i happen to live in the beautiful city and moderate clime of greenville, sc. (affectionately & oft hash*tagged as #yeahTHATgreenville.)
last weekend, the metropolitan arts council held its annual “flat out under pressure” event where local artists bring their paper, canvas, board, or whatever*have*you to the office, have it stamped, and are to return with that same stamped board by the next morning. it’s 24 hours to make one piece of art. at stake? having your art on downtown’s trash bins (nicer than it sounds; it’s free advertising and who doesn’t like fancy trash cans with art on them?!), and… a trip to italy.
before you read too much further, i’m going to spoil it for you: i didn’t win. but i did have LOTS of fun creating this piece. after i’d calmed down a bit. (as the name implies, it’s a LOT of pressure! and YES, i had queen’s “under pressure” stuck in my head for most of the time i was feverishly painting this piece!)
so here’s a peek into the process of creating this 15 x 30″ board that encapsulates 16 of aesop’s fables (yes, i spent more than 16 hours on it). i’ll list them below for you if you want to find them out!
click through the slideshow to see details of the process.
here is “fabulist.” or, “aesop’s sketchbook,” or “how to lose your cheese, fall short of grapes, explode in vanity, escape the angry bees, do as you would be done by, stay faithful, grateful, brave, wise, & outrun a hare with a house on your back.” a work in 16 studies. 😉
so while i didn’t win, you CAN purchase this piece and many of the other amazing works created by 68 other local greenville artists in just 24 hours!
the flat out under pressure show is hanging at the MAC gallery until july 8. open during their regular office hours. details and winners list on their website HERE.