The artist's origin stories are interestingly varied. San Francisco-based Michelle Jader always loved painting fish, butterflies, and birds as a child, "And now, 40 years later, she still is painting things that float and fly," Schwab says. When Ali Cavanaugh was pregnant and felt her baby kick, she decided to paint what she imagined her unborn child might look like as an adult. Nineteen years later, the new piece is strikingly similar to the premonition. And Nathan Durfee chose a painting he made only seven years ago. With his new piece, he shows how much he's developed since then as he's gone from the illustrative world to the fine art realm, growing his approaches to color theory, themes, and composition.
Thanks to places like Bottles ‘N Brushes, we've learned the wonders of wine-fueled art classes. And pretty soon, BNB hopes to make it even easier to sip and create by bringing their classes to their fans with a Brush Bus.
Great for bridal showers, birthday parties, and more, the bus will carry all the supplies necessary to have an event right in your own home or office. After an assistant sets up the supplies, all you’re left to do is stock the bar and invite friends over to create a masterpiece, with step-by-step instructions from a BNB artist. If you’ve always wanted to get your drink on while learning to paint but didn’t want to drive home afterward, we think this is your solution.
BNB is still raising money for the bus through Funding Charleston, and they're asking fans to make donations.
By the way, BNB is hosting a sidewalk sale at their West Ashley location on Sat. March 2 from 8-10 a.m. All paintings have been discounted to $10. See bottlesnbrushes.com for more info.
Charleston expat artist Patch Whisky scored media attention last week for his custom paint job at a Florida Mellow Mushroom. West Palm Beach’s NBC affiliate followed Whisky as he covered the restaurant in “space, aliens, monsters, you know, rainbow monsters.”
He based his vibrant color scheme on the bright colors that dominate the South Florida landscape. “This is what you would call a dream job," Whisky said. "This is what I’ve spent my life trying to get to."
You can see the artist's work locally behind the shops of Avondale, in Park Circle, and at City Paper HQ.
The hunt is on for a free West Fraser painting, which the artist has graciously hidden in a tree in downtown’s French Quarter. The generous gesture is part of Fraser’s ongoing Painting in a Tree project, which he started in Cumberland Island, Ga. in 2009.
Whoever finds the painting gets to keep it — but that person is encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity, organization, or school in return.
Here’s the front:
And here’s the back:
And don’t bother trespassing into any yards: The painting’s in a public place.