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.

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!

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.

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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A hint

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

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IMG_2393Started working on some “practice canvases”.  They’re small, they’re cheap, and it gives me a little practice time.  I’m not really a sketchbook user.  I normally write instead of draw.     I’m trying to figure out these small canvases and play a little bit.