Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Studio Update

Hi Friends, 
Things are going well and I am really enjoying working with paint again.  I think I mentioned it before, but I am very aware that some of the things I am doing with paint this time around couldn't have happened with out my two year love affair with pastel.  No new finished paintings to report but below are a few shots of my studio as it stands. 

When I came back from Hambidge I overhauled my studio trying to get it up to par with what I had in the Fischer Studio. It's not quite as clean, and no where near as huge, but taking these photos tonight made me realize how much I really do love my space. I'm lucky to have a studio that allows me to work (somewhat) large and to "spread out" as they say -- and I'm okay with not having a living room.  I'm very excited about the painting I'm working on which you can see in the first image.  Being at Hambidge gave me the time, solitude and confidence I needed to really explore and push through to new places in my work, I am happy to say that this has continued since my return and the reason I think I am so excited to get in the studio every night after work. 

The view from my studio stoop, it's even better at sunset. 

So that's that for now my friends.  I'll be back, and thanks for reading! 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Unloading the kiln.

Guess what? This is my 100th post! 
Below are photos from the much awaited Anagama Kiln Unloading -- this happened the final Saturday of my time at Hambidge so I only stayed for a short period of time since I wanted to be painting up until my final hour. This was a very collaborative and communal undertaking and if any of you have a chance to be a a part of an Anagama firing I would say to definitely, DEFINITELY, participate. If for no other reason than to drink beer at 2:00 in the morning next to a giant contained fire pit that is around twelve hundred degrees.  

So there you have it folks.  This was really cool to watch and some really awesome vessels were pulled out of the kiln. Some objects looked so much different than the artist expected that they didn't even recognize it as their own! Things also blew up and fused together forcing two artists to discuss who was the rightful owner of the piece! I won't be doing any more posts about my time at Hambidge, though I could do many, many more...and who knows, pictures from Hambidge might pop up now and again, but it is time to concentrate on the here and now. I am hoping to resume posting on a regular basis regarding the condition of my condition.  

Three cheers for you my friends, thanks for reading, and here's to another hundred more! 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just Beyond the Garden

Hi Friends, 
Here is an image of Just Beyond the Garden, the last finished painting I created while at Hambidge (my studio at Hambidge [Fisher] was located just beyond another studio by the name of Garden, hence the title). You may recognize this painting from such posts as In Case You Were Wondering. I made a decent amount of progress on another painting after the completion of Garden, though time did not allow for it's completion. I have yet to decide to finish it or let it be since it would become a totally different beast now that I am back in Beverly.  I am thankful for both of these paintings as they led to what I am currently working on and all revved up about.  Also, Just Beyond the Garden is hanging in the lobby of Raymond James Financial Services in the plaza right next to Casa de Moda.  They are very friendly, go have a look see! 

Just Beyond the Garden, 42" x 60". Acrylic on canvas. 2010.

Also, I'm done messing around. Operation: Find a Photographer Friend to Photograph My Work has COMMENCED! Know anyone? 

You're oh so kind for reading.  I'll be back soon!