Friday, October 29, 2010

I wish I could skip everything and just paint...

It seems so easy to just start something new, but the white canvas is still so intimidating even though it may only be 5"x7" (that's smaller than a piece of notebook paper). How could something so small seem so big. After reading a fellow artist's most recent blog that discussed the difficulty of getting back to work after any type of hiatus, really got me to thinking what my procedures are to getting back to work and how close I am to painting.

1. regroup * check

2. what is the series going to be about *check

3. take a few photos just to get going
(plan on doing that tomorrow hopefully there will be some good light)

4. sketch it out on canvas
(so I know I should be making multiple sketches of my composition and subject matter, but I'm not sure what it is that makes me want to go directly to the canvas as soon as I have an idea. I guess I'm not the type for extreme realism or perfection. I would rather have the painting grow into its own, I have no idea what it will look like. When I start I'll only know the finished product when I have it sitting on my easel, I take the first step back and something feels right. It's finished.)

5. paint and paint some more
(this is the part I love)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

all the shows have ended for the summer so I've headed north

I've gone up north again for the winter after a really busy and exciting summer. This year I really tried to get my work out (I like to think that my business cards, postcards and paintings are floating around somewhere new). I really enjoyed all of the shows I was lucky enough to be a part of. It was my first year for many of the outdoor shows and I hope to continue with all of the shows next summer.

Last weekend was so much fun, it was a bit hectic since two shows happened to be on the same weekend, but everything worked out as it always does. Thank you so much to everyone who came by to see the Costa Rica Series at Azura and also those of you who came to Art in the Yard even though it was quite a windy day (but the hot cider was well worth it). Here are just a couple pictures from the Azura show and there are more on my website (also pictures of the Costa Rica paintings completely finished).

Thanks so much Alyssa and Andy @ Azura for exhibiting my Costa Rica paintings for the weekend and Heidi Lowe @ the Heidi Lowe Gallery for inviting me to Art in the Yard. Neither one of the shows would have been possible without you!

But now the leaves are changing and snow has actually fallen in VT (I know it's crazy), so it's time to head north again and look for inspiration for the next series. I actually had lunch at a great little restaurant up here where an artist had many paintings on display that I really liked. So I grabbed the little artist packet to read a little more about the artist. She paints at least one small painting every day so that she can achieve a looser style. Which got me thinking how much fun it would be to paint a large group of small paintings, maybe not hundreds but a good amount (of course I have to paint large as well). I guess I'll just have to see, but right now I'm thinking small in a big way.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Solo Show @ Azura (it's always best to have a deadline)

I know I've been slacking a bit on the blogging, but I do have a good excuse. I've been preparing for a show of the Costa Rica Series, I can't believe it. Today I'm finishing up painting the sides (after long consideration I've decided that I like the sides painted, I know I've written painted sides vs. plain sides before so I won't go there) needless to say all the paintings will be finished tomorrow with painted sides. This series has taken me all summer and then some to complete, I'm not sure if it was the sizes (my largest to date 4'x7' along with many 5' and 4' canvases), or just the calmness that comes along with warm weather and living near the beach, but at least now I can say they are only hours away from being finished pieces!

I think the show will be awesome! Alyssa and Andy have been kind enough to invite me to show my work at their very unique and stylish clothing store Azura in Rehoboth Beach, De (they have clothes that are very different, artsy, fun and beautiful). It'll be Jazz Festival weekend and they will be having a "Pick Your Poison Sale", as well as a Jewelry Trunk Show featuring Jessica Sibinski. Clothes, Jewelry and Paintings, what could be better?

I have around 11 paintings, and since many of the paintings are quite large we are going to have to get very creative with the display, we have a lot in mind so you'll just have to come by and check it out for yourself.

( just a detail from one of the paintings, you'll have to come by to see the whole painting)

Solo Show, The Costa Rica Series
October 14-17
Artist wine Reception 5-8pm, Friday October 15

Azura Clothing Co.
139 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971