March 16, 2015

This is where I am right now.












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I am in a constant state of looking for amazing and authentic. and in doing that. 

Those things. 

They show up.


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I was invited to be a part of an art and faith panel a few days ago. 


Before we went up, I looked behind me at the crowd and thought... 

one of the most beautiful places is where human beings are eager to learn from each other. 


Eager to HEAR and UNDERSTAND and GROW with each other. 


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I am in the early stages of several projects with people who take risks and are interested in work that says something. 

Work that DOES something. 


And those are the teams I want to be on. The places I want to get muddy.
The projects I want to exhaust me. 



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Work and school has been really crazy. 

I am still figuring out how to organize and balance everything. But my life is my art. and it is all part of the same picture. 

It just gets richer. 





When you make work. 

Make marks. 

really intentional. really bold. really brave marks.






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March 6, 2015

Some tour birds.







your hat OFTEN does not show your real insides. 

But putting on the hat is actually half the battle. 






focus a little differently...










The birds escaped again. they are on their own little tour. 

Now at:

Grove Ave. | Starbucks Coffee Company
5802 Grove Ave. Richmond, VA
Regular Hours. Open 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM. 










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February 24, 2015

February 16, 2015

Long story


except it isnt. 

I just forgot 
and wore my slippers out of the house today. 



I think it has something to do with school plus teaching plus art work plus I have three plants to feed. 



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I was painting in a friend's studio this week and heard some people in the gallery behind me discussing work. 

And I thought, one of those voices sounds familiar. 


and something all of a sudden came over me and I knew exactly what voice it was.


My college painting professor - Joseph DiBella.


I walked up and said, "I am going to cry." 


And I did.






He is very special. 

A wonderful teacher and supporter. 

And a huge part of who I am as an artist. 


It was amazing to be able to tell him I am a full time artist 

and show him my current painting. 

sigh.

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I am working on two very large pieces right now and he got to see most of one.


If I am not doing homework these days I am carrying oversized canvases against the wind. I can never figure out how NOT to turn into a sail when running a painting into my home.


Let's just say. 

I am very cool.




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February 11, 2015

January 29, 2015

the things that happen













They are the things that make us more beautiful and open and loving. 





     photo credit: Matt Polson                                                                           



     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson











     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson



     photo credit: Matt Polson



    photo credit: Matt Polson







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January 20, 2015

I FINISHED MY WEBSITE













I cant even express how hard it was for me. 
and how amazing it is that you can do anything to try to do. if you try really hard. 
and if you accept that it will be crappy for a lot of the journey. 


And. 
one day a friend of mine from high school showed up in an email and offered answers to questions and eventually. she helped me make exactly what I wanted. She is a giving. selfless. smarty. 
KELLY EAGAN. THANK YOU.




You guys. I have been working on it for so long. 
I would say that I can rest now, 

BUT I HAVE A SHOW to set up tomorrow!
and 

school started. 

and I am one of those students who gets consumed in the work. 


everything is insane. 

I think thats the consistency I am going to get. 

Im down. 




hey. did you look at my website yet?

January 5, 2015

today starts today.


my dear friend (and seriously wonderful artist)- Claire Hill- introduced me to water mixable oils. 



It gave me more life. 



I think when I started painting with them I told strangers even... in a store. Hi. I am now able to paint in oils ANYWHERE. 

and not be swimming in toxic chemicals.

( DO NOT SWIM IN TURPENTINE. that was just an exaggeration. and I speak largely in superlatives.) 


People who chase a fast heartbeat understand what it is like... to be empowered and charged.



acrylic paint dries very fast. it feels a certain way.
oil dries very slow. can be manipulated more. and pushed.
to me, oil is more sculptural. it is what I love to use. 


so this new avenue has been a gift. 

Thanks Claire. 



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I have also been staring at books. 

a lot. 



and speeches. and sermons. and poetry. 



I feel so lucky to be fascinated and affected by words and ideas.


I was reading one of Winston Churchill's speeches this morning. 

and it was talking about imagination. and how it can be a burden because those of us who imagine- 
we have a lot more to carry in our minds. 


it's a responsibility.


we carry more things in our minds than will actually happen. 


and that can be scary and heavy.

and we need to pray to have the strength to handle it. 


I completely understand that. 

and I would rather need that strength than to be less burdened.


It is a gift. to feel deeply and want richness. 
and invent.


to only settle for such richness. 



and to believe in the potential of our reality.


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Today starts today. 


OIL. on canvas (thrilled.)

2' x 2' $500.00

and magic. 




















it is a responsibility.
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January 2, 2015

2015 and available paintings.



Slightly anticlimactic because I have been accidentally writing 2015 as the date for a while now. 


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This year is particularly frightening because I am starting school soon. 

I paid my tuition so. theres that. 


and I have two shows happening this year that I know about. 

One with LIVE ART. a theatrical spectacular- LIVE ART: SOUL-  JUNE 7. 

and one with a couple other artists - A gallery exhibition- at HILL GALLERY. JULY 2015. 

expect creatures and things. 



The kids in Live Art already have their wings. Literally. 

and before we start dancing I wink at my nine year old neighbor and she winks back. 

and thats the epitome of what I am looking for this year.


a wink back. 


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whew. 2015.

here are some new paintings available now. 

descriptions are below each. 

If interested email Abernathy.Parade@gmail.com
and if that piece is still available, it is yours. 




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I kind of always knew I wasnt by myself.



2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00

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Directly around yourself.



2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00

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Hope





2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00

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Sometimes what is in my head is actually less amazing than what is actual.




2'x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00

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Always move a little bit too fast.



10" x 10" acrylic on canvas $250.00

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Tall Bird




10" x 10" acrylic on canvas $250.00

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abernathy.parade@gmail.com for orders.

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