a short, sweet story about flowers begins here…
flowers cut from canvas scraps first get coated with gel medium
july 14, 2014 8:34:36 pm
flash forward to sept 24, 2014 6:21:04 PM
flowers are now edged and hand stitched together. these are their acrylic painted sides
ink and gel medium sides
long story short the flower container is ready for the flowers
oct. 18, 2014 7:54:40 pm
oct 18, 2014 8:01:11pm
8 two-sided flowers and their container
at the gate of gary’s studio
art lined stairway up
boston blackie? gary sez look it up on youtube.
tools of the trade
gary & nic
where are we now?
hiway 61 peace vida loco
composition in antiques, velvets & tools
the ford. the ice, the reference.
afterwards table five 08
nic looking cool in the 91 degree temperature outside
our chariot awaits at the curb to take us to work in our own studio
nic’s scrap paper angel
and so it begins, the excavation of a full-up 5′ X 10′ art storage unit.
most everything must come out, not only to find the ‘two sisters’ but to make room for new additions from the nicholsloy studio stack.
looking down the hall to our unit’s east side open door.
looking up the hall from the east side door. lucky for us, no other folks showed up to get at their stowage.
looking in from the west side door. boxes of mac flasks with notes inside. the ‘Y’.
a collection of paintings no longer on stretcher frames that are rolled up & labeled.
a box of large rolled up canvases we once shipped by fed ex to denver at the request of rick dawson & geoff kann, art collectors extraordinaire. they chose a very large still life with a crab.
the ‘Y’ box & sloy’s ‘no one told the truth’ brown bag.
the excavation & rearrangement continues at the west door entrance.
sloy’s ‘kick it right here’ & ‘dead men’s coats’.
nic’s ‘on the road with no memory’ & ‘GP pulp mill’
in the stacks 3 issues of sloy’s & nic’s 4 issue tabloid ‘rebeat’. left to right, summer ’93 issue #4 (nic’s cover), winter ’93 issue #3 (carol hausser’s cover), and fall ’92 issue #2 (dan may’s cover).
a large cardboard, 2-sided piece, we shipped by UPS to the vita gallery in 1997. we were in a 3 artist show curated by the incomparable linda grounds, the vita gallery owner.
a stack of nic’s large (54″ X 49″) ink drawings of vintage stock boxes from the now defunct everett, WA. weyerhaeuser pulp & paper mill drawn on pulp paper produced at that mill.
some of nic’s early live line paintings in acrylic & a collection of sloy’s writings inside an envelope sloy made for storing them. all done on the same large pulp paper as the stock box drawings.
our kite ‘sing sign’ for the bush gallery kite show invitational in 2006 along with glimpses of some of nic’s earliest paintings from ’81 & ’82.
‘woman smoking a pipe’ & in the upper corner is painted a rendition of nic’s ‘in the graying glass’, nic’s grandfather looking on. ‘in the graying glass’ will be in the alumni show. an early work.
‘two sisters’ oil on canvas, 1985. 92″ x 58″
the sisters ready to be taken home in the trusty nicholsloy studio van. excavation is exhilarating-exhausting labor. the works of your life flash by & beset your dreams. we took the plunge into the archives because of the ccc alumni show november 6 – december 6. the studio became bare of so many pieces, & with the holidays on the way, we chose “two sisters” to come home with us & fill the void. it’s been decades since we’ve spent any time with them. if you’ve been following so far as to be reading this now, we hope to see you at the opening wednesday afternoon 12:30 – 2:30, nov. 6. nic learned from facebook yesterday that he has to give a little talk about his art, a bracing blow to his already blowsy nerves.
in no time at all, nic gets enlisted as the publicity/marketing end of the venture. he shoots hours of real time live shows & ‘plug’ practice sessions with a panasonic vid cam. he designs, photocopies, hangs & distributes flyers. here we are at another gig i got the guys in lincoln city at a surfer’s 4th of july party. you can see nic’s camera work & watch the band, get a glimpse of the primitive, wild, cop invaded gig, on youtube here…
so nic is designing the cd, the flyers, shooting the videos, as i am scraping up gigs for these 3 extraordinary musicians with their all original songs all original full out sound. we are a team of artists working in synch.
you can see it then in our faces & it remains so… one of the honors of our lives to have been a part of it all. here’s to ‘plug’. plug on forever.
time to face the arctic attic, the only time of year to ‘spring’ clean up there.
nic’s ‘mapping heaven’ woodblocks he made for a large canvas with the same name & to print on the trap door.
pull down ladder with extension cord used to turn on lights.
here we go. watch your step, nic.
where to start… cow skull, cadillac, container of cars. the broken finial from nic’s grandfather’s monument in the pioneer cemetery.
summer patio furniture.
containers filled with our Christmas treasures.
nic’s store of cardboard supplies for his cardboard sculptures.
sleeping bags on containers storing… what???
stacks of file boxes with collections from over 3 decades.
empty packing boxes & materials. you never know when you may need one.
the packing boxes & materials get the nod. watch out for the low slung rafters, nic. too late. crouching is hard to remember.