I guess it is time to update. I have been non-diligently working on a new website so that is my excuse for not posting. I have also been equally as slack in finishing ANYTHING. Why does that happen? I can go along and crank things out and the ....BAM.....nothing gets finished. I think my work is about to take some kind of turn, lets just hope it is not for the worst! Keep your fingers crossed. So, her are a few images to digest. Let me know what your thinking...or not, up to you!
So some you have seen and most unfinished as I promised. We shall see how I proceed.
This first piece is a silk art quilt. The photos are not very well taken at the moment as I am not yet done and have not taken the time to do proper photographing yet. The first image is also cropped but I could not get the full photo as it is not hanging. This piece is called 'Pondering' and it is created for the theme - Reflections. It is taken from an old daguerreotype and is a black woman holding a white baby, the image on the bottom is of a white woman holding a black baby.
"Posing", 2008, oil and charcoal on paper (not finished)
Hi to all my viewers. I wanted to let you know you will be able to see my work in a couple different venues this fall. The first showing is at 1212 Gallery in Richmond Virginia. This is a group show called "Men at Work" and will include an auction of pieces on October 11th. The proceeds will go to the Richmond Men's Chorus. I have two pieces showing through October with an opening being tonight, Friday, September 26th.
King Henry,2008, 12"x16", mixed media
Smoot, 2008, 28"x54", mixed media
The second event/place is the Quilts=Art=Quilts show in Auburn, New York. My piece to be exhibited is called "Smoke- Ode to Fragonard". This show continues from November 1st until January 4th, 2009. Please visit both sites to see what is happening at each venue.
Smoke-Ode to Fragonard, 2008, 28"x36", mixed media
Our family has lost our matriarch, Nana. She lived to the old age of 99 and enjoyed a wonderful life. I miss her already and am reminded everyday to enjoy what I have now so I can look back at almost 100...should I live that long...and say as she did to my brother, "I've had a wonderful life. I married the man I love and got everything I wanted." This is from a woman who lived through the Great Depression and many other of lifes' trials but as I am sure with a positive mindset through it all. We love you Nana and are so glad you can rest in piece with PopPop!
I have added some detailing and deeper values. Still have some tweaking to do but see what you think. The first image is taken with no flash under yellow light. The second is with no flash outside at dusk. I really need to focus on my photography for a bit I think!
I have been neglectful in posting as I have been busy in finishing up some older projects that got left by the wayside for one reason or another. this is an oil painting I started of my niece but two years later I am just finishing! It has an acrylic under painting and oil washes on top. So far I am pleased but I definitely have to tweak places and do final touch-ups.
If you keep track of this blog you have probably already realized I hardly ever seem to have anything completed. That fact is not true but what is true is that I ALWAYS have many projects in progress and hardly ever get enough time to work on them! Here is one that will be the beginning of an installation I hope to install in a gallery that will have me. this is called the Karma Sutra quilt....for obvious reasons. It is made in the traditional wedding ring style of quilting yet I have added text and figures derived from the Karma Sutra. This piece is only a part of a whole. The concept behind the installation is, What is Pure? I am questioning traditional assumptions about "purity", the use of white in this context and also the medias representation of purity through the use of the color white. I am always interested in creating juxtapositions in my work to create a kind of tension. I think this piece illustrates that.
Karma Sutra wedding quilt, cotton and silk, २००८
detail from Karma Sutra quilt illustrating text within a circle
This summer has been a very busy time for me. I have been working hard to get the "business" side of my art career organized. this seem to be half of what I do lately. It meant getting lots of spreadsheet ready, mailing lists, galleries and show to submit to etc. I also had to get my filing straight and systems in place for promoting and putting myself out there, including mailing portfolios to galleries. On the side, I was able to begin some new works and take a few classes to bone up on some skills. A very busy summer indeed! Check out the new photos.
A digital print before I begin to alter it. This will be only one layer in a final piece. Some watercolors and printed fabrics laid out in order to measure for digital prints. A series based on King Henry the Eights wives.....The First "IT" girls! This is a new experiment and I am loving it. The fabric is canvas dyed with coffee and tea and rusted. Wait to see what it becomes. This is the above one stitched together. Back to the watercolor and printed fabric. Now you can see I am adding another layer with embroidery. Next I will add a print (the first photo) which I will paint and stitch. Finally I will stitch the pieces together and trapunto the piece.
I WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE FOR COMING OUT TO MY GALLERY TALK AT ARTSPACE, RICHMOND, VA. The talk was an great experience to learn more deeply about the works at the gallery. It was great for me in terms of the feedback and questions posed about my work. I am always interested in how others perceive my work. Another benefit of these talks is meeting and talking with other artists about their work. All in all, very successful.
This past weekend I took part in Diego Sanchez's "Surface" workshop at the Virginia Museum Studio School. Once again it was fabulous. There is nothing like some seriouly concentrated work! Here are some examples of what I began. I will hopefully find some time to finish these pieces up. Thanks Diego for a fantastic class and sharing your invaluable knowledge!