A few weeks ago I showed with the Happytime Apocalypse artist collective in what used to be the Quadrapus gallery, the site of my first ever solo art show, Blood Sugar. It was a big deal for me to show at this space again, and I wanted to bring everything that I could to the gallery to show how much I'd grown since that one fateful day in August 7 months ago. When I had blood sugar, most of my paintings were done with cheap paint on cheap sheets of illustration board, and I had no idea that using water when painting with acrylics is a good idea. I didn't know jack about blending, all of my art prints were made with my inkjet printer & wrapped in saran wrap, and I was nervous as hell when selling to people.
It's barely even been 7 months since then, and so much has changed. I've made more than $2,000 off of my art, I've been in at least ten more art shows, my entire inventory takes up half of my bedroom & I paint on massive canvases, bigger than any sheet of illustration board I'd ever splattered acrylics on.
I've added candles, shirts, trading cards, bags, xl sized prints, greeting cards, magnets & stickers to my inventory since then, and I wrap all my prints in high quality comic book bags & haven't fucked with Saran wrap in months.
I've become a smarter, more confident person since I had Blood Sugar last August, and have begun taking community college classes to improve in the areas that I knew I was lacking in when I had Blood sugar.
I filled the room & table provided to me with all of the canvases & prints that I haven't sold yet, and debuted my all new Xedouteyes art trading cards there.
The show was kinda' shoved into the back of the gallery. so not many people saw it & I barely made more than $50 that night, but I had a blast putting it up & reflecting on how much I've changed & how much time I have to grow even more as an artist & a person. Taking the show down & getting all the paintings out to my dad's car in the rain was a bitch, and I came to the conclusion that I really need to learn to drive asap.
Thanks to everybody who's bought a painting or print of mine in the past 7 months, and all of the brave individual who trekked up those treacherous stairs last Friday night to look at my show.
I'm loving who I am as a person & an artist right now, and am super glad that I'm alive & able to live the life that I have. I'm taking a break from shows for a bit to work on some other projects of mine, but I'll probably have my stuff up at Zippy's in White Center for awhile & you can always check my shit out there.
Till' next time!!!
-Andrew Schons, March 24 2015
(I know that the happy time show was more than 1 Friday ago, but my Computer's been on the fritz, so I wasn't able to post this earlier.)