a chance to get my print shop up and running, so I’ll be releasing 2 new prints this Friday, September 19th at 4:00 Eastern Time through my Etsy Store.

Here are the details:

 

Joined Under a Fantastic Hope

Joined Under a Fantastic Hope

Joined Under a Fantastic Hope

Limited Edition of 150

18″ x 22″ including 1″ White Border

$75

Together in Love and Wonder

Together in Love and Wonder

Together in Love and Wonder

Limited Edition of 150

20″ x 16″ Including 1″ White Border

$65


Together in Love and Wonder

Together in Love and Wonder

I started this piece as a commission last June, but we ended up going in a different direction with the piece around halfway through it. When I do commissions, I discuss themes, aesthetics, and previous pieces that were liked, and I never really do sketches. Over the several commissions I’ve done, I usually nail it in this regard. Plus I love the reveal when the piece has been a mystery in the making. Exciting for everyone! But now and again, things don’t shape up they way the collector envisioned, and a new direction must be made. Which is fine by me, because I want the person getting the commission to be completely in love with the piece that was made for specifically for them. Plus, I had another piece in the works that I was totally into, and I knew it would be finished one day. Winners all around!

So I put this piece aside, and ended up nailing the commission with the next piece, which ended up being Our Wondrous Journey. Fist pump. Over the last year, I’ve been working on the former commission intermittently when I could, and I finally finished it a week ago. As you can tell with the Our Wondrous Journey piece, this commission was for a family, so that was the main theme for me. I really wanted to capture the beauty and wonder of sharing life with a family. 

This piece is now in my web store, and I hope it finds its way to another happy family.


I have the honor and pleasure to be involved in this wonderful group show, curated by the wonderful Nathan Spoor. It’s all wonderful. 

The show opens on Saturday, August 16th at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. 

 

Here’s my contribution to the show.

Joined Under a Fantastic Hope

20″ x 24″

Oil, Acrylic, & Resin on Wood


Here are some work in progress shots of my piece, Invoking the Heart of the Forest. It was one of my more complicated pieces for the show, mixing paint, resin, and sculptural elements made out of polymer clay. With all that going on, I decided to focus on the progression of the sculptural elements for this post, since it comprised most of work for the piece from this point on.

I didn't start taking WIP shots until the background was done and the foreground elements were sculpted. The background is 3 layers of resin, with wet oil and acrylic paint mixed into it to created that swirling effect. Then I painted the cliffs and trees with oil paint. The foreground was made with Original Super Sculpey. 

I didn’t start taking WIP shots until the background was done and the foreground elements were sculpted. The background is 3 layers of resin, with wet oil and acrylic paint mixed into it to created that swirling effect. Then I painted the cliffs and trees with oil paint. The foreground was made with Original Super Sculpey. 

After painting the foreground rocks, mounds, and ground, I started sculpting the 2 pine trees. I straightened out a thick piece of armature wire, and applied Firm Super Sculpey to it. Very blobby looking trees at this point. 

After painting the foreground rocks, mounds, and ground, I started sculpting the 2 pine trees. I straightened out a thick piece of armature wire, and applied Firm Super Sculpey to it. Very blobby looking trees at this point. 

That's more like it! Now they're starting to look like proper trees. 

That’s more like it! Now they’re starting to look like proper trees. 

Here's a couple close up shots of the trees, and the roots. I had to add an extra mound on the right so that the tree wasn't situated so awkwardly. 

Here’s a couple close up shots of the trees, and the roots. I had to add an extra mound on the right so that the tree wasn’t situated so awkwardly. 

The next step was to apply gesso to the trees to prime them, and get them ready for some paint. There is no real clean way to get the gesso perfectly on the sculptures, so there was some wiping and scraping to be down afterwards. Luckily the resin is very smooth, and easy to clean and scrape. I'm starting to put down an initial layer of oil that's dark and warm. 

The next step was to apply gesso to the trees to prime them, and get them ready for some paint. There is no real clean way to get the gesso perfectly on the sculptures, so there was some wiping and scraping to be down afterwards. Luckily the resin is very smooth, and easy to clean and scrape. I’m starting to put down an initial layer of oil that’s dark and warm. 

Then I add some cooler colors into the base coat, to give a green and kind of rusted look to the trees. I'll be dry brushing lighter colors on top of this when it dries, but it's good to have some variety of color underneath. I somehow managed to avoid taking anymore pictures of the trees from this point. I painted branches coming out from the trees on a few different layers. You'll be able to see them in the final shot.

