Thursday, September 30, 2010

Abstraction

"untitled"; about 10 x 8"; mixed media and acrylic on paper
 
  The work is shifting and changing a lot right now as I home in on what it is I want to say for my graduate thesis.  This particular piece was originally part of a larger painting which had gotten out of my control.  My advisor and I discussed a variety of ways to fix the composition when he focused on this specific area and made the case that it worked as its own painting.  So I took the scissors and cut it out.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fuller Craft Museum classes


 The dates for the Fuller Craft Museum classes are set.  I will offer a Drawing from Life course for three hours on Thursday evenings in November.  We will work from observation and engage in some exercises which will give students a better understanding of form and composition.  The class is designed not only for the 2-D artist but also the 3-D artist who may use drawing to support their major studio practice.

  In December I will offer an Acrylic Painting course on Saturday afternoons.  Designed with the beginner in mind we will introduce value, color-mixing, and composition.  Both courses are part of a reintroduction of drawing and painting curricula at the Fuller Craft Museum.  Click here for more info.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last week of the Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition

  If you were planning to get out to Borderlands State Park to view this year's Blanche Ames Exhibition, this is your last week.  Over 50 works of art were chosen from submissions sent in from throughout the US.  On display are the best in regional and national painting, sculpture, and fiber works.  The show closes Saturday, September 25th.  Click here for more details.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Created last Thursday

untitled, 18 x 18"; acrylic and mixed media on paper
 I am moving forward with my plan to combine color and collage in a series of 18" square paintings that seek to represent the sky.  I am not concerned so much with creating a realistic space, but rather with trying to explore the composition and push the colors and textures while retaining a good structure and cohesiveness.  I think this effort was pretty successful!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lift at the Guyer Art Barn


  This October I will have a solo exhibition at the Guyer Art Barn in Hyannis, MA.  On display will be two bodies of work that seek to expand the concept of drawing using mixed media and monochromatic washes.  The show will be installed Saturday, October 2nd and will be on display until October 31st.  The opening reception is Saturday, October 9th from 6 - 8 pm.  Come join us!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Firmament series

firmament series; 7.5 x 8"; charcoal on paper

  My experience of the Hundred Days Project has spawned a series of small charcoal drawings.  These pieces investigate the nighttime landscape with the idea of depicting the sky or the heavens in a spiritual context.  I expect to complete a small series of these - nowhere near the 100 I just completed this summer - and then use the series to begin a body of larger black and white paintings dealing with images of the firmament.  To view the rest of the project click here, or use the link to the series on the right under the "portfolios" heading.

Clouds and stitches and doilies, oh my!



 This summer's Hundred Days project has segued into an interest in abstracted spaces and images of clouds. This painting more than the few before it uses the abstract space as a "sky". I feel like the paint is treading into the territory of Turner's tumultuous sunsets and stormy skies - would that I could be that masterful.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Completion of 100 Days Project


I finished! The One-Hundred Days project was a collaborative effort this summer involving about 35 artists across the country. And I have finally made it across the finish line - albeit a little late. I completed my final painting this past Thursday and posted the final three images today. Click here to view the project in its entirety, or follow the link on the right.