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Kristen and I have been tirelessly working on paintings this last few months for our first art show together! I like painting automobiles and she uses horses as her main subject so we decided to dub the show, “Horsepower.” The show is currently hanging at Firehouse Art Center in Norman and will stay up until October 19th. Feel free to visit the show any time during regular hours, or join us for a closing event on October 19th.

1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

“NORMAN, OK – In their first exhibition together, husband and wife duo Kristen Vails and Dusty Gilpin bring “Horsepower” to the Firehouse Art Center. Horsepower is on display fromSeptember 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibition juxtaposes images of horses and automobiles, rendered in the unique and contrasting styles of Vails, who explores painterly brushstrokes and the use of symbolism, and Gilpin, whose mixed artistic background is evident through photo-realistic renderings and street-style spray paint.

With the horse an established subject for Vails, her latest works weave an element of iconography into layers of acrylic and latex. Her imagery of horses fades in and out, creating a sense of emotion, impermanence, and mystery. A third-generation commercial artist, Gilpin honors the power of the automobile and its impact on design and aesthetic with his new works. He explores multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, and enamel as a nod to his experience as a mural artist, sign painter, and car enthusiast. The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.”

Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36

Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36

Paint, Paint, Paint...

ART, PRINTINGDusty GilpinComment

I don't think I realized how much of my time would be spent painting once I closed the brick and mortar. Thankfully, I hit the ground running and have stayed busy working on great projects with wonderful clients! I'll keep the long winded post on reserve for another day, but here are a few images of recent work, friends, and upcoming projects. THANK YOU, for sticking with me during this recent transition. I'm sure its a shocker, but I'm scatterbrained. If you've reached out about a project, hit me up again (via email) and I'll do my best to get back to you!

These photos are in no order, just random work since the last blog post.

I got to help  Jason Pawley  install some lettering for lululemon in Classen Curve above his beautiful mural.

I got to help Jason Pawley install some lettering for lululemon in Classen Curve above his beautiful mural.

I installed some additional triangles to the 405 Yoga in Midtown. Merideth is a great client and I'm always stoked to work with them. This really added a ton of energy to the room, it's amazing how much some color can change the emotion in an area.

I installed some additional triangles to the 405 Yoga in Midtown. Merideth is a great client and I'm always stoked to work with them. This really added a ton of energy to the room, it's amazing how much some color can change the emotion in an area.

Helped my buddy,  Tanner Frady,  install some lettering for  Oil & Clay Studio  in Norman. Very classic sign gig. It's always great to paint with Tanner. He's a great friend, and one of the only persons in the world that can tolerate hours of me singing along to KOMA.

Helped my buddy, Tanner Frady, install some lettering for Oil & Clay Studio in Norman. Very classic sign gig. It's always great to paint with Tanner. He's a great friend, and one of the only persons in the world that can tolerate hours of me singing along to KOMA.

I painted a corrugated metal container for Levi at The Butcher BBQ in Wellston. Hands down, the best bar-b-que in Oklahoma. It actually snowed on me while I was painting, but ended up being a nice day. You   MUST   try their food, its incredible.

I painted a corrugated metal container for Levi at The Butcher BBQ in Wellston. Hands down, the best bar-b-que in Oklahoma. It actually snowed on me while I was painting, but ended up being a nice day. You MUST try their food, its incredible.

I had a lot of inquiries while I was on painting gigs, so I decided to whip up some business cards. Two color, front and back. Had a lot of fun with this, even though it probably wasn't worth the time I put into it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I had a lot of inquiries while I was on painting gigs, so I decided to whip up some business cards. Two color, front and back. Had a lot of fun with this, even though it probably wasn't worth the time I put into it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My good friends at  Bleu Garten  gave me full creative freedom to design and print a shirt for their one-of-a-kind bartender, James! I got to go snap a few photos of James and turn him into a t-shirt design. I went with bright colors and funky aesthetic, because James is a wonderfully vibrant guy. Really thankful for the Bleu Garten team and their continued efforts to support local art and culture.     I was asked by Luidgi at Cafe Kacao to brighten up the wall accompanying their new walk-up window. He new he wanted the word 'ALEGRÍA' and lots of bright color. This wall was 12' tall and 50' long. Another example of how color can really change the vibe of an area, this one is hard to miss!

My good friends at Bleu Garten gave me full creative freedom to design and print a shirt for their one-of-a-kind bartender, James! I got to go snap a few photos of James and turn him into a t-shirt design. I went with bright colors and funky aesthetic, because James is a wonderfully vibrant guy. Really thankful for the Bleu Garten team and their continued efforts to support local art and culture.

 

I was asked by Luidgi at Cafe Kacao to brighten up the wall accompanying their new walk-up window. He new he wanted the word 'ALEGRÍA' and lots of bright color. This wall was 12' tall and 50' long. Another example of how color can really change the vibe of an area, this one is hard to miss!

 
My beautiful wife,  Kristen , shares a birthday with Woody Guthrie! She's been wanting to visit the annual WoodyFest in Okemah, OK. She notified me that we could win tickets if I entered their t-shirt design contest. I haven't heard on whether my design won or not, but I really love the way this illustration turned out. Being a printer for 12 years has really influenced the way I design; loose registration makes this a printers dream!

My beautiful wife, Kristen, shares a birthday with Woody Guthrie! She's been wanting to visit the annual WoodyFest in Okemah, OK. She notified me that we could win tickets if I entered their t-shirt design contest. I haven't heard on whether my design won or not, but I really love the way this illustration turned out. Being a printer for 12 years has really influenced the way I design; loose registration makes this a printers dream!

