What in the World Has David Been Doing All Summer?

Summer is officially over and I know some of my art fans have been wondering what I’ve been up to since I haven’t been posting much new art around here.

Well, I’d like to introduce you to my latest, creative endeavor… Chop Shop Wear! Yes – I’ve taken my creative eye and applied it to a fashion idea that I’ve been percolating on for awhile. In a nutshell, Chop Shop Wear is a fashion “chop shop” where we acquire previously-owned men’s luxury-brand shirts and chop shop them (cut them up), re-purposing the material to make pockets for one-of-a-kind pocket shirts.

Some of you know that I’m most comfortable in shorts and tee shirts all year long. But, I also love me some luxurious, designer shirts, especially when I can buy previously-owned ones for a few dollars rather than spend hundreds for a new shirt. Case in point – I’ve had a long-sleeve Versace shirt in my closet for years that I purchased at a thrift store for $5. With a bit of research, I discovered that this shirt originally retailed for over $400! But, I rarely wore it until I started thinking about how to re-use the cool fabric on something I’d wear all the time – like a tee or polo shirt. How about cutting up my $400 Versace shirt and re-using the fabric to make pockets for some fun pocket tee shirts. Or pocket polo shirts. Or hoodies!

Chop Shop Wear - One-of-a-Kind Pocket Shirts!
Chop Shop Wear – One-of-a-Kind Pocket Shirts!

Fast forward through the summer… learning to sew, buying my first sewing machine, figuring out how to creatively “chop shop” luxury shirts and making pockets from the material, developing and testing prototype shirts, creating an initial Chop Shop Wear brand and logo… and officially launching Chop Shop Wear!

Whew! I invite you to check it all out – I’ve created an online store — www.chopshopwear.com — and stocked it with lots of great pockets to choose from. And just for being a blog reader of mine, please feel free to use a special savings code, “ChopFriend” at checkout to save 25% off your entire first order!

And that, my friends, is what I was up to this summer!

Chopping some previously-owned, designer shirt fabric into one-of-a-kind pockets.
Chopping some previously-owned, designer shirt fabric into one-of-a-kind pockets.

Four Seasons of Trees… Heading Off to Minnesota

I’ve been working on a commercial office space project for awhile now and have just finished a set of my Four Seasons of Trees fine art reproductions! This project was a set of custom fine art prints on canvas – each is 14″ x 36″, stretched on 1.5″ deep gallery-wrap stretcher bars and finished by hand with my signature metallic highlights. I think this set will look really great in the office they’re heading to in Minnesota!

Be sure to contact me to discuss creating a custom set just for your home or office!

"Four Seasons of Trees", fine art giclee on canvas, 14" x 36" each.
“Four Seasons of Trees”, fine art giclee on canvas, 14″ x 36″ each.

Two New Red Paintings Inspired by the Western Sky

There are some days when I happen to look up, just at the right time, to the Western sky and see red. These are two new Red paintings I just completed inspired by that moment I see red. These are also unique since I mounted them on three-inch-deep gallery wrapped canvases for a rather dramatic presentation.
Got a great spot for these in your home or office? Let me know if you’d like to add one or both to your collection!

"To: Points West" and "Go West", watercolor mounted on canvas, 18 x 18", $500/each.

“To: Points West” and “Go West”, watercolor mounted on canvas, 18 x 18″, $500/each.

You Want a Piece of Me?

OK art peeps… you want a piece of me??

I’d love your help to introduce my art to your friends and contacts – anyplace and everyplace!  Here’s the deal.  Artists have been trading small pieces of art called Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with each other for years.  But, I’d like to trade something different with you.  I have a large stack of ATCs (mini, original watercolors) ready to send out to you in trade for you sharing my art with your friends and contacts.

