One More To Go!

One More To Go!

Next weekend we will be at French Nest Open-Air Market Oct. 15th in Fort Collins, Colorado!  We are happy to report that this will be the last of the outdoor markets for 2016 and we survived them all! That is, if you overlook the flooding and early closing of the Spring Horse Shoe Market and the chilly VALVERDE BAZAAR!  :) The outdoor shows are a double edged sword, it is lovely being outside, but super stressful with the unpredictable Colorado weather!

With the outdoor market season coming to a close, we look toward the Holidays. And, oh boy, do we have a busy holiday show schedule lined up! Be sure to check out all of our show dates here: Two Little Fruits Events

 Happy Fall,

The Fruits

 

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Throwback Thursday - Champ, the bacon loving pig!

Throwback Thursday - Champ, the bacon loving pig!

This week for throwback Thursday we'll chew the fat about one of our most popular illustrations, Champ the Pig. Champ has been around for a while and is always a good conversation starter. In 2012 we started participating in local art markets. We were nervous and did not know what to expect at our first show, but it went smashingly well and we were hooked!  
Derek horseshoe market denver two little fruits art studio
We have come a long way, our tent looks much better now!
When we were getting new work ready for the Spring Horseshoe Market that year, we dreamt up Champ, our bacon and eggs loving swine.  It's always fun to watch people's reaction when they see Champ, and their response varies depending on the city we are in for that particular show.  Champ always gets a big laugh and "that's great" when we are in meat eating cities like Denver and Chicago. However, in the more liberal and vegan minded Boulder, Colorado he always gets a "that's sad" or "that's a little messed up!"  Either way, Champ continues to be one of our best sellers and still holds a special place in our hearts since he was there from very beginning of our art market days.
 
For more information on our artwork "Champ" please click here: CHAMP
 
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The Jurassic Duo: Allosaurus And Triceratops

The Jurassic Duo: Allosaurus And Triceratops

Meet A-Rex (Allosaurus) and his friend Triceratops, our jurassic duo.  In 2014, we went to the island of Kauai, Hawaii for Derek's 40th birthday. We had a fantastic time and now continually talk about how someday we will move there.  One of the things that really stuck with us was the flora. The plants there are just amazing and everything thrives in Hawaii.
Going through our pictures once we returned, we got inspired by the prehistoric nature of the plants. We visited Allerton Garden, a lovely botanic garden that holds the Moreton Bay Fig trees the Steven Spielberg used in the original Jurassic Park film.  It was these beautiful trees that got the dinosaur wheels spinning.
The Moreton Bay Figs
When we returned to a chilly Denver, Colorado that November, we instantly wanted to go back to the warmth of that lush tropical island and that's truly the spark that brought Allosaurs and Triceratops into the Two Little Fruits world.  
For more information on our artwork "A-Rex" or "Tropical Triceratops" please click here:  "A-Rex" or  "Tropical Triceratops"
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Tonka Throwback Thursday!

Tonka Throwback Thursday!

One of our favorite things in the studio is my old rusty Mighty Tonka Truck from my childhood. We love it so much that Derek used it for inspiration for an oil painting in 2010. A couple years later he was commissioned to paint a larger version of it for the Children's Hospital Of Denver in 2012.
 tonka truck childhood brent
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#Tonka #Toy #Mightytonka #TBT #ThrowbackThursday
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Denver Art Museum Demo

Denver Art Museum Demo

Derek just finished up his gel transfer demo at DAM yesterday.  He totally rocked it and had a blast. As part of the demo Derek was interviewed by one of the museum interns, Hilary Gibson. You can read the article here: 

PAINT STUDIO DEMO ARTIST DEREK CADENA

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Throwback Thursday - Pumping Iron With 2LF

Throwback Thursday - Pumping Iron With 2LF

For today’s Throwback Thursday we bring to you T.V. A L’Orange. This vintage television muscle dude is begging for a T.V. dinner, seriously, he looks hungry. This piece is a Two Little Fruits original, circa 2009, and at this point is almost vintage as well.  Wow, we have been doing acrylic gel transfers for a very long time, and you can tell that we have really upped our game since then. If you look at him close you can see that this T.V. A L’Orange has a ton of bubbles and lumps. Although, we do love the texture on this piece, it is nice to know that our techniques have evolved. If we want lumps now, it's because we put them there. :) 
Now go PUMP SOME IRON!
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#vintagetv #tbt #bodybuilder #muscledude #my2lf #beefcake #art #retrostyle #twolittlefruits
 
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How It's Made: Two Little Fruits Art Blocks Video

It has become apparent that we need a video to show all of you fine folks our gel transfer print process. The main question we get when we are at art markets is, “How did you make this?”.  With that question in mind, we thought a fun short video seemed to be the perfect answer, especially for our online collectors and friends. So, last week we set out to make our first how-we-do video, and we spent some serious time and thought making it. We shot hours of footage that ended up being a polished 2:11 minutes. I definitely have more of an appreciation for film editors, what a job! That is some time consuming and tedious work, even with the great tools we have available to us today.

It's mind-numbing how many times you have to watch the same clip over and over again to get the trimming and timing just right. Thankfully, we have Apple's iMovie to help us out. Then it came time to score our How It’s Made video, again, we turned to our cool tech tools and used Garageband. Neither of us are that musically inclined, however, I think that the beats matched the frantic speed of the video quite well for our first attempt at scoring a short film. Here is the fruit of our labor and we hope you enjoy the result. Please let us know your thoughts below in the comments section and be sure to sign up for our mailing list in the footer at the bottom of the page.  Happy Monday, everybody! #imovie #howitsmade #art #twolittlefruits #geltransfer #denver #artstudio

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Denver got some snow...

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TBT... It's all about the teeth.

brent oil painting tbt

This week's throwback Thursday is inspired by getting one of my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday, yuck. It reminded me of one of Derek's oil paintings he did back in 2005. I had one of my other wisdom teeth abscess, it was terrible, and it took a week for the antibiotics to kick in. During that time Derek thought it would be a great idea to paint me in my time of pain. I have always loved this painting, even though to this day that was the worst pain I have ever experienced. It was our Jack and Rose "Titanic" moment. :) #TBT #wisdomtooth #toothpain #oilpainting #2005 #jackandrose #portrait
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Today in the Studio!

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OOGA BOOGAS, The First Two Little Fruits Art Project.

brent derek art project ooga booga golden idol

 It's Throwback Thursday! Starting this week we want to share with you some artworks that we have created over the years. These are the projects that got us to where we are today. We want to share the story of how it all came to be, with our 1st art project, The OOGA BOOGAS.

Derek and I met in the summer of 2001 and it was not long after that we decided to watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders Of The Lost Ark. After we finished watching that classic film, we were inspired to make our own golden idols to covet.  

Derek happened to have some Sculptamold and pickle jars, so we got to work on the 1st artsy thing we did together. We wrapped the jars in the plaster wrap, formed their features and gave them a nice golden paint job. Ever since then, we have affectionately called them our OOGA BOOGAS. 

Derek's, on the right, has been a constant companion for him in the studio. My OOGA BOOGA has been my office mate and called all of my day jobs home for the last 14 years. While he held my pens and scissors, he also held my hopes and dreams. :) OOGA BOOGA was my reminder that one day I would get to leave my day job behind and join Derek in the studio.  

I am happy to report that at the end of 2015 I did quit my day job to become a full-time employee at Two Little Fruits, and it feels great! Finally, the OOGA BOOGAS are reunited and it feels so good! #TBT #ART #SCULPTAMOLD

 

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Curiosity - Space Cat Mission To Mars

space cat curiosity astronaut cat Space Space Suit Space Mars planet
Curiosity -
This Cat Astronaut was inspired by our very own, Oliver. He's our grumpy little guy and we're convinced he longs to see the world. With that in mind, Derek went to the computer to illustrate his grand adventure to Mars. Where else would he want to go, Detroit? We toyed with the idea of putting him in a spaceship but decided on a kick-ass spacesuit! Mars is still a couple of hundred thousand miles away, but we are sure that he is going to enjoy his otherworldly adventure. Hopefully, for our sake, he will come back a little less pissed-off at the world.  For more information on our artwork "Curiosity" please click here: Curiosity
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oliver cat model  
Oliver dreaming of leaving this place.
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