I spent the last weekend of October moving out of my beloved studio at the Sugar Creek Arts Center. While it wasn't a fun decision it was necessary. It came down to a lack of funding. I can't do both a formal studio and continuing classes so I decided to continue with my Bargue Copy Classes.
Falling for You - 11x14
and Diana Krall Portrait 16 x 20 (Sorry Diana at this stage you look zombieish, I promise that it won't stay that way LOL)
I received the "The Crawfordsville Art League Group G Award For work by a Montgomery County Artist" for "Contemplation- A Portrait of Jessie"
As always the Crawfordsville Art League put on a fabulous show and we had a good time.
You can read more about the show here...The Paper Of Montgomery County
I've finished the portrait of Kyle and so my plot to mortify all three of my children is now 2/3 complete....muwahaha.
Boo!: A Portrait of Kyle
And a closeup of the eye.
A note on the title, his nickname is also Boo as that is what he used to totter around the house saying as soon as he started talking and walking. It was his favorite game to look at you and go BOO! Oh how the time flies my little boy is now a 14 yr old young man.
Once I know what angle I want for Jenny I will be doing a portrait of her also to complete the set. They have asked me what I plan on doing with these large portraits of them, I said I was going to hang them in the living room and later it would be their sole inheritance they get in my will...LOL
Two of my works have been accepted into the Fall Juried Art Show in Crawfordsville, Indiana. This will be my second year participating in this event. If you are going to be near Crawfordsville between September 25 and October 4 you should definitely come take a look at all the fabulous talent on display. It is a display in ALL of the buildings downtown and is available for viewing 24 hours a day between those dates.
The two paintings that I'll be showing are:
Contemplation: Portrait of Jessie 32x40 (She is absolutely mortified as this is her high school's "Hometown" and many people will see her fantastically huge head on display ROFL...my evil plan progresses)
I swear I am going to start an easy to understand, readily available to uneducated, older artists grant fund that will help them break free from their status as "working a real job" to a full-time working artist status.
The search continues.
We had some spectacular storms move through last week. Before the storms I was melting and now I am sitting around in sweats and socks, but never fear by Tuesday it is suppose to be back up to Melting weather again, I LOVE Indiana :)
I am still working at Kyles fabulously large head (32x40 ish) so that he may be as appalled as his older sister was with my immortalizing them in art. Two embarrassed children down, One to go. (Instert evil laugh here) There is still much to do in my evil plot to redden the cheeks of my children, keep in mind, you too could have your children roll their eyes and get red in the face for a nominal fee....contact me and I'll tell you how!
I'm working on a couple of things right now. Seems I'm in a portrait mode and am doing one of my son. (Shhh don't tell him, he has no clue and will be just horrified) I'm liking the odd offbeat portraits instead of a formal style and am enjoying playing around with that.
More often than not there is never enough time in the day to sit and work on my art and even more often I feel keenly aware that I am struggling to find my own voice in my work. It's not really a bad thing but it's almost like the "I've got the word on the tip of my tongue" feeling only with painting, if that makes any sense at all. I find by Friday I am anxious and in need of a fix and yet almost never make it to the studio. Today is Monday and I've spent exactly 3 hours working in the studio since Friday and am not dressed and out the door yet today although I'm hopeful it will happen. If only working a "real" j0b wasn't a neccesity LOL
I've gotten a finished picture of the portrait of Lili (Thanks Dave!)
Thanks so much to Tom and Amy (and the ferrets) for letting me live vicariously through your blog and allowing me to use your photo's! Tom...you have such a wonderful way with words, I'll let you title the painting's I do from your photo's. Here's the first....
Untitled (so far) 11x14 Watercolor and India Ink $100.00
I've been somewhat productive since the opening of my little studio, although I'm not spending nearly enough time down there as I would like. Vacation is soon so hopefully I can sneak down there more then.
I've finished the two portraits I was working on and delivered "Lili with Tulips" to her Dad just in time for Fathers day. Although the finished portrait has a dark background, I didn't get a finished picture of it before I sent it with her dad.
The portrait of Dr. Gillan is also complete.
Dr. Gillan-"Cool Man Cool" SOLD!
I've also gotten "Bahama Race" almost done (Thanks Tom for the reference photo's!) and completed the initial sketches for 4 more paintings.
There's also my first experiment with India Ink. I really like the vibrance it lends to a painting and for once I can say I really don't think the photo does it true justice. I might just send this in for consideration for the juried show in Crawfordsville this year.
Iris- 16x20 India Ink $208.00
I've been MIA because I moved in and redecorated my studio last weekend. I've spent two days actually working in it and love being there. I'll be having my official "Opening" this coming Friday so I'm still trying to finish the decorating with one final touch to add to the paris theme. I have an old window I am painting to put on the back wall since my studio has no window. I thought a scene of the Eiffel Tower might be nice for my faux window. Will post pic's of it once it's done. The only minor hitch is that back wall is brick/concrete so drilling will be fun.
The walls are actually purple although they look black in this photo. I took both the following pic's with my camera phone and they aren't the greatest.
I've almost finished the portrait of "Lili with Tulips" and hope to give it to her parents next week.
Better Days 11x14 watercolor on Yupo - $80.00
I finished "Better Days" this weekend. I loved this car because she looked like she was grimacing. She's a memory of better days and she's seen better days. Nothing much else going on at present all is quiet on the homefront and it's back to work tomorrow.