How and when? This Wednesday, 3/27, I’ll be announcing a special, “Name Your Best Price” spring cleaning sales event.  I’ll be posting details here on my blog, on my website and on my Facebook page.  I’ll send out an email and will even throw out a tweet about it!  All you do is forward it on and share it with everyone, encouraging them to check out my art, Like me on Facebook and sign up for my art email list.  Then just send me an email to tell me about your sharing, include your mailing address, and I’ll send you out an ATC.  I’ll include all of the sharing info and links in my posts on Wednesday, so watch for that.

I certainly appreciate all of my art friends and fans and hope you’ll be ready to trade a little sharing for a little art on Wednesday!

Elemental Tree painting ready to be chopped up for you!
Elemental Tree painting ready to be chopped up for you!
Painting pieces make great ATCs... easy to pop into a frame, too!  ATC size is 3.5 x 2.5 inches.
Painting pieces make great ATCs… easy to pop into a frame, too! ATC size is 3.5 x 2.5 inches.

Met the Property Brothers, and… I’m Still on a Square Binge!

I’ve been painting squares like never before recently… which for me is saying alot!  I’m even doing a bit of collage application – here are some 1″ x 1″ squares that I’ve applied to a larger painting.  Incidently, I met the Property Brothers – Drew, Jonathan and JD Scott – this past weekend at a private meet and greet here in Columbus.  I’m a HUGE fan and presented them with some of my original artwork.  The painting below was one of them!

Steve and I with the very TALL Property Brothers.
Steve and I with the very TALL Property Brothers.
Collaged squares on a recent painting... now in the collection of the Property Brothers!
Collaged squares on a recent painting… now in the collection of the Property Brothers!

Red For Valentine’s

I had some fun last week painting some hearts for Valentine’s.  Using a new idea from MY Valentine, Steve, I painted individual squares measuring 2.25″ x 2.25″ with vivid, saturated colors. I then mounted four of them on a 6″ x 6″ stretched canvas.  I only painted 3 of them and they all sold quickly on my Etsy shop yesterday.

Just wanted to share them here since they are something a bit different for me!  If you’d like to see more “love-colored” artwork, be sure to visit my special online shop section: Red For Valentine’s!

Red Hots, watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.
Red Hots, watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.
Love, Love, Love, Love; watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.
Love, Love, Love, Love; watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.
Candy Hearts, watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.
Candy Hearts, watercolor, 6 x 6 inches.

Percolation Complete: My Word(s) for 2013

I’ve been percolating on my list of words for the new year long enough… I’ve actually known which one is the winner for awhile, but spent some time considering a secondary word to choose, too.  So, considering that 2012 was mostly spent focusing on projects other than my art (moving to Ohio, career researching, caring for my Uncle Jack), I think the perfect primary word for 2013 is: ESTABLISH.  This relates to everything I’ve been planning for my art in the new year… more about how as I progress!

I’ve also decided on a secondary word that relates more directly to the art I will be creating: METALLIC. Many of my fans and collectors know that I’ve used metallic watercolors (and gouache and acrylic) for years, but I really want to explore the range of subtle-to-saturate with purpose.  More on that as I progress, too!

Meanwhile, here’s a just-finished painting in my latest “panes” elementals with some great metallics.

David Castle, "Pyrrol Autumn", watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 12 x 12 inches, $250.
David Castle, “Pyrrol Autumn”, watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 12 x 12 inches, $250.

Holiday Grouping… What to Do If You Need More Than One!

I hung a fun grouping of my 12 x 12″ original paintings above our fireplace last week as I dressed things up for the holidays.  So, if you’ve been thinking about more than one of my 12 x 12 paintings for your collection, I invite you to consider grouping them together for a dramatic display!

Each of the paintings in this snapshot is available in my DavidCastleArt Etsy shop… enjoy!

Grouping of ten of my popular 12x12" original paintings, $250/each.
Grouping of ten of my popular 12×12″ original paintings, $250/each.

I’ve Never Done This Shape Before…

I have to say this one is pretty unique… I’ve never made a painting in this overall shape of 4 x 12 inches.  I’m not sure why, especially since I’ve had this stretched canvas hanging about my studio for at least 5 years.  I even painted the canvas scarlet years ago, but never made a watercolor painting to mount on it.  Until this week!