Then I add some cooler colors into the base coat, to give a green and kind of rusted look to the trees. I’ll be dry brushing lighter colors on top of this when it dries, but it’s good to have some variety of color underneath. I somehow managed to avoid taking anymore pictures of the trees from this point. I painted branches coming out from the trees on a few different layers. You’ll be able to see them in the final shot.

Now I get to start on the character, which I've been looking forward to... and maybe slightly dreading. One of the things that I had to get used to again with sculpting, was how much of a blobby piece of crap it looks like in the beginning. Getting it into it's initial shape is certainly the most daunting part of the process. It's hard to imagine anything good coming out of this.

Now I get to start on the character, which I’ve been looking forward to… and maybe slightly dreading. One of the things that I had to get used to again with sculpting, was how much of a blobby piece of crap it looks like in the beginning. Getting it into it’s initial shape is certainly the most daunting part of the process. It’s hard to imagine anything good coming out of this.

But eventually it does start to look like something, and things start to get way more enjoyable. It was really fun to carve out the tree helmet. I didn't go too crazy on the roots, because I knew I would be painting in those details later. One of the advantages of sculpting and using resin over and around the sculpture, is that you can add finer details through painting that might otherwise be too fragile with a straight up sculpture. 

But eventually it does start to look like something, and things start to get way more enjoyable. It was really fun to carve out the tree helmet. I didn’t go too crazy on the roots, because I knew I would be painting in those details later. One of the advantages of sculpting and using resin over and around the sculpture, is that you can add finer details through painting that might otherwise be too fragile with a straight up sculpture. 

After another gesso session, I start applying some paint. It's mostly acrylic paint at this point. I did start with some oils in the head though, for some blending. When this dried,  I decided I wasn't into the warm colors for the body. 

After another gesso session, I start applying some paint. It’s mostly acrylic paint at this point. I did start with some oils in the head though, for some blending. When this dried,  I decided I wasn’t into the warm colors for the body. 

So I did a makeover of our forest conjurer, and went with a cooler get up. Looking pretty boss now. I added some highlights to the head to bring out those top textures. 

So I did a makeover of our forest conjurer, and went with a cooler get up. Looking pretty boss now. I added some highlights to the head to bring out those top textures. 

You may not have noticed, but our fellow here didn't have any legs. I wanted to add a couple layers of resin so that the legs would be more in the foreground. After essentially sealing the character into place with resin, I realized that he was a bit low. Every pair of legs I made for him gave him very comically short baby legs... well it certainly wasn't comical at the time as I had to figure out how to give him proportionately sound limbs. Crisis mode. After trying a few methods, such as painting the legs, and having him kneel instead of stand, I took a ball peen hammer, and hammered down the ground a little. It ended up working pretty well, and I was able to apply some Sculpey to mend the cracks. Crisis, and baby legs, averted. I also added a little bit of resin to the face region, to flatten it out a bit and prepare to paint. I added some eyes to see how it would look, mostly out of impatience. I knew I would end up painting over them eventually. 

You may not have noticed, but our fellow here didn’t have any legs. I wanted to add a couple layers of resin so that the legs would be more in the foreground. After essentially sealing the character into place with resin, I realized that he was a bit low. Every pair of legs I made for him gave him very comically short baby legs… well it certainly wasn’t comical at the time as I had to figure out how to give him proportionately sound limbs. Crisis mode. After trying a few methods, such as painting the legs, and having him kneel instead of stand, I took a ball peen hammer, and hammered down the ground a little. It ended up working pretty well, and I was able to apply some Sculpey to mend the cracks. Crisis, and baby legs, averted. I also added a little bit of resin to the face region, to flatten it out a bit and prepare to paint. I added some eyes to see how it would look, mostly out of impatience. I knew I would end up painting over them eventually. 

Here are the legs and feet all painted up. Also note that I've started painting layers of grass that will soon come all the way to the foreground. 

Here are the legs and feet all painted up. Also note that I’ve started painting layers of grass that will soon come all the way to the foreground. 

I put another small dollop of resin on the face, and I painted in the real eyes in. I also started painting the nose piece that would come down over the face. There will be another layer on top of the nose piece to give it some more girth, and to better connect it to the rest of the tree helmet. I also coated the entire sculpture in a light coat if resin to fill in some of the cracks a bit. This allowed me to start adding details such as the smaller roots coming out of the helmet. 