Now I have a problem....I can't decide which is the bigger news for me today because I also finally stepped off the edge and decided to get an art studio. I move in next Friday!! It's on the third floor of Sugar Creek Arts Center and I'll be sharing a large open floor plan studio that can actually house 3 artists but has only been used by one artist for a little while. I will be moving in with Lynn Dugan which is probably what is most exciting about it. I could have had another studio up on the same floor that was just mine but I think I actually like the idea of being in the room with another artist. Her style is vibrant and expressive and we are very different and that is probably the whole point of getting a studio at the center. The possibility of being around all types of art.
I might also be giving flute/beginning music lesson's...not sure yet we'll see. I don't have a golden flute like James Galway but I did manage to teach my own daughter how to read music and how to play flute. Maybe I can spread the music and the art at the same time.
I am near giddy over finally deciding to do some things to take my art further. So happy in fact that I went out for dinner and actually had some fine malt beverages. For those who know me well, they know I am not really a person who drinks often, so the fact I've had the equivalent of too many beers tonights means I am apologizing now for any typo's now.
Cheers and G'nite!
Well an art junkie anyway. I finally got to paint for a couple of hours today and I feel SO MUCH better. Less cranky, more even keel, I got my fix for the day, and sadly probably for the week because tomorrow starts ...LET THE PARENTHOOD GAMES BEGIN. Dances, and basketball practice and work and meetings and graduations this weekend and I volunteer Friday afternoon at the Sugar Creek Art Center
I haven't gotten to work on Lili's pictures anymore as of yet(soon Dave I promise) but I did work on the old Junk car today...(see previous post for sketch) It's on Yupo and it's been fun working on it so far.
I also bought a copy of "Art and Fear" as suggested by Sandy Maudlin.
Thanks Sandy, I'll be reading that this week!
If your reading this Tom or Amy of the Dream Catcher I haven't forgotten all the pictures you so generously let me swipe. I have a few planned once I get caught up and will let you know as soon as some of them are finished.
So when is it time to just bite the bullet and invest in a "real" studio? I enjoy the ease of being able to just work whenever, but whenever seems to be few and far between the longer time goes on. At least with a studio (and a payment going out for that) I would need to get up and "go to work" on my two weekdays that I have off at least.
On a positive note, I did manage to do a couple of sketches for a commisioned piece of Dave M.'s little girl Lili. The reference photo's he sent were gorgeous and she is such a pretty little girl.
I need to do some more work on the first sketch (it's off a little) but I think the second one is ready to transfer to watercolor paper. Here are the photo's I am working with as a comparison
And here's the sketch of the car...
It's already been transferred to yupo and is waiting for me to start work on it. I have some fabulous metallic watercolor's that I am interested in trying for this.
Side note..the art show artist reception was this past Friday night in Martinsville, IN. They did a lovely job and the show was nice.
I'm off to have brunch with my mother (yet another interruption LOL) so hopefully I will be able to work on some things after lunch.
Spring has sprung and the sun is out...at least for today. We've tilled the garden and bought the tomato plants and seed corn and I am setting a batch of eggs in the incubator today. (If my hens didn't hide their eggs I might not need more layers but such is the life of free range chickens.)
I also delivered two paintings to a juried art show this weekend. Artists reception is this Friday, May 15th. The show is in Martinsville, IN and is at the Art Sanctuary.
I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely mothers day! I got pancakes and flowers (live ones to plant..somehow a gift that involves work is ironically suitable for mothers day.)
I am working on a couple of things right now. The last project I completed did not turn out well and has made its way to the trash pile to be recycled or recropped or something.
I have nothing to add to my blog that would assist too many people with techniques or educate them in some way. I guess my contribution to the art world would be just to say ....just do it. Just create something. I constantly fight down the fear that what I am doing isn't good enough to be viewed by anyone other than myself. It's not uncommon I suppose, to feel somewhat inadequate, but fight the urge to compare yourself to someone else.
If Van Gogh or Gaugin or others had given up because they were told they weren't good enough we wouldn't have many of what the world now considers to be the most progressive, insightful paintings in history. Of course I have decided there are a few reasons why I could never be as famous as the above mentioned artists....
1. I don't drink nearly enough
2. I am not even close to being crazy enough.
3. I don't have syphilis (which probably contributed to #2)
Bottom line I'm not educated, I'm not wordly, but I do love to paint. There is a fear and excitement that comes with each new painting. It's a feeling comparable to stage fright and much like stage fright the show must go on!
BTW...it's really too bad the habit of the rich becoming patrons of fledgling artist and supporting them fell out of practice LOL
I spent a lovely day at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with my girls Saturday. Neither one of them had ever been before. The IMA has a lovely grounds and lots of sculpture outside, so we arrived a little early and wandered through the gardens and such prior to opening and then spent about 3 hours inside looking at all of the art.
Yep that's it. It's a glass top computer desk that we purchased at walmart (because it came with the nifty roll around cart you see to the side) To my left is the coat rack and behind me is usually a group of teens playing guitar hero.
I've finished "Winter's Warmth" and have it matted and framed for a show in May. I'll be taking it and "Koiosity" to The Art Sanctuary
I'm currently working on a portrait of my oldest daughter, it's not quite finished yet I just started it this past weekend. It's 24x36 on Fabriano 140#HP
I have several others stored in my pea-brain I just need to find time to get them out on paper. (And to finish up the one's I've started) If the portrait of Jessie turns out ok I'm going to use it for the juried fall art show this year, I'm not sure I'm quite happy with it.
On side notes as a proud mom I have to mention that all three of the kids are doing VERY well in school! Kyle's made the golf team and was just inducted into Jr. National Honor Society, Jessie just went to her Junior Prom and was on the Prom Court. She and her best friend went together...they were both just stunning this past Saturday...
Shea on the left and Jessie in the wild zebra print dress on the right :)