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And Then There Was JACABO!

FOLKS -- THIS IS A MUST READ!
With the New Year, a new artist has emerged. I’m talking about a new name and a more serious painter. But before I get to that let me fill you in on some of the happenings:
I finally finished the new collection I call “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow”. I’ve been so busy and I can’t remember if it totals thirteen or fourteen paintings? The collection isn’t going to put me alongside any of the greats, but hey, you never know. And as equally important, I was able to get my thoughts together long enough to put down on paper what I have been doing in oils.

Here’s what I came up with:
“‘Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow’ is a glimpse at dreams — born from past, present and future realities and based on environmental demands in our lives. Or more simply stated: I wanted to paint a snapshot of the tortured and twisted ideas, beliefs and desires we relive in our mind.

I wanted to capture not so much the dream state, but interpret the stream state of thought. It is a mangled, yet whimsical, portrayal as seen by the influences of the mind’s metamorphoses.“
I bet I blew your mind? No worry. I had to think about it over several beers too.

FORGET COTTON AND LOVE LINEN
OK. Next: Ordered two large canvasses 4ft. x 8ft. in linen. The framer, Carlos (he is also an artist), has the forms and frames already made for me. He is waiting on the linen rolls. Haven’t bought them yet, and for two reasons: we’re talking big bucks here, and another artist told me to be careful of the quality I buy. He noted that I like a smooth canvas so that my paints can run over the surface easily, to make sure I get the proper weight and ply. Right now I’m too busy and my money is going to my next exhibition.

YES IM THE NEW FEATURED ARTIST AT PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY
I’ll be showing at the Progress Energy Art Gallery in New Port Richey FL (727-848-6500). I will be exhibiting the “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow” collection (DTW) this coming April 6th, 2012; the "gala" starts at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. I’ll be there to answer questions and enlighten everyone on how crazy I am. Also, I’ll be in on Saturday, April 7th from 12 PM - 5 PM, maybe longer if there’s wine left over from the previous day. Give Nancy Ciesla, the director of the gallery, a call at 727-848-6500 or email her at nprgallery@aol.com

NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS, I PROMISED EARLIER
I’ve changed my name to jacabo! (It’s an alias.) It’s short and easy to remember, and much easier a name to market then James Navarro. It is also much easier to sign "jacabo". I’ve had to redo much, including my business cards, website and a lot of marketing materials.

I was able to look up on the internet the name, James, for the origins and found that James (my legal name) translates, in Hebrew, to Jacob, and in Old Spanish to Jacobo. But I went a step further and changed the first “o” to “a” to spell the name, jacabo; it sounded better and looked better as a logo.

NOW FOR THE SERIOUS PAINTER PART
I’m planning on narrowing my development a bit further. I will use my "wet-on-wet technique" to create images that are vastly more distorted and “mind-bending.” I’ve liked what I did in a few pieces in DTW collection; particularly in “Waters Rising” and "Infinity Sleeps". (Click here to see this collection.) These paintings are a bit “dark” but in them, I was able to blend images together to a new level.Combined with these images arose newer ones. Some grew the more you viewed them as a whole. And some folks saw images that I've never intended to put into the paintings!! Look for much more to come on this ...

MORE TO TELL NEXT TIME
That’s all the time I have for the blog for now. One quick last mention: I’d like to thank my son, James, Jr. for helping me meet the critical press times set on some of the material needed for my new exhibition,“Tanks, Jimbo!”

And no, he won't be changing his name to jacabo, Jr. anytime soon ...

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