Drunk Words

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Drunk Words

Drunk • Words

My sister always told me that drunk words are sober thoughts. We all know that alcohol can lower inhibitions. For some people it lowers them so much, they find themselves doing things like dancing naked on the table. For others, a drink or two in and they find themselves being able to talk freely, share honestly, and maybe approach someone that they would otherwise be intimidated to do so. Within the context of being an artist, as I started painting around 2005, one of the things I would do was open a beer, take a few drinks and start painting. I found that after the effects set in, I wasn't worrying about what I didn't know and I wasn't thinking about The “rules” of art, the “rules” of painting. I wasn't worrying about color theory, composition, and all those things that would otherwise inhibit me. I found that after a drink or two I was just being honest and expressing myself through what I was painting. Alcohol is one of those things that I consider to be a fulcrum item or a pivot point. For some people it can be very destructive if abused of course. For others it can help them let their guard down, loosen up, and just be themselves. Like anything in the world it can be used for constructive or destructive purposes. Cars get us to places safely and cars also kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. It doesn't make a car a bad thing, it's just a thing that does constructive and destructive things depending on the circumstances.  I know it's not very popular these days to promote alcoholic consumption, but I am of the opinion that a drink or two in, and you will find yourself painting a little more honest and a little more open. Of course I'm not suggesting that if alcohol is a destructive force in your life you should just chuck your principles out the window and go get drunk. I am saying, if you can maintain balance, have a drink or two responsibly,  let your inhibitions go, and pour your heart into your art.

Cheers, 

Jeff

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Heres a list of my favorite liqueurs

• Whiskey: Basil Hayden

• Bourbon: Pendleton or 1910

• Tequila: Casamigos Anejo

•Gin: Bombay Sapphire

•Vodka: Grey Goose

•Favorite beer: Hoppy as can be IPA. 

•Favorite wine: Red Zinfandel 

•White:  Pinot Grigio

•Favorite mixed drink: Vodka Dirty Martini


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Jed Leiknes

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Jed Leiknes

Jed is one of our newest contributing artist. His work can be shocking to some, visceral and even perceived as grotesque. But for those that look deeper, they will see the level of expertly placed brush strokes and an use of color that testify to Jed's incredible skills.  His work lures you in.

"I’m first and foremost motivated to paint ugliness: primarily the ugliness people inflict on themselves and each other. I’m interested in why people do what they do, and what compels them to act outside the jurisdiction of their own personal boundaries. I like seeing conventional beauty, in whatever form the subject takes, marred somewhat. The frequent omission of hair or oftentimes even a distinct gender is a means of conveying that reduction of character, of agency, that a person would normally have through their identity.

I tend to stick to a warmer, more natural palette. If it’s a high-chroma, arbitrary neon pigment, it’s either at the absolute bottom of my toolbox or in the garbage. I prefer the color of the skin under the epidermal layer, skin that’s settling into putrefaction. Meat that’s gone bad; old leaves.

Once a painting is done, there’s little use I have for it, in terms of posterity or sentiment. While there are a few overtly sentimental pieces I keep around, I don’t hang my own work, outside of the convenience of wall space versus stacking them in a corner. The entire point is to communicate the idea, not necessarily to reflect on it or congratulate myself for a finished piece. That’s why the turnaround for pieces tends to range anywhere from two hours, to a week at the most. There have been plenty of exceptions to that, and I am trying to slow down to further refine my work, but generally I strive for a sense of motion and energy in my pieces through an impasto technique.

That is not, however, to state that I’m simply in the business of painting strictly for money. While it has become more and more a primary means of supporting my family over the past few years, I’d still do it if nobody bought another piece. I would occasionally hear people claim - usually artists - that they’d likely be found dead at their easel, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized I’m almost certainly in that boat. There is absolutely nothing I’d rather do in life than create art."

-Jed Leiknes

A little more about Jed...

He is a tattooer and painter from Northwest Wisconsin. He's been tattooing professionally since 2004 and painting professionally since 2010. His focus lies largely on dark art, specifically the more grim potential human beings have in their relation to one another. He enjoys coffee and wearing hats in the summer. 

UB Artist Page    www.leiknesoils.com


Some of Jed's work


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SMP Workshop Video (Dave Koenig)

We are so honored to have Dave Koenig be apart of our team. This is a preview of the most recent video we have put out.  It's a look at Dave's approach to painting and his mind set to creating on a consistent basis.  It was filmed during our last workshop in June.  Hope you enjoy! 



