Studio News - Winter 2010-2011
1. There are over fifty new artworks in my two flat file cabinets, waiting for the framer. I don't actually expect all fifty to make the final cut - what I do is eliminate the worst third or more after I get a better look at them (and come to my senses). This process I wrote about previously: The Axe Falleth.
These artworks are also waiting for the formal photographs, and then they go to the Photoshop technician and the archiver. We now have the latest Photoshop program in the house, but I think I'll stick with my old version 1-point-oh. I mean, if it was good enough for Fred Flintstone, then it's good enough for me.
2. The direction of my art is evolving. I am trying to simplify my colors. That means that I am developing smaller ideas, or maybe I want to say more singular ideas.
Subjects are the prairie, especially the trees and up the hill, and the Hoquiam River. Also, I am going bigger. I continue to struggle with doing full sheet work, but I am creating many pastel paintings that are in the almost full sheet sizes. Is it the opening dimensions that I struggle with? Possibly. I typically do not compose well with traditional opening sizes, but am prone to work in "custom" sizes. It has to do with my way of composing images - from the inside out. By the same token, I do respond very well to the Golden Rectangle - which is, again, not a standard opening size. I drive my framer nuts.
3. I have been cleaning, organizing and doing minor changes in my studio. The biggest addition is the sheet rock wall, where I have a nice, white wall space that is well lit. Visitors are expected, and studio sales may become a major part of my vocation in years to come.
I also installed another track light bar. The biggest challenge has been having too much light from snow reflection. Even pulling the blinds was not enough. I finally hung a blanket over my north windows to cut the harsh light.
A new microwave oven keeps me in the studio for lunch, which gives me more time for art making.
Did you see Cindy Michaud's new modular custom studio space? It is well thought out and worth your look: New Studio Reveal.
4. It has been record-cold around here. My studio is nice and warm, except when the wind hits my east or north windows. They may be insulated windows, but there are gaps opened up by the loss of squareness that comes from moving a trailer once or twice. Also, the front door, which opens into my studio, has lost it's weather stripping and I haven't replaced it - as simple as that would be. Good thing there is always Duct tape.
4. This blog continues to be a popular place for readers to find out what goofy ideas are in my head about art and I guess they come here looking for what art I am doing lately. I always say the pictures are coming, and then I post old images that I have on file. New readers like to see these, and maybe my old readers have missed one or two.
5. On a personal front, I just finished reading a private, unbound memoir of an American who spent the Second World War as a POW in Japan and The Philippines. He was an army officer who survived the horrific Bataan Death March and was imprisoned in 5 camps altogether. His humility and courage is typical of his generation, and it must be said, atypical of people in general.
6. If you are someone who comments here often, and yet don't find your blog on my text blog roll, send me a note so I can fix that. I am not as attentive to that as I should be. I just found one that made me say, "Doh! How could I not have her on my blog roll?"
|River Corner, Red|
3.5" x 3.75"
My wonderful daughter turns 8 on Monday.
Photo Credits: Lorie Klahn