I put another small dollop of resin on the face, and I painted in the real eyes in. I also started painting the nose piece that would come down over the face. There will be another layer on top of the nose piece to give it some more girth, and to better connect it to the rest of the tree helmet. I also coated the entire sculpture in a light coat if resin to fill in some of the cracks a bit. This allowed me to start adding details such as the smaller roots coming out of the helmet. 

With another light coat of resin over the character, I finished the nose piece and added even more little details... which is the best part. I can lose myself for hours in this part. The grass is also starting to shape up. The next step in this is to add the forest spirit that he will be conjuring. 

With another light coat of resin over the character, I finished the nose piece and added even more little details… which is the best part. I can lose myself for hours in this part. The grass is also starting to shape up. The next step in this is to add the forest spirit that he will be conjuring. 

Time to bust out the tiny brushes, and get to painting the spirit. I loved the contrast between the 3-D sculpted character, and the flat spirit character comprised entirely out of line work. 

Time to bust out the tiny brushes, and get to painting the spirit. I loved the contrast between the 3-D sculpted character, and the flat spirit character comprised entirely out of line work. 

Here's the final product. You can see the tree branches and the grass has taken root all around. 

Here’s the final product. You can see the tree branches and the grass has taken root all around. 

And here's a detail of the finalized characters. 

And here’s a detail of the finalized characters. 

Thanks for checking it out! I also have WIP shots of my other sculptural piece, Bearer of Wonderment. I’ll post those in the near future. 


The first batch of resin prints are finally done. I’ve finished all the “Roamer of the Subterranean Forest” resin prints, and after pre-orders, I have 10 to sell. I’ll be posting these on my Etsy store, along with the 3 new prints on Friday. I still have to sand and stain most of them, so expect them to ship within 2 weeks.

They are 18″ x 14″  $700

Here’s a couple pics of them fully completed.

 

Roamer of the Subterranean Forest Resin Print. Final product.

Roamer of the Subterranean Forest Resin Print. Final product.

All of the Resin Prints come pre-mounted, and come with mounting hardware. So you can just slap up it anywhere out of the box. 

All of the Resin Prints come pre-mounted, and come with mounting hardware. So you can just slap up it anywhere out of the box. 

I’m still working on completing the “Relish in the Moments of Glory” Resin prints. The final layer on that piece is very time consuming… lots of trees! So I’ll be posting those ones as they finish in the coming weeks. Here’s a shot of a finished one.

Relish Moments of Glory Resin Print

Relish Moments of Glory Resin Print

For those of you just finding out about these resin prints, please check out my previous post for more info.

www.andykehoe.net/blog/2014/03/dirty-winter-report-new-prints-and.html 

If you’d still like to pre-order a “Roamer of the Subterranean Forest” Resin Print before they’re posted on my Etsy store, email me: andy@andykehoe.net


Happy summer everyone! Things are settling down a bit here at Kehoe HQ after the months of madness that was my last show at Roq La Rue Gallery. If you have yet to see the work from the show, please visit my newly revamped, very handsome website.

http://www.andykehoe.net/2014/

Arrested Motion also made a great post about the opening. You can find it here.

http://arrestedmotion.com/2014/06/openings-andy-kehoe-inner-mystic-roq-la-rue/

Next up for me in a tiny piece going to Dime Bag 4 Exhibit at The End is Near in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York in July. Then a piece going into the Suggestivism: Chronology show at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, Ca opening August 16th.

Then its all hands on deck to make work for the Scope Miami show at Art Basel Miami with Thinkspace Gallery on December 2nd.
Whew. Going to be quite a hectic year, but I’m certainly looking forward to it. 


I’ll be releasing 3 new prints on Friday June 20th at 4:00 pm ET.

Here are the details:

Lake of the Fallen Moon

18″ x 22″

Limited Edition of 150

$75

 

Creatures of Synchronicity

18″ x 22″

Limited Edition of 150

$75

High Rumination

12″ x 15″

Limited Edition of 100

$50


Due to the intensive, 3 week straight, all-nighter paint fest going on with my upcoming show, I haven’t been able to put as much time into the resin prints as I had planned. I’m hoping to get half of them done over the weekend, and maybe half after the show is finished. Thanks for your patience and updates to come posthaste.



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