Thursday, July 10, 2008


I wanted to show off my RoCo (Rochester Contemporary Art Center) 6x6 finds!
The first is a gum bichromate print by Milenko Grgar (no website, unfortunately...) It's called Tartarus. When A and I first saw this image, we thought it was so peaceful, the body floating; hovering. When it came home with us and we learned the took on a whole new (darker!) layer of meaning.
The second is from James Rajotte, he's a local teacher (RIT) and artist.
I love them both- images of water can be so satisfying.

I am really excited to have new art in our home. (Art not made by me because there's no other place to put it :)
It makes me really want to get serious about bartering for art with people I admire. It can be tricky, I realize: you have to love each others work, and then there's the nebulous concept of value and fair trade. But really, when it works, it's a simple and quite beautiful way to share and collectively create and pay back someone with your own "sweat equity"; and that feels good.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Little by little

Though I have been meandering in a lot of different directions (including finally establishing a garden, with the help of seeds and plants from friend and green thumb Sharon), Things with the painting are coming along little by little. I am re-experiencing the mystery of color (and why I always thought it was so tricky to interpret) Still making washes (blue background) and starting to build up color in the face. I still need to develop the skin and work on the background, and no attention what-s0-ever has been paid to the eyes or hair yet.

Here it is before the aforementioned distracting trips, just after the green phase, with a wash of yellows and a made-up, approximately Adam-colored glaze on the right side of the face.

During the course of this painting, I already had the inevitable, early I-Hate-This-I'm-Stopping phase, which luckily turned into the This-Is-A-Challenge-And-I-Kinda-Like-It phase, and now I feel just on the cusp of the This-Is-Almost-Flow-Like phase. That's a lot to go through with a project that I've only sat down a few times with. This must be due to my history of love and loathing with painting. In any case, most of me is glad to be back to it.

New distractions include teaching two photography classes; one an adult intro course, the other is a youth program working with Rochester's city students.

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I've been distracted

I really did plan to get busy on that oil painting. It was the perfect time to delve into that kind of thing (slow, time consuming, measured). I had what was essentially a free month: (post-grad school graduating, pre-back-to-work life) and intended to really dive in, but... I got distracted. First with a business trip to Vermont earlier in June (business for A, and apparently beer drinking and drawing weird little faces in watercolor for me.)

Then I got distracted by another week long trip, this time to Virginia to visit my folks. A mid-process oil painting is not really travel friendly, so instead I spent time doing more fast, funny little watercolors of bottle caps and logs and things lying around.

I do think I'll do my collections next. Little 4 x 5 watercolor and ink odes.

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