Behind the Muse: with Tahany Garrison

Tahany Garrison is getting amped up for her first year as an Art Lotto artist. At our Luck of the Draw event, she drew the name of fellow-first-timer Hannah Sions. The two met downtown Harrisonburg for a full evening of art shows on a recent First Friday:

“In the unintentional spirit of procrastination, I have just now started on a portrait of Hannah. I met with her a few weeks ago and, fittingly, strolled through a First Friday downtown. I snapped some pics, and was on my way to think about what I had done- because I felt like I had gotten myself into trouble by finally participating in Art Lotto. I hadn’t done a portrait in a year or two. I was a little terrified, to be honest. Then I remembered a mantra offered to me in the past, “Keep it simple, stupid!”“What a relief. As usual, I was over-complicating things. I already knew I wanted to use salvaged/recycled materials. I have a nice stash of paperboard I’ve been hoarding and a bunch of stuff that the city doesn’t accept in the recycle bin. That was the ‘me’ in it. Finally, I choose a photo of Hannah, which as it turns out, was one she took of herself. A gritty, webcam shot of her perfectly witty and goofy self- perfect!”

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Tahany3“Now it’s execution time. Alone time to work on this piece is hard to come by before 9pm with little people running around. So, to keep them busy- I asked them to tear up the card board while I laid out the portrait on my substrate. So, kind of out of convenience and improvisation, I choose to do do a mosaic style portrait. Originally, I wanted to use the subtle differences in shades of brown on the unprinted side of the cardboard to do a monochromatic image. But life is more fun with color, and I’m pretty sure Hannah would agree.” ~Tahany

 

This year, Tahany will be portrayed by former Lotto award winner, Rhoda Miller.

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Behind the Muse: with Kyle Scott Mitchell

“I drew Angus Carter at the Luck of the Draw event, and it’s kind of a funny story. Angus and I have been good friends since High School. We joked about the what ifs of drawing each other’s names, and I couldn’t help but laugh when I actually saw his name roll out from under that cup.”AngusKyleLarkin

“My process starts from a board, or canvas that I’ll cover with a thick coat of black paint. For me, it eliminates all other elements, and possibilities, allowing me to get at only what needs to be there. Usually it’s in the form of old memories that are pulled from somewhere in the backlogs of my brain. It takes a lot of concentration, but something always comes screaming through. Afterward, it’s just a mad rush to bring it out of the black before it’s forgotten, or I have to start all over. It’s actually a really exciting process for me, and usually accompanied by some fun music. I guess it’s kind of a Zen approach to art, but I really don’t label myself as such.

Whenever I do portraits, they tend to deviate from my normal method in some way that bends more toward their character. Angus’ portrait is no different. So far it’s turned into something slightly more complex, and chaotic, which actually suits him pretty well.” ~Kyle

I ran into Kyle and Angus recently at an art opening at Larkin Arts. When I cornered them for a photo, I asked Kyle if they had any older photos together. Much to my surprise, Kyle sent me this gem. Check out Kyle and Angus in high school!

Angus and Kyle Throwback1“We were all going to a pro wrestling show, if I recall, and it was canceled. We all pretended to be really super bummed for the photo. I was a bit of a chunkier kid in High School, making really bad choices in hair-styles, and Angus was a skinny little vegan/straight edge dude (hard to believe, I know). We’re on the bottom right of the photo.” ~Kyle

Look for Kyle’s portrait of Angus at the August Art Lotto opening as well as the portrait of Kyle which is being created by Parvina Mamatova.

Behind the Muse: with Lynn Lough

Lynn Lough is new to Art Lotto this year and we are so excited to have her creative energy on board! Lynn is in the first stages of portrait planning and to her, it’s more than putting a face on a canvas. Here’s a little glimpse into the mind of Lynn Lough:

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Lynn reads the name Rhoda Miller from a lotto ball at The Luck of the Draw event in March at The Blue Nile.

“I’m creating a portrait of Rhoda Miller for Art Lotto.  As an artist who approaches my work in a very expressionist manner it’s extremely important for me to know my subject on a emotional level.  I met Rhoda for the first time at Art Lotto’s Luck of the Draw.  I snapped a few photo’s of her then and immediately became enthralled with her eyes, which are amazing!  But, pondering how I was going to get even a glimpse into her “soul” in such a sort time seemed a bit daunting.  As the “luck of the draw” would have it, last week I was able to attend her art opening at the Joshua Wilton House (It’s a great show and is up through June). Getting to see Rhoda’s work was very inspring and informative and gave me insight as to how I want to portray her. After all, there are few better ways to know an artitst then through her work!  Rhoda gave me permission to photograph her work at the opening and I immediately came home and started playing with the images. Here’s a little teaser video I made for inspiration…who know where this will lead!   I guess we will all find out in the weeks to come!  Cheers!” ~Lynn

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click the above video screen shot to view Lynn’s montage

Denise Fills Our Cup With Happy

Incase you forgot how awesome the cup drawings were at The Luck of the Draw…here’s a friendly reminder. Denise designed 58 original drawings on styrofoam cups! Artists in attendance selected a cup to keep – under the cup was a lotto ball with the name of another artist, revealing who they would be portraying in this years Art Lotto!

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It feels like Christmas!

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Tomorrow is the Luck of the Draw event at the Blue Nile. This is the event where artists make their random selections and discover who they will be portraying in
Art Lotto 2013. There are 59 names in that bowl!
Holy lotto balls Batman!

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