David Bradley Warehouse Show

I’m in a cool group show tonight at the David Bradley Warehouse, which happens in conjunction with a beer and wine tasting event.  For this show I finished a 6 pack of beer labels and an Argonaut octopus – all on repurposed cardboard.  I’m also showing Robert Peary’s toes and a triptych of 35mm tessellations – “Ode to 08,” which documents America’s housing collapse.

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.

Current pencil work

Practicing pencil form by drawing the human skull.
Practicing pencil form by drawing the human skull.
This piece, in progress, prior to adding background colors.  I plan to cut my own stencil and spray paint the narrative title directly across the top of this piece.
This piece, in progress, prior to adding background colors. I plan to cut my own stencil and spray paint the narrative title directly across the top of this piece.

I’m working with pencils; I’m at the foothills of the mountains I’m eventually going to climb; my ultimate goal is to draw with pencils as good as the ‘old world masters.’ I anticipate reaching that place in 2014.