Saturday, July 26, 2008

the art of travel

Not all canvas is stretched. Some zips and rolls.

This is what I did today (beside book cheap flights from Venice to Vienna, and Vienna to Amsterdam). It's acrylic on -- whatever the heck they make luggage out of.
When my suitcase hurtles down the ramp it looks like no one else's.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

a friendly nod from the blogosphere

Industrial strength good news / random act of kindness
An editor who is a pop culture blogger posted this about me today

I'm basking and blushing!
If you've found this blog through her, welcome. Isn't she a terrific writer?

Amanda - thanks!

TCB art day - gesso'd a new canvas gray, and worked on the top of the chair. This painting is so incredibly satisfying to work on. I think I like the physicality of the gestures as well as the emerging images.

Worked on Venice Laundry the last two days - excruciatingly slow and tedious until I fall into it and then time elapses, my mind is quiet and absorption total - then it's pure pleasure.

Deliver the varnished Isle of Palm II to my gallery, Twinhouse, and had the thrill of watching it go straight into the window. I hope it finds a good home.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gessoing edges

Isle of Palm II, done. Gessoed the edges of the canvas a mid-value gray. Tomorrow or Monday I'll varnish and the darks will deepen and the lights will glow.

Friday, July 18, 2008

TCB day

Did adult artist chores today - like wrote two artist's statements, filled out juried exhibit application forms, reviewed call for artists sites for shows of interest.
Yesterday I finished the Isle of Palm II. Tomorrow I'll gesso the edges of the canvas dark gray, Monday varnish it, and Tuesday drive over to my gallery, Twinhouse. I'm also scouting for the right frame for the Priest's Laundry. I feel it needs something simple, wide and black. Classic and sleek.
All this and turned in a piece to the magazine, and scouted venues for another department. Perhaps most important, got a crisp new edge to my basic bob. Nothing like a precise haircut to convince you that all could yet be well with the world.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Back from Black Mountain NC, and back at the easel - laid in the bench today.
Found out I've been accepted for another juried show - Metropolitan Strozzapreti is going to the Atlanta Artists Center Annual National Juried Exhibition (opens Sept. 6 in Atlanta's Buckhead district). I'm psyched!
Working on the big San Marco piece, the detailed commissioned view of Venice and the sweeping sky scape of Isle of Palm II makes me feel wonderfully stretched and supple. It's like running, swimming, and yoga each use muscles in a different way.

Friday, July 11, 2008

An acceptance letter came today from the SCAA - my painting, Lamott Tomato is accepted for the 2008 21st National Juried Exhibit. I'll put together an artist's statement and drive my work over to the venue for the August 18th opening.
Let me confess. I am not cool. I am thrilled. Especially since there will be an exhibit book and my painting will be in it.
I'm just saying.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

San Marco

I've been distracted with travel, pitching freelance, and working on a commissioned piece I don't want to post until it's done. But today was one of the best days of painting ever.
It's a big canvas for me- 30x40. I'd primed the canvas with gray acrylic gesso weeks before. it's a new thing, starting from a midtone value and I wasn't sure I'd be able to see my grid. I ended up using chalk which worked like a charm. Tuesday I did the drawing and it turns out I love drawing on gray. This morning after my run and shower I went straight to the canvas. Painting from 9 to 2-ish I did some of the strong vertical bands on the left, and blocked in the sketchbook.
After lunch I came back and worked on the floor tile and some shadows cast by the high-backed wooden bench and the Savonarola chair. Washed up my brushes at six. I can't wait to get back to it tomorrow. My daughter likes it 'as is. I think it looks like the bench and chair are wearing gray pinstripe suits. But I'm looking forward to laying in the wood grain.