Jonathan Applegate has now completed his first oneLINE on canvas. He worked for over 100 hours on this piece to master viscosity, brush load and stroke. The result is a captivating size of an oneLINE. The larger 3'X4' format results in a captivating oneLINE. Following the complex path is easier for the viewer, but you will still get lost, wonder at the next turn and marvel at how the piece was created by hand.
The process of creating a oneLINE drawing is pretty simple in principle. You look at an image, and create an imaginary path in your mind that never crosses or intersects. Next you get out a pen and begin to meticulously bring the mind map to the page. If you make an error and block yourself into a corner, then you must begin again.
When we visited Paris in February of 2017, we found it easy to orient ourselves by finding the tower whenever we needed a landmark. It was quite a hike from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower or from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, but we did both several times. It was like the long lean lines that make up the Eiffel Tower itself - criss-crossing the city.
We were asked to complete a oneLINE drawing of the brewery to celebrate the new owners. This project is very special because Tom, one of the owners, is blind. Please enjoy this 90 second video of the full project from time-lapse of drawing to Tom seeing the art for the first time.
We were recently commissioned to create a oneLINE drawing of our client's childhood home in Iowa. Her parents are making the move to downsize, and that means the family will now gather in a new place with memories of the old place. She wanted a unique way to remember the house that grew up in.
A recent project presented a new challenge for our creativity, and we happily accepted. As a personal closing gift from a realtor, we were commissioned to draw a oneLINE of de Steeg Brewery to congratulate the new owners. The challenge was that one of the new owners of the brewery is blind. The challenge was to figure out how to create oneLINE art for those who cannot see?
Happy Cyber Monday! Today is the day that Christmas shoppers flock to the internet for great deals. So we wanted to participate in this shopping celebration by telling you about a great gift idea for the Holidays.
As promised we are now ready to reveal the oneLINE Jonathan recently completed. Here you can watch as the line traverses the page and becomes a building, patio and lights of de Steeg Brewery in Denver. The two dimensional line creates a full 3D image of the brewery and patio.
We have decided to participate in the National Shop Small on Saturday November 25th. Unfortunately we don't have a storefront, but we have great neighbors and partners at Mas Kaos located at 4526 Tennyson Street in Denver. You can get your Shop Small Passport Stamped and meet artist Jonathan Applegate near the front of the restaurant this coming Saturday.
We have all played with an Etch A Sketch and tried to make a picture. The painting above shows what is possible when you reduce our three dimensional world to a single line. With an Etch A Sketch you can cross, double back and re-trace lines you have already created. The challenge is to make what seems impossible possible; create an image from a single line without crossing, doubling back or re-tracing any lines.
One of the purposes of the trip was to let our creative sides work with the colors of nature in the autumn. We were able to see such beautiful examples of what the Smoky Mountains look like when they peak, and in our case this year we were about a week ahead of peak color. As we drove higher in elevation we saw bands of color where the nights had gotten cool enough to trigger the change, but in general it was still too warm when we had timed our trip.
There is an unique quality to light in the autumn. The skies seems a little bluer, and there is a goldenness to the light. During our recent "leaf tour" we noticed how the light surrounding the Great Lakes seems to add brilliance to the leaves. This year the colors were not as bright as I have seen, but the trees that were changing were striking against the predominately green background.
We arrived home after a phenomenal "Leaf Tour" of the Eastern United States. 5530.1 miles of discovering this great nation and learning more about its history, land and cultures. Best way to learn about a culture is to eat some bbq...Shout Out to Lannie's BBQ Spot in Selma, Alabama! Amazing vinegar based sauce!! Wonderful staff and clientele. They made us feel truly welcome and like family. Second Shout Out to Angelo's BBQ in Ft. Worth, Texas! Still rocking the Mesquite smoked meats! The decor is as it should - minimal so you can focus on the tender brisket and pork ribs. Dry rubbed and smoked to perfection.
We finally made it to our last stop - The National Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree. It was worth the extra few days and miles to make it to Arlington, TX so we could learn about Tiny House living. Our goal is to have a Tiny House Studio so we can further incorporate our experiences into our art when we travel.