Sunday, May 31, 2009
I was able to focus a little more on the other artwork than I was on opening night.
I will post links to these artists as we go through the Five weeks, but last night I was particularly impressed with Pam Roger's work, so take a visit to her site.
And this was rather amusing. "Carl" has painted his wall, but this was the only thing on it.
Hey, Carl, way to perpetuate myths about artists!
(ad. note Barry's comment below)
I had been warned by other participants on past Artomatics to expect some rude or ridiculous comments in guest books, but I wasn't expecting a pornographic drawing, so that was disappointing. And why is it that detractors never leave their names? I wonder why. I saw one woman write what appeared to be a lengthy comment in the book which turned out to be a lovely story. So, she really made my night by entering into the work at my invitation to viewers to write a story of their own about the paintings. I wish she had left her name!
And, business cards are going fast, so despite the cowardly and disrespectful word (and drawings), I was greatly encouraged.
with my friend, Elisa.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
55 M Street. All the floors lit and packed with art and people.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
"As a child, my three-ring binder full of drawings of horses was a prized possession. In my mind, horses have a mystical, almost phantom-like quality that I became drawn to from an early age. I became transfixed just seeing one in an open field. Today, I recognize this mark in all animals as the fingerprint of the infinite imagination of the Creator. There is a kind of communion that takes place between me and God when painting or in the presence of animals."
Even reading it now, there is a sense of incompleteness to those words, something deeper that I cannot seem to excavate. I suppose it is a journey of sorts and as I find out more about myself, which I believe is expressed in choice of subject, I then understand the connection increasingly. It is very much like peeling an onion. The intimacy with which I feel connected to the work can be very overwhelming. Why? Such mysteries of the human soul.......
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Today's work. Laying in blocks of color and getting the drawing correct. This one may have a more surrealistic feel in the end.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
After a knock down, drag out with the cold virus from another galaxy, I am determined to paint today and have new work posted this week. I have my coffee, I have my music.....
It certainly is strange and empty to look around my house and see so many paintings missing. But hopefully, they are working their magic down at Artomatic. I feel like I am missing a part of myself.
I have painted vicariously through you all over this last week. Your posts have kept me afloat. Yet, I take no responsibility for comments made on any one's blog while under the influence of NyQuil or assorted cough medicines.
Thanks for all your well wishes and fantastic comments from old and new friends alike. You are all most welcome and immensely appreciated.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
A few more minor details to take care of and we will be ready for opening day on the 29th.
applying vinyl lettering
measuring to hang
some of the other artists spaces
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In closing a depressing week being alone with my cold, bags of lozenges and Kleenex, and without painting, I got a call from a patron yesterday inquiring about "Pen" and she has now been sold. Thankful for such a wonder and for health, which I enjoy 99.9 percent of the time.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I got a shout out on the Artomatic Blog yesterday and my site is up on the D.C. Week for the Animals site under the partners and sponsors sidebar. So, lots of coolness happening around here. We like coolness.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
This is a really neat part of D.C. - close to Capitol Hill on the Anacostia River. It was once a really bad area, but has been redeveloped with condos and office buildings. A lot of them are empty because of the state of the economy, but once things pick up, it will be a hopping area.
I also uploaded a few cell phone videos of the space on YouTube. In one, I filmed a 360 from my space and in the other I walked all the way around the third floor pausing for a view of the Capitol. The sound is annoying, so if you have a look turn it down.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
During the halcyon days when the sea is placid and navigable, the birds lay their eggs and raise their young. Seamen for ages have noted the activity of the birds to ascertain the behavior of the ocean.
Animal World USA is non-profit organization dedicated to making the the plight of our animals across the globe known to the world. By working with other organizations through education and information their goal is to help us see what a great treasure in and responsibility of stewardship we have toward our animal kingdom.
I am honored to be approached by Patricia and excited to be a part of D.C. Week for the Animals using my paintings as a means of furthering the intent of Animal World USA. The week of events will be May 30 - through June 7th. More to come as we work out the details. Until then, please visit the links above.
Frames ready with security hangers mounted, just finishing up varnishing (and hair picking.)Tomorrow we prime, paint and test the lighting. Installation will be on the 16Th.
I have a sheet of painting ideas ready to go once Artomatic prep is complete. Until then I may not get to paint much, so I will paint vicariously through you guys.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
(I have always had a gut feeling about that. That Gauguin guy was a jerk, so I don't doubt it...... And I don't like his art either. There, I said it.)
Organizing, taking notes, painting edges, framing and varnishing. I decided to prioritize my tasks. Suddenly, I feel less stressed about the upcoming shows. (Hey, look how that works?...)
Priority one: Artomatic.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Great meeting with Kathleen. What a blessing to connect with another artist and find that we often wrestle with the same issues and have such similar desires for our work.
There are so many of you I wish I could sit down and have a coffee with regularly......I have this totally unrealistc fantasy that someday we can all meet somewhere for a weekend even though we are scattered all over the world.