Art Inspired By KB

Recently, one of my very very good friends has passed away. KB, the subject of many of my paintings passed away on Thursday, June 18th or during the late night hours of June 17th. He was a guy who I never needed to explain my art to. He just kind of “got it”. He just understood. In case you might be confused about his name, KB stands or Krazy Bill.

KB

One of my first paintings that I sold was a painting of KB. It was on display in Three Roots Coffee Shop in Tempe, AZ.  It was a similar painting to the one above with the orang-ish background, but it had a greenish background and was larger. It was 3 feet by 3 feet or 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet.

KB

This painting directly above with the light green background was painted for a figurative art exhibition at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. For the moment I cannot recall the name of the show, but I do think I have the images of the show somewhere.  The painting was centered above the stairway that leads to the main gallery. It was a great exhibition.

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This particular piece with the blue shirt and the eye-patch was painted while I was still attending ASU. I love portraits so I am always searching for interesting subjects. I guess my friendship with KB was the jackpot. He was never bothered that I was painting him. His eye-patch inspired another another painting of mine, that was a self-portrait with a pink wig and an eye patch. When I get this painting out of my studio, I will post it here on my blog for all to see.

 

Oil on Canvas portrait

Oil on Canvas portrait

Currently my artwork is on display at “All Art Arizona 2015″ at Art Intersection in Gilbert. This venue is in downtown Gilbert, Arizona and has a lot of great work all of the time. My painting entitled “Summertime” is on display until July. This particular painting is a part of my swim series about the happiness that swimming brings.

Please go and visit my art if you are in the area. Summertime is spectacular in so many ways.

 

Force of Nature May 7th opening

Force of Nature May 7th opening

Hi Everyone! Last week I had an amazing opening night at the Shemer Art Center. So many friends came and it was amazing. I even got flowers.
The painting accepted to the Shemer is entitled “Houndstooth Bison,” it is oil on canvas and measures 64 inches by 64 inches. My husband and I had to utilize a U-Haul truck in order to transport this huge painting, but it was worth it. Obviously no other vehicle would have worked.

Houndstooth Bison and I at the Shemer Art Center

Houndstooth Bison and I at the Shemer Art Center

For anyone who is interested in purchasing any art or seeing my art all in the same place:

http://www.ugallery.com/rachel-goede

and here is the new Shopify Page that I have added just last night: www.rachelsrinivasan.com

 

Swim Portrait - Seaside Poolside

Swim Portrait – Seaside Poolside

Hi all, I have completed my swim series!
However, I have really really enjoyed it and so there is a chance that i might start additional paintings of profile portraits. I will submit the swim series in a show proposal later this week. If they are accepted, then there is a chance I will make more. I will have plenty of time. Also, I now sign my artwork Rachel Srinivasan– that is in fact my real legal name.  There are no other Rachel Srinivasans. I checked.
Right now, I am on to another project. That one should not take long.
I am not mentioning that one right now because it is a secret!!!

On a more serious note, I am going to be in a show next month at the Shemer. The exhibition is entitled “Forces of Nature.” It has been curated by Amy Leon. I might have spelled her name wrong.

Houndstooth Bison

Houndstooth Bison

sea_understood_early

This is the last painting of the swim series, and I am excited and bored about it at the same time.  It could be completed, or it could not be. I suppose the artistic process cannot be hurried. But in this day and age of deadlines and crazy schedules, that is not really true. The background may change. But  that’s enough about not knowing what to do about my painting or my crazy life in general.

The point is that this specific piece of work is about my brother Mike. He was both a collegiate swimmer and a marine biologist.  He symbolizes our experience with the sea and water together in one individual. This last swim series painting is unique, but I have to figure out if it’s done yet.

sea_understood_small

Hi everyone, I have completed the first portrait of a man in my swim series. This individual is my brother Mike. Once again, this is an oil on canvas painting that measures 4 feet tall by : feet wide. Why is this my favorite size? It’s my favorite size because when I was attending art school at ASU, it was the largest size painting that I could fit in my car at the time. I grew to love this size. I still do.

Swimmer Painting

Mike the swim uncle by Rachel Goede

Hi everyone. My brother swam for the University of Maine and he is a big inspiration for my art. His current job does not involve swimming but he has a side job as a swim coach. The paintings of him are the 3rd and final part of my swim series. This is a 48 inch by 36 inch painting, oil on canvas. This is incomplete.  Hopefully  I can finish it soon.

Underpainting

Underpainting of Swim Series about Mike the swimmer

 

Man Swimmer oil painting

Guy Swimmer Painting

Thank you so much for coming to the opening Colleen, Hurricane, Denis, and Olivia! More swimming paintings are coming.

Today, I’m in Kansas City, visiting my brother and I’m not leaving until I get images of him in a swim cap.

Opening for the Ways of Water at the Herberger Theater Center

Opening for the Ways of Water at the Herberger Theater Center

 

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You’re Invited!

Invitation to the Ways of Water

Juried Art Exhibit about Water at the Herberger Theater Center

“The Ways of Water” is a juried group show about the benevolent and destructive forces of water. Only one of my paintings will be showing.  I have a whole series about swimming that I am really excited about. “The Joy of Water” will be displayed in this group exhibit. The opening of the show is next Friday, October 3rd at the Herberger Art Center, here is the info:

 

Friday, October 3, 2014
5:30 – 7:00pm
Herberger Theater Art Gallery
222 E. Monroe Street , Phoenix

Red Anarkali

Ready for Engagement Ceremony

Recently, I spent 2 weeks in India. This was my first trip to Asia and it was very interesting to say the least. There are many good things and many bad things that I ran into during this trip. The food was amazing, the traffic was exhausting, the spirituality was palpable, and the relationship between animals and people was confusing at best. I cannot wait to go back!

For 2 weeks I lived with my fiance’s family in Bangalore.  My fiance’s mother is an outstanding chef. Indian coffee is both strong and like caffelatte but not.  It was not tourist season so when I saw a Non-Indian-looking person I just stared, unsure of what to say or if they even recognized I was not Indian.  Cultural storms are not a joke, even if they are your own and no one else’s. Living in Phoenix, it’s common for people to pick up on my Nebraskan accent. However, when I was in India, no one noticed my slight Midwestern twang but it became very noticeable to me.  It’s time to adapt I thought, it’s time to learn Hindi to begin the process.

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