So many cool things going on, I don't know where to start. First thing to mention is a commission I just completed for The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the Regions building in downtown Nashville. It has been a fun project and I really enjoyed walking around town gathering images to use. Plus, I now have several cool shots of Nashville that will end up in some future paintings. The image on the left is one of the 3 I just finished. All were 26" square and will hang together in a conference room. Can't wait to see them in their new space.
My other commission is still under way. The deadline is the first weekend of October. I think I can have them complete in a couple of weeks.
I also have work going up in a restaurant in Franklin called Whtly Crepe. It's a really neat little space across the interstate from Cool Springs Mall. I hope to have the work hung by the 22nd of September and an Artist reception on the 25th. I'll make sure and keep the events page up to date for that.
My work is still on display at Dental Bliss in franklin also. It will stay there through the end of September and come down sometime the first week of October. Drop by and check out the space. They welcome anyone wanting to visit. vickie is usually there to greet you at the front desk. We are working on having another reception, a closing reception. If we get the date worked out I will let you know.
That's enough for now. I have more cool things to share, but I have to get back to work. Talk to you soon! RLP
It's been fun out in the garage making things out of several materials I've been collecting. Every time I switch gears like that I have a new perspective on my work. Now it's time to get busy on my large commission of (60) 8x10 paintings. These are the ones I wrote about a while back. The contract has been signed and the composition has been designed. While this will be a little tedious, creating the same image several times, it will allow time for me to improve my techniques and time to think of new ideas for my other projects. So many great things happening. Though I will be really busy, I'll still make time to write about my progress and post images of things I feel need sharing:-) Thanks for reading. RLP
Wax-Big news with my Encaustic works; I was informed that I will be one of the featured Artist at Nashville International Airport (BNA) next year. This is such an honor! My work will be seen from people from all over the world. Another bonus to this event, I have over a year to make the work. That's good because I have some pretty grand ideas in mind. I want this to be some of my best work to date.
Wood- I've made good use of the warmer weather by getting in the garage and working on my to do list. While waiting for paint to dry or time to get to the store for more supplies, I worked through a few ideas and created several small to medium size works in wood. So far I'm really enjoying these new creations. I think I mentioned a little about this in my last blog post. Stay tuned and I'll get some new images up on the site.
Paper- I can't forget to mention that the NCC's founding members (now called "4") have a show coming up at Turnip Green Re-use, and one at Fido coffee. We've been busy creating and collaborating on new work for the last 6 months. It's fun to see how our work is starting to get more and more cohesive. I'll make sure and get all the show info on my events page.
Metal- It's been garage time for me this past week! As I go down the list of things I need to do I've got to the one that says, build a sculpture for the new "Phat Bites" location in Donelson. (Thanks to Julie for supporting local artist) It's location is in the old Ford Dealership's oil changing bays on Lebanon Pike. I was hoping to have it done before they opened, but I was only a few days late. This is a new one for me. I went to a "Pick a Part" location for the first time. Pretty cool as an artist. I was a little overwhelmed by all the different parts, shapes and colors. The things I wanted most were the things that would never be used again for their original purpose. One of my favorites was a fender from a Yellow Taxi, and a close second was a trunk hood that was in the aisle and had been run over until it was completely flat. It was blue, with lots of character marks:) I may be going back to Pick A Part, especially now that I know what things to look for. Just what I need....Another Medium!
I spent most of yesterday cleaning up my collage mess and today I'm melting wax for a new painting. While I was waiting for the wax to melt I was deciding on what the next painting will be. Sometimes it is hard for me to make a decision. As I've stated before, if I have too much freedom in my choices, I freeze up. I have to have a target to help me stay on track most of the time. So far this barn image is the winner. I took this photo somewhere between Shelbyville and Fayettville TN. It was one of those "I gotta stop and get a photo" moments. Glad I did. Now I need to decide on the colors I'll use. The last barn was red, so maybe a green or more browns with hints of color. The day I took the pic it was rainy, with a gloomy sky. Maybe more browns this time. I'll be back, and maybe I'll have progress photos tomorrow. RLP
Well, I meant to post this image several days ago but I forgot to hit the publish button:-/ So here you go. This is the collage I worked on a little while back. It was nice getting away from the strict steps of my wax paintings and just react to the material. I had fun with this one and plan on creating a few more similar pieces. After this collage I dove right into another ink transfer painting. I decided to paint an image from a photo I took downtown Nashville. It's actually one that I painted for the Art2 show also, just a much larger painting. It's 18 x 24. Not huge, but still good size. I posted an image along side this post (I hope). Now it's Christmas Eve, Eve and I'll be of doing family things. While I'm away I'll be pondering what my next painting will be. If I stay with my current idea, it will be a little different than my normal paintings. That's if I have a normal:)
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Peace and Love to All.
Well, it's Friday and I'm looking forward to my roadtrip. The opening for Art2 is tomorrow night in Fort Wayne, IN at Artworks The Galleria. I've done a few extra 8 x 8 paintings, mostly because I had the panels prepared, but also because I'm kind of liking that the smaller paintings are finished pretty quick. Next week I plan on working on a larger piece. I haven't picked out the composition yet, but I'm probably going to stick with Architecture. I might even revisit one of the compositions from the Art2 collection. I'll let you know as soon as I make up my mind. Whatever I do, I need to start working towards a series that I can use in a future show. If I don't get focused on something soon I'll end up all over the place with my subjects. Maybe that's my new topic, randomness:)
Well today I actually completed the painting I planned on completing, and had time to get a photo downloaded for this post. You can probably tell the days that I have to post from my phone. Today you get a better image and maybe better content:-) This painting is of the Washington National Cathedral. I have several other photos I might have to do a few of this beautiful building.
I'm noticing a pattern in my process as I go through these paintings. I'm getting more detailed, and I keep thinking of how these paintings would be in a much larger scale. I didn't plan on painting large in this manner, but I might, just because I think these compositions are so strong as smaller paintings. I like that I'm learning so much about transfer of colors and how different background colors make such a difference. Usually I'll plan the background for each composition, but this time I covered panels painted in several different colors and vibrancy. Because I'm using natural beeswax, which is opaque, I can't tell what color each panel is before I start painting on it. I guess that's a good thing. It keeps me from over thinking and I can focus on a strong selection of colors. Plus, I might get a combination I might not have ever tried before. Tomorrows another day in the studio. I'll see if I can surprise you with a cool new design.
I've been a little under the weather with a cold, but having a full day to work in the studio made it all better. It seems like it's been months since I've had a full day to just paint. Now if I could get a few more days like this I'll be fine getting these done before the deadline. I used a lot of my time, while working, to think about my artist statement. It seem like I can't narrow my thoughts to make a simple statement. I'm bad a bout over thinking things, or making them more complicated than they need to be. After today I'm getting a little closer to a better and more simplified statement. Ill try and get it together one day soon.
Here's today's painting. I actually did two, but I'm going to hold on to that one for a day I don't get in the studio:) Looks like tomorrow I'll get another good day to paint. So, I'll talk to ya then!
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