Since our weather is incredibly mild for February, I’ve gotten spring on the mind. I’m cleaning my studio today, thoroughly. Getting it ready for a fresh new body of work, starting tomorrow. I’m thinking it’s time to give the flowers and still life a rest. Time for something new:
Conceptual Art using Portraiture. A series potentially called Specimens of a Negro.
Will be back to share, as the process develops.
I enjoy the fertile area between abstraction and representation. These two clams, done in chalk pastel, nestle comfortably in that region. They both explore mark-making and through composition you can get lost in the drawing process.
These were done from life, using live clams. Working from life and living creatures is something I truly enjoy. I spent a lot of time exploring the subtle, sandy colors of the shells, at the same time, not letting them get mired in monotony. Touches of red and green helped give a subtle pop.
The client has indicated they like these images. Only time will tell, the final decision.
So far, I’ve been investigating flora of spring 2016, all in black and white–and loving it! I like exploring linear form and feel connected, as well as inspired by, some of Picasso’s black and white work, as well as Japanese ink and brush painting, and the work of Henri Matisse. I’m hoping next week, to start working in color, as I’ve cut some fresh daffodils from the garden, and they’re begging for yellow!
In this mini-series of work, I was fondly recalling my travels in Japan, being hit by a stunning visual array of communications I admired but couldn’t decipher. Further, I was recalling the ways my colleague at the Art Institute helped my students learn about using a brush and ink to create calligraphy.
These paintings were done with bamboo brush and sumi-ink on an absorbent mixed media paper. The work utilizes intuition, spontaneity and the Law of the Universe in its execution.
Here’s a sneak peak of my new exhibition, that I just mounted yesterday with the help of my daughter Olivia. I call it “Ode to Spring.” The paintings were done last spring and summer and they are warming to see in this cold weather.
They are exhibited locally. Our movie theatre, of all places, has started exhibiting artist’s works in an annex space.
Funny to see Angry Birds, the movie, advertised in front of the space where my paintings are showing, especially since my studio is called Love Bird Designs.
If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to see the work, even if it is coming or going to see a film 😉