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sunday sunday. late september 2013

Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn by Gil Corral 2013

Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn by Gil Corral 2013

sakes alive.  it’s been busy!  summer has come and gone and the light is changing and it just goes and goes and …you know.

and the thing is, while there’s been a good bit of lovinganvil activity (especially around this bit – i’ll post more on that later) there’s also been a LOT of activity around gil’s black velvet paintings.  which is amazing.  and i am a huge fan.  between his classic ability and sharp wit, i’m in love with them all.  it’s lovely that they’re selling, because then we get to do things like buy food and heat the house, but i am a little sad to see them leave our walls as well.  only because it’s totally my ideal dream art.

Black Velvet Bob Ross Painting a Black Velvet Elvis, by Gil Corral 2013

Black Velvet Bob Ross Painting a Black Velvet Elvis, by Gil Corral 2013

Black Velvet Bob Ross Painting Black Velvet Elvis was purchased by a patron who just returned from Vegas where she was looking for a black velvet Elvis and couldn’t find one!  not only that, but she has a tattoo of Bob Ross on her calf.
match. made.

Trinidad James Celebrated in Black Velvet, by Gil Corral 2013

Trinidad James Celebrated in Black Velvet, by Gil Corral 2013

Trinidad James Celebrated in Black Velvet is on his way to the man himself.  it’s amazing.  and such an honor.  Have you seen this video yet?  or this one?  you really should.  he and gil have a little dialog going.  we’ll see if we can get him to come play the barn.  just KIDDING.  maybe.

Custom Black Velvet Pet Portrait, by Gil Corral 2013

Custom Black Velvet Pet Portrait, by Gil Corral 2013

Poli’s portrait has inspired a flurry of pet owners with a rockin glorious sense of humor.  Miss CV has her portrait proudly displayed in her room.

Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn by Gil Corral, 2013. Print and Accessories on Society6.com

Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn by Gil Corral, 2013. Print and Accessories on Society6.com

and then Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn sold before the paint even had a chance to dry!  gil has another canvas that shape – i told him he has to sit his tushie back at his desk and work on Black Velvet John Wayne Riding a Unicorn II.  right now he’s working on a hand lettered/hand painted sign for a business in portland, maine, which needs to get done the-sooner-the-better.  so until all that’s wrapped up, many of his velvets (and i’m adding el chicharron images daily) are available as prints, and tshirts, and cellphone cases, and pillows over at society6.

i really want a high quailty/high stylie Black Velvet Elvis for myself.  guess i’ll have to put my order in…

xoxo
coco

wednesday wednesday . and it looks like black velvet

a black velvet take on Grant Wood's American Gothic. by Gil Corral, 2013

a black velvet take on Grant Wood’s American Gothic. by Gil Corral, 2013

manoman.  this is so fabulously awesome.  And on its way to its new home.  or actually, one stop before that.  on its way to the home of the lovely couple that commissioned it as a wedding gift to give their friends.  we’re all looking forward to the gift giving moment!

and with a couple more velvet commissions in the works, it feels like a gloriously velvety time indeed.  so to c e l e b r a t e velvet appreciation, in a collision of high ability and low art, of a respectful and thoughtful execution on the tongue-in-cheek medium, let’s have a sale to make way for the fresh work in progress.

yes, LETS!  the new roll of velvet will arrive in a couple weeks.  make way for ducklings!  We’ll post the in stock items on gilcorral.com for some rockin sale prices.  (commissionable pieces, or examples of ones that have already found homes won’t have a sale pricing – and the sale will not be available via gil’s etsy site.)

gilcorral.com

gilcorral.com

check it out!  spread the word!
and if you’ve had something in mind you’d like to see – or are thinking ahead to a custom holiday gift (a beloved pet’s portrait? a character from a favorite childhood story?) drop a line.  let’s get our velvet on.

xoxo

a custom, black velvet take on american gothic by gil corral, (c) 2013

a custom, black velvet take on american gothic by gil corral, (c) 2013

wednesday wednesday. mid january 2013

hey lovers and fighters!  check this out!

