visual art

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

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


Future Work

Now that I have reused many of my old canvases, I am taking the landscapes to that next level. More in line with the minis 6x6 deep set pieces with less overall texture and more attention to color. This is not something new, there are plenty of folks creating these color field-esque landscapes in one variation or another. With mine I am still feeling the need to pull some of that initial color through to the finished layer, rather than just brushing on or laying in accent color. Scraping into the canvas adds a feeling of age to the piece as well as atmosphere, that appeals to me. I am still gravitating to the blues and grays, but with this set of four I am going all in with this orange under painting.

I feel like I have settled in to this and am really happy with the direction of the work. It is also a good lesson in restraint. Less is more looks easy but isn't. I can't say how many times I have found myself over working a canvas only to paint it out and start over. So in essence this new work is a bit about me teaching myself a lesson. Hopefully I learn from it...

New Work

I have added three more new landscapes to the site. Smaller works all 12x12 on canvas. I have more of these in progress and like to alternate from large to small. The square size really suites my sensibilities when it comes to landscapes, more so than traditional horizontal landscapes. I don't really like horizontal landscapes all that much or working wide. I would much rather work on a square or vertical canvas..

These new pieces are some of the old pieces that I painted over. Old paintings make the best new paintings. and... the new paintings on fresh canvas are not as heavily textured, but do have more layers of color.

I know I keep talking about when I move to my new space... But really, I could move tomorrow. I am running out of room to paint and am limited to size. I don't have a wall to tack un-stretched  canvas to, so everything is done from an easel on stretched canvas. Keeping my fingers crossed that the move will be sooner rather than later. Reminds me that I should do a little follow up and see if they have any news on vacancies. Wouldn't that be grand (yay) ..

I am keeping a smaller portfolio online at the moment. At least of available art. If something sells I take it down rather than marking it sold.  There are also different paintings in my saatchi art portfolio at saatchiart.com.  I have original work on that website and Fine Art America where they offer prints only. I will be closing that one down eventually so that we can offer original signed prints exclusively from my studio.  The prints from Fine Art America are not signed and I do not get to proof them.

Eventually I will create an online portfolio of just images. I will also create a page devoted to the things available as prints. I am going to make several of the new smaller (12x12) landscapes available as same size prints. Same size prints are more realistic when printed and this is a nice size to mat and put under glass. Everything does not work well as a print, and having the option to choose the best pieces myself I can proof all of the work as we test out images.

Almost Home

Compared to the last few pieces, this new work has noticeably less texture in the form of build up. More in line with my dream painting Lizzies Dream, this piece "Almost Home" has two underlying layers of textured color in shades of blue. Blue has been a theme with me lately but I feel that things are getting ready to change. I decided to paint over some old canvas with the leftover blue and find that it is just not working out.. Best to just chuck the extra paint and start fresh. I never do well when I plan things ahead or decide ahead of time what a painting will end up as. In the old days with my constructed works, everything was planned down to the last detail. I am trying to stay away from that. Falling back into old habits seems to happen easily..

Almost Home 24x24 Acrylic on canvas: Liz Zorn 2014

Almost Home 24x24 Acrylic on canvas: Liz Zorn 2014

The piece on the easel right now is larger 40x30.. About as large as I can go in this space where I work. It has several layers of texture which requires at some point my complete attention to go to the next level, which is to cover it in paint (or wet it down) and start scraping down the layers.  This is where the actual composition starts to take shape. All of the layering at this point is really just subject to my mood. Where I choose to scrape the paint, the underlying colors I decide to reveal, the ones left hidden, all add to the finished painting. Much of it is spontaneous and happens very quickly. Probably a good thing as it keeps me from over thinking it and having to start over... Painting this way is very liberating, nothing is ever set... It can go very right, or very wrong in a matter of minutes, seconds even...

