New Work and A Show

It's been awhile since my last blog post. I have been busy and also spinning my wheels. Trying to get work finished anddeal with family and life issues at the same time; or maybe it's all the same thing. Nothing escapes the brush.
After switching back to oils almost exclusively at the first of the year I am just now getting settled in with it. Preferring to work on panels and un-stretched canvas tacked to the wall.
UPCOMING - I will be part of a two person show at the Bears Mill Art Center, Clark Gallery, Greenfield Ohio: Opening July 28th from 6-9 pm.
I will be showing mostly new work including oil and acrylic on canvas, oil on paper and oil on panel.

oil on paper

oil on paper

BLINK ART RESOURCE: I have partnered with Blink and Art Design Consultants in Cincinnati. They will be handling some of my work exclusively for the next year.
I am still working with saatchi art online and they continue to sell works from my portfolio, including a new piece Song For Cecil that went to a collector in London England.

Song For Cecil - SOLD

Song For Cecil - SOLD

OPEN STUDIOS - I have had my studio open for two of the five open studio events this year at the art center. Not a great track record, but I am going through some growing pains and need a larger space. Having to clean everything up and make it accessible to the public is a bit of a challenge with work is in progress and lots of wet paint, so I just don't open that often. I may have the opportunity to get a much larger space, but everything depends on who has first refusal and the increased cost. Always something to juggle with art.

Vestige NEW YEAR

February is almost here and I am just starting to get into a groove. Painting over a lot of things from last year and stretching new canvas. I always laugh when people ask about my inventory. I do have older paintings in storage, but for the most part things that can be painted over get painted over. I am painting over several things now and stretching new canvas as well. It is the early bird who gets the worm, or painting. Nothing is safe from the gesso..

As always I find myself over thinking my work and then not being happy with it. Turning over a new leaf and just letting it rip. That's my motto for the year.. Lets see how long it lasts. LET ER RIP...

VESTIGE I - mixed media on canvas 20x20x2.5

VESTIGE I - mixed media on canvas 20x20x2.5

Two If By Sea: mixed media on canvas 30x30x1.5

 

 

 

 

 

The End

We are nearing the end of the year and I am in a strange place. Feeling like I got punched in the stomach after our election, and trying to process it through my work has me somewhat paralyzed and at the same time has opened up a new door to an old project that we may just get finished by the time January rolls around. 

For the longest time I have been wanting to move back into my home studio, but there was no place to put all of the stuff that had been stored there while I was working elsewhere. Now we have a new huge storage container on our back property and I can start moving things out. Old furniture from my perfume studio, recording studio tables and racks. Packaging materials. Some things will be sold at a later date, but for now to just get them out of my studio so I can start getting it back in working order is priority number one.

I do plan on keeping my studio in the city, but am undecided how to best utilize each space. The city space is set up for painting and exhibiting art, so I will probably move a lot of the art materials from the city, my desk and fine art printer, etc.. Not sure yet about the large easel. How ever it all ends up I will feel better about it all and my ability to move around and work more freely.

In the meantime I am working on the oil/wax on wood paintings, small pieces, while stretching canvas for larger works. The focus of the oil paintings has drifted to the same frame of mind I was in all summer working on the small square acrylic paintings. At first the work went in a different direction, but now everything has gravitated back to what Matisse called the mark of the personality. The mark of my personality is messy, mark making, intuitive, deconstructed. The beginners mind. The place where everything always ends up for me.

Intersection: oil/wax on cradled birch wood 16x17x2

Stone Paper

After a couple of weeks experimenting with oil on stone paper I have come to the conclusion that my best course of action was my first thought. Thin washes of color with just a hint of wax and drying medium in the paint allow for an overnight dry and the ability to work the piece more quickly without any cracking or adverse reactions.

I do love this paper but it has a fragile quality. It can be scratched and pitted, so great care must be taken to make sure it is worked on a clean surface. Cut on a clean surface... Other than that I have not encountered any negatives, but the day is still young, so to speak.

Full sheet, stone paper 16pt. 38x28. Oil and wax wash. Dry to the touch in one day.