Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Today's throwback is from October 2011. Before I started the whole #art365, not just as a concept, but as a process - as a commitment to work every day, I did a facebook challenge to sketch everyday for October. Now, truthfully, I'm not really a sketcher. I'm not now and I wasn't then. And so I was a little stuck on what I was going to do. I settled on still life. So all fruit and later some squash and gourds. Every day I'd set up a new little still life and get to work. The rest of the work can be seen on my facebook page here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

in the studio

This week, I've worked on two paintings, but didn't finish either one. I spent the first half of the week on one and got nowhere with it. And set it aside for a day while I started the other. They are not even close to being done and haven't quite found the direction they are headed, but I'm going to post them anyway, because I don't want to not post today. It's my own personal deadline. They will most likely be unrecognizable between this state and the final paintings.

This first was originally a different part of the prairie and I am relocating it. It just was not working where it was. This happens sometimes. I get stuck and something else catches my eye, and I abandon the first idea for the next. There was a feathery grass of some sort that glowed soft and yellow and I thought plush. I haven't gotten it yet to say plush yet, though, and I'm not convinced that it doesn't need to be horizontal format, rather than a square.

The second is based on the Devil's Slide at the Dunes. I've gotten so involved in the patterning that I've neglected the rest of the piece. That's all just blocked in sand and sky, and is just underpainting. I haven't decided that the patterning is staying yet. I envisioned it looking more like this when completed, which is a bit more random.

Out of the studio this week: This was the final week for the Salon Show at South Shore Arts. I am this|close to booking another show for 2015. There was a quick meet and greet with the Calumet Heritage Partnership at White Ripple Gallery where I have work in the Indigenous Landscapes exhibit. Saturday was also the DAVe (Dyer Arts Visionaries) Pop Up Gallery at the Fashion Show. I had four america series paintings there. Angela Leimer took this photo of stretched out. I love the bright airiness of the painting shining out of the darkness.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I chose this print today to inspire myself to get working on background materials for my papermaking residency next month at Hook Pottery Paper. This is a  three plate styrofoam print I made for last year's #printoctober challenge on twitter. I'm stealing the text from these and adding it into my list of text ideas for papermaking.

Are you still lost?
I am still looking for you.
Have you found yourself yet?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

in the studio

Two finished paintings this week! blue skies ahead  took forever. There were a lot of reworks on that piece. I loved the sky from the beginning, but the trees gave me the worst trouble.

blue skies ahead, acrylic, 8" x 8"

a thousand tiny deaths, acrylic, 11" x 14"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This week's throwback is one of the last america series paintings I have left: an untitled landscape.

untitled (landscape), 2012, acrylic, 16" x 16"

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday

A #tbt from last year's #printoctober challenge on twitter. This print is one of six pieces I have in the Indigenous Landscapes show, part of the Grand Opening of White Ripple Gallery in Hessville.
The ribbon cutting is tomorrow night and the opening reception for this show is Saturday at 7 pm. Hope to see some local friends there.

untitled (prairie), 2013, linocut, 4" x 5"