Pendleton Art Center

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.

Studio News

Can't believe that it's the end of the month again. Art walk this Friday from 6-10. I plan on being there if all goes well.

We had repairmen in the building last week fixing the windows and as a result I had to move a lot of things away from the windows, which included my desk and printer. I still don't have everything back to normal, so I am suspending the online prints until I am back in business. Will not be long. In the meantime I have updated my often neglected page at Fine Art America, with some of the new small paintings, available as prints. I have them available as prints only, but they have several options including, gallery wrap canvas, paper prints, prints on metal, with a lot of options for framing. I am not offering any of the other items such as greeting cards, pillows, totes, phone cases etc... If you do see something in one of those items that you would like to purchase I can add it to the site. Just ask... As always the only work that I make available for prints are the small landscapes and a few works on paper.

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I am continuing to work on the small landscapes because my time at the moment is very limited. We are updating all of the Soivohle (my scent work) products and I am also tinkering around with a new Scent Art Installation. Once I have it all worked out with the formulations I will look for a venue. Possibly for something this time next year. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a scent installation....

More good news: After the initial sales from the YWCA Show opening last Friday, I shipped out three more paintings on Tuesday. Not to jinx the sale, I am just going to say a little YAY!!!.. and update if everything goes through. Should have the final word by Wednesday.

Looks like two new commissions could also be in the works, both for landscapes done in the style above. Very happy with all the good juju being tossed my way lately. Sending it backatcha Universe.... till next time...

Updates, Studio News

I have added some of the new small landscapes to the website. They are available as both prints and originals. Some that have been sold are available as prints only.

SHIPPING - These options have been updated. There is a flat rate for US and most International orders. It has also been brought to my attention that locals might want to purchase online and puck up at the studio, so I have added a free ship option for studio pick ups and local delivery.

LARGER PRINTS - Most of the newer art will be available in a larger format soon. I am experimenting with a new paper and may change from the Epson Photo Luster to the Metallic Photo Luster. The matt option will stay the same.

We can print up to 17" wide, so the largest print size that we can create as a signed and dated print is 16". This would leave a half inch white border. Plenty enough for matting and framing. For a matted and framed piece of artwork with an 3" matt the ready to hang artwork would be 22-24" square, depending on the size of the frame.

I am not currently cutting matt board for the prints, but will in the future have some of them matted and framed, and available for in studio sales during the Final Friday art walks.

PRINTER FOR HIRE - As it is now, all of my images are stored on my laptop. I am looking to purchase a new desktop for the studio. As in the past I will once again offer printing services for others who wish to have small run prints made of their images. We have an Epson  Stylus Pro printer that uses Ultra Chrome Inks. The combination of the quality inks and these new exceptional papers it is possible to get a print with well over a 100 years of fade resistance. Add on the fact they we also use an archival UV coating on our prints, the years of print quality can double.

But enough with all the print speak. I will post again when I have a plan in place for this small scale printing service.

FOOTNOTE - Thanks to all who came out to the art reception last night for my group show at the YWCA Women's Gallery. By evenings end I had sold five paintings, with a lot of interest shown for other works in the show.

It is always such great validation of ones work when people buy it. It's one thing to receive compliments, but when people actually want it on their walls and invite the work into the space where they see it every day. It's beyond words the feeling that I get to know that the energies that I expend in creating, can carry on into other spaces, taking on new life and new energy.



Shades of Black and Gray

Taking a day off from the studio today to give my body a rest.. Spent yesterday working in color on three larger canvases and finished another 36x36. With the broad swipes and all of the scraping with a large masonry trowel, my studio sessions leave me feeling (the next day) like I was in the gym lifting heavy weights. A stellar upper body workout!!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the new work because I have not taken my phone with me to the studio the past couple of days. Completely forgetting it on the charger.. Which is not such a big deal as I have around eight canvases laying on the floor in various stages of drying. Layered with black, white and gray with acrylic matte medium and modeling paste. These are the first new canvases that do not have preliminary layers in bright colors and impastoesque textural gestures. They are the first pieces to take the new working style into a series based on my new muse. This lovely piece of tree bark from an ancient Red Bud tree in my back yard. This image has been altered slightly. The actual bark has specks of green lichen gray, dusty mold and various shades of brown, black and white. and as I am not even thinking in minimalist terms, I do see this going in that direction more and more.

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I am also tempted to overlay with oil bars and charcoal and maybe soft pastels. The work already has an encaustic feel to it, and many people think it is encaustic when they first see it. But it is just a technique created with acrylic paints and mediums. As much as I love the look of real encaustic paintings, I also like the immediacy of acrylics and the ability to do many more things with them.

I will be back next week with some photos of the new work and works in progress. For now the bold and the colorful are on the back burner and my tree bark muse has center stage..

Panorama

I spent the day hanging my work for this fridays art walk. I have more of the pieces from late 90's to 2002, plus the work done over the past few months. It is arranged in a somewhat chronological order, thus the panoramic reference.  I have reached the end of the road with the larger canvas do overs (for now) and will be starting out next week with some fresh canvas prep. I don't mind painting over things. It is really a good way to NOT get overly attached to the work.  I do however have a fully formed idea of how I want to move forward, based on the last pieces. MOre of the same but less noise. More "The Long Goodbye" and this color palette of neutral tones with spots of color. Interestingly The Long Goodbye was not really a paint over as much as it was a repair and finish. I had ripped a big hole in the canvas and filled it in with modeling paste. Adding in more texture to even it all out. I really like how it turned out. 

