t-shirt design

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This is a T-shirt design that I was commissioned to draw.  The client wanted something depicting the Eritrean and Ethiopian coffee ceremony.  After drawing the design, I passed it off to a friend of mine who screenprinted the shirts.  They were then sold as part of a fundraiser to benefit a school in Eritrea.  Eritrea is, by the way, a small country in eastern Africa on the southern tip of the Red Sea.

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new work – (another) watercolor

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Watercolor on 8″ x 6″ paper.  This is my second stab at watercolor in recent history.  The subject of this one is a couple of blooms on my Mexican sunflower plant.  A portion of downtown Columbus can be seen in the background.

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new work – watercolor

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Watercolor and acrylic wash on paper.  6-7/8″ x 5″.

Before painting this portrait a couple of months ago, I hadn’t worked with watercolor for a number of years.  I chose to give it a try again while knocking out this picture.  The subject is my friends’ baby who had just turned 1 year old when I painted it.  The background is thinned acrylic gold paint, which I think compliments the blue sections.

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upcoming art show

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I am pleased to announce that I will be doing an art show next month (January 2018) at Upper Cup Coffee in downtown Columbus.  An assortment of my paintings will be on display for the month, and the opening will be on Friday the 5th.  Please see the above poster for info.

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new artwork for Upper Cup Coffee Co. (pt. 2)

I also painted a triptych for installation at Upper Cup Coffee Company’s new Gahanna, Ohio location.  Similar to the diptych that I did (see previous post), these are burlap coffee sacks stretched over wooden stretchers (in place of the typical canvas).  These three paintings, which are to be viewed as one continuous image, are not a diagram but rather an image of some coffee plants in nature.  But instead of covering each complete picture surface, some areas have been left “blank” or unpainted in order to reveal some of the burlap.

Alex Conrad coffee triptych

Below is a panoramic photo inside the shop where the triptych is installed.

Alex Conrad coffee triptych onsite

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new artwork for Upper Cup Coffee Co. (pt. 1)

I recently completed a diptych that was commissioned for the Upper Cup Coffee Company’s new location in Gahanna, Ohio.  The diptych is a diagram of the coffee plant and its different stages.  Rather than painting on stretched canvas, these paintings have been executed on stretched burlap sacks.  These sacks reference another stage in the coffee cultivation process as they are the sacks that the coffee beans were transported overseas in.

Alex Conrad coffee diptych

Below is a photo of the diptych as it is displayed in the shop.

Alex Conrad coffee diptych onsite

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storefront design for Upper Cup Coffee Co.

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I recently designed and implemented a new storefront for the Upper Cup Coffee Company in Gahanna, Ohio.  Here are a few photos of what it looks like.

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And just for fun, here’s a detail photo of the storefront at night.

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