I submitted a painting to Fowler Auto's V-Dubs on AutoAlley art show. This 2x3 is a 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco  Champagne Edition . I had no idea this car even existed until a month ago. It's basically a suped-up Rabbit and I think its hella dope. Still looking for a home for this one, so inquire about price if you're interested!

I submitted a painting to Fowler Auto's V-Dubs on AutoAlley art show. This 2x3 is a 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco Champagne Edition. I had no idea this car even existed until a month ago. It's basically a suped-up Rabbit and I think its hella dope. Still looking for a home for this one, so inquire about price if you're interested!

Adam at Rad City needed some signage on his garage door in the alley. They provided the design and I provided the paint. I was super excited to paint along side this amazing old shipping/receiving sign.

Adam at Rad City needed some signage on his garage door in the alley. They provided the design and I provided the paint. I was super excited to paint along side this amazing old shipping/receiving sign.

There's a new ice cream shop in town! The fine gentlemen at  Capitals Ice Cream  asked if I could paint some flowers on the wall. This was a totally new style for me, but I'm pretty stoked on the outcome. These 12' flowers took over 20 hours to paint and we knocked it out in two days. Very glad to have  Kristen Vails  and  Lindsay Zodrow  help paint for a few hours!

There's a new ice cream shop in town! The fine gentlemen at Capitals Ice Cream asked if I could paint some flowers on the wall. This was a totally new style for me, but I'm pretty stoked on the outcome. These 12' flowers took over 20 hours to paint and we knocked it out in two days. Very glad to have Kristen Vails and Lindsay Zodrow help paint for a few hours!

This Saturday and Sunday is  HABIT Mural Festival  in Tulsa! I've been drafting up images of what to paint, and I'm pretty stoked on what I have lined up. I figure this is an opportunity to paint what I want and challenge myself, so I'm going up with some big plans. Keep up on  our Instagram stories and posts  to see what I'm up to on the day-to-day.

This Saturday and Sunday is HABIT Mural Festival in Tulsa! I've been drafting up images of what to paint, and I'm pretty stoked on what I have lined up. I figure this is an opportunity to paint what I want and challenge myself, so I'm going up with some big plans. Keep up on our Instagram stories and posts to see what I'm up to on the day-to-day.

Late last night I had an idea I wanted to illustrate, and I'm glad I stayed up to finish it out. Totally inspired by vintage paint cans and 'wet paint' signs. I have the perfect shirt to print these on, so hopefully I'll have these ready to sell at Habit Fest this weekend. Whatever I don't sell, I'll bring back and put on the website.

Late last night I had an idea I wanted to illustrate, and I'm glad I stayed up to finish it out. Totally inspired by vintage paint cans and 'wet paint' signs. I have the perfect shirt to print these on, so hopefully I'll have these ready to sell at Habit Fest this weekend. Whatever I don't sell, I'll bring back and put on the website.

Thanks for looking! If you have design or paint needs, let me know. I'm booking up this year quicker than I thought I would! A big THANK YOU to all these clients for letting me be creative. Also a big thank you to Robbie Kienzle at the Oklahoma Arts Commission for being super kind and letting me submit a retroactive application for the last mural I didn't pull a permit for! See you soon!

The Bleu Dude Garten

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This weekend I was hosted by Hunter Wheat and The Bleu Garten crew. Hunter and I have been in discussion about painting another mural in their space for the last 6 months, and it finally happened. He told me the theme he was going for and gave me complete artistic freedom (which is a risky move!)

When he said he wanted a picture of The Dude from The Big Lebowski, I was all ears! The Big Lebowski is a movie I can get behind! It's no Blues Brothers, but it's definitely up there on my list. If you can stand sitting through the 240+ F-bombs, it might just be up there on your list as well!

This photo was taken about 1-hour into sketching out the initial concept. Luckily El Duderino has a pretty iconic features and accessories. The reference image I used from the movie has him in a different outfit, but the macrame sweater he wears seems to be most iconic. Also, His Dudeness wouldn't be The Dude if he wasn't sipping on a Caucasian. I think the White Russian was my favorite part about painting this image. Trying to figure out the reflections on the glass and the ice cubes was definitely a challenge, and that makes it fun.

Chump for scale. The shingles were a little tricky to work around, but not bad. They offered some weird shadows, so I had to wait until a cloud passed to get a photo without the obstruction...

Chump for scale. The shingles were a little tricky to work around, but not bad. They offered some weird shadows, so I had to wait until a cloud passed to get a photo without the obstruction...

All in all, I had a great time painting this. It was a lot of fun just hanging out in the Garten and talking to patrons. The guys at Buttermilk Sliders hooked me up with a free lunch and it was excellent as usual (Thanks, fellas!).

Lastly, I'm sure he doesn't want me to say this, but Hunter is a real advocate for the arts and I'm a real chump and often undersell my work. As we were talking about payment, I gave him my quote and his jaw dropped. He came back with a check for double what I had said. Any rational person would've just paid me what I quoted and been done with it. Hunter paid me in the value he found in the art, and that is very generous and very noble. I am grateful for the opportunity, the artistic freedom, and the considerate payment. Cheers!

Also! If you want to watch The Big Lebowski, drink a White Russian, and take your picture in front of my mural - you can do that at Bleu Garten on April 25th! They'll be having a grand ol' time as they feature The Big Lebowski as part of their summer movie series! Do it!