Sunday, September 29, 2013

in the studio

This week has been another long week. Began by starting a new piece! yay! This has to be done in the next couple of days because it's getting installed on pressure. Here's a bit of the evolution of the piece. buh-bye roots and growth, say hello to before.

how do I get back to where I was before?

Someone on twitter decided that #drawingaugust (which I missed doing but enjoyed checking out) and #paintseptember really ought to flow right into #printoctober. I signed up. I've been thinking maybe to get back to it. The chances of me doing this without some sort of challenge are pretty slim. I have no press. I can't find my brayer. Or my woodcut tools. (which I never liked anyway) And the idea of doing one print a day for a whole month is really unlikely unless I go the monotype route, so I trialed one of those. The top image below is the plate on the left and the print on the right. The lower image is the following day's work. I repainted the plate and pulled the print from the floor so I could apply more pressure on it. More coming about this next week.

Also this week, History Repeats came down from Intrigue Spa in Dyer and all the newer paintings went up at Angel Hair in Griffith. before will be heading there next week. Once I finish it. Before Wednesday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

in the studio

I still haven't managed to get back to drawing. Still working through #art365 landscapes to finish out twitter's #paintseptember.  All these new pieces will be able to refresh the Intimate Persuasions show at Paul Henry's Art Gallery, for the closing in November. And I still need to pick one to send off to the twitter art exhibit. These are all 4" x 6" so that I can choose from one of them for that. And while I'm not displeased with all of this, I feel like things are on hold. 

fall is coming

early oaks

autumn fields

fall prairie, afternoon

variations on a theme: fall prairie


This coming week I also have some art swapping to do at local venues. history repeats will likely be coming down from Intrigue Spa and something will be going up in a new business in Griffith. Still working on what exactly that will be. Either pastels from the Gary show or maybe new paintings.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

in the studio

What a week! I almost forgot to post this. I am still doing small paintings for #paintseptember on twitter. I am determined to see that through. Still really wanting to get back to drawing, and inadvertently inspired myself this weekend while doing a couple of quick pear studies on reclaimed paper. I think I need to revisit the domesticity mixed media work I was experimenting with before I did the large scale work. 

So out of order this week, the first two are from this weekend. These are watercolor pencil line drawings, edged in acrylic, on previously painted canvas paper. The second piece is on a scrap which reads the ties that bind are strangling me and I can't breathe. These are going somewhere but I'm not sure where right now.

Earlier in the week, I did #art365 landscapes. These are all 4" x 6" because I'm still deciding what I want to send for the twitter art exhibit.


studio view, morning

morning, eastward


haze and studio view, morning were both done early enough in the week to be included in the installation of Intimate Persuasions: Small Works by Dawn Diamantopoulos and Brabant Lenting. The show looks great and I look forward to working with Brabant again in the future. 92 of the #art365 landscape paintings were included. 92! Saturday's reception was great, and I sold 7 paintings, which is pretty amazing. My website has been updated for the #art365 pieces, and those still available at Paul Henry's Art Gallery are listed as such. You can see the whole collection here. Today, I was recognized and approached by 3 separate strangers who told me how much they liked my work. 

Feeling the love this weekend.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

in the studio

This week was full of #art365 landscapes as I am now working through the #paintseptember project on twitter. A painting a day for the month of September. Big paintings are on hold right now. I am getting ready for Intimate Persuasions: Small Works opening Saturday. I've got a lot of figuring out to do, as far as what will be included. Adding in new pieces each week is counter productive, really. Oh well. 

This week began with 2 pieces based on a friend of a friend's photo. I was not actually in Vermont. Then a few of the prairie. insert is north of 80 heading east. pleasant view is a cemetery I visited on the road trip last month. Also this week, I made 5 small encaustic paintings. You can see those here.

west woodstock, vermont, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

treeline, proper road, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

goldenrod, acrylic on paper, 5" x 5"

sunflower prairie, acrylic on paper, 5" x 5"

insert, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

pleasant view, old lincoln highway, acrylic on paper, 5" x 6"
sunlit, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

Friday was the opening of TEXT:Louder Than Words at Studio 659. seneca was part of this show, and I didn't bring a camera, so I have no pics. I did meet another artist, Arlene Tribbia, who is also a writer. Two different people commented how much her work looked like mine. Unfortunately, her work in the show isn't on her website (and again I didn't take any pictures...) There is a lot of really good artwork in this show. The show is up through Saturday, September 28.

Next up: This week I'd like to get back to some drawing, as well as the continuation of #paintseptember. 

Intimate Persuasions: Small Works by Brabant Lenting and Dawn Diamantopoulos opens Saturday, September 14 4-9pm at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

encaustics, part 2

Tomorrow was planned to be another encaustics play day, but through some Labor Day-no-work-on-Monday weirdness, we've all been thrown off a day. Although it should be a day behind and not a day ahead, but, whatever. So, encaustics happened today. I was not prepared for this so there are no work in progress pics. This also spares you from seeing the hideous mess I made on one of them. Incising will require a lot of practice and patience on my part. I made two attempts today and they both failed miserably. I just loaded the piece up with more wax and more wax and...I think I saved it, but was scolded for painting over it. What can I say? I really hated it.

today's first painting, 3.5" x 6"

my favorite of today's work, 2.5" x 3.75"

2.5" x 3.75

I thought the red was too harsh at first,
but now I kinda like it. 1.75" x 3.25"

the one I think I saved, 2.5" x 3.75"
Next time I am going to practice the incising. ugh. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

in the studio

This week was full of #art365 landscapes. It began with a continuation of the field outside Crown Point but got sidetracked by some high contrast. Then further sidetracked while I worked through a couple of ideas on a sliver of light at sunset and the glow of sunrise on fog, and finally back to the field.
field I, acrylic on paper, 5" x 5"

quiet, acrylic on paper, 5" x 5"

roadside glow, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

early sunset I,acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

early sunset II,acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

early sunset III, acrylic on paper, 5" x 5"

morning fog I, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

morning fog II,acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

early sunset IV, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

field II, acrylic on paper, 4" x 6"

In other news: I've joined #paintseptember on twitter and will be making a small landscape every day. This easily ties in with my #art365 project of making art every day, I just have to have something completed every day for this month. 

seneca will be part of Studio 659's TEXT: Louder Than Words exhibit which opens this Friday. The following week, there will be an opening featuring a large selection of these #art365 landscapes at Paul Henry's Art Gallery. Details to follow.