The Same, But Different

While my work has shown changes over the past few years, notably in a spreading out of subject matter, it is also true that I tinker a lot behind the scenes. Most of these experiments are not game-changing ones, and most are not even really intentional. But sometimes, at the start of a piece I'll just decide to do something different for no reason in particular.

"Pine Cone" 6x8" oil on panel

"Pine Cone"
6x8" oil on panel

The last time I did a couple of still life paintings, I did them in a limited palette, as discussed in the videos that resulted. I don't always work in limited palettes, but have done so more often in the past year or two.

When I painted this still life at the very end of 2016, for no particular reason I decided to choose a limited palette: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Perylene Red, and Ultramarine Blue. I hadn't used that Red much, and wanted to experiment a bit more with it.

Happy with the result, when a few days later I did another small painting, and my first of 2017, I took my palette out of the freezer (where I store it between sessions) and, noting that I had quite a bit of paint left, decided to just continue using it, albeit with a very different overall color cast.

"Concha" 6x8" oil on panel

"Concha"
6x8" oil on panel

So this second piece uses the exact colors as the prior one. It's been fun to do this from time to time. I don't know if it'll stick long-term or just remain a way of working on occasion. What I do know is that following this piece, I then worked on a larger 18x24" landscape piece for my Times and Seasons series, and what do you know: I just kept on working with that palette, although in that case I did add Cadmium Yellow Pale because Medium did not have the punch needed for some of what I was doing there. I look forward to sharing that with you soonish.

From there, I took a few days away from the easel to do an event and start working on taxes and stuff, so that paint won't be usable anymore next time I sit to paint. So it's off to a different thing.

Cards Signed By Mail and Artist Proofs

Update January 2017: New instructions

Artist Proofs:

I am no longer offering a shopping cart-style method of buying whiteback cards, but I do have a list which will live here. I'll update it at that link, so if you download a fresh copy, it's always the latest.

Instructions in the PDF here!

Card Signings:

There are two ways to get cards signed by mail by me, and the methods have changed as of 2017:

Just get your Gallegos cards signed
In-person signing fee: $1/card
By mail: $2/card, no minimum, including no minimum for international packages.
If you write on each sleeve what color you'd like the card signed in, I'm happy to oblige (I have every Sharpie now). I'll reuse your packaging and send your cards back to you. Just click this link, increase the Quantity and Pay. I'll send you the address to ship to. Include your receipt in the package and send them off and I'll return them promptly in your packaging on my dime. Please do your fellow players a favor and don't post the address online--if people start sending me cards without following these directions, their cards will go into the Bin of Earbuds and AAA batteries. Maybe the trash, eventually.
You can also include a personal check made out to Randy Gallegos.
You can also include cash but you're on your own there if something happens en route.
Get your cards signed!

Get cards by lots of artists signed at once
For the same fee ($2/card, no minimum) you can send cards for me and a lot of other artists to Jack's Signing Service. He'll collate and send the cards to the different artists on your behalf, then pack them up to send them back to you when they return. The shipping is much less expensive and you can get tons of cards signed by lots of different artists. It's a good system and I've worked with Jack before so I trust his service.
Check out Jack's Signing Service and get cards signed by a bunch of artists at once.

Gameify: Bonus Items
This offer is good by mail only, and is the same whether you send to me or Jack's Signing Service.

Depending on the # of cards you're paying to have signed at once, I will include a freebie signed artist proof, free.
10-14: 1 Giant Spider (random set)
15-19: 1 Random Common
20-24: 1 Random Uncommon
25-29: 1 Random Rare
30-34: 1 Random Foil
35-39: 1 Random Foil + 1 Random Common

Increment according to this pattern ad nauseum. Random inserts will be from Exodus forward.

You may also receive a random signed postcard, subject to availability.

Either way, you get signed cards and keep and help ensure new art gets made. Smiles for all.

Futile Thoughts

"Futile Thoughts" 8" x 10" graphite and acrylic on illustration board

"Futile Thoughts"
8" x 10" graphite and acrylic on illustration board

I recently have switched to an every other month schedule over at Every Day Original. I have appreciated the push to produce some new smaller works, but doing so on a monthly basis among my other work has sometimes been a bit much, but I think this new schedule is about perfect for now.

I've done a few types of things on that platform, but I seem to be zeroing in on black and white works--with a price ceiling of $500, it's been hard to create paintings that I can sell below that. As well, while some of these monochrome pieces can stand on their own, they also can serve as studies for paintings if I feel like dipping further into any of the concepts.

There is also the threat that having expressed a concept once, it loses some of the internal urgency that forced it out of me in the first place, so that when it is time to produce a painting, these images are less likely to get painted. But I have become convinced that it is better to get these images out there at all versus waiting for the 1-2 times per year that I might produce a full studio figurative work, the rest drowning in the depths of my subconscious as so many other unrealized images have done.

So here is a piece that might not have existed otherwise. I'd love to paint it, but if not, I'm happy with it as it--that it--exists now

Magic Tokens

It's been a few years now since my last new art for Magic: the Gathering, and I haven't been terribly active in events or other Magic-related products.

Well, time for a change.

Let's face it, while it has become a bit common for artists to create their own tokens and other products to support the larger Magic gaming environment, I kinda have enough things going on right now. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in these things, so when the good folks at 5 Color Combo hit me up to make tokens based on these three paintings, it was an easy yes.

It's a humble start, is it not? But it's a start, and they look great--go grab yours today and encourage me to make more.