The Beginning of a Great Adventure

these are the Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave, these are the Days of the Earliest Waves.

these are the Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave, these are the Days of the Earliest Waves.

ThreeSewers10-10-13 I am beginning and have already begun the most challenging and ambitious undertaking of my Life, thus far. I have come up to Connecticut, in the midst of the Brightest Colors of Fall to stay on a Lake which reflects them back up into the Sky.

I am here to write and record a Song, to paint a 20 foot by 10 foot canvas, depicting the ideas conveyed in the Song and to be filmed while painting to make a time-lapse Movie of the process and then to make another 10 foot by 4 foot canvas REvisiting an earlier Painting, in an ALL-new format.

Before I left Asheville, I had to figure out how to create a 20 foot by 10 foot canvas. This was a complicated process, especially because I could not find the amount of canvas I needed in one piece, involving a lot of help from my Friends. I called Kim Pitman and Her friend Martha Howell Burnette (who works at Cross Canvas) to see about acquiring a large roll of Canvas. They were able to help Me out and I purchased that roll and brought it back to my Shop, where two 20 foot by 60 inch rolls of canvas were sewn together by Justyn Thompson with Greg Philipp and I helping to feed the giant wad and then the next day, Bethany Adams of Rhetorical Factory came to my Shop and help me sort out what else needed to be done to the canvas, it needed more seam sewing and it needed sleeves in the top and the bottom and it needed stitching down both sides, so it wouldn’t fray, as it is going to be suspended from a pipe, instead of being on a stretcher.

It took three days and three friends to make that into a reality but that’s not where the support and encouragement end, there are also Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel, Anita Lorraine Kinney, my Mom and Dad and Emil Nomel, who has spent all day long here helping Me figure out this complicated song and Meredith DiMenna for making this a reality. We’ll see what happens next, today has been very productive, so far and We are still going.

A Bit of Press from Xpress!

Phil Cheney’s fantastical art at Ananda
Article on the Mountain Xpress Website
by Ursula Gullow

If you have a soft spot in your heart for rainbow robots, then get yourself to Ananda Hair Studio on Broadway Street in downtown Asheville to see the work of Phil Cheney, stat. Even if you’re not always into psychedelic paintings of flowers and snails and puppy dog tails, Cheney’s “arts” (as he is fond of calling them) will change your mind.

Imagine navigating Dragon*Con via the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, or joining Dr. Who on a trip to Burning Man — such is the work of Cheney. The paintings are bright, adventurous, comical and — in spite of the references — 100 percent original. It is art that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is one of the reasons it’s so likable.

In spite of the lighthearted themes, there are a lot of sophisticated things occurring in Cheney’s paintings regarding color and composition. He is a master at stylizing complicated subject matter like three-eyed monsters, hippie chicks, mechanical ostriches and starry-eyed eggs with legs.

Another striking aspect of the work is its scale — much larger than I had expected, and in the company of Ananda’s stylish decor, the paintings radiate. While the salon invites viewings during shop hours, you may still want to avoid gawkily plodding a course while people are getting their hair done. To do this you have two options: book yourself an appointment with one of Ananda’s capable stylists, or join Cheney for an artist’s reception Saturday.

Local performance painter, graphic designer and all-around groovy guy, Phil Cheney, has paintings hanging at Ananda Hair Studio in downtown Asheville. The opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.