This past week I was sorting through the staggering number of photos on my phone, organizing during some downtime. I came across hundreds of my two cats, so I took a moment to zoom in and admire their faces. I noticed that many had an interesting blur to them, a dizzy mix of whiskers, fur, ears and eyes… A somewhat creative type of blur showing their quick movements. For some reason this motion blur brought me back to those very moments when I took the photos, I couldn’t help but smile!
I have been busy transferring my art to a new surface, iPhone Cases and Skins! So far I have 10 transferred and have a few more in the works. It’s exciting to know that people are walking around with my art protecting their phones! The cases are very minimalistic and add very little bulk to the phone but with my art they add a lot of color. The top and bottom of the case is mostly open so there is no problem plugging in chargers and adapters.
Right now through Sunday April 01 2012 all of my cases and skins include free shipping worldwide!
Skins are $15.00, Cases are $35.00
I have some artistic changes in the works to start off a great New Year! First I have a new company name: Drizzle to Rain Fine Arts. I also have a new signature name, I will now sign all my work with my full name of Patrickcollin; this is a true representation of my artistic side.
With the New Year I will also be releasing a completely new and redesigned website. After months of hard work, new photos and learning some HTML it is just about ready to release.
Over the years I have had many customers ask questions about me as an artist. They asked what inspires me, how I feel when I paint, what emotions I go through… my new site delves into my life as an artist, it is professional yet personable, allowing you to follow me through my creative process. Most importantly it is full of original art and art prints to view and purchase.
They have been called unique, beautiful, amazing even organic. What ever you call them they are original to me the artist Patrick McCrohan. I begin by hand selecting my sandstone from local landscaping design centers picking out flawless large thick slabs. Its not quite like going down to the art store and grabbing a canvas off the shelf. I lug the sandstone home, break them into more manageable sizes, chisel and shape them. I clean and scrub them down removing any loose pieces and then lay them out to dry. I use black ink and a stippling technique to create simple yet dramatic shading making the images pop.
(Stippling is a process of creating thousands of tiny little dots by hand). Sandstone is very porous so the ink soaks right in creating permanent works of art. Sandstone has so many beautiful natural features that will enhance the artwork. I look for the differences in each piece, stone colors, textures, tones, shapes and layers are all part of my creations. I make sure to check both sides and turn it around and around again before I decide what image is just right for that individual stone. A piece that is tall and skinny may be great for a giraffe or I may turn it on its side and see a line of elephants marching to their favorite watering hole. Somehow I can see the best in each piece.
Some years back a friend said that she knew of a place to show my work. I said great, contacted the owner and began to show my artwork in a quaint little coffee-house. Recently a friend said that she found a great restaurant to show my artwork, I immediately said ‘No Thanks’.
See, at this coffee shop it all started out great but soon went sour. When it came time to change out my art work I contacted the Artist in charge of the installation. Well he had moved to New York. So I tried to contact the owner of this charming coffee-house to no avail. I then decided to go down in person and see about exchanging the paintings with new ones. I walked in with a smile, scanned the place and saw only 1 of 4 paintings. Wondering what was going on I asked the Barista where my paintings were. He looked puzzled and vaguely recalled them and then directed me to the basement! I’m now the one puzzled, what would they be doing in a basement. Was it a trendy private coffee area a break room, what? Down below I found an old couch, fog machine, stuffed animals (a bit strange), a broken espresso machine, boxes and glassware. No trendy coffee area, no paintings just junk. I called down the Barista and he proceeded to kick boxes around, look behind crates, in a sink and even under the couch. I looked him over good and asked why would he be looking under the couch for my painting, what was going on. Was it really that crazy around there that my precious works of art ended up under a dusty, well-worn couch in a damp basement. He could see that I was starting to boil and called the owner, (he apparently heard the stories of ‘don’t upset redheads’) after a few words I asked to please speak with him. The owner of this now not so charming coffee-house explained that one painting is at the coffee shop, one is hanging in his living room and he doesn’t know what happened to the others. What, what, what… “you have one at your house” I exclaimed! I was in shocked. I immediately advised him that I was calling the police to file a report on the missing paintings and that if he was smart he would hightail his ass over with the other painting or I would have to report that he posses a stolen piece of artwork. Well, he did make it over rather promptly with my precious cargo , but sadly the other two painting were never found. (Pictured above)
The ugly little coffee-house closed down weeks after so I was happy to get two paintings back before their demise. I’m still walking with a smile just extra careful and cautious with the idea of loaning my artwork out, in fact I have not done it since.
Back in 2006 I decided that I needed a nice place to paint. At the time I was using a spare bedroom. I had my paints, brushes, crafts, canvas and sandstone scattered all over the room. The closet was unoriginazed and stuffed with reference materials, supplies, old projects from school, a projector and a host of things that really belonged in other parts of the house. The carpet was stained with paint, ink, markers, wine you name it. What started off as beige was beginning to look like the technicolor dreamcoat. It was way past blaming on the cat. The room was a horrible cramped inefficient mess.
I decided on:
Dark hardwood flooring for easy clean up
Tinted plaster for the walls, orange my favorite color
A cable lighting system for some style and functionality
A large built-in desk for the Apple computer and an extra painting area
Lots of overhead cabinets and…
everything had to have rollers, easel, chairs, art carts, everything. I kind of like to wheel around the room from the computer to the easel and then across the room to get supplies. It sounds lazy but it’s rather fun. Sometimes I miss my mark and go crashing into the wall and then let out a good laugh. Still looking for a trash can with wheels.
My studio now has a ‘Painting Zone’ Viewing Zone’ ‘Storing Zone’ ‘Surfing Zone’ ‘Relaxing and Chilling Zone’ and everything in between! It really is a great working space. It’s not a huge space but it’s very efficient, besides once I’m at my easel my back is truned to the world and I’m focused on the art before me. I think what really makes it special is that I did all the work myself, from the floor to the ceiling. I’m prod of my accomplishment every time I step into my “Dreamcoat Studio”.
I have reached a point in my career that I have decided to share my art and thoughts with the world. Now expressing myself with paint, ink, lines and WORDS. Here you can learn more about me, how, where and why I create art, what goes into my paintings, artist creations and my struggles as an artist, person and creator. Learning art and its history comes fairly easy to me, I love art. I devour every article on art that I can. I’m always on the lookout for new art, artistic ideas and creative happenings.
When I started building my web site a blog page kept coming up and I kept pushing the idea back down. When it would show up again I would say “Ahhh, not you again, blog go away” I really wanted to show my artwork and be done with it. Sharing my thoughts just didn’t seem creative to me. But as I jotted down notes and page after page of ideas for my web site, I would go back read them over and think this might be something that people may find interesting or I have never told anyone about why I painted that. The blog idea started to soften and sounded a little better each time. I found that just showing my art wasn’t enough, I would like everyone to know me not just my art. The world of technology and networking is such an ever-changing mash of possibility and change that it is difficult to resist.
So here I am telling my story and here you are reading it and hopefully many more to come. Visit me here and watch me evolve, strengthen and focus on art, the one thing I do best.
Feel free to post your ideas right here right now on my blog. I encourage comments and questions, ask away. You can contact me on facebook or through email: patrick’at’viewpatricksart.com