Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Here and there

A couple of things to share today.  Last week I spent the afternoon painting at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery on a collaboration piece.  You can see several photos of my progress at their blog.  I'm hoping to get back down there to take some photos when the painting is done (sadly I forgot my own camera on the day of my painting).  Also check out the other blog entries for the other artists and there will be more to come.  I had a lot of fun working down there for the day, they are so nice!  I had hoped to finish my square early but alas, I was there to the bitter end.  But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

My second bit of news today is an interview I had with Creative Catalyst Productions.  You can read it here.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Practice, practice

As promised, here's a little peak at my practice piece for my upcoming day of painting at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery next Thursday.  Nine artists will paint one square each of Diego Rivera's painting "The Flower Carrier".  I stopped in at the gallery on Wednesday and saw the first completed square and am so excited to get mine completed.  You can follow the progress on the gallery blog.  Mary Lou posts each time an artist is in to paint.

Mostly, my practice involved planning (i.e. measurement and math to make sure my lines will line up with everyone else, here's hoping the next person to paint will be next to my square, makes it a little easier).  Using acrylic this year and this is just a rough sketch to get acquainted with the piece.  The square on top is Mr. Rivera's and below is mine:


While I'm hoping to change a few things in the final piece (adjust a few colors, fix the hat, etc.) I'm overall pleased with the effort.  The hardest part (well, one of the hardest parts) is not copying the original painting exactly.  It is important, to me anyway, that my square represent how I paint and not just replicate what Rivera did. It is easy to get absorbed into matching colors and brushstrokes and forget what I'm trying to do, forget to have it look like my own work.

While working, I made some notes:


Here's hoping I can read these notes later...  Mostly, I noted where I needed an additional measurement.  The measurements are important (for me anyway, don't know what the other artists do) and challenging because the square the gallery sends is about 9 inches square and the section I'll be painting is about 20 inches square.  I don't want to spend my day of painting with my calculator, so I figure out the measurements ahead of time.  Of course if all the squares around me were already painted, I wouldn't have to worry about this but as only one more artist will be working before me I will be lucky if their square is anywhere near mine.  On the plus side, I won't have to worry about messing up someone's work.

Here is last years finished piece, one of Frida Kahlo's self-portraits:


My area was around her ear, painted in acrylic and oil that time.  I'll be sure to post about my day of painting at the gallery!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Show and a painting

Upcoming show at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon.  Last year I participated in Face the Public in which 12 artists painted one section each of a Frida Kahlo painting and this year I get to do it again.  This time we are painting Diego Rivera's painting "The Flower Carrier".  You can read more about the show here.  If you are in the area, stop in for the reception on October 5th from 5-7pm, or on the afternoon  of October 13th when I'll be painting my section, or towards the end of the month to see the completed painting.  It is a fun project and the proceeds of the sale of these paintings go to help artists in need.

I will be practicing my section (which is basically a square around the man's head) and expect I will do a post here to share my progress and additionally I hope to share more about my afternoon of painting at the gallery either here and/or on my other blog.

Also at the show, each of the participating artists will have some of their own work up and my two newest paintings will be there (that last one I shared a detail of in my last post):

"When the snow fell" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch panel.

"With the last tree but a memory" Acrylic gouache on 9 x 12 inch panel.
My new acrylic gouache paint has arrived and I'm excited to get started on the next piece.  New colors!  Love new colors.

I will probably duplicate some of this post at my other blog so please excuse the redundancy if you follow both.