I really love this one – I have several projects in progress, but we’ll see if I go off on a tangent to paint more narrow rectangular ones.

Posted to my online DavidCastleArt shop here.  If you love copper and red, this one is for you!

"Five in a Row", watercolor mounted on stretched canvas, 4 x 12 inches, $95.
“Five in a Row”, watercolor mounted on stretched canvas, 4 x 12 inches, $95.

Original Art Holiday Cards for 2012!

Listening to some of my most favorite holiday music in the studio today… Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Mannheim Steamroller, George Winston, Handel’s Messiah, Mercy Me, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus… love it all!

While listening today I’m finishing an order of custom, original art holiday cards.  I love making these – original watercolor and acrylic trees mounted on blank watercolor card stock.  I still have time to make more, so let me know if you’d like some for sending out this year.  They are $5 each, so whether you’d like a bunch for your holiday list or just one for that special someone, they make a great holiday greeting.

Assorted Holiday Cards for 2012.

Caribbean Flapjacks… 2 to Give Away!

Well, I have my very first cruise under my belt – a week in the Caribbean, visiting ports from Bridgetown, Barbados to Isla Margarita, Venezuela.  And, this is one of the first times that I’ve packed up my supplies and painted on the trip.  My “flapjack” paintings were the perfect travel size, so I painted a bunch – all inspired by the Caribbean and island colors that nearly overwhelmed me.


Flapjack painting on our Silver Whisper balcony.

How about I share some?  I’ll give two of them away to the first two folks to leave a comment on this post.  And, if you’ve won one of my free flapjacks in the past, please let some first-timers get these!  I’ll also be adding several Caribbean Flapjacks to my Etsy shop in the next few days, so watch for those, too.

Introducing My Latest Batch of Art… on my New “Etsy” Shop!

Despite my move and the crazy schedule this past summer, I have actually been making art.  Since I’m currently without a public studio space and, in order to get my recent creations out to my online fans, I’ve opened an online artwork shop on “Etsy”.  Initially, I’m focusing on smaller paintings, most which are $250 and under!

So, please check it all out and let me know what you think… or which ones you’d like to add to your collection!

“Pocket Firmament”, watercolor mounted on stretched canvas, 12 x 12 inches, $250 on Etsy.

Special Offer: 2012 Winter Sojourn Paintings on Sale Now!!

I’m excited to announce my upcoming 2012 Winter Painting Sojourn on the Oregon Coast, January 10 – February 7, 2012!

I can’t wait to stay in my usual spot in the tiny town of Oceanside, Oregon and get my fill of inspiration from the mighty Pacific, the lush and rugged coastline, wicked winter storms and the ever-present horizonline.  In fact, let’s make that “HorizonLine”, and use it for the name of my latest series of paintings that I’ll be painting while on the coast.

As in past years, this is where you come in… I’ll be pre-selling a limited number of my new HorizonLine paintings to everyone before I head to the coast.  With a color of your choosing, I’ll then paint your original 12 x 12″ painting during my sojourn, whilst I soak up all that inspires me there.  Comment here or email me to order yours – I can only paint a limited number!  Here are the details:

HorizonLine Paintings (Winter Sojourn, 2012)

Special Sojourn Price: $150 (regularly, $275)

Description: Each painting will be inspired by a color of your choice in my new HorizonLine style.  Original paintings are watercolor on paper, mounted on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas.  Canvas edges will be finished with acrylic paint and ready to hang with a clean, frameless look.  Each painting will be a finished size of 12 x 12 inches and protected with a final varnish with a UV filter.  Finished paintings will be available for pick-up at a special studio exhibit on First Friday, March 2, 2012 (paintings can also be shipped for $15/each).  I guarantee that you’ll love it, or I’ll return your payment!

Nine of my new "HorizonLine" paintings