Saturday, October 27, 2007

Nearing show time....

A small vignette of a painting. This was the best part of it before I realized the overall attempt was a dud and gave up on it. I often photograph paintings in process and also focus in on small areas to remember good details of compositions. I'm sure this little, sweet shape will show up somewhere else...




One of my newest paintings, "Twirl." How and why I started doing this almost cartoon-like painting, I don't know. It was really fun, however! I could make these swirling, lined shapes all day. There's the shape again, this time massing and becoming a herd to move together instead of independently. Who would've known? This style is quite different from other, more 'serious' paintings I've done in the last 3 years. I have some trepidation in showing it. Also, it's pink. Pink! Still....it's in the show. I'll just have to suck it up and see what the reaction/feedback is.


A view of the studio with all of the new work in process of framing. I deliver 14 pieces to the gallery on Monday. For this exhibit, I'm foregoing the usual comment book. I've found that they are absolutely worthless to me! During an exhibit, guests/viewers are invited to make comments on the show, but I've rarely found anything of lasting importance in the book once the show is over. A lot of comments like "Good Show!" and an unintelligible name. People just don't write deep, insightful, detailed comments in these books. At least, none that I've seen. (You may have had a different experience...) Instead, I'm setting out a binder with images of other work I do (books, quilts, etc.) and some information and images of how I make work, etc.

If I see an art exhibit I like, I often wonder about the artist themself and their process. At the group exhibit I curated in May, "9 North: Multimedia Alaskan Perspectives," I included a BIG three ring binder with images of each artist, their CV and a statement from them, as well as a curators statement. This was such a big hit with the visitors and gallery staff that the gallery coordinator paid me to make three more for gallery reference. So: Artists out there---think about it. It's a good marketing tool!


Last night I went out to a reception held by the Rasmuson Foundation, the group that awarded me an Individual Artist Project Award last December. This was a meet and greet for affiliated organizations and many artists who've received their funds. This is a shot of two artist friends, Annie Duffy, sculptor and multimedia painter, and Rachelle Dowdy, sculptor. Art friends are pure gold...they are the rare people I can talk with about very personal, important experiences and ideas that happen only in the studio---and understand. For instance, Rachelle and I shared the secret that we both love sleeping in our studios and waking up to our art....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Snow...

Four or five inches fell this week with at least that much more expected in the next few days. Fromage jumped on his bike at dusk...



... for a quick spin. You can see he's smiling.


Here's a much better image of how beautiful it is here right now.


Winter still has it's newness and novelty. I'm happy that I got to go out for the first ski of the season! Getting out of the studio for at least a few hours is keeping my head clear.

With this new type of thing happening in my painting, I need all the perspective I can get. WTF? I suddenly felt the urge to make all of the *shapes* swim together in swirling bodies. Does it look good? I don't know. It felt right. These paintings are looking a little cartoony to me. When I show them to Fromage, he's very ambivalent and doesn't say much at all. (Not really a good sign...)

I kind of cringe when I think of putting these in my upcoming show, but I have to because I am low on work as it is. To defend this new painting style, I must admit that they're enormously fun, if not very mature or serious.

It's an interesting development for The Shape. I didn't expect it, and it just popped into being right there on the paper. Pretty damned cool! I've been working with The Shape for over 2 years and suddenly it's transformed it's meaning yet again for me. Just when I think I'm almost done with it...

The lines are incredibly fun to draw, and as I am making the content and background image, I really, really look forward to painting in the lines with a #0 paintbrush. I'm using FW Acrylic Artists Ink. Very fluid, very dense, very permanent, without the plasticky feeling of standard acrylics. I learned about these inks from Laura Wait, my teacher at Penland School of Crafts last summer. I tell you....I am just now realizing what a wealth of new materials and techniques I learned there. All of that new knowledge is coming out in my new paintings these days. Very satisfying! I miss Penland, still. I had a dream about it the other night, in fact. Sigh.