Art All Night!

Here in Pittsburgh we have an awesome annual event: Art All Night. It’s art, and music, and beer… all night long. It’s free for everyone, and anyone in the burgh can submit one artwork for display – with all being accepted. It’s such a great way to see the creativity going on throughout the city from hobbyists, pros, children, and dabblers alike. Needless to say, there are thousands of works on display. And it’s an absolute blast. My pastel drawing “Dexter” was my featured work.

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Me beneath my pelican pastel, "Dexter."
Me beneath my pelican pastel, “Dexter.”

 

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My fiance Tamaryn showcasing her own skills with her oil painting, “Everything Looks Perfect From Far Away,” her first ever oil painting. It sold!

 

“Wild Things” – A blast of an experience that went without a hitch

Well, we attended the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition” juried by Cynthia Shaffer at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which contained two of my artworks, and it was a ton of fun. “Longing” sold! I’m pretty happy that “I Hear You Have Crabs” did not, as I don’t really want to part with it.

Here’s me with my fiance. The artists were “highly encouraged” to create masks for the reception.

WildThings_03_600The building itself was adorned with these cool flowing tentacles.

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My works have been accepted into the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition”!

Lucky me! Two of my works, “Longing” and “I Hear You Have Crabs,” have been accepted into the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition” juried by Cynthia Shaffer at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I feel incredibly honored to have been selected!

The opening reception is on April 4th, 2014 and the exhibition will run until June 21st, 2014.

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“Longing” Daniel D. Brown 2014 Pastel Pencil and PanPastel
“I Hear You Have Crabs” Daniel D. Brown 2014 8″ x 8″ oil on canvas and MagicSculpt

“Longing,” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Pastel Pencil and Pan Pastel on Pastelmat

This is my most recent pastel work – the largest I’ve done yet (14″ x 11″) thanks to the new Pastelmat I just received.

This is a Pseudeuophrys lanigera jumping spider. They are quite tiny. Are his eyes bigger than his stomach? Does he dream of flying or metamorphosing?

This is based on a photo by the insanely talented photographer Nikola Rahmé (though the butterfly is based on my own photo). He kindly gave his permission for me to use his photos as references. If you like macro photography, go see his amazing portfolio on Flickr. He has produced a ton of gorgeous work.

Buy prints of this piece at the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ETSY STORE!

"Longing" Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil
“Longing”
Daniel D. Brown, 2014, pastel pencil
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“Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia),” Daniel D. Brown, 2014, Digital

I spent about two months working on this owl during my lunch breaks. It was created with the Procreate App on an iPad Air and is based on a photo I took at the National Aviary.

Buy prints of this piece at the LAUGHING MANTIS STUDIO ETSY STORE!

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“Burrowing Owl”
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“Argiope” Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), 2014, PanPastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastelmat

I saw this spider many years ago in Mebane, North Carolina. The original now graces the home of my awesome future bro-in-law in Colorado.

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