refinery 29 and custommade are running a sweepstakes, giving away a chance to design your dream adornment with us here at lovinganvil!  up to $1000 is covered for us to work with and create your dream piece!
enter here via refinery 29: http://www.refinery29.com/sweeps/custommade

and also check out this spot on custommade: http://blog.custommade.com/portfolio/refinery29-custommade-giveaway/

we have both of our portfolios on custommade, lovinganvil and gilcorral.  and i have followed refinery 29 for a while so it’s an honor to work with them on this project!!

also, less than a month left for our rockthepost project.  you can read on that here and if you’re able to donate, we’d be THRILLED and eternally grateful!  if you donate any amount after reading this blog, email so i can get you your extra special thankyou gift!

xoxo
coco

tuesday tuesday. mid january 2012. guest author, gil corral

fear of calendars. gil corral. 2003

I painted this piece in 2003.  It has to do with my observation of how tied in,  and to some extent, beholden our culture is to the calendar — time stuff, clock stuff.  I’m always amazed at how most of our civilization just falls inline with this time measurement thing, rarely questioning it, and even more infrequently, transcending it.  I get the larger natural rythmn of things: tides, day, night, seasons…all that.  I just don’t get “morning commute” for your “work week” when everyone and their grandmother react to their alarm clocks roughly around the same time.  Make and drink the proverbial same pot of coffee, bump car asses with our neighbors as we all pull out of our driveways at the same time, then collectively race to our time ruled workplace or other time structure.  I often wonder what the birds on the telephone wires think as they watch our insipid ritual — like we’re the ones on exhibit in a zoo.

Calendar year: time passing, economics, insurance, future, 401k, birthday, birthday parties, meetings, past, appointments, goals, future, past, funeral, funding, forecast, past, obligations, future, holidays, getting older, botox, birth, life insurance policy, resolution, retirement, agenda, goals, future, past.

Fear of Calendars is painted on a partly collaged October 2003 desk calendar.  A desk calendar I doodled on during my work week/ desk/sales job.
Somewhere on this page was the date Elliott Smith committed suicide, or died, totally bumming me out.  There also dates with dentist / therapy appointments, deadlines, product codes, etc.

The painting’s focal point is a man kneeling worshiping the Aztec Mayan calendar, which is painted and superimposed over the collaged desk calendar. I also included a box of Animal Crackers in the painting.

I was not aware of the 2012 Mayan prophecy when I painted this — again, I was interested in exploring the idea of this powerful ruler of human life..time.

As I sat back and reflected on this painting January 1st, 2012, I couldn’t help but feel that this piece of work has a frequency also aligned with the 2012 prophecy.  It’s an interesting circumstance of converging concepts (sorry about the three c’s).  My observation of the expansive experience of life somehow being widdled down to a square on a graph with a number on it, incrementaly attempting to make all moments understandable, accounted for, and reducing the possibility of surprise.

January 1, 2012 took partial ownership of this painting, in its own way.  A way I hadn’t conceived of or attempted to express, so I really don’t have any words to try to explain this other component.  I don’t know.  It’s relevance may seem obvious, but it’s inception contained only part of its story.  I find this interesting, I am also curious as to how much more of a story it will unveil.

fear of calendars can be found here

studio

in the studio

sunday sunday. late july 2011

lovinganvil treats packaged up and headed for the portland musum of art

oh man.  got here to gil’s family here in washington, about forty minutes outside of pdx.  can’t wait to get in to town.  but catching up on some work and whatnot for a day or two.  and showering.  and doing laundry.

i’ll update on san fran y mas…but got the sweetest note yesterday from a woman that bought one of my rings from the portland (maine) museum of art…and i’m realizing there was a lot of good art stuff happening for us right as we were leaving southern maine that i have yet to mention here.

i need to update the “where to find lovinganvil” page here…three LOVELY locations have added our line.  so happy to be represented by fourtwelve in rockland, maine, the portland museum of art shop in portland, maine and our second season with daytrip society in kennebunkport, maine!  YEY!

gil now has representation with elizabeth moss gallery in falmouth, maine.  we also have el chicharron news in the works as well.  watch this space.  and we’re about to send out a newsletter with lots of details and goodstuff about all of these things.

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xoxo
coco