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
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!
I made it through the weekend at the Fall fest at the Hermitage. Had a pretty good time until the rain hit us. So Sunday was a wash. I guess that was a good thing for me because I needed to get a little rest and get back to painting for the Nov. Show. Here is the third 8 x 8 panel. I'm starting to get more comfortable about where the details need to be. As I said before, when working this small it's the little things that make the piece. I'm going to feel so free when I get to work on my much larger paintings:-) I have a couple of appointments tomorrow, but should be back on here to update. It's going to be nice having a little bit of a normal schedule this week. Maybe Wednesday I'll have time to do the next quick how to video. I know you're anxiously waiting.
See you later!
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