Emergent Series – A New Painting

I launched this website last year with a story about how a body of work, which I call the “Emergent Series,” evolved and I promised to share new paintings. Here is the most recent, “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford.”

“Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford” | Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick| 24” x 48” acrylic and metallic paint on board (photo: Expert Imaging, Inc.)

For this one, as with all of them, I invite you to play a game and find recognizable faces – Woody Allen, Allen Cummings, Tom Ford (two of him), Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher “Hitch” Hitchens (may he rest in peace), Haruki Murakami (the Japanese novelist who recently published 1Q84), Christopher Plummer and my brother as a kid diving into a pool.

Detail of Tom Ford and Christopher Hitchens from “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford”

Next Saturday, “Finding Tom Ford” will be available at the F.I.G. – Fashion Industry Gallery and the 2012 Toast To Life Gala. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Resource Center of Dallas and their ongoing work with HIV/ AIDS programs and services. For event tickets: http://www.toasttolife.org.

Detail of Woody Allen from “Emergent Series: Finding Tom Ford”

Enjoy the Academy Awards next Sunday. I’m rooting for “The Artist” as Best Picture, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for best original screen play and have more picks for the other categories. I’ll be glued to the show, ready to do a blog in two weeks…

…until Sunday, March 11th.

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Shepard Fairey Paints the Town Red

Shepard Fairey, the urban artist who gained prominence with Obama’s 2008 Hope campaign poster, and a team of artists recently hit the streets of Dallas leaving his indelible mark – a series of murals. This Saturday, the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) organized a tour to view five finished Fairey murals. It was another fun CADD trip with a busload of art lovers.

Shepard Fairey Mural | Oak Cliff | 331 Singleton Blvd., near McPherson (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

A question that frequently crosses my mind is “How is this done?” Luckily, Brian Gibb, owner of Deep Ellum gallery The Public Trust, is a long time friend of Shepard Fairey, his fellow street artist. Brian talked with me about the general process and tipped me off to the locations where the murals were happening. I photographed the steps Fairey and his team took over several days to make these urban paintings. The image below is the finished painting at the Dallas Contemporary, followed by the step-by-step activities to make it happen.

Shepard Fairey Mural | Dallas Contemporary | 161 Glass Street, off Riverfront Blvd. | ( photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Step 1: Large rolls of paper with preprinted Xeroxed images of the final design were taped, with regular blue painter’s tape, to the wall after a base coat – in this case, black – completely dried.

Step 2: In the photo below, two artists razor cut the outlines to create a stencil.

Step 3: The stencil was then spray-painted with color. Here, the design instructions called for yellow.

Step 4: After the letters were painted and the paper removed, an artist hand paints any edges where crispness is needed. I noticed the brush was small which means this was a methodical, intense step.

That’s a wrap the Dallas Contemporary site.

So, onto another…

The retaining wall below is located at the historic Belmont Hotel. Step 1: Fairey began with a red underpainting.

The Belmont Hotel | Architect: Charles Dilbeck | Intersection of Fort Worth Avenue and Sylvan (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Step 2: The stencil pattern was a bold design requiring only two colors – black and white – to complete this modern concrete billboard.

Just up the hill, stop at the Belmont Bar terrace for a drink, bite and one of the best views of downtown Dallas.

Until next Sunday…

Dallas Architecture – Guided Walking Tours

Here’s a pleasant and different way to spend a Saturday morning entertaining yourself or your out-of-town visitors and learn more about the Dallas. The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) offers 90-minute walking tours of the Dallas Arts District (DAD) on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

In 2010, I was in the first class, trained and certified by the energetic DCFA Program Director, Greg Brown, to lead the DAD walking tours where the story of Dallas’ history is told through the buildings and planned urban space.

Cathedral Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe is on the tour | cornerstone laid in 1898 | Architect: Nicholas Clayton, well known for Bishop’s Palace in Galveston. (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Yesterday, a fellow classmate and docent, Robin Bellerby (she’s the one taking attendance in the shot below) and I each took a group of 10 people. The tour starts at the Harwood entrance of the Dallas Museum of Art, finishes at One Arts Plaza on Flora Street and covers the significant buildings in-between.

Saturday, February 4th Dallas Arts District Tour organized by the Dallas Center for Architecture. (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)


Here’s something I learned in training: The DAD is the largest arts district in the country, covering 68 contiguous acres.

Another fun fact: Four Pritzker-prize winning architects designed a building in the district: Renzo Piano’s brilliant mind did the Nasher Sculpture Center, I.M. Pei did the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, Norman Foster’s firm did the Winspear Opera House and Rem Koolhaas did the Wyly Theater. The Pritzker is comparable to winning the Nobel Peace Prize – it’s a big deal.

Sky Solar Canopy spans 2+ acres over the Winspear Opera House, 2009 | Architect: Foster + Partners, Spencer de Grey, London (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

The DCFA also offers tours of the historic Main Street District on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. Private tours can be arranged through the DCFA’s link below.

To register for a tour: http://www.dallascfa.com

Until next Sunday…