Ode to a Battle

Art Battle. Eight artists enter. And also eight artists leave because no sharp objects were involved.

  round one collaboration

round one collaboration

  round one complete!

round one complete!

Last night was the PBR Art Battle arranged by Asheville muralist Dustin Spagnola, sponsored by PBR  and hosted at Fleetwoods in West Asheville. Myself and seven other local artists competed on teams of first four, then two, then one-on-one, working with paint, spray paint, and markers on 4’x4’ panels. We had 45 minutes each round, were only able to use black against the white panels, were not allowed to use any reference images to work from, and each round we started over with a fresh, blank panel. It was an incredibly fun experience and some truly talented folks came out to compete!

  round two, Alli and I laying the groundwork

round two, Alli and I laying the groundwork

  round two final stage

round two final stage

I was able to participate in all three rounds and went home with a deep sense of accomplishment. Overall, I’m feeling very grateful to have been part of such a fun event and to have gotten the chance to work with one of my favorite local artists, Alli Good (please go check out her work!). And beyond that, I’m so incredibly grateful to all the wonderful people who came out to cheer us on and for my dear friends who lend me such immense support - I feel overwhelmed by your love, y’all.

  working on my final piece

working on my final piece

  finished! Alli and I standing by our respective pieces

finished! Alli and I standing by our respective pieces

  Alli and I hugging it out

Alli and I hugging it out

  more friend love

more friend love

  hugs for days

hugs for days

grace engel