Here is some of Dave's work

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"Swallow my Pride"workshop with Dave Koenig and Jeff Gogue

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My mood? I would have to say, grateful…

These past few days were spent around like minded people. Now, I don’t always necessarily need that, but on the occasion it happens, there is a restful reassurance that shows up saying, “You’re not alone, you’re not crazy, and you need to just keep doing what you do.” I started off our two day art workshop titled, Swallow my Pride, with the incredible talented and driven Dave Koenig of Omaha, Nebraska, by talking about mindsets, mentality, and perception concerning art and the making of art. Once you start talking about these types of concepts, the world opens up and it can easily turn into a philosophical and theoretical mess. I can’t help but put these ideas out there because that’s where I’m at in my life and art, but fortunately, it really seemed like the audience, around 35 very capable, talented artists, were right there with me, you know the feeling when your saying something and the person you’re saying it too has that look in their eyes that says, “I totally get it!”.  That was the look I saw on everyone there. Not like, “Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, we already know all of this, you’re wasting our time.” it was more of, “I’ve never thought about it this way but, that totally makes sense, and I feel like I’ve always known this, but never realized it.” 

As I would finish off a thought, we’d all jump into our painting project for a short time. I wanted to give people a chance to contemplate it while doing what they are familiar with, creating. I shared my thoughts on how to be, and then showed people how I paint. The contrast between philosophical ideas and tangible technique, I feel, made a nice spectrum to operate in. As the tangible technique would wind down to people making the same movements with their paint brushes, I would go back into mindset and mentality. I’ve never done this back and forth technique before. I usually show the technique first, let everyone get absolutely frustrated and worn down, then I overwhelm them with the theoretical concepts, ideas, mentality, and…. “The BIG picture.” so to speak, but that has always been the usual outcome. Everyone being overwhelmed.  

This time it really seemed to work. After finishing the demo and giving people a chance to work on their painting, we headed to a friend’s restaurant and took over the upstairs bar for a group “drink and draw” everyone was into it. It’s great to spend time with people that are passionate about creating and not too serious as to not have a good time. 

Dave took over the workshop the second day and step by step guided us through his process after sharing his perspective on art, work ethics, and career. It’s always encouraging to hear how other people deal with the normal challenges of everyday life. As we all watch each other via social media it’s easy to think that it all comes so easy to everyone else and, “I’m the only one who struggles with this.” Of course that’s not true. As they say, “Nothing good comes easy.” 

-Jeff Gogué

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UB Artist Reference Page

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A good reference can make or break a work of art.  Not having the right information that helps the viewer connect with a painting or drawing is like a book that has every other page torn out.  As artists at UB we understand how difficult it can be to work with out a crucial aspect of the artistic evolution.  That's why we have created a reference page of beautiful copyright free images to work from.  Our plan is to continue updating this page on a regular basis with different subject matter, a variety of lighting situations and unique crops to keep things interesting.  We hope this helps to serve you well by keeping you motivated and inspired.  

Thank you for your support!

-UB Team

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Fall Apparel

 

we are all stoked to be releasing some new shirts and hoodies for fall. We decided to bring back the Gogue Art baseball tees in 3/4 and long sleeves. The mens are printed on a grey body/ black long sleeve tee. The women have the option of grey body/ charcoal long sleeved or white body/ black 3/4 sleeve versions. They are both super comfy tri blend materials. 

We have two different unisex zip up hoodie designs. First one is a lightweight jersey blend, black with the black Gogue Art logo. These are great for layering too. The other version in a tri blend from American Apparel. This one is a heather black with a black wavy skull print on the front. The xxl size is a jerzee brand. It will have a slightly looser fit. All tees and hoodies will have our UB logo clip tag. 

We are loving the new designs and again we thank Moxley Media for helping us out with all our screen printing.

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Filigree Tutorial

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We released another tutorial recently. This one is on drawing filigree. Hopefully this will be a good place to start when it comes to filigree.  Having an understanding of the basic elements and a solid working process, we hope, will give you a new perspective on art. The finished drawing is also available to download in pdf form. 
 

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Paint // More. KIT

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We released our Paint//more brush kit this week. This will include our custom Unicycle Brand Trekell brushes and a paint set and galkyd from Gamblin. This will be available with or without the Paint // More DVD.  All of this will come in a custom screen printed case. We hope you enjoy this kit. It’s easy to store and take with you anywhere. 

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Drawing Peonies Tutorial

We are happy to bring you the new tutorial Drawing Peonies.

Continuing along the same theme of understanding the basic components until they become innate, this peony video demonstrates that process. From the leaves and buds to a fully blossomed flower, each step is broken down to explain their importance. We hope this video gives you a step up!

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Paint // More. DVD

First off we want to thank you all for purchasing the Paint // More. digital download. We appreciate your continued support as well as all the great feedback we have gotten from it. Many of you have been waiting so patiently, and we are excited to be releasing it on DVD! 

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