This past Friday at Cheap Joe’s, we held our second Art Swap! This time around, employees were challenged to create a work of art on an 8×8 Joe’s Prime Really Good Panel that featured some variation of a heart–because of Valentine’s Day, of course. Now, what KIND of “heart” they chose was completely up to the artists.
That proved to be very interesting and showed the imaginative side of our staff!
Some people took the classic route, like Mona.
She was clearly very inspired by the holiday and all of the lovey-dovey stuff that goes along with it!
A few people were clever and used the word “heart” as part of their design.
Christy Tester combined the definition of “heart” with a pasted heart made of red and white buttons!
Others went a less-conventional direction…
This adorable two-headed, heart-chested puppy by Adam Trivette was one of my personal favorites!
70′s rock duo, Heart, was David Cowart’s inspiration for his panel.
The Art Swap continues to showcase just how silly our employees can be!
Some of the artists went with a subject matter that truly meant a lot to them…
…like ice cream! Ashleigh Combs paid tribute to hers and her husband’s favorite flavors in the panel that I actually ended up receiving.
Mmm, I do love me some mint chocolate chip!
It’s no secret around here that Brian Dubberly loves to bike, so it was only natural for him to express that love in his panel!
(The heart is on the dog. It is very small, but it’s there!)
Many participants used a variety of mediums in their works.
Julie Thompson Davis used mostly acrylic on her panel, but finished it off with an embellishment of glitter spray paint that brought her work to life!
Alex Skala went with overall-dark tones, but then accented certain aspects of her subject with metallic gold and brass!
Local artist and dear friend of Cheap Joe’s, Wes Waugh, went all out with his panel!
Using wood and metal fixtures from his home, he truly redefined “mixed media.”
A few went the literal route and incorporated anatomically-correct hearts into their works.
Amanda Chapman used her clean-line, illustrative style and neutral hues to bring your eyes to the bright red human heart–which is surprisingly not nearly as gross as a human heart could have looked.
As for me? Well, I decided to pay homage to the man who made all of this possible…
It doesn’t show up very well in the photograph, but in person, you can see the Golden Interference Blue fluid acrylic I used to glaze over the blue-white background.
And speaking of Joe…here’s his!
Innovative as always, he was the only one in the bunch to turn his panel on its corner and approach it from a different angle.
It was so fun and exciting to see what kind of panels everyone cranked out.
It truly showed their unique thought processes and creative direction, which is something not seen often enough.
Honestly, I think this experience can best be summed up by Lori Inman’s panel: