Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Here are some of the works in progress today.
Top left, 4' x 5'
Bottom left 30" x 60"
Center 48" x 48"
Right 30"x 48"
Some of these oils are further along than others but big changes are still possible. Since this photo was taken, I've added improvements to the center and right oils.
The studio is the place where art is created but also the place and mind set where numerous works that are 'good enough' go through days or weeks of polishing - making the small improvements that can make all the difference.
It's very rare that I have worked an oil straight through and that's why I have so many in progress. I enjoy looking for the large or small things that can really improve the art.
The studio is full of puzzles to solve and blank canvases were anything can happen. There is a real tension in the air from all of the unknowns, but it is never boring!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Descending Tree Line, pastel on sanded paper, 9 x 18
I just conducted a Making it Fine Art Workshop for the Pikes Peak Pastel Society last weekend. We had a very successful weekend with a number of breakthroughs, new experiences, great starts and a number of very good artworks works emerged.
More workshops are scheduled for October 2016 - 2017 in the Denver Metro and MA in 2017. Complete info
Descending Tree Lines is one of the pastel demonstrations I did at the workshop. It is on the theme of taking a common subject and progressing it through a number of different looks but still ending with something that is fresh and interesting.
Many thanks to the person that purchased this pastel their collection that day.
At the Workshop
Here we are on the first day of the workshop. We had a lot of work going on with new ideas and breakthroughs.
Thank you Bonnie, for the recommendation:"Thanks for the wonderful workshop! You are a fountain of information and are so giving of your time and knowledge. We all had fun and enjoyed your sense of humor. It's so refreshing to let go of rules and loosen up with color."
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
This is us.
There are a number of ways to consider this allegory but the meanings are brought to our attention through art. Looking at the figures close up, the care and effort is apparent. The figures come to life because we can identify with them tasking together and it doesn't look easy. They have our sympathy.
The installation is meant to walked on, not just observed. I suspect something emotional, perhaps surprising feelings well up from standing on so many human figures, plastic or not. Just imagine yourself standing there - you may feel something.
The installation photo is compelling and one that stays in the mind. It can take on a number of meanings, but whatever the idea, the visual stays with us.
Great art lasts and that is the high bar for us as artists.
We have the ability to create something that is Forever.
Here is the text from the Lehmann Maupin Gallery website:
Thousands of Plastic Figures Hold Up the Floor
Friday, September 2, 2016
Note: This date has been changed form Oct 13 to Oct Thursday, October 20.
All the other information remains the same.
See you there!
I will be there along with the Brushstrokes Gallery Artists:
Kelly Berger, John K. Harrell, Kit Hevron Mahoney, Anita Mosher
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