Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Into Abstraction

Week Two of Landscape in Blue. I struggle with abstraction. With focus shifted from the "well, does this adequately represent this thing," to the "how do these visual elements interact," and "how do you unsettle the viewer, to keep them from resolving the image and moving on". This style of constructing a piece requires much more thought, and much less painting. I struggle, but I love it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Art Up in Student Gallery

So Saturday night, while walking back to my dorm I glanced to my left, stopped in my tracks, pointed, and danced wildly, because from more than a hundred yard off, I could recognize my painting of a nude male figure centered in the windowed hallway of the Simmons Center. The last two times I've had my art on display, the pieces have been in the back gallery area next to the elevator, printmaking, and sculpture studios. Now my piece is more highly viewable, and to more than those who frequent the building. Now every time I walk past those windows or walk down that hallway I am affirmed in my abilities and a little more hope that I can do this.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Landscape in Blue

With a new semester and professor I am challenged. I've always had trouble with the avant-garde. Can I make landscapes and still be relevant as a modern artist? So, so far, this landscape is about unsettling conflict. We'll see how it grows from here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back to School, Back to Painting

Back to the grind and the agonizing business schedule, I again find refuge in my work. The tedious layering and intimate size of my watercolors soothe me. Photos taken with tips from Etsy, perhaps a little more professional?

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Etsy Shop

I've just set up my Etsy shop with some on my paintings from last semester. Unfortunately when I picked up my work from my professor, having left it in his care over winter break, I found that sometime while in the unguarded communal studio (presumably before safely in my teacher's hands) someone accidentally spattered red paint on pretty much all of my work. The damage is minor but enough to really tick me off and keep me from posting it up on Etsy. But, (breathes in deep, counts to 10) alas, there is nothing I can do, and therefore no reason to get into a tiff about it. I've got two paintings up right now, and plan on puting up some of my watercolors soon.

Please check my shop sometime.

P.S. My large male nude will be put up in the school gallery for the semester! I'll be sure to post pictures when it gets put up.