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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Reflections of 2014, Resolutions for 2015.

Reflection

As artists, we have to be cautious not to spread ourselves out too thinly.

We risk loss of content if we try to do too much. When you spill a glass of milk, it sort of just goes everywhere and lacks depth and dimensionality.

Sure, it is good practice to constantly challenge yourself and try new things, but when the new things start taking time away from your work, then you have to step back and analyze where to trim the fat.

Like the milk analogy, I was spilled everywhere, spread too thinly to provide anything substantial.
That is how I feel about my work, and about how differently from my plans 2014 turned out.

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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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