October Studio Update

Many of you may have already heard the news: We bought a house and it’s big enough to combine workspace with living space. 

This means the studio is getting packed up and moved along with the rest of all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the past 6-7 years.

The moving truck will be scooping everything up on Thursday October 19th and the transition process of shuffling things around will begin all over again, as it did just two short years ago when my paints and equipment first landed in our departing location.

I’m looking forward to settling in to our new space, our new home. This past month has been full of big changes;  the art supply store I work at moved several weeks ago, at the end of September. Quite the busy month.

More updates will be shared in November, and depending how quickly I can unpack I’d like to squeak in a holiday promotional sale on my paintings, to make room for new work.

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Last Week In Review: Studio Happenings

Last week was quite the busy week at the studio!

Wednesday’s Panel Production Lab was a success. Marty cut and built several panels, large and small.

The next Panel Production Lab will remain To Be Announced, due to upcoming scheduling conflicts.

Earlier last week, I began a project to convert blank wall space into utilitarian wall-mounted workspace by installing pegboard.

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After a few trials and tribulations, the project came to a successful conclusion!

So far, I like the vast amount of work space that this offers versus that of an easel. Time will tell whether the hooks offer a satisfactory support hold on things, especially for unmounted panels.

Well, that about sums it up. See you next time!


 

Panel Production Lab

Cost: $40.00 per person, per session. Includes all necessary materials. 

Session 1: Wednesday August 24th Session 2: Wednesday September 7th

Location: Liz Ann Lange Art, (inside Landmark Suites) 604 Erie Ave., Lower Level Sheboygan WI 53081.

Details:
Using MDF, pine boards, and tools and equipment on site, you will have the opportunity to draft, cut, and construct your own cradled panels to be used as a surface for painting. (You will still need to prime them before using as a painting surface.)

Each attendee will be provided up to 2 sheets of MDF measuring 2×4 feet. 

You may determine your own sizes you wish your panels to be.

You will draft cut lines, operate power hand saws to cut the panels to size, check measurements, miter the cradle boards using a tabletop circular saw, and glue and clamp your panels. If your work cannot be finished within the given time of the lab, we will set up a time and day for you to return and finish the work at your leisure for no extra charge.

Various saws and some safety gear such as safety glasses, dust masks, and foam ear plugs will be provided. No loose clothing, scarves, jewelry or open toed shoes please. Long hair should be worn tied back neatly. 

Please remember : Your safety is your primary responsibility. 

*Always be extremely cautious when operating power tools. I will not be accountable for any personal injuries in the studio. Injuries are a result of blatant disregard for common sense safety practices. You will be expected to sign a statement regarding this in order to participate.*

Space is extremely limited so that everyone will have quality time with the tools and equipment.

If you are interested in this lab or have interest in future opportunities like this one, please contact me at:

lizannlange@gmail.com

Upcoming Exhibition: “In Tandem” opens May 9th.

Tires, oil on birch panel, 24in x 28in Liz Ann Lange
Tires, oil on birch panel, 24in x 28in
Liz Ann Lange

This and other work will be exhibited May 9th – June 13th at Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

From the Updates section of the Frank Juarez Gallery website:

In Tandem

May 9 – June 13, 2013

Reception for the Artists: May 16,  5-8pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

In Tandem will feature works from two artists who share similar formative backgrounds, influences, and environments expressed through varying degrees of interpretation.

While attending Lakeland College from 2006 to 2010, Liz Ann Lange and Sara Willadsen both began incorporating architecture and views of Sheboygan County within their studio practices.

Working primarily in oils, Lange has continued to build upon her direct explorations of the community’s hidden spaces and unglorified tableaus, documenting her observations without bias or pretenses.

Willadsen employs mixed media to indirectly reference these same scenes by breaking them down to their formal parts and putting more focus on the physical materials that make up the work itself, resulting in suggestions of invented spaces.

Through color, composition, and perspective, Lange and Willadsen both create works guided by structural characteristics and ephemera encountered in the Sheboygan area.

Thursday Reflections

I don’t try to paint pretty pictures.

I actually dislike how pretty my pictures seem, now that I’ve seen them tiled together after editing my Oil Painting page.
It’s like cotton candy, saccharine and.. I don’t know.. nice. I could write an entirely separate post analyzing why I seem to take scenes that go largely unnoticed, and paint them in sugary, saturated colors. I see beauty in things which I assume others interpret as ugly, or don’t bother to notice or interpret at all, and then I turn them into candy.
It’s like I’m a kid with a sugar addiction when it comes to mixing color. I try to muddy my palette down, but the finished painting still appears so saturated and vibrant.
Ok, I’ll stop with this, and get to the point.

I visited my Alma Mater yesterday, with my dear friend and colleague Sara.
We viewed the current Faculty Exhibit at the campus gallery, then visited with our old professors. It was perfect timing; there were students working in the studio, but neither of the professors had any formal classes in session.

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