Friday, May 12, 2017

The Story of Funky Fish 6

Funky Fish 6
Funky Fish 6 ~ Available at www.useeverycolor.com

During my last show at the Riverside Arts Market I met a mother and daughter who were looking for art for their grandbaby-slash-baby respectively. They wanted to put something fun and colorful in the baby's room and spent a while looking through prints. The grandmother connected with the Funky Fish 4 and 5 originals (seen at the bottom of this post) and decided those would be the winners. They also took home some prints, but it's always a great joy when someone takes home an original piece or two, with the intentions of inspiring young humans.

Sometimes when I am creating (and you can ask my family about the nightmarish whining I do) I struggle with whether or not there is a point to the piece. Some art has great meaning while some is just pretty to look at. This mother-daughter-child trio reminded me that "just pretty to look at" is sometimes more than JUST anything. An infant or child does not have the life experience to interpret the deeper meaning in complex art, but a simple and fun piece can inspire the young to create deep and meaningful art themselves later in life. The Funky Fish may be mere eye candy to some, but eye candy to a child is mesmerizing and could lead to early brain activity that blossoms an artist greater than I will ever be.

Therefore, since the two Funky Fish I had available went on their way to be viewed by this precious little one, I created the next piece in the series. Number 6 is the largest Funky Fish so far at a whopping 6"x9". (Hey, the other ones were 4"x4" and 5"x5"!). The original has been listed for purchase at www.useeverycolor.com or by clicking any of the fish.

How do you feel? Do you agree that eye-candy is always more than it seems? Share your thoughts in the comments section. I look forward to reading them.


Funky Fish 4

Funky Fish #5

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shore Lore Siren Tee in Aqua

Siren Tee by Shore Lore
Shore Lore Apparel has released a new colorway of this shirt featuring my Siren ink drawing. They are 50% cotton and 50% polyester for a super soft feel that keeps its shape. Only a very small number have been printed. You can order yours at www.shoreloreapparel.com and a donation is made to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab for each item you purchase.

God bless,
Bryan

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pokemon Prints

Pokemon in Prismacolor

Since you guys have been asking at shows for me to make more prints available online, I'm adding a few each day. Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Charizard, and Squirtle are waiting for you. These four Pokemon prints are now available individually or as a set. Head over to www.bryancollins.bigcartel.com to catch 'em.

God bless,
Bryan

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nightmare Before Christmas Prints

Nightmare Before Christmas

Once again, the good people of Jacksonville, FL made Collective Con an amazing show. Despite a couple of disappointing celebrity cancellations, everyone stayed positive and had a great time at the convention. Some of you asked if I would put more prints up in my online shop and I've started doing this for you. Today I've added the Nightmare Before Christmas prints available individually or as a set of four. Thank you guys and gals for your support and I hope to see you at another show soon. For a show schedule where you can catch me, check out www.bryancollinsart.com/shows.htm

God bless,
Bryan

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Collective Con 2017

Collective Con 2017

Hey guys, it's time for Collective Con again! I'll be in Artist Alley at table C05. I have a few new originals and prints just for you. I really hope to see you there. This is going to be the best year yet.


Bryan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Old Salt 5

Old Salt 5

The sea shapes those who spend enough time on it. The series of Old Salts is a playful study of  these weathered sailors. They are the characters who bring shrimp to shore. They haul crabs up from the deep and net the fish that make their way to your plate. Whether or not you enjoy seafood, these guys certainly supply a worldwide demand.

Old Salt 5 (2017) $70
4"x6" colored pencil and acrylic on wood, varnished
D-hook mounted on back for hanging
Title and year of creation on back

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Funky Fish 4 and 5


The Saint Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is the first weekend in March and I'm adding to the series of Funky Fish. These two, numbers 4 and 5, are 4"x4" colored pencil on wood. Catch me at the fest March 3-5 to hook one for yourself.


God bless,
Bryan