Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
(Yes, I need to match the fonts but I just can't decide about the fonts.)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Painting books again
Not sure if it's done but I have an open studio coming up on April 23 and 24 and will have to break down the arrangement. That's the disadvantage of having shows in one's art studio, but perhaps it's more interesting for the visitors.
Looks a little dark here. I borrowed my friend Kathleen's cat for this one. The books are mainly design books and magazines.
I also have 4 new paintings of flowers.
Most of my recent creative effort over the past two years has gone into writing and drawing another book based on the life of a typical rabbit. I am almost done!! I have two drawings to do, the cover, and of course pre-press, but the book is out with a few friends for reading and suggestions. This book is long...something like 88 pages of color drawings. So I'll be really excited when it's out!!
I have also made a Kindle version of "Dumbunny" recently which took at least a week.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I want to work with books since I have a lot of feelings about all the art being done with books that don’t involve reading.
I gave a nice piece to the large Lyme Light Foundation auction that is coming up next month. I realized I did not have any other recent work that I could give to an auction. So I decided to paint some flowers. And it's Spring and I love tulips. I have had good luck donating flower paintings to auctions. I will show a few of these new flower works at the next open studio.
|White Tulips with Watch|
I am also working very hard on another new book about rabbits. I just sent my first draft off to some readers! Still a lot of work to do. It is a long book with over 70 color illustrations.
Notes from the Artist Salons
Lastly we went to the studio of Carrie Ann Plank who is a printmaker in the studio with other printmakers and two giant presses and other machines. Plank likes to travel, and she attends many artist residencies. Plank talked about how she was able to sometimes go to residency without a firm plan of what she would do, but instead, come up with ideas reacting to the situation there and create wonderful art, sort of on the fly. Plank showed three bodies of work from three different residencies: some large etchings of natural objects, interesting prints featuring textures of her own skin, enlarged and manipulated on the computer and then printed, and some delicious little paintings that involve prints, painting(?), gilding, and with a shiny coating. [You can see examples of the three series here: http://carrieannplank.com/home.html] Something about Plank’s work, or perhaps the cumulative effect of the evening, brought up the topic of cancer, which we discussed for awhile.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Getting ready for Open Studio
This year I have too much of my new series for the amount of walls. Can I hang from the ceiling? On the ceiling? But I guess it's not about quantity.
A friend advised me that my studio at the event always looks too much like a gallery. She advises to be like another artist who has paintings from floor to ceiling and in piles; lots of work; and says "she looks more eager to sell." So yesterday, I managed to precariously lean way over on the ladder and hang some small paintings way up near the ceiling. Looks cluttered. I'll take them down if I can get up there again.
In all my time painting, I have only thrown out one piece and that's because I thought it might be radioactive. I have destroyed many works by painting over them – what I call a "sacrifice" – my private, pagan offering. If the piece being sacrificed was quite good, it lends good energy to the new painting. When these paintings go to someone's collection, I know how much is under the surface and it feels like a multiple sale.
We are asked to donate a piece of art for the auction. That causes me to go through a lot of older work hunting for something that is great but that I can give away. I get a lot of stuff out which needs work, or framing, or matting. Then I run out of time and shove it all back into the cupboards again. Once I choose a piece, it simultaneously loses its value and goes up in value – which makes it hard to price.
|20th and Rhode Island, 12"x16", plein air|
I chose a really nice, little plein air landscape this year. It's a view of a steep hill. I was in an emotionally crisis when I painted it, but sat in the car on the corner all day painting for two days. The edge of the hill is a bit furry. I tried repeatedly to sharpen it but it kept going furry. Maybe it's the horror I was feeling right there on the canvas. And some idiot moved the car. (It's not their fault but still...) As a finished work, it an old-timey 1930s naive quality. I already regret giving it away, but maybe someone will love it as I do.
Going through all the old pieces I can't believe I still have so many. I love them all and I love their flaws. They record the feelings I had throughout my life and each one has a story.
People say "They're like your children, ha, ha, ha." They are the stories of my life – more like my autobiography. It's hard to think of an autobiography where each paragraph is being sent to a different home, forever.
Anyhow, here is a bad photo of this large new painting, a still life of a pile of stuff with fake fur, animal print and feathers. Needs a title.