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State Fair Mural Demo 2018

GRAFFITI, ARTDusty GilpinComment

Another GREAT year painting at the State Fair is in the books! Nancy Nortz and the crew at the State Fair are wonderful hosts and we are already planning on making the event BIGGER and BETTER for next year!

Big thanks to all the participating artists! Here are photos of all the finished panels (in alphabetical order.) Click on the artists’ name to visit their instagram page and see more of their work!

ASHLEY DAWN

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RUHEK

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SEAPO

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TRUDUST

I decided to try something new this year. It didn’t come out 100%, but I definitely learned a few things, so that’s a win. I love insects and entomology, always have since I was a little kid. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of those adorable little jumping spiders that frequent our house and eat the flies in the windowsill…

I’ve never tried to paint something dimensional and ‘realistic’ with spray paint, so this was a fun experiment. Happy with the turnout, looking forward to the next time I can try something like this again.

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All in all, great fun! Big thanks to the State Fair, Nancy Nortz, and all participating artists! We’ll see you next year!

What's Been Happening?!

ART, GRAFFITI, PRINTSHOP, PRINTINGDusty GilpinComment

It's been over a month since our farewell party, a lot has been going on and updating the blog is the bottom of the totem pole. This will be a long one to update you on art we've worked on, upcoming projects, and a recap of our wonderful going away party. I'll do my best to keep everything brief!

February 3rd was the second best day of my life. Our going away party was a night that I will never forget. I am so thankful for everyone that came out to visit. People traveled from far and wide to give their condolences and wish me luck moving forward. Evan Sartin (a regular Drink & Draw attendee) drove all the way from Houston just to be at the event, and that means a ton.

Zac Hatlestad took a ton of wonderful photos, and my friend Dane Karr edited this really great video. Check them both out below. Huge thanks to The Mule for providing the bar. The Nghiems and Vonna Pearl provided incredible music throughout the night. Andy Rine, Avery Cannon, Taylor Dickerson, Steven Silva, Lambo, and Jabee, all roasted me pretty brutally - it was fantastic!

"So, Chump, what have you been doing for the last month?"

I'm glad you asked! The last month has been a combination of cleaning, organizing, and working. You'd be amazed at how much stuff there can be in a 1200 sq. ft. store. My printshop started to look like the junk drawer of my life, and that needed to change. I spent a week cleaning and organizing both my printshop and my home office. Both are now functional workspaces where I will be spending my day-to-day.

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On top of cleaning, I've had a few really great projects roll through. First, I was commissioned again by my friends at 405 Yoga to paint their main studio room. About a year ago, I painted their main entryway with a multicolored triangle pattern and we replicated it on a much larger scale. The mural is 30 feet wide and 16 feet tall. It really brightens up the room and adds a ton of energy to the space.

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I also had an opportunity to work on another great project with Tower Theatre. They hosted a Coen Brothers Film Festival and had me do a series of posters for the event. It was one of those projects I couldn't refuse, and the guys at Tower are always awesome to work with.

I did posters for Fargo, True Grit, and The Big Lebowski. Here is an image of the Lebowski poster. I now have a little more time to focus on projects like these, so I had the time to hand draw the characters. We do have a limited few remaining, so I'll get them listed on the website soon.

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Lastly, I was invited to paint this weekend at the Milk Crate Jam 2! Last year I was out of town during this event and I was super bummed. I'm really looking forward to getting to paint with my friends this Saturday on Gatewood and 16th. Come hang out!

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