Historical Accuracy

Impress Me: Detail

Impress Me: Detail

It's hard to argue with abstraction. Criticism is another thing. It's easy to be critical of abstraction and the process of abstraction in painting. How it speaks or not, to the individual is a learned behavior/reaction. As I move closer to my beginnings with my new work I find that it is much more difficult to pull off. People will look at a painting of a tree and evaluate it in relation to an actual tree. People look at abstraction and evaluate it in relation to their ability to translate emotion; or at least that is how it should be. That is what it is about, at least to me. It is about my ability or lack of ability to translate my emotion, feelings, moods and day to day existence to a tangible surface. A blank slate to be filled with color and action. Throughout the history of painting abstraction has been there. A gesture, a  color field background, a hazy horizon, a blob of  gradient darkness behind a spray of detailed flora; and in more recent times a painterly indication an impressionist swath or intentional distortion. The distillation of abstraction in the 20th Century and the Abstract Expressionist Movement paved the way for the total distillation of emotion and it's symbiotic relationship to color and spacial tension. I was very young when I started painting and I was always more interested in abstraction than recreating nature. Even though my formal instruction had me painting trees and flowers and people and all things representational, I never enjoyed it. The last time I painted anything remotely representational was a painting I did of my father shorty after he died many years ago. I have since created several pieces that tap into that emotion of loss, as the losses have been many. Standing before a blank canvas deciding how to begin, how to react, is not an easy thing (most days). It requires often, a period of trial and error, layers of feelings, layers of release, until finally it all starts to look a certain way, radiating a certain emotion. I have reached a point in life and a point in my development as an artist where this process of truth telling is more important than any aesthetic floweriness or glossing over. If I am feeling a brightness and lift in my step, surely the work will tell that truth. If I am feeling frustrated, angry, happy, sad, sexy, sorrowful or any other emotion, surely the work will tell those truths. Hopefully the work will tell those truths. This is my aim. 

New Paintings

Having a few things on a rotation it can be like clearing the desk of clutter when a painting or two are finished. Not that the work is clutter, but having things stacked around the studio in various stages of completion can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. With these two pieces finished, I will be chilling back for a week or so to work on other things.

 

Plenty: acrylic on  1.5" gallery wrap canvas 24x24 2014 Liz Zorn

Plenty: acrylic on  1.5" gallery wrap canvas 24x24 2014 Liz Zorn

Plenty: Detail

Plenty: Detail

Winters Bone: acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas 2014 Liz Zorn

Winters Bone: acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas 2014 Liz Zorn

Circle Back Work In Progress

Before I had my dream and before I painted my dream painting I was working on other things. the dream painting did reset my texture meter somewhat, but still I find that I like the distressed look of my canvas. It reminds me of my earlier works with found objects. Work that I will be adding to the website soon. I still have some of the better pieces (in my opinion) from the Tacit Series and the Word Paintings..

Tacit Series (untitled) Mixed Media,  Acrylic Polymer, Sculpting Paste, Found Object on Linen, Painted in Oil. Series: 1997-1999 Custom solid oak frame on all works in this series. Deep set 2" stretchers. Size 14x12

Tacit Series (untitled) Mixed Media,  Acrylic Polymer, Sculpting Paste, Found Object on Linen, Painted in Oil. Series: 1997-1999 Custom solid oak frame on all works in this series. Deep set 2" stretchers. Size 14x12

New Work in Progress: Acrylic on canvas..

New Work in Progress: Acrylic on canvas..

There is definitely a link between the past and the present, a link that spans close to 25 years of work. The canvas showing through, the grid patterns. I am sure there is some sort of psychological explanation to all of this, but that isn't really my thing. I would rather just do the work noting the obvious progression in the visual and toss the rest to the ether. Let the future sort it all out. Today I am just happy to be doing the things I love.

This new work in progress is 24x24 and the canvas has a nice tooth. In the past I would stretch all my own canvas (and will do so again when I get back in my big studio) using a coarse linen as well as mural linen that has the feel of burlap. I like this very much and it takes texture well. I also still have my stock pile of found metals, so circling back around to more of that would not be out of the question. Not to mention getting back in the habit of frequenting Architectural Salvage and junk shops for cool and unusual pieces to add to my paintings..

SOLD

 
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Very happy to report that Impress Me and Aqua are now on their way to a new home.  This is good news as both pieces are new. Aqua from last year and Impress Me just finished last month. It is a good feeling when new work is well received. Since returning to painting last year after a long break working on Olfactory Arts projects and building a brand, I am so re energized for this new work. 

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