13th Annual LACDA Snap To Grid Exhibition

The week in review

So this week has been interesting in a few regards 🙂 we got to see the season finale of Westworld, which caused me to lose my mental faculties for a hot minute, so much so I wasn’t able to finish my Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy painting until the following night! I’ve already added it to my portrait gallery for your viewing pleasure by the way.

And that’s when the first surprise came… within a couple of days after posting it, it has become my most liked and commented Instagram posting ever! Granted, I’ve only been posting on Instagram since April, but for it to have scored over 100 likes while my account only had around 250 followers I think is quite an achievement 😀 Little victories! Big shoutout to all my fellow Westworld fans!

I’ve then stumbled upon something I had known for a while but have begun to take advantage of, the fact that I can produce my digital paintings quicker if I simply make them smaller 🙂 I know on a computer screen size is relative, but for the most part I try to make them as large as possible should I want to print them out at a later time. For example, these two paintings below, of Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently passed John Glenn, were painted at approximately 5″x7″ sizes, whereas I usually try to paint at least 12″x18″ or larger. So whereas it would normally take me 3-5 evenings to paint a portrait, I can now crank one out in a single evening! So if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably be seeing more portraits in the near future.

Last, but not least, was the reception to “Snap To Grid”, hosted by and at the LA Center for Digital Art. It was an unjuried show where they displayed all the submissions they received, as long as they were digital images (though I’m not crazy about the fact that some of them were merely snapshots, not what I would consider artistic digital photography). I have been to similar events before, but I have to admit I was a little bothered when I noticed the guests weren’t actually looking at the artwork.

It may very well be because I was an hour late to the reception (you can easily spend half a day just getting into and looking for parking in Los Angeles if you’re not experienced enough, which I’m not), but when I arrived, there were only a handful of people browsing the art and the rest where in 2 or 3 distinct bunches, chatting amongst themselves, with the rest scattered about also talking and ignoring the art.

And then the social anxiety kicks in 😛 I don’t do well in crowds full of strangers. It’s not a phobia or a shyness; if you ask me a question, I’m more than willing to answer. I’ve talked in front of rooms and auditoriums full of people before, not a problem. But when it comes to one-on-one, or even a tiny group, I feel uneasy trying to strike up a conversation and looking for some topic we both enjoy. It’s like after a few strikes, how do you “naturally” end the conversation you didn’t really have? That kind of stuff I never figured out.

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