Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Your Spirit Rocks™ by Christopher Sullivan
Wednesday, February 1st, 5:30–7:30: Reception to Open Exhibit
St. Helena Public Library • 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena
Christopher Sullivan uses acrylic to paint rocks and then embellishes them with glitter and mylar stickers. Rocks are scanned using a flatbed scanner, and the images are compiled and modified in various ways using Adobe Photoshop CS. Some of the completed works have been enlarged to make posters for this exhibit. Sullivan, who was formerly the concierge at CIA Greystone, is now a full-time artist living in Calistoga.
Today I scanned five more rocks into different backdrops. This one is of one of my favorite rocks in a background that is silky and duotoned. I have enlarged the rock to make for a great poster shot. Pictures should look good from a distance of twelve feet. When I hang this poster next week I am hoping that it will stand out.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I have just added this poster to my collection to be displayed at the Library show on February 1st. It is a composition that was created by layering different digital photos and scans I took of my collection of rocks showing them in their raw state up to how they look when completed. The colored rocks in the silver dish show an assortment of blue, red and green rocks and what they look like during the middle phase of preparation.Notice the “eye” rock in the lower right of the picture. This particular painted rock gave me the impetus for the name of this piece.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
This is a mirrored blog post for the most part. I am so excited about the “ Your Spirit Rocks” show that is coming to the St. Helena Library Feb. 1st, that I keep thinking of ways I want to present it. I will be hanging it on January 31st, and the reception will take place on the First. I will be showing fifteen posters of my work, these posters have my painted rocks above drawings and paintings of previous work in the background. The above is a good example of what I am talking about here. It give me great pleasure to bring these images into Photoshop and arrange the entire piece in a visually pleasing manner.
Friday, January 6, 2012
This is a picture that I drew and scanned ,and then added some special rocks to the scene. It was all created in Photoshop. I blew it up to poster size 18x24” and will have it in the St. Helena library show that I have scheduled at the end of the month. I really am looking forward to it. The picture above is like being on a another planet and having the Spirit Rocks jump out of the picture at you!