In this week’s blog as Creative Pinellas grantee, I want to talk briefly about something near and dear to me and my fellow 2D artists: moving pictures. (That is to say, for one, selling inventory.) Because, although each new painting is like a child to me—conceived, developed and nurtured to fruition—nothing warms my heart more than finding them an ideal new home and welcoming environment in which to thrive and be fully appreciated. And so, it is a somewhat harsh reality that not all of our time as artists is devoted to simply creating new art, but we must make an effort to thoughtfully share our work with the world in ways that engage our audience, and attract collectors’ interest.
One of the methods I’ve found effective over the years is another type of moving picture—the time-lapse “making-of” video. By watching a piece emerge from blank canvas to finished work, viewers can see the art come to life, while catching a glimpse of the processes and techniques involved in making that happen. And as a singer-songwriter, oftentimes I’ve seized the opportunity to record a new song as a kind of soundtrack for each, to add a little extra entertainment value. The song lyrics echo the theme of the artwork, giving viewers a bit more insight into the inspiration and meaning behind the art. Hopefully, when the art is presented in the right context, the viewer will develop a deeper understanding and connection with the paintings, and consider them (emotionally speaking), moving pictures.
Here are a couple of examples. Enjoy!
Fish Out of Water
36″ X 48″
Acrylic + Spray Paint on Canvas
©2011 Mark Mitchell
More Info >> here
Power and Grace
72″ X 36″
Acrylic + Spray Paint on Canvas Diptych
©2014 Mark Mitchell
More Info >> here
Solo exhibition in Tampa closing Thursday
Last chance to catch my solo show, Double Vision at TECO Public Art Gallery—continuing through Thursday, February 27, 2020!
Stop by and check out the show any time on weekdays during business hours. Details below.
TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke
RSVP to on facebook >> here.
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Open Weekdays Only, 8am – 5pm
Continues through Thursday, February 27, 2020
Group Pop Art show continues in Tampa
Fresh Popped, a group exhibition at MOSI continues through April 3, 2020.
Three artists’ take on Pop Art, including five affordable canvas prints of mine.
Stay tuned for info on a Special Artist Talk event—coming soon! Show details below.
The MOSI Art Wall Presents:
A Group Exhibition Curated by Michael Knapp
MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33617
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Continues through Friday, April 3, 2020
Save the Date:
SPECIAL EVENING ARTIST TALK EVENT
MOSI AFTER DARK
Open 6-9pm, Friday, April 3, 2020
Artists Speak at 7:15
More Details to Come!
Group show in St Pete closing Saturday
Looking Forward at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete will close this Saturday, February 29, 2020. The show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology. Details below and on facebook >> here.
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Exhibition Closing Soon:
Open Daily 11am – 8pm
Continues through Saturday, February 29, 2020
More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.
Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners