Happy Small Business Saturday! A few weeks ago I had the chance to be part of a fantastic event of local artists.
Many of my favorite artists utilize the process and the materials used, rather than focus solely on a finished product and illusion. What I love about process-based artwork is the way the product reflects openly how it was made.
My work is about the process as well as the product. My ideas come from local and regional architecture, but construction is also woven through much of my work as it is inherently found in architecture.
I’m drawn to the mess of materials and the visible process, but wondering how to include more process without detracting from the architectural imagery. To the studio!
I'm thrilled to announce that this summer I'll be showing with Tara Fracalossi at the Albany Center Gallery in a show titled Compound Fragments.
The opening is July 15th and I hope you'll join us! Her work can be found here, and the gallery's site has information, directions, and a fantastic write-up.
I opened the door to Alex Da Corte’s Free Roses, stepped in, and was swallowed whole. Plush, vibrant purple carpet falls underfoot and climbs up the walls, and varying electric glows emanate from every room with mesmerizing sounds and music.
Today let's talk about that work-life balance, or in the case of an artist and art teacher, that work-work-life balance. Fourth quarter craziness? Check. Struggle to make art work while juggling the business and marketing ends? Yup.
I rarely make fully developed drawings in sketchbook, but I take it everywhere and collect ideas. Notes on colors, lighting effects