Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Day of the Dead Show features My Adam Yauch "MCA" Painting

"The Most Illinest B-Boy" Adam Yauch, A.K.A., MCA of Beastie Boys, By Quin Sweetman, Oil on Canvas, 16x20
My painting for the Rock n' Roll themed Day of the Dead show, "Honor Thy Music."
I was a young and naive junior high-schooler when Beastie Boys first hit it big but their songs became my generation's anthem. "You gotta fight for your right to party", right? My brothers and I played their music loud and often. My younger brother was even inspired to take-up rapping around this time and continues to this day. 
My painting represents the journey towards enlightenment, though the show is about death. From young punk, to hard-partying 1980s rapper, Adam Yauch, A.K.A. MCA, began to study Tibetan Buddhism in 1992 and converted to the religion in 1996. More significantly, Yauch co-founded the Milarepa Fund in the same year to help increase awareness of the Tibetan independence movement and in 1996, helped launch a series of large-scale musical festivals known as the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, featuring the Beastie Boys amongst dozens of other groups including A Tribe Called Quest, U2, Radiohead, Wu-Tang Clan, and Rage Against the Machine. Along the way, Yauch became the group's most outspoken member on social justice issues. For a rapper that once rapped about how "we rag-tag girlies back at the hotel" in 1986 ("The New Style"), by 1994, he was insisting, "I want to say a little something that's long overdue / the disrespect women has got to be through" ("Sure Shot"). Now that I am older and a little more "mature", this gesture is quite welcome as a woman. 
And the meaning of death resinates more now that I have lost some dear members of my family. I also appreciate Yauch's struggle to find meaning. Though his life seemed cut-short at the age of 47, perhaps death really is just a beginning. No "resting in peace" when a new journey awaits. 
See my painting and others at the Art Show Honoring the great musicians who have passed on yet continue to influence, inspire and enrich our lives from beyond the grave.
Gallery 135: PDX, 6-9 p.m. Thursday
135 NW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Over 50 Artists have been invited to pay homage to a selected musician using their own unique method, media and style, in keeping with the spirit of the great Mexican holiday: El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) 
In the Day of The Dead Tradition, it is believed that beginning at midnight on October 31st, the gates of Heaven are opened for all the spirits of the deceased to come down and reunite with their loved ones and enjoy the Festivities that have been prepared for them. It is a joyous celebration of remembrance, not a dark time of sorrow. In Mexico, death is not feared, it is confronted - with mockery, acceptance and reverie.
The Artist Corona will be building a large Community Offrenda (altar) - which will be interactive in the sense that we invite you to contribute to it by adding a small photo, memento or other offering of your choice.
Show Curated by Alea Ahwahnee Bone & Corona
With Special Thanks to: Lisa Klupenger & Jake Pacheco at IDL Worldwide for hosting.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Big Paintin'

5 foot tall diptychs
For a special New Orleans project, 5 foot tall paintings. Five of them. More to come ...

Monday, December 7, 2015

Little Paintings in time for the Holidays

It has been quite a pleasure to paint for this year's Big 500 show. These aren't the best photos of all of my little 8x8" pieces but you get the gist, and if you like one: get there early to snag it for only $40 in this benefit for Oregon Food Bank:

Mum Love, Quin Sweetman
Autumn by the Lake, Quin Sweetman

Becoming Real, Quin Sweetman

Portrait of C. Vu, Quin Sweetman
Dancing with Mum, Quin Sweetman

Redhead, Quin Sweetman

Men Can Be Pretty Too, Quin Sweetman
Back of Quin Sweetman Panels

Mums the Wood, Oil on Wood, Quin Sweetman

Panels in Quin Sweetman's studio

She Wore Her Vietnamese Dress, Quin Sweetman

Snuggling with Mum, Quin Sweetman
        All work created from life -- not photos -- in the Impressionist/Alla Prima tradition. I enjoyed setting up still-lifes of flowers, painting live models (and one landscape) and then pushing past what was in front of me to emphasize the colors, designs and patterns which appealed to me. I feel like these are my best works yet because I had so much fun creating them. This show of affordable art by over 500 artists benefits the Oregon Food Bank, so bring a can of food. (Also, next-door, the new OneDer Gallery features art of all sizes for $100-and-under.) Get there early:

Peoples Art of Portland and OneDer Galleries
Pioneer Place, 700 SW 5th, 3rd floor
Portland, Oregon
December 12, 2-9 p.m.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Black Friday Sale for Supporters - 20% Off

Black Friday sale starts early for supporters who see this post! Use code: STUDIO2 through next Friday and get 20 percent off in my Etsy shop.

Many thanks for your support!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Plein Air Season Wrap

I guess it's been a while ...

Lots happening but here's one of the recent highlights. I participated in the Plein Air Washington County event and won Third Place, overall. With over one hundred great paintings to choose from, I was quite honored (floored actually) that my painting was chosen. I'll post close ups of the completed paintings, soon. Thank you to the organizers at Sequoia Gallery and Juror, Za Vue.

Quin Sweetman with her paintings at Plein Air Washington County

Quin Sweetman paints the model at the Quick Draw event at Plein Air Washington County

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Painting Now Up for Auction to Benefit Efforts to Protect the Arctic

Artful Activism, Oil on Canvas, 16x20", Quin Sweetman
It's official, my painting of the sHell No protest at the St. Johns Bridge is now up for auction to raise funds to protect the arctic. Bid now and please share with your friends and followers to raise awareness:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Impressionist-Painting-Quin-Sweetman-Artivism-St-Johns-Bridge-/262023872173?

Prints also support the cause and show your support: 

See the painting and buy prints locally at Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, Downtown, Pioneer Square Mall, Top floor http://www.peoplesartofportland.com

Many thanks!

Quin Sweetman

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Artivism: My Artful Activism

Quin Sweetman, "Artful Activism, St. Johns Bridge", Oil on Canvas, 16x20"
Here's the painting I made during the protest. It was made on site, otherwise known as "Plein Air Painting" and hence, has an "unfinished" impressionist quality, which I think adds to the feeling of action. Several people have expressed interest in bidding on this work to benefit efforts to fight drilling in the arctic. I will post an auction site soon, but for now, please send me your contact information if you would like to be notified of the auction or purchase a print of my painting. Many thanks! Quin Sweetman, Artivist

Update: Plein Air Today covered my painting and wrote a nice piece about Artful Activism http://www.outdoorpainter.com/parting-shot-activism-art-artivism/