Saturday, November 27, 2021

Anatomy of a Commission

At the last Affordable Art Fair in NYC - held last September and documented in this blog, I received a commission to create a work that reflected and incorporated the LGBTQ flag in a mixed media works with embedded electronics.

As I've noted multiple times, clear communications is KEY to a happy commissioning! I sent the client a draft contract and explained all processes... then I sent her some rough sketches for the central figure in the work -- the work was to depict a visitor to a gallery/museum where the center piece rotates digital images sampled online from famous abstract artworks -- a "new" Jackson Pollockish work (created by me, not a copy of a Pollock) was to hang to the left, and a Washington Color School style painting of the LGBTQ flag (a very cool stripe painting by the way...) to the right of the figure, while the center piece rotates images.

I sent her these rough drafts...

pen and ink drawings of art fair visitors by F. Lennox Campello, circa 2021

She liked the lady all the way to the right, so then I painted her and sent her this...

Woman at art fair -- rough draft watercolor by F. Lennox Canmpello 2021

She loved it! So we moved on! And here's the finished work, which rotates a famous abstract painting (and some not so famous yet) in the middle embedded digital screen.

Woman in love with Abstract painting - Mixed Media Painting 2021 by F. Lennox Campello

Woman in love with Abstract painting - Mixed Media Painting 2021 by F. Lennox Campell

Woman in love with Abstract painting - Mixed Media Painting 2021 by F. Lennox Campell




Thursday, November 25, 2021

A Thanksgiving story

About two decades ago, I walked into a Whole Foods supermarket to buy some olives and some Manchego cheese. As I strolled by Whole Foods' fantastic deli, I noticed that in this store they had signs in both English and Spanish.

I almost died laughing when I saw how the Thanksgiving turkey special had been translated! In English, the word "turkey" is the same for the country that spans Europe and the Middle East and for the Thanksgiving bird.

But in Spanish, the word for the country Turkey is Turquia, and the word for the bird is "pavo."

Guess what this store was selling as their Thanksgiving bird? Turquia! What a bunch of turkeys...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

More drawings on Bisque

 These will be heading to Miami in December!

Bettie Page by F. Lennox Campello - 2021
Bettie Page

Cuban Girl Flying Over Miami by F. Lennox Campello
Cuban Girl Flying Over Miami

Suddenly, She Wasn't Afraid Any More by F. Lennox Campello
Suddenly, She Wasn't Afraid Any More


The Monroe - with Attitude by F. Lennox Campello
The Monroe - with Attitude 

Next Year in Jerusalem by F. Lennox Campello
Next Year in Jerusalem
Frida The K by F. Lennox Campello
Frida The K

An Unmarried Woman Frida by F. Lennox Campello
An Unmarried Woman 

A Man Begging a Woman - by F. Lennox Campello
A Man Begging a Woman

Suddenly She Wasn't Afraid Any Longer - by F. Lennox Campello
Suddenly She Wasn't Afraid Any Longer 

The Fridanator - by F. Lennox Campello
The Fridanator

La Fridita - by F. Lennox Campello
La Fridita

Monster Orgasm - by F. Lennox Campello
Monster Orgasm

After the Orgasm - by F. Lennox Campello
After the Orgasm

Andy Warhol - by F. Lennox Campello
Andy Warhol

Mr. Spock - by F. Lennox Campello
Mr. Spock

Wild, Wonderful Things - by F. Lennox Campello
Wild, Wonderful Things

A Cuban girl running towards freedom - by F. Lennox Campello
A Cuban girl running towards freedom

Finally she achieved an orgasm! - by F. Lennox Campello
Finally she achieved an orgasm!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Mr. Spock

 Why not?  Here's Mr. Spock - conte and charcoal on broken Bisque.

Mr. Spock
Mr. Spock
Charcoal and Conte on Broken Bisque
c. 2021 by F. Lennox Campello


Saturday, October 02, 2021

Second Annual Chevy Chase Art Fair

 Just back from strolling on this gorgeous day through the Second Annual Chevy Chase Art Fair, a smallish, but very nice outdoor art fair currently though Sunday at the small walking square in front of Bloomingdales at the corner of Wisconsin and Bradley in Chevy Chase. 

Details here.

I walked the fair, as there's a lot of nature photography, paintings, some very cool glass and some fabric artists.

Best in show?

An elegant photograph by Santa Cruz photographer Andrew Butler titled "Watchful Eye", which is not only superbly textured by being presented in a very interesting and fitting form, floated in an antique and equally textured window frame, but also a photo with a wide range of inherent textures itself - go see what I mean tomorrow!

Watchful Eye by Andrew Butler
Watchful Eye by Andrew Butler

You can contact the photographer here - and go see the show! Outdoors and free and on tomorrow until 5PM.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New Bisque pieces for New York

New works on reclaimed, broken Bisque done for the Affordable Art Fair 2021 (Fall) in New York City...

























 #affordablertfairnewyork

Monday, September 20, 2021

Asmodeus

 I keep drawing this guy...


Who is this demonic Asmodeus? (part of my "Fallen Angels" series)

Asmodeus - Al Gore's Internet keeps telling me - is one of the “seven princes of hell." This fucker is a demon whose awful and awesome and nasty wickedness is matched only by his intelligence, power and ability to react. He specializes in spreading lust - or wantonness... and he reaches into all kinds of peopleses... not just ordinary folks, but even divine beings!

Lust is a powerful thing!