A lot of years ago I painted portraits and figures non-stop. You couldn’t make me draw or paint something abstract, now it seems that’s about all I do (and I love that too).
Recently, I started sketching some faces. They were a bit of an upgrade to the ones I did in high school and college (I’ll show you some of those in another post). The result is the start of a new series of small portraits, of no one in particular, on wood. I’m starting with 5 x7 inch ovals and 5 x 5 inch circles, but am already thinking of pieces a bit larger.
The first piece in this series, Blue Tattoo Girl, is complete and available in my Etsy shop. I’ll also have her and I hope others in my studio when I’m open for IDADA First Friday on August 7.
Here’s the evolution of Blue Tattoo Girl.
And a sneak peek of the next one…
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Social Sketch #2 was held earlier this week at the Eiteljorg Museum at a sweet spot along the downtown canal, complete with great friends (old and new) and live music. There was some gold panning too.
Some awesome drawings and paintings where made, in particular, this one by Laura Levine. Laura is mainly a ceramic sculptor who exhibits her work all around Indianapolis, but I was especially taken with these drawings of those around us that night.
With that, I’m giving this Sketchbook Sunday to Laura:
It’s been raining A LOT here in Indianapolis. Not just a bit of drizzle – we’ve had tree toppling, roof crushing, basement flooding rain in recent weeks. All this makes this painting, Downpour, seem especially appropriate for this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Created in 2009, Downpour was recently exhibited as part of The Water Show at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It’s back in the studio for the moment, but will hopefully be finding its way to a new home soon.
Sometimes a sketchbook page is just paint. But, oh, look what you can do with just paint!
A wee watercolor for Independence Day. Have a safe and happy 4th of July, friends!
Let’s take a look back at a piece I painted as part of an Instagram giveaway about two years ago. I had been given a terrarium (which lived a good long life and will be resurrected!) as a holiday gift and wanted to paint them in watercolor. This was the result.
I’ve painted a few more since and have one deck now for a friend/client.
I talked a lot about paper planes this week. First while presenting my work to the Harrison Center for the Arts’ Board of Directors and again yesterday in my studio during the Independent Music and Art Festival (IMAF). They’ve been in my sketchbooks for years.
Let’s go back in time! I used to do a lot of “poured” paintings. This one, Forest for the Trees, was part of that period. I poured super watered down acrylic paint through tissue, paper towels, doilies – whatever was porous, to get the effect. It’s now in the private collection of a friend.
It’s been a surreal couple of weeks with some big changes. Seed and Star Studio on 54th Street as you knew it is no more. The artists, including myself, have moved on to new locations and projects.
At the end of September, I moved in to a new space a the Harrison Center for the Arts. You can find me in studio #015. If this number sounds familiar to Harrison Center regulars, it should. It was previously, wondrously, creatively filled with the magic that was my friend, Susan Hodgin. Susan passed almost a month ago and I’m so very honored to be in her space.
I’m slowly getting started in the new studio with two First Friday openings under my belt, two commissions in the works, prep for two workshops I’ll be teaching in Mooresville and Lafayette in November and (I hope) holiday commissions.
I invite you to come check out the new studio – I’m not sure yet if it will be the new ‘Seed & Star’ – on IDADA First Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm.