Full Stop at the McNay

Full Stop is an installation by Tom Burckhardt, currently on view at the McNay.  It is a life-size,  imagined art studio made of only cardboard, paint & hot glue.  The space is filled with all sorts of fantastic details to absorb; a shelf stacked with books I wish you could pick up & read, art supplies everywhere you look and art historical references throughout the room.  As you walk through, you are confronted by a blank canvas, waiting for inspiration to strike.  It's an installation that is accessible, familiar and skillfully done using a medium associated with foundation design courses.  I loved it.  It is on view through April 10 at the McNay in San Antonio, Texas.



Custom Pet Portraits

These are my two most recent pet portraits; now that the holidays are over, I am able to share them with you!

These handsome cats measure 5" x 5", painted in acrylic on birch cradleboard. The cradleboard is 1/4" birch plywood secured to a hardwood frame, approximately 1/2" deep.  The wood provides a smooth surface, so I am able to capture more detail than with a traditional canvas.

Angerball was a commission from South Carolina; I was happy to dress him in a bowtie, monacle and tophat, as per request.  He looks quite dapper!

My favorite part of these paintings is finishing the details in the eyes and coming up with a background that suits the personality of the pet.

You can pick up a custom painting, for yourself or as a gift on my website, foundherestudio. Paintings start at $50 and are sent out within a week of the order.

Check out more portraits here, including a llama!