Our Feet Are Stained…

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Hey good readers… you may have noticed I have been blogging less and less over the last several months. After 8+ years (1,500+ posts) documenting my art adventures, the time has come to officially call it a day for this online journal. This blog has been a labor of love for so long, it is hard for me to imagine NOT blogging my various art exploits regularly.

While covering my personal art-making and art exhibitions around the Bay Area with this diary, I have very much come to appreciate how lucky I am. I live in a great city with a ton of great art happenings. I have many artist friends and art appreciators, and just terrific friends in general. That is why I need to make this specific decision to close this blog. I don’t like the idea of a slow, sputtering, prolonged death.

I have been busy these days. I recently had an epiphany with color in my work as some may have noticed. I don’t know if I am going through some sort of mid-life scenario (I just turned 50 a few months ago), but I am achieving more creative clarity and discovery than ever before. This new direction, which includes increasing my commercial projects as well, take a lot of focus. So certain practices, like this blog, have to be set aside.

I hope my friends and readers will understand why I have decided to set this book down. I want to view art with my own eyes and not through a camera. I want to be very present with my own art and the art of others, one-on-one, a very direct experience. I don’t want to worry about getting good photos or enough photos of artwork. Many times I have posted pics that didn’t really convey the true quality of an exhibition. That’s a small negative part of the process, but it’ll be nice to be “off the clock” as well. These are demands I have placed on myself, a kind of creative discipline for years. So now my work is done here.

There are very good online resources for Bay Area art such as Oakland Art Enthusiast, SF Art Enthusiast, Fecal Face Dot Com, Art Business, Stretcher.org, Bay Area Art Quake, Oakland Art Murmur, and many more.

I will post my art stuff occasionally on my Instagram and Facebook like most other folks.

You can subscribe to my personal art mailing list here to be notified of my upcomg exhibitions if you wish.

This blog will remain here as an archive and reference for anyone to view, for the foreseeable future. I want to thank my readers for their loyalty and feedback. You guys are great. I truly thank you!

xoxoxo – John

p.s. I used to watch The Lawrence Welk Show with my grandmother when I was little. I used to think Aufweidersehn during the show finale was “Our Feet are Stained” … good night!

Audiowood T-shirt

A little while back I did a t-shirt design for my pal Joel Scilley at Audiowood. I’m pretty sure he still has some of these beauties in stock.

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Distant Reverence @ Faultline

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Madeleine Tonzi and Felicia Gabaldon have a nice show up now at Faultline Artspace. Check it out!!

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SoEx 2014 Monster Drawing Rally Pics

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What a crazy fun time I had at Southern Exposure‘s annual fundraiser. I have participated in the Monster Drawing Rally for a number of years and it continues to be an epic event. I always pre-sketch two 8″x10″ drawings and work furiously during my 1-hour shift to get them finished and up on the wall for sale. Happy to report that both sold to hopefully happy collectors. Thanks to Mary who took a bunch of these photos for me in such a hectic situation.

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My Art for Sale @ Compound Gallery Oakland

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The Compound Gallery in Oakland now has my original work for sale. The Compound Gallery is a great institution with a fine gallery space and an extensive array of studios and workspaces. They also represent a number of talented artists. Check them out!

I will be having a solo at The Compound Gallery this coming spring 2015. Gonna be fun! Check my available works here.

SoEx Monster Drawing Tonight!

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Off-Site Location: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St, SF
Tickets at door: $15 SoEx Members / $20 General Public

Join us on July 11 for our famous annual Monster Drawing Rally, an incredible live drawing and fundraiser event where over 120 artists work side by side.

As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for just $60 a piece. All proceeds directly support Southern Exposure’s programs.

DJs spin music for drawing and dancing all night long. Curbside food available for purchase from Kasa Indian Truck and Hey, Cookie! Special thanks to New Belgium Brewing Company for their generous beverage donation.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS!
Kristen Adam, Nick Almquist, Sarah Ammons, Luca Antonucci, Megan Atherton, Saif Azzuz, Angela Baker, Steven Barich, Lauren Bartone, Michael Berens, Brad Borevitz, Kellen Breen, Luke Butler, John Casey, Courtney Cerruti, Serena Cole, Holly Coley, Randy Colosky, Nina Coloso, Gina Contreras, Sofia Cordova, Torreya Cummings, Dana Dart-Mclean, Christian Davies, Ryan De La Hoz, Alison Dubois, Gabriel Edwards, Christina Empedocles, Mary Fitzgerald, Jessica Flemming, Kellie Flint, Carlos Franco, Alison Frost, Omer Gal, Danielle Gherardi, Veronica Graham, Conrad Guevara, Maggie Haas, Michael Hall, Lauren Hartman, Adrienne Heloise, Kathleen Henderson, Joe Hengst, Julie Henson, John Hersey, Terry Hoff, Carrie Hott, Beatrice Hunt, Althea James, Mark Johnsen, Kelly Lynn Jones, David Kasprzak, Helena Keeffe, Willa Koerner, Helen Lanier, Jennie Lennick, Genine Lentine, Ellie Litzenberg, Ken Lo, Sarah Loomis, Cathy Lu, Marina Luz, Phil Maisel, Maciej Makalowski, Vanessa Marsh, Stacy Martin, Yuki Maruyama, Michael McConnell, Em Meine, Masako Miki, Robert Minervini, Erin Mitchell, Golbanou Moghaddas, Indira Martina Morre, Paul Mullins, Tomoko Nakazato, Christie Yuri Noh, Billy O’Callaghan, Mitsu Okubo, Michelle Ott, Jennie Ottinger, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Nathaniel Parsons, Patricia Pauchnick, Hilary Pecis, George Pfau, Steuart Pittman, Ferris Plock, Maria Porges, Carissa Potter, Noah Ptolemy, Radka Pullian, Genevieve Quick, Kate Rhoades, Marcela Florez Rodriguez, Stephanie Rohlfs, Simone Root, Kimberly Rowe, Jana Rumberger, James Sansing, Zachary Royer Scholz, Erik Scollon, Matt Shapiro, Jenny Sharaf, Brian Singer , Sarah Smith, Kate Stirr, Lindsay Stripling, Amber Stucke, Will Sultan, Tim Svenonius, Charlene Tan, Kevin Earl Taylor, Sarah Thibault, Micke Tong, Lindsay Tully, Hannah Van de Water, Emily Van Engel, Ben Venom, Jerad Walker, Brooke Westfall, Woodrow White, Hillary Wiedemann, Lana Williams, Melissa Wyman, Daniel Yovino, Jake Ziemann (as of 7/1/2014)

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RPS T-shirt Now Available!

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Support Rock Paper Scissors!
Rock Paper Scissors Collective is proud to present a limited edition shirt designed by Oakland resident and long-time RPSC friend John Casey.

Proceeds from the shirt sales go directly to support the many community art programs run by Rock Paper Scissors in Oakland.

Get yours here!!


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