There is a French artist I met several years ago when I worked at 531 Central Fine Art in downtown St. Petersburg. This artist inspired me – his paintings made an incredible impact on the way I looked at landscape painting, influencing my conclusion that not all landscapes are so green or landscape-y. Not only did his work blow me away, but his demeanor. He seemed to not notice the crowds surrounding him and was very comfortable and obliging to all the questions asked of him – all through a translator. I have a show catalog, still of his that he not only signed for me special with a nice inscription in French – but drew a sketch of my favorite painting of his in the inside flap. Jacques Ousson is still one of my favorite artists today. From time-to-time I look through that catalog and at the personal sketch to me. His paintings still make me sigh. Check out his site – he is truly amazing 🙂 http://www.ousson.com
I am just about done with the diptych I’ve been working on from my “For Your Entertainment” series – it’s been a long time coming, unfortunately! I’m really enjoying my studio more than ever because we’ve resolved my lighting issue. It is the diptych I’m shown with on my In the Studio page. I’ve already started on another painting for this series, as well, that I am very excited about – I’ll post a picture of that as soon as I make a bit of headway on it.
Still getting into the encaustic piece I started and am loving working with the wax! Love the textures and filmy images that are beginning to pop. Will definitely do several more of these 🙂
Am still looking for whole, used guitar/bass strings from anyone interested in recycling them… I’m dying to dig into this project!
I am selling a lot of my Living Dead Dolls if anyone is interested… This artist lifestyle can be expensive! I have several double sets and minis and several of the early series. Anyone interested email me asap, as I am beginning to list them on ebay. Thanks!
I am continuing a 3 dimensional project which uses used, whole guitar/bass strings. It is an ongoing process that is in need of materials… I only have a limited supply of strings, as I only have regular access to one man’s discards. I am assembling sculptures and have one done that used approximately 3 sets, which was not nearly enough for what I initially intended. I would love to find some local musicians that would be interested in saving them whole after changing them so I can continue with my project without it taking forever. With enough donated, I can assemble enough to get this project out of my system.
I live in Largo, FL, and if anyone in the area or the surrounding cities is interested, please save them! It takes quite a few, so if anyone is or knows of any busy musicians that faithfully change their strings a lot, maybe you’d be interested? If you are an avid donater, I can make it worth it to stockpile them – I will trade a sculpture for them. As I’ve said – I need a lot… but any that can be donated would be greatly appreciated – and you can feel good because you’re recycling! 🙂
I have been playing around with an encaustic project since over the summer – dawdling happily toward what looks kind of cool. It is so different than what I’ve been working with (oils, mostly) and is very interesting to see the layers of wax transform everything underneath them to a soft and fuzzy form. I like this softness – this underwater-like feeling they project. I have only begun this venture, but I can see a lot potential pieces coming up! Must find a reasonably priced lot of beeswax, though… Have been looking in the local stores to find it at pretty high prices. Suggestions, anyone?
I have an excuse for not doing pretty much anything that deals directly with performing in front of, near, around the general vicinity, or with other people. When I say “performing,” I mean drawing, painting, reciting – not singing, dancing or acting, as I would completely fall out if expected to seriously do any of those. Outside of a few karaoke ditties croaked out under the influence of many martinis, real performing doesn’t even pertain to me. But… to perform my craft in a classroom setting or plein air does, and it mortifies me.
I have made a decision, though, that it is necessary to “get over it.” I am a grown women, for Pete’s sake – I am not stuck in that nightmare where you go to school naked and are wandering the halls because you can’t find your locker. But, nonetheless, it takes a tremendous amount of anxious energy to drag myself to the arts center for open drawing studio time. I look forward to it until the day comes and I break into a nasty panic. I am proud of my work – I just can’t find my words when I have to talk about it and can’t seem to concentrate on my work or what my hands are doing if there are people anywhere close to me. As I get older, it seems I want to be around fewer and fewer people for a lesser and lesser amount of time. I love the isolation of my own studio – my own little cave. Wondering what could possibly make me such a wreck when I am doing what I love, makes me crazy and I wonder if I am just a great big crybaby dork, or if this is solvable without succumbing to Prozac. Hope to hear that I’m not alone on this – and any possible solutions… any other crybaby dorks out there?
Artists buy their fruits and vegetables in the Still Life section at the market. (Stella Violano)
This is so tragically funny and true! I seem to spend an exorbitant amount of time just eyeballing the produce at the market, only purchasing the most exceptional specimens. The colors are incredible! I find it difficult, sometimes to cut into the perfect flesh of an unmarred summer squash – the long, curved “neck” and swollen bulb of the “belly” – a crime to dismember her… When tomatoes are the fullest and with those adorable, leafy stems still attached, I buy tons of them – even when they are at the highest prices ever and when I will never be able to consume the lot of them myself, as they are beautiful, but bland. To see the beauty in the simplest things is the one of the most rewarding things I could ask for… I challenge anyone working in a cubicle to do it 🙂
I’ve been hibernating in my studio more in the past couple of weeks than I’ve been able to for months, now, and am cherishing every moment. Whether I am at the easel, drawing or just reading and blogging about it, I am here in my cave, breathing in the glorious odor of paint, mineral spirits and the coffee that is perpetually brewing. I’ve hung better lighting, which makes it all so much easier in the night hours to get the color right the first go around. Unfortunately for the other activities in my life, I have been neglecting what little social life I’ve had, but have been more productive and happy. I occasionally get those pangs of guilt, but then I can’t afford to jeopardize what I’ve been longing for – time to get out all that is twittering around in my head. It is not that I don’t enjoy the relationships I’ve made over the years, but I have learned to become selfish for my own good. My expressive creativity bears too many rewards to ignore when it calls. The sociability of artists is a paradoxical and precarious thing, and ceases the instant they begin their actual artistic work. – (R. G. Collingwood)
Thought I would blog quickly before I really dug too deeply in my studio. I have put aside several unfinished projects over the summer, as I was moving my studio location and trying to make it all fit together efficiently. Its comfortable at this point, although I am in desperate need of bookshelves and a good slab of glass to mix on – mine has transformed back into the patio tabletop 🙁
I will be digging my hands back into a small grouping of drawings/paintings on small, scrap woodblocks cut from the ends of lumber, as well as a 3 dimensional project using used materials that I started saving when I couldn’t bear to waste all these beautiful, although now “useless” metal castaways. My good friend and very talented artist, Susan Mulder works with a lot of used and discarded materials, creating the most beautiful and innovative work that reflects the beauty and organic core of women. Looking at her new innovations inspires me to really dig back into these old projects that have been shucked into all the corners and hiding places of my studio. Check her out @ susanmulder.com – you won’t be disappointed.
Tonight, I am on my way to finishing this painting – I am also still working on a large diptych from my For Your Entertainment series. My hands are full, but it’s a good full.