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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.)



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.


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


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


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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