Tuesday, August 28, 2012

back to studio night

it seems like a very long time since we've had a studio night, tho i bet if i checked it hasn't been as long as i think. regardless, it was great to be back at it tonight with pam, nancy & sue.
pam's sketchbook- these pages about her friend's accomplishments ( photo focused on the page showing my traffic box :) )

the book that nancy was sketching from. be fun to see what comes from this!

these are 5x7 and 6x6 (one 4x6) canvasses that i've been playing with. thinking i will put in the print bins for $35. not gallery wrapped, tho the edges are painted. seems like a fun change from prints. guess we'll see!

this is what's happening on some of those backgrounds. still trying to define where they're going. i want something identifiable as a landscape but more about feeling and texture and depth than the actual image. tricky.
feedback on the top one was "it needs a bird" ie a focal point. which i totally get. last time i helped jury a show lack of a focal point (and movement through the piece and lack of tonal variation) were some of the issues i was able to pinpoint in the work i didn't love.
that said, i think it isn't one focal point so much as hitting more lights & darks to move the eye thru the piece. i want an abstract dreamy layered feel. and maybe it's a spot of red somewhere. hmmmm.

second shot at it- this one progressing better. at least so far. curious to see where it goes.

my photography was juried into the gallery, so i can include photos in my allotted space, which is great news. my experience is that photography is something that everyone thinks they can do, so unless it's a unique image (no matter how good technically) it's harder to sell, but this will give me room to breathe on the new art requirement, for which i am grateful.
i am also grateful to be back in the studio creating. good to have the gals back too. just in time! :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

working together

a good pack of dogs, including 4 bitches, who have learned to get along together because it means that they get to go on great adventures. jackson, echo, jack, addie, molly, halle & bennie.

one of my goals for my break from the gallery was figuring out how to better deal with all of the, well, crap that goes along with being part of any group. i never played team sports. i was never part of a crowd. i was always fortunate enough to have good friends, but i have never been good at doing what it takes to grease the skids to make things move along smoothly.

i have low tolerance for bullshit and don't understand why people can't just be up front & honest. this doesn't always serve me well. i am considered rude and pushy by some because i am straightforward. i don't love rules, but if there are guidelines in place that make sense i think that they should be followed. i hate socializing with people with whom i have little in common and i hate meetings.

i will speak out if i think something is wrong and offer solutions. this has not been to my benefit at the gallery.

what i need to do is figure out how to be true to myself and work within the social construct of the gallery. i had a board member go off on me because i was too pushy about trying to address issues (in a nutshell). my initial response is to not bring anything else up, ever again. which might be appropriate because some of the members won't listen to anything i have to say at this point.

where that gets tricky is that i have to decide that i will follow rules because i think that they matter, but i can't get upset that there are (many) exceptions made. i've said my piece. nothing has changed. it isn't going to until we have new leadership. end of story.

 i sell at the gallery- before i went on break i was one of the better selling artists. at this point, it's where i can sell my work. i need to focus on that and take a deep breath and leave the rest of it. and there are great people who are members, who i am proud to be in partnership with.

i had to drop some things off last week and was unsettled by the thought of going in. i was afraid of who i would have to deal with. i wanted to drop stuff in the back room and dash out and not have to interact. i am a big weenie! and both times my dear friend was working and i thought- you're as likely to have a happy surprise as anything else, so get over it!

if you're wondering why i don't just run for the board it's because i have a full time job and meetings are during the day. i've been told so much about how the board members dislike me that i doubt it would do any good to try anyway. i am trying to pick my battles and not over commit, so i will try taking a deep breath and laying low.

wish me luck! i hope to have some new art to post soon- working on a few things-

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

sticky stucky

i live in an amazingly beautiful place, and shame on me if i can't find something to inspire me.

that said, there is an ebb and flow to my creativity that needs to be acknowledged. but every working artist i know goes to the studio and makes art whether they are inspired or not. i have had a real struggle with that this summer. for whatever reason- job, vacation, bad attitude- as far as i have gotten has been building backgrounds. which is ok. i need them. but i need finished work too.
i've been taking photos, but i don't count that. which is dumb, because i am a decent photographer. only i can't sell photos in the gallery. but i shoot anyway because i love it. and i am trying to have my photography juried in as part of my allocated space.
i love the clouds in this photo and the color of the sky and the land. i love the trail- this is where the dogs & i walk daily-
i had a textured blue background waiting for an image. for a loooooooong time. this idea just came to me last week.

on the left is the sketch i did from the photo. as i am working this and wondering what isn't quite right i realize that the altered colors in the sketch might work better......

my idea is to paint and then scrape back, by sanding or using alcohol. we'll see where it goes. with luck i will have a landscape that makes people want to dig into it.
dancing crane has been on my agenda for a while too. needs to be painted in oil. i need to just do it. he's gonna look great on this red background!

i was thinking that it was time to make myself make something besides a canvas with tissue & paint on it. i was very happy to find that i was ready to move past that stage anyway.
hope to have my photos juried in to the gallery. there is a limit on the number of photographers, and i don't want to take a space from someone who would sell. It would be nice if I could just have photography added to my repertoire, not preclude a talented photographer from joining & have some breathing room for new art on months when it's been a struggle. let you know how that goes.
in town for a few weeks, breathing room next week (joe walsh tomorrow night, yadda yadda)
hope to have more new art to share soon!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

mid-august update

yikes! mid august and no closer to having new art than i was at the end of july! i can't believe that it's been so long since i posted anything, but it has been busy!

last week was vacation- and it was all about music. we started off on friday with gillian welch at a local theater. went to see jason isbell and the 400 unit on sunday. both great shows.

flew to denver on tuesday evening to see jack white at red rocks on wednesday. red rocks is possibly one of the best places to see a concert. the acoustics are fabulous, the setting beautiful. the show was amazing, and well worth the quick trip. one thing i love about this artist is that he does so many different things. we heard everything from country to music bordering on heavy metal. it was all great, and all recognizable as his music. not only is he very talented, he is unafraid to take chances and explore.

flew back home on thursday morning and jumped in the car to drive 4 hours to challis, idaho for the braun brothers reunion, 3 days of country/americana/red dirt music.

idaho has some major fires burning now. this helicopter is dragging a bucket on the river to pick up water to dump on a fire. it was amazing to see them maneuver in a tight spot.

this is what much of what we drove through looks like. in some spots we could see areas still burning from the road. a very surreal landscape.

here's where we were hanging out for 3 days-

the lineup in challis included jerry jeff walker- who still sounds great-

and joe ely, who also put on one hell of a show, backed up by reckless kelly , who headlined the show and wound things up on saturday.

we discovered some new music and fit in a trip to a ghost town called bayhorse. these are old charcoal kilns made from local rock.

this is the stamp mill, where gravity was used to separate ore.

those fires, though they made ours eyes burn from the smoke and dropped ash on everything, did give us some lovely landscapes-

more scenic photos to follow, but now to bed so i'm ready to rejoin the working class tomorrow-