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Painting large

Check out this new video: John Otter: painting large

I completed one of my largest paintings last month which is on view during the Los Angeles County Fair (May 5 – May 30, 2022). It’s located in front of the Flower & Garden Pavillion and features flowers that were popular throughout the various decades that the LA County Fair has been around. This year the Fair is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary.

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Art Talks – March 19th

I’ll be speaking at an Art Talk this coming Saturday evening, which you can attend via Zoom. I don’t have a planned talk so I’ll just be winging it – should be fun!

March 19th Talk | Art & Stories 
 Maudi Carlile –artist
John Otter –artist
Lisa Segal –artist & poet
John Sollom – artist
Hosted by: John Brantingham –poet

— Zoom Link —
https://mtsac-edu.zoom.us/j/7264573543

Please log on a few minutes before the talk starts.
We look forward to seeing everyone on our next talk
Hieroglyphics, ink and colored pencil on paper

Art & Stories

I’m excited to announce I’ll have drawings and a painting in the upcoming exhibition Art & Stories at the Sasse Museum of Art in Pomona, CA (Progress Building, Basement Level
300 South Thomas Street, Pomona, CA 91766). The opening reception is on March 12th and is part of the 2nd Saturday Artwalk. I hope to see you there!

View the Art & Stories publication online here: https://view.publitas.com/inland-empire-museum-of-art/art-stories/page/1

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.