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it’s going to be ok (3 new pieces and the short story behind them)

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it’s going to be ok #1. 48 x 48 inches.

it's going to be ok #2.  48 x 48 inches.

it’s going to be ok #2. 48 x 48 inches.

it's going to be ok #3.  48 x 48 inches.

it’s going to be ok #3. 48 x 48 inches.

THE STORY OF THIS SERIES:

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1.  My uncle’s print shop was being knocked down to make way for a parking lot.

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2.  I went to photograph it prior to destruction.  The excavating company had spray painted “OK” on the sidewalk out front, I guess to mean my uncle was not passed out in the shop prior to it being demolished.

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3.  I took a photo of him watching his shop’s end from across the street; it was a painful experience for him, as the apartment above was the place where he grew up.

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4.  The foundation tessellations for the series “it’s going to be ok” is the roofline from another nearby building that was also demolished; it was my father’s building, where he had an office once.

5.  It’s going to be ok.

New Series: Alice, Yoga

Alice, Yoga 1.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

 

 

Alice, Yoga 2.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

 

 

Alice, Yoga 3.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

 

 

Alice, Yoga 4.  Christopher Shoup. 2014.

 

 

Alice, Yoga 5.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

 

 

Alice, Yoga 6.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

 

My 8 year old daughter, Alice, loves gymnastics and all things about moving and stretching her body.  I brought her to our local prairie preserve and captured her at sunset practicing her youthful and inspired yoga movements.  What I like most is the calm, spiritual nature of the work.  “Alice, Yoga” prints of 3 sizes can be viewed and purchased at http://christophershoup.zenfolio.com/p138339725.

Sundown over emergent prairie.

Sundown over emergent prairie #1.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #2.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #3.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #4.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #5.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #6.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

This series of 6 constitutes my first serious work with the setting sun.  Each tessellation begins from photographs shot through my Canon AE1 35 mm at a prairie preserve in Bradley, Illinois.  Exceptional prints of this work available at: www.christophershoup.zenfolio.com.

Primary draft with prismacolor markers

It’s my goal to post my work again.  This is a primary draft of a piece (inspired by my past year teaching environmental science).  I’ve worked out a far superior final draft.

Early piece found in files

Salina Storybook PhotoArtwork of this creek, displayed on a post in the creek.  From 2004.  “Horse Creek / Salina Township.”

9 skulls and 9 ebony bars.

32 inches by 38 inches.  Graphite pencil on hardboard.  Chrome mounting post, Masonite, hand-framed in walnut.

32 inches by 38 inches. Graphite pencil on hardboard. Chrome mounting posts, Masonite, hand-framed in walnut.

Amanda transferred jobs and became her high school’s art teacher. Around our house this past summer were art books, how-to-art books, art primers and other new art materials. I started to pick up the books, and then in my journal started to draw (again), and finally this past December I bought a nice set of graphite pencils. I’m inspired to work out many new ideas through drawing. 9 skulls and 9 ebony bars will be shown in a pop-up art gallery hosted by Paper Street Gallery in the city of Kankakee, Illinois on January 18.

The pachyderm and the heron discuss wind turbines.

The pachyderm and the heron discuss wind turbines.  24 inches by 36 inches.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

The pachyderm and the heron discuss wind turbines. 24 inches by 36 inches. Christopher Shoup. 2014.

This is essentially an action painting – I drafted directly onto the board from November, 2013 through January, 2014. It’s graphite pencil with a background of blended color pencils and the first work in the series ‘Animals Contemplate Climate Change.’ Upon close inspection, one sees the artist at work. Mounted on Masonite. Hand-framed in walnut. I’m showing it during a pop-up art show sponsored by Paper Street Gallery on Saturday, January 18, in the city of Kankakee, Illinois.

Heron close up.

Elephant close up.