I will also begin to use some of those panels I prepped a few months ago. I have three large ones. 32x48 that I am going to cover with a coarse linen instead of the paper I was using before. This is the same linen I used for the found object work from the 90's. It is a perfect surface for applying heavy texture. This also means that I will likely go back to stretching my own canvas again. I had been using pre stretched canvas, but it has it's limits. Not to mention the smoother surface. 

I will be in my studio on Friday July 25th from 6-10 pm. Stop by if you are in the area. Pendleton Art Center 1310 Pendleton Street, Cincinnati Ohio  - Studio 608

SOLD: End Game, Saturday Art In Action

I will be in the studio painting today for Art In Action. The Art Center will be open to the public from 11-3 today. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. Pendleton Art Center 1310 Pendeton Street, OTR  downtown Cincinnati. I have three small works in progress that will be on the table and three large works that will be alternating on the easel as I move from one to the other working in layers and color.

Final Friday Recap: Had a great night last night, lots of art lovers in the building. Sold this piece. A great opening night for my first month in the studio. Quite a bit of interest in my newer works so I am pleased with this response. Nothing like getting immediate feedback on your work.

End Game: acrylic on canvas 24x24 2013 Liz Zorn

End Game: acrylic on canvas 24x24 2013 Liz Zorn

From last night, a wall of art in the studio. Everything all cleaned up for the show. Going back into work mode today for the art demo. More blue on the way, more landscape inspired works, river inspired works... Water has me in it's spell again and I am helpless to resist.

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Art Show Tonight

I will be in the studio tonight for the art walk at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. Leaving the folks at home and heading into the city.  I spent most of the day Wednesday cleaning up the place and hanging new art on the walls. The event runs from 6-10pm. I am usually an early out for these things so maybe 6-9 for me. Unless things are really hopping and I will stick it out to the bitter end (ha)...

Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street (OTR Over The Rhine) Cincinnati... Studio 608..

See you there!!

Little River 12x12 acrylic on 1.5 gallery wrap canvas framed, black floater

Little River 12x12 acrylic on 1.5 gallery wrap canvas framed, black floater

Final Friday and more Scratch Paintings

Already a month has zoomed passed me. The Final Friday art walk at the Pendleton Art Center is next weekend. Friday the 27th from 6-10 p.m.  In this old warehouse there are eight floors of artist studios. Each a contained unit, private and personally customizable. When the owners built out the studios they only went up so high with the walls. Since then artists have been building up the rest of the walls to the ceiling to create more privacy and security as well as making it more efficient to run air conditioning in the summer. In my studio only one side wall was built up by the artist in the next studio. Three open walls (about four feet of open space) between wall to ceiling needed to be filled in. We got that finished yesterday. For me it is a security issue if I am going to have my graphics equipment there, and it is a must for keeping the room cool in the summer with air conditioning. The building as a whole, community areas etc. are not air conditioned and it can get very hot in summer. I still have several things to do in the space to meet my needs. I will be adding a room divider wall with shelving on one side to store papers and graphics supplies, and art display wall on the other.  I still have to take my large desk, printers etc down to the studio and set up that work area. Hopefully by next Friday I will be a few steps closer to being all set up.

In progress, new acrylic landscape

It doesn't look like much now but this is one of my new paintings in progress. I have been going back and forth with the scratch paintings. This is another larger one that is about half finished. I may still add more color and keep building, or go ahead with my impasto layer and finish it up. I have two more larger ones in progress and six of the 12x12 landscapes. I am starting to tone down the overall color for these. Work best appreciated in person as the nuances of the layers do not translate well to photography.

FOLLOW UP - Not happy with the flow here... have this on the easel to get another layer of paint and texture tomorrow. May even change the layout and re work it vertically as I hardly ever work on a horizontal plane. Perhaps this is why I am not happy with it.

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More news on Final Friday in a few days.

In The Studio

Had my first REAL week in the new studio... Made some progress on the pieces in progress and painted over three large canvases. Art is funny... one day you are going in a particular direction and the next not so much. Best to work fast so as to finish things before the mood shift or mind change. Not a biggie.. more of a color change of direction than anything else. Layering can be tricky, building up color from dark to light works to the advantage and I was getting a wee bit on the dark side..

Continuing with these little landscapes. This one in progress 12x12 on canvas. and five more in various stages of completion.

Vignette: in progress acrylic on canvas Liz Zorn

Vignette: in progress acrylic on canvas Liz Zorn

PRINTS  - Until I am able to set up my print station in the new studio I am still using my sun room for digital work. It will be nice when I have everything in one place. Particularly since my space in the sun room is limited. I tested another paper yesterday an 100% cotton rag velvet paper. I am not sure this is the best choice for these prints, I like the softness of the paper and how the ink is absorbed, but I also think for this work that it needs to have more of an edge. Once I have decided on my paper I will put some of these online as signed and dated prints. You can already purchase some of them from my Digital Arts page, but they are not hand dated by me and are not signed. You have more choices though as I will only be offering one size to start.

Impress Me : Detail from original painting, 13x19 digital print Liz Zorn

Impress Me : Detail from original painting, 13x19 digital print Liz Zorn