I'm not really asking you this (I'd feel silly doing that), but it is a question I've been asking myself over the past several months, and I'll tell you why.
|I'll kill you with my bear hands|
acrylic on canvas
To give a little background to those of you who do not know, the name With Bear Hands
spawned from a painting I made a few years ago called I'll kill you with my bear hands
(above). It's one of my favorite paintings, a good blend of dark humor.
|Booth Sign for Dealer at Nostalgia on McCalla|
In trying to think of a title for this blog long ago, there was this natural progression of abbreviating that painting's title. So much of what I enjoy doing involves using my hands, my bare hands, to be precise. I decided to use bear
instead of bare
to add a bizarre element, maybe confusing, hopefully kind of funny. There's really no other explanation than that.
(Well, I also like bears. They're pretty dang cute, and they can also kill you. Sidenote: I saw a black bear for the first time in the Smoky Mountains last year (in the woods and not from my car). We locked eyes, and within a second, he ran the opposite direction. I was in love, mesmerized, happy, scared, exuberant, so glad he ran the other way, bewildered by the fact that he could tear me to pieces, but I scared him more. Amazing...)
|Small mason jar paintings on salvaged wood|
As time has passed and I gradually refine my business skills, I have wondered whether or not to keep using With Bear Hands
as the official name of my business. Is this a good title for all the work I make? Should it only encapsulate part of what I do? All business is, I've come to find out, is a journey of answering a lot of questions.
|Commissioned portrait on salvaged window sash|
|Detail of portrait|
I do see a split within my work, specifically drawing a line that separates the work I make that is more accessible to people (i.e. mason jar paintings) and more conceptual fine art (collaborations with Juicy
, fabric work, even my narrative paintings).
But as I keep wandering down this unknown path, there is even more.
|Limited Edition prints of original paintings. This is Meet Cute.|
In this post, I'm sharing photos of things I have made recently. Several people have asked me to make work for them, which has been really fun as well as educational. It is so rewarding when a person comes to me and says, "I like your work. Will you make me (insert shared idea)?"
I love this aspect of involving people in my studio practice, and so even more, this is what I have realized, not fully, but in part- that With Bear Hands
is not only about the mason jars or the fine art I make, it's about all the people involved. Something more: I also want it to be about supporting and promoting other artists' work that I admire, because that seems like an important thing for me to do right now.
Paint pen on acetate layered on coffee package
8 x 10"
So I guess a new theme I've picked up is the Art of Sharing. Sharing is caring, y'all, and I hope to do more of it in the future.
While we're on the subject, a great way for me to share with you is to follow me on Facebook
. This is my new favorite way to talk about what's going on with With Bear Hands
|Commission piece: Tin ceiling tile shadow box|