Mural in Progress, Artist at work

I’ve made some great strides in the mural, adding on different landmarks and symbols.  Take a look.  Keep in mind, it’s not finished, there will be changes, additions and details. This is so much fun.

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The beginning of a drum, needs loads of detail.
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OM in the backyard, more petals coming.
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Cat mandala?  Yes please.
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Running with wings– more details coming.
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Cherry blossoms floating across the Potomac River.
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Getting there!
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Artist working, the hazards of paint.
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Almost there.  A few more additions needed.
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Love is Love, DC.
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Grateful dead– -skull coming.

Commissions

This year I’ve been fortunate to work on commissions for several people.  Each has been a pleasure to work on and I really can take the time to personalize and tailor an artwork for the people who receive it.  As an emerging artist I welcome commissions. It gives me a chance to take on someone else’s ideas, and make them my own. I often feel challenged, and it some small ways it allows me to take new risks and develop ideas for other works.  Here is just small sampling of what I’ve been able to work on these past few months:

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Finished Commission:  Nile, 2017
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Finished Commission:  Columbia, 2017
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Commission in progress, collage.
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Commission in progress, washes.
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Commission in progress, filling in the waterbody, added extra depth to the washes.

New work on view tomorrow!

Come see new work at the Workhouse Arts Center.  I’m really proud of this body of work.  18 new pieces on wood.  18 rivers of the world represented.  When I started creating these works my goal was to experiment with the textures of the wood.  How would the washes lay on top of the grain?  What if I treated the wood before I applied the paint?  What if I let the paint soak into the grain?  Although the rivers come from areas across the globe, the common theme is movement and texture… and flow.

Creating my own virtual world

Are you tired of the Pokemon phenomenon yet?  It takes me back to when I started teaching and had to take away all the Pokemon pongs during class because the sixth graders were out of control with their virtual games.  It seems like Pokemon is a good distraction for some, but what about art?  Art is an even better way to reconnect with your own imagination and allows people to create their own virtual worlds.  Without art, I might be on the hunt for some of those characters too, who knows?  However, to me, art is something that is much deeper, carries more pleasure, and allows me to delve into new ways of making and creating.

This week I delved into painting on wood.  I’m still working out the logistics, but I really like seeing the wood grain in my work.  I think it’s something that I’ll continue to play around with and do some experimenting.

So as you ponder life’s questions throughout the week- maybe ask yourself this:  What makes up your virtual world? Who or what is in it?  What does it look like?  How does it evolve?

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People looking for their Pokemon
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soft wood grain.
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Experimenting.
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Prepping another background.
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Oh yeah, and I won a baguette!

 

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Summer time in the Studio

It’s my first week in my studio since I don’t know when.  It’s allowed me to work on a lot of projects that have been pushed to the side or stuck in my head.  This week I’ve already made some movement on some large paintings that should have been completed months ago, but I guess that’s all a part of the process.

It’s been great having so much studio time to do work and it has actually allowed me time to reflect on what I do, why I do it, and how I think it’s relevant.  Those are important questions to be asked of any artist.  The third question has been more important to me than many of the other questions, because it’s something that I feel is a struggle for me.  How is my art relevant?  Sure, it’s relevant to me, but how does it reach out to the general public or others I’d like to connect with.

In the next year, I’m going to explore that question.  I have ideas for my solo show in May at the Workhouse, but I’m not ready to give out that idea or talk about it yet.  All I know is that my theme for this show will be relevant, it will have something to say, there will be maps, and there will be cranes.

In the meantime, if you want a chance to come by and visit me, I will not be at the studio tomorrow.  I will resume my regular hours next week.  I will be at Palette 22 this Sunday from 10am -2pm doing some live painting!  I would love to see you there!

In the meantime here is a little glimpse of what I’ve been working on:

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Commissioned piece…color is done now. Working on the tributaries.
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The tributaries on this one are still wet, color will fade, but will leave some interesting texture and relief quality on the work.
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More little guys– just experimenting with more color.  A few people have noticed a green theme. And a blue theme.  I think it’s time to go bold.

Final days

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Final two days of the “Invocations” art show.  Head out to Reston Community Center at Lake Anne before we have to take it down.  It’s been a lovely show and great experience.  So glad it came together over the summer.  Can’t wait to get back out there with some more new work in different locations.  Where should I show next?

A hint

Just in case you wanted to know what I was up to this weekend:

Snow day

Snow day

A little flurry activity outside my studio. A great day to paint.