Glen Echo Opening

What an amazing place to have a show.  I can’t remember the last time I was there, but I know it had been quite sometime.  Glen Echo Park is a special place in the DC metro area.  It’s right across the DC and Virginia border, and is maintained by the National Park Service.  It truly is a one of a kind park that is tucked away in a little neighborhood full of cottages, craftsman bungalows and even some tudors.  Sure there are some hints of modernization, and some “mc-mansion’ style throwbacks, but the narrow streets, the trees, and the park make it all worth a visit every now and again.

The park itself has a pretty amazing history and some wonderful architecture that blends itself right into the natural scenery.  It creates a really magical experience for all who come.  You may hear the sounds of the carousel, and see the bright red sign that sticks out just enough so you can see it from the road, but once you park the car, and walk over the Minniehaha Branch, you step back into a place that has long been forgotten by the modern world.

A while ago, I used to bring campers here from Prince William County.  We went on a lot of field trips throughout the summer, and the kids were not always excited about going.  However, once they heard the music of the carousel and caught a glimpse of the architecture of the park, they knew they were in for an experience.

Having my current exhibit of rivers in the Stone Tower Gallery is such an amazing treat. This building dates back to 1892 and it was part of the Chautauqua movement.  It’s truly a beautiful building and the stone really gives the exhibit of my work a different feeling. I’ve only taken a few pictures, but plan to go back really soon to take some additional one.

If you’d like to get out there and take a look at my exhibit or the rest of the park definitely go on the weekends when the gallery is open! And maybe even take a ride on the carousel!

Click here for more information about the park and my exhibit!  In the mean time here are a few snapshots.

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An old bumper car in one of the galleries.
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The sun already coming down, and the moon is high in the sky. Perfect evening for an art walk.
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Here’s a perfect example of keeping old with older. I love how it just highlights the magic of this park.
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I’m in there on the bottom floor.
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The curved walls can be difficult to work with in a gallery setting, but they have ways!!
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A little grouping of some of my smaller works.
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In the round! Full view of the gallery, panoramic style.

 

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.

Summer Schedule

So, it is summer! I know I’m a few days late, but I’ve finally been able to create a time when you can come see me in my studio!  I’m really excited about working there regularly throughout the season hope you’ll stop by.

Workhouse Arts Center, Building 6:

July 6 – July 22:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

August 3 -August 19: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

I will be there other times, as well, but you can always message me! I’ll be taking a summer holiday at the end of July, but then will return in August.  I will be there on some weekends, but those are yet to be determined.

Also, catch me on Tuesday, July 5,  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Palette 22, in Shirlington.  Watch me do some live painting and get yourself a cool drink!  I’ll also be there Sunday, July 10, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for brunch.

 

Making art in public

For so long I’ve been used to making art in the comfort of my own home. This year I’ve been offered the opportunity to take my art public.  It can be a bit daunting.  I’ve always thought it’s been important to make are for oneself, but I never really considered art for the masses.  Even in college, the studio setting was a little stressful. It can seem like you’re always on.

I don’t have the feeling this time.  I thought that making art in public would have been a stressful task.  However, these past few weeks as an “art performer” has been a great lesson for me.  I enjoy connecting with the crowd.  The energy that runs through the restaurant is fueling my work right now.  I can feel the pace change through the evening, bustling servers, the diners wading in and out, the variety of music blasting through the speakers.  It’s a vibrant place.

This week I decided to work on preparations of my paintings.  I took out some miniature blocks and worked on a smaller painting.  I’m actually pleased with what I accomplished in the four hours I spent.

So– if you missed me on Tuesday, I’ll be back this Sunday at Palette 22 for Brunch, 11-3 pm.  Hope to see you there! Who knows where the energy will take me that day?

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My set up for the evening.
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I’m really feeling the red washes.
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New “little guys” prep.
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There’s one up there on the left!

On view

I’ve been shifting around some art at the Workhouse today.  I didn’t have much time to work on things, but I have been given some space to showcase some work that I had done previously.  If you stop by you can see a few pieces right when you walk in to Block 6.  I also have a few more pieces down the hall!

In other news, I’m working on some applications for some residencies and fellowships.  Also, if you’re in the area tomorrow, I’ll be at Palette 22 tomorrow working on some things.  Stop by if you can, 5-9 pm.

Happy Monday!

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Saturday Studio session

This weekend I spent the early part of my afternoon at Palette 22.  I had a really nice time working on some new paintings.  I started using my newspapers I brought back from India, and I’m making a few small guys while I’m an artist in residence at the restaurant.  It was fun meeting and talking with the people that stopped by and checked in to see what I was doing.  A few just wanted to see what I was up to, while others complimented me.  I really enjoyed the two elementary school students who came by to ask me what I was doing.  They had no idea what collage was, but seemed really interested.  Then I asked them what they thought I was working on, and one said,” An elephant?”.  I said, ” I can see how you would guess that.” I showed them that the collage was part of a map and that I liked to mix different techniques together.  I said,”  Do you think you would ever try that?”  One said,” I didn’t know you were allowed.”

That is why I teach, folks.

It’s been a great chance to mingle with the community, unexpected conversations from all people today.

Here’s a peak at what I was working on:

 

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Netted Tributaries.  Above a woman dining.
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Newspaper, not maps, this time.
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More newspaper clipping from India.
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Two little guys directly across from me.

Publishing

Artomatic was a great way for me to get my artwork out there and visible to the public.  This past week I’ve been e-mailing with many people who made contact me through that forum.  It’s been great to hear the feedback and have people share interest in the arts.  It’s great motivation to keep making art, and exploring the different facets of theme I’m working with.

One of the most interesting new developments is a surveyor magazine has taken an interest in my work.  the magazine called xyHt has reached out and have offered to publish my work in their magazine in the spring! I’m so excited about this opportunity and honored that they would like to showcase my “maps” in a magazine that covers map making and data collecting in reality!

So, I better get to work.  Those partially-finished paintings won’t finish themselves!

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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?

Another home

It’s always a little bitter sweet when some paintings find another home.  But I know that they’ll be enjoyed!  Farewell little guys!

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