Lizzies Blog

Mapping the visual world through a nebulous lens. Varying degrees of tangibility and culpability.
 

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.

Terra Animam

This is the time of year that resets my body clock as well as my soul clock and reconnects me to the land. I love autumn I don't love winter. I love the crisp thin air and unfiltered sun, the shadows the angles of amazing light, the colors, the sounds and the smells.

It is a time for soups and sweaters and deep complicated poetry. It is a time for examining subtext and metaphor.

 Terra Animam: oil/cold wax on cradled birch wood. 16x16x2

Terra Animam: oil/cold wax on cradled birch wood. 16x16x2

 

I am still working from home mostly to finish some small paintings, and in the middle of it all I am changing up my palette to one that is warmer, earthy and soulful. The switch back to oils has been a bit of an up and down, but now I am in my groove and feel good about moving on to larger pieces. Going back and forth from canvas to wood has also been a yin yang of indecision. I think with the more washed out paintings I like canvas and for the textured pieces with a lot of wax I am leaning towards the wood. We are in the process of building some large cradled panels for the studio in the city and I am about two weeks away from having all of the smaller in progress pieces finished. This will also get me beyond a deadline that I have for the end of October. After that I will have a nice stretch of time to finally move things back from home to the city and take a few days off before starting on the new work.

 

Public Art

I have had seven paintings selected by Hotel Covington, a new boutique hotel in Covington Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati) to be displayed in their new building. All are from the older colorful landscape - ish works from a couple of years ago. Will get some photos of the work after it has been installed.

Winters Work

We are in the second week of September and the temps are still in the 90's here in the little river valley. I had hoped to be back in my downtown studio this week and had already moved a lot of things down there, but the weather has me still in my sun room studio at home. As I am nearing some deadlines I had to go ahead and start work on my oil pieces. Oils are such an adjustment from working with acrylics (and vice versa) that I am still wrapping my head around the drying time. I am taking paintings out to my old studio building to dry. I still need to get things moved around so that I can get back into my old building.Never quite got things back to normal after the rain damage and roof repairs. Hopefully next spring we can do that. I will still keep the space in the city because it has such great light and the energy of that old warehouse is not replaceable. I have looked at other spaces in other arts complexes and nothing has appealed to me.

My work will be featured as Artist of The Month at the art center at the end of the month. For as many years as I have had space in the building this is the first time I put my name in for an artist of the month spot. This is also the month of the buildings 25th Anniversary Silent Auction. Lots going on.

 

Affinity I: oil, cold wax, graphite on textured canvas 12x12x3

But back to the oils, I am really excited to be back to this work. I got distracted last year working on the oils and a couple of other opportunities had me staying with acrylics. Now my path has been cleared to work on these most of the time. I first learned to paint with oils and they are really my first love when it comes to materials. I get anxious working with them after being with acrylics for an extended period, but am starting to find my groove. I also wanted to take some of what I had been doing with acrylics and carry that thru into the oils. In particular with the color field paintings and minimal works. Working with oil and cold wax, I build some under layers with acrylic and clear gesso, so getting the best of both worlds.

Just Do The Work

I got up this morning and painted over my study pieces. I also deleted the pages of past work from this website. I am listing only works from the current year. Twice in recent weeks I have been approached to do a commission piece based on old work.  Not to mention the many inquiries about work that has long since been sold. As one commission did not pan out, I must say that I was not all that comfortable with doing it. I feel that with my work I move on, I am always moving on and I would gladly create a work of art that speaks to my current sensibilities, but as I have thought long and hard about it, I will no longer entertain the idea of creating a work for hire based on old work, or something that isn't even in my style.

I guess I am just selfish because working up a job proposal for a site specific piece takes time and in this last situation it took away precious time from another project that I really do want to be involved in. So even as I have been doing this for a long time, I can get caught up in things that I really do not want to do. Hopefully this will set me straight for awhile.

In the meantime I am working on a new project for the fall and hope to be able to show some of the work very soon. Life is a journey... exhale!!

The Great Divide

I seem to always be at this place. Dividing line or not. A dividing line often implies landscape, even when this is not the intention at all. I think more in terms of planes and fields. The sort of thing one is taught in beginning painting classes. Not necessarily based in representation or abstraction, but rather a gesture, a thought blip. It can be stark like a complete mood change, or subtle as in casually mulling it over. When it is all said and done, I really don't think about it. I can name it for the outside world, but the outside world usually finds the reference point all on it's own. Based on the experience and circumstance of the viewer, it is futile to put so much energy into how one might be perceived in an unknown future.

Having said all of that I find myself working on a project for mid autumn that has me back to my grid mentality and lines, dividing lines and nebulous ramblings. The kind of work that usually plays out better on paper (for me) than canvas. I am taking from my old playbook with the textures and application of paint and graphite (lots of graphite) and a precise color palette for the entire series. With the smaller ones like this one shown (there are nine). Two of them are finished and two more are in progress. Another large piece, a test run for site specific project that I may or may not get the go ahead on is also in the works. With the color palette chosen for me, I was able to work things around so that I could use the same palette for both projects. This is good because it was chosen based on some other completed works. Keeping me (mostly) in my comfort zone.

So two things: a project for a show and a project for a commercial space. Fingers crossed that it all comes out a win win.