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Deleting Instagram posts!

I’ve been on Instagram for several years now and generally post pictures of new work there, and sometimes images of work in progress or random interesting things.

In an attempt to cull and curate my Instagram feed/profile I’ve decided that I’m going to go in and delete a bunch of images that don’t need to be there. Instagram isn’t an archive, nor is it a portfolio – but I think I’d like my profile to be more like a portfolio.

I did the same thing with my Facebook account not too long ago, it was easy since I wasn’t on Facebook much anymore. It’s not that I want to delete social profiles, but lately I think I just want to reduce the noise.

I’m in the midst of posting a series of drawings that I made in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. I’m posting them about one every other day or so. I’m not sure how long they’ll stay on Instagram – I think new stuff will get posted and hang out there for at least a week. What are your thoughts?

they say…

always add a picture to your post, it’s more engaging. Well, I don’t have an image to put in this post. I haven’t been drawing much lately, and would like to get back into the habit. Tonight I’ll break out some paper and pens. Tonight I might drink a few beers. I have three different color pages, three of each. I’m thinking a series of sorts. I’m also thinking that the drawings will be slices, or cross-sections of my normal process – adding more space. Color is important, and today is grey and rainy. I’ll start with pencils, move onto pen and ink and finish with colored pencil (maybe gouache). That’s the sequence I’ve been following (with or without the initial pencil work) for several years. Then I’ll post it to Instagram. The drawings will be filed away in a box or folder. Lately I’ve been going through old paintings – in order to create more space I’ve been un-stretching many of them and rolling them up. They only take up a fraction of the space that way, and I’ll be breaking down and burning the wooden stretchers (in a backyard fire pit that my sister bought me for my birthday). I would like to sort through all the drawings at some point and figure out a better archiving process. I sliced some out of a sketchbook years ago and put them in clear plastic sleeves in a binder – but I think I like flipping though a sketchbook when possible. I’m not sure why I’m posting today. I feel like I’ve neglected this site, and every so often I get motivated to revive it, update it, and make it sparkle. Maybe I’ll post more only word posts. Maybe I’ll delete this next week. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I’m looking forward to the future.

Original drawings available at Neon Moon

I have 11 drawings available to purchase at Neon Moon Art Supplies & Studio in Claremont, CA. this November. Each drawing is ink and graphite on 8-ply archival mat board, and approximately 6 x 3.5″ They’ll be selling for low low price of only $30 each, first come first serve, while supplies last, etc. etc.

The drawings will be part of the November Group Show at Neon Moon Art Supplies & Studio, and is up during the Claremont Art Walk: Saturday, November 7th from 6pm – 9pm. The Art Walk is open and free to the public.
Note: *Galleries are encouraged to follow strict social distancing guidelines and masks are required to be worn in Claremont.*

There may only be one of the drawings on display, when that drawing sells they’ll put another one up. If you’re interested in purchasing more than one, or one that’s different than the one displayed ask them if any other drawings are still available. These would make great holidays gifts for your art-loving friends!

abstract drawing

Completed this drawing a few days ago. I think I started it weeks ago, and put it down for awhile, and then resumed. It began, I assume, with some ink (maybe pencil before that?), followed by colored pencil and then some more ink details.
It’s on archival 8 ply mat board which is 10 x 8″ – the drawing itself roughly one or two inches smaller. This piece, as with most of the other works I’ve been posting on Instagram, is for sale – if you’re interested in purchasing art please send me an email, these works are priced to move.

John Otter, Untitled, 2020

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You know those windmills out by Palm Springs?

This past weekend we took a trip out there in the burning hot sun – to get out of the house, to explore and roam. I had purchased a few Stabilo pens from the new art store in town Neon Moon Art Supply and had an old mostly empty sketchbook with me. We ended up sitting beneath a billboard along side the highway that provided some shade and I sketched the windmills. While I was drawing a slow rolling freight train passed by and we pointed out our favorite graffiti.

John Otter, Windmills, 2020, Ink on Paper, 8.5 x 11

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