Friday, November 15, 2013

Studio Looks Like... Well, A Studio

Finally, the studio is beginning to finally be just about completely unpacked and arranged and fully functional.  I'll post some more pics later, because even just a few days later it looks different from this photo.  For my birthday Ricky built me a fantastic industrial worktable where I can cut fabric, sew, draw, cut boards, frame pieces, stretch canvas, etc etc!  The blue tape marks where the table is now sitting.

It feels good to get this room done.  Now I can work without all those totes and boxes staring me in the face.  There's enough space for all my books, fabric, frames, projects, supplies...   SO NICE.  I'm so thankful I have this.  I loved my old studio, but this new studio is really incredible.  So much better than I could have hoped for.  It makes me want to paint!  I need to get back into my art routine, it's been so long...

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Paintings!

Hahaha, I know what you're thinking!  And you're probably right, because you are the clever.  Yup, I'm nearly done with some new original aceos (aceo's?  ACEOs?  Whatever.  Argh.) and I will be placing them happily in my Etsy shop this Friday, September 13th, at 2pm central time.  Friday the 13th!!  Auspicious day for art-buying, you lucky thing.  These are all ink and watercolor, or graphite and watercolor, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  It has been SIX MONTHS since I've put anything new in my shop because I'm a terrible person.  So don't let another six months pass you by!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Work In Progress

The studio is still full of boxes, but I couldn't wait to start using this space.  I started two huge (well, for me huge) paintings from some bulk canvas that I scored last month.  The larger piece is roughly 48x48 inches.  I just dove right in, not thinking much about what I was doing; it just felt so good to paint. 


Trying some new things with this one, playing around with the idea of memory as a construct.  Trying to make the intangible physical and not entirely sure how to do this technically.  I'm having fun with it though.  I mean, that's what art really is, right?


 And this one changed in the 30 minutes between the first photo and this one.  It's going to change a lot more, I think.  Not sure what the eventual outcome will be.  And I'll say it again:  I need to find some models and paint from life.  Some day.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Oh So Much Going On In My World

Let's see:  in the last few months I've sold a house and bought a house, moved to a new town, traveled through Italy, embarked on a slightly different career course, managed to do a small amount of painting, and of course did all the regular mom and wife stuff, too.  Things are finally sort of starting to settle down a bit.  We've been in our new home for almost 6 weeks and still have a lot to do, but a few rooms have been painted, some gardening was done (there was NO landscaping--total blank slate.  YES!), my studio is being set up (I've started painting, even though half the room is still in boxes.  I just couldn't wait), blah blah blah.

Yes, Italy was amazing.  Unbelievable.  I want to go back so badly I can taste it.  Traveled though Rome, Florence and Venice, with stops in Assisi, Verona and San Gimignano.  San Gimignano was amazing.  The island of Burano near Venice was amazing too.  The whole stinking trip was amazing.  And the food!!  Even the ghetto-est, dive-iest, roadside truck-stop food was good.  I had olive oil that came in a packet (like fast-food ketchup) at a truck stop that was better than any artisan olive oil I've had in the states.  And the chocolate!!  And I had some buffalo mozzarella that made me want to die, it was so perfect.  I took a ton, a veritable TON, of photos.  If you want to wade through someone else's vacation pics, you can see them here.

Also on Flickr are pics of our new house, my new studio, some new paintings, etc.  I'm working on some small monster eye paintings for the upcoming Greaserama show.  I haven't had anything in the gallery there for a couple/three years now, so it feels good to contribute again.

Career-wise, this week I'm finally getting my antiques and personal-property appraiser's certification through the Certified Appraiser's Guild of America.  I'll be working the upcoming Antiques Roadshow event here in Kansas City in August, but only as a volunteer.  That should be interesting. 

So if you need an estate evaluated or your heirlooms appraised, I'm your lady.  Seriously, this lady needs to clock in some hours.

And back to painting:  my new studio space is easily twice the size as my old one, with normal 8 foot ceilings, so I am going to town working on larger pieces.  Right now I'm just painting, not really thinking anything out beforehand, even though I have LOTS of sketched out ideas that need flesh.  I figure I'll get this three-month-no-painting crap out of my system and start some serious pieces in earnest.  It's terribly exciting to be on the edge of so much newness, and it's also a little terrifying.  I am uncomfortable with change; it makes me feel like it's hard to breathe and focus on priorities. I'm trying to acclimate, though.  Trying not to think too much or god forbid OVERTHINK too much, and just take things in stride.  Oh boy.

Me in San Gimignano.  I want to go to there again.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Etsy Shop Update!

 It's been a couple of months since I added fresh new work to my Etsy shop, so this Friday, March 22nd at 2pm central, these little ladies will be up for grabs:  11 just-completed original watercolor ACEOs, plus 2 5x7 watercolor paintings. And maybe a few other things...

I've also been trying to paint more up in the studio.  We're selling our house and it's hard keeping up a working studio when I have to keep the words "decluttered, clean, and pretty, pretty, pretty" (that's our realtor's words--she's awesome) in mind for would-be buyers.

Here's a peek at some eye paintings I've been working on.  Two of these have been in progress for a while, but are 99% done, one is a commissioned portrait, and the other four I started yesterday.  I am totally digging the milky, creepy ones.  They're like mermaid eyes or something.  Not blind, just eerie.  And now I'm heading upstairs to paint some more!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Painting Eyes

Working on some new teeny tiny eye paintings.  These are 2x2 inches, oil on board.  Not quite finished; maybe two-thirds of the way done.  Wet paint does not capture well, and I apologise for the pixelation.

Friday, January 25, 2013

New Paintings in Progress

 This is a painting I started months ago and just never got far on it.  This is the second time I've attempted this idea; I had a very specific goal in mind and the first painting just never got close.  I'm feeling much better about this one.  I wanted something that would evoke the feeling and light of East Bay in Matagorda.  On certain cloudy days the light is pearly gray and the water seems more silver than the muddy greenish it normally appears to be.  The ground is marshy and flat and covered in tall marsh grass, dull greens and golds.  The air smells a bit briny, a bit muddy. 

So this painting obviously has a long way to go yet, but you can get the basic idea.  Oil on canvas, 24x36 inches.

 This one is just a quick little painting I did to cover up another painting which was causing me pain.  I like this much better.  She's probably pretty close to being completed, more of a study than a finished painting.  Oil on mat board, 10x15-ish or so.

And this one is very very rough and raw; this is actually how most of my paintings start life--no drawings or plan, just quickly sketched in paint and then I go from there.  This already has a title: "I Eat and Eat and Yet I Am Not Full".  I didn't even prep this board; that's how fast I was working.  So all that white in the piece is just the mat board underneath.  Painting on mat board is probably not the best idea, but it's archival and I have a lot of it, so...

This piece will be worked on some more, but I hope to retain that raw feeling.  So NO OVERWORKING.  Right?!

I've been doing daily sketches in my newest moleskine sketchbook and posting the results on Instagram.  If you'd like to see them, my username on Instagram is "curvilinear".  I'd love it if you took a gander at them!