Happy New Year- It’s February.

It’s been a busy start to the new year, and I’ve been unable to update as often as I like. But that just means I’ve been working hard, right?  I am really excited about 2o17 and the art opportunities it could bring.  I’ve been working hard in the studio, but I’ve also taken on a few more teaching duties to try new things in and keep myself fresh in the classroom. It’s been great.

Unfortunately, I’m not teaching art classes much. At my part time position at a local independent school I’ve started teaching technology classes.  It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but I’ve done a lot to prepare for my class, including creating a website for the classes.  Which is actually better than this one.  So be prepared, there will eventually be changes to this one.  I’m glad I took on this challenge, but I miss teaching art and hope to bring some lessons, assignments, and maybe even a whole unit on art and technology.

I do have a mixed media class going on at the Workhouse Arts Center, and it’s going really well.  It’s small, but the students are comfortable and want to try a lot of different things, and aren’t afraid to go for it.  Next week, they’ll start putting everything together, and maybe even have a completed piece.

I’ve had less time in the studio, though.  Which makes me appreciate the time even more.  I’m preparing for a couple of bigger shows this spring and summer.  I hope that things will balance out a little more.  In the mean time, here are a few pictures of the things I’ve been working on my studio.

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Another angle of the Adyar River, which I crossed almost daily, in Chennai.

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Finishing up some “tributaries” on this piece.
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Sometimes, I get into a tangles mess.
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Three Rivers, 2017
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Embrace, 2016.  Currently on view at the Workhouse Arts Center at the Collector’s Showcase.
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Starting a new one today.

Empty Studio

New things must be coming in the studio, because it’s pretty empty right now.  I actually can’t stand the sight of it.  However, it just means that most of my current work is out in the real world getting looked at, and that is so gratifying.  I make all of these things in the comfort control room that is my studio. I am making it mostly for myself, to challenge my ideas, to see if I can make something from nothing, to carry out an idea on a theme.  Now, I’ve allowed it to leave my little bubble and be out among all the other viewers, purveyors of art.  I’m excited for these opportunities, and of course it’s great to have shows and exhibits to get a feel for how one’s work is perceived.  Next week, I’ll have the opportunity to go to that exhibit, talk a little about why and how I made those pieces and field questions about what people get out of what they’re looking at.  It’s scary and wonderful all at the same time.

But in the meantime, I haven’t had much time inside the studio this week. Between being back at my day job and dropping of my work for the exhibit, there has been very little time for making.  Next week, should balance out and I’ll be back in, completing some pieces and taking the leap to start another series (I hope).  The empty studio makes me think about possibilities!

But here are a few shots of this week, just to give you some perspective:

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New Threads hang off the edge of a piece.  Almost complete.
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Threads and floor.
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Time to fill the wall again!
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New piece, ready to be shown! (Ohio, Mississippi confluence)
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Where I unpacked all my pieces for a beautiful space in Falls Church, can’t wait to visit my pieces next week.
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Unpacking started, the big one (A Confluence) is rolled up on the floor.
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Picked up the painting in this exhibition catalogue this week.  What a great opportunity to be a part of the Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition.
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A new piece, and maybe a new series.  This one is being donated to the Workhouse. Hope to explore this more in 2017.

Happy NEW Year!

It’s been a while since I have updated the blog. I was busy working on the large painting  (11 feet by 6 feet), I put together work for a show that opens this week, and made time to visit family and friends over the winter break.   Well, it’s time to hit the ground running again and I couldn’t be more excited to share a few more show dates that will be featuring my work locally.

The first show, opens this week!  I just dropped off 20 pieces over at Crossroads Gallery at Goodwin House, where it is being curated as we speak.  This show will also feature work by another local artist from the Workhouse.  Our pieces create a nice dialogue, and is titled “Pathways”.  I’m really excited and can’t wait to present the work and talk about it on January 15, 2017.

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The next show that is coming up is also a group show at the Workhouse.  Our building has decided to put on a group show, where each one of the artists will have a piece on view.  The title of this show is “Winter Chill”.  Come for the reception on second Saturday January 14, 2016.

In the mean time, I need to fill up my studio again.  It seems so empty without all my work there, so stop by and visit me on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I hope to be there some Saturdays too.

Happy new year to all, wish you health and happiness.

 

Studio time on a Saturday

It was kind of quiet at the Workhouse today.  While people were streaming in and out of our building I decided to do some much needed work on the big wall canvas I’ve been working on for the past few months. YES- I said “few months”.  I love this project and it’s been a lot of fun to create the layers and watch this huge blank canvas transform into this confluence of layers, lines and shapes.

I made a little recording of the part I was working on today! The painting is almost complete, and then it’s time to put all that effort into drawing.  I’m hoping that this piece will be ready for a debut in January!  Keep coming back and hopefully I’ll have more details soon.

New waves in the studio

As you know I’ve been working on a lot of new things this fall.  It all began with “the wall” but I also ended up experimenting with some new themes in my work.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of maps.  But – I inherited about 40 years worth of magazines that have really great pictures.  My intention is to play around with them, and alter them to see how I can use them in my artwork as another collage material.

I have to admit, sometimes I get distracted.  In fact, when I go to my studio space, I have good intentions of organizing my time wisely, but sometimes I just I have so many ideas running through my head that I wish I could somehow have more hands, more energy, and more time to work on them.

In these past few weeks, though, I’ve started filming my progress on the wall painting.  I actually completed the collage and am working on the writing.  The painting part is still in progress.  I actually ran out of the colors I was using, and I have to re-order them — local stores don’t carry my strange mix of colors.

So here are some current visual updates:

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Before Halloween I was working on finishing the collage.  This shows that I had to finish across the top and along the side.  It was hours of work to complete that part.
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A view from my comfy chair.
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Backyard art experimenting.  I was using a cleaning agent to alter pictures in a magazine. 
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You don’t really know what is going to happen, but sometimes things happen just right.
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Waiting to be painted.  I think the painting part will finish up right after Thanksgiving.
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Collage work finished! — So I had some snacks.
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New experimental mixed media pieces.  What if I used faces, instead of maps?
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Still enjoying the topographical line making on top of the altered images and paint.
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Did I mention I started making my own origami paper?
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First crane in this bunch. Only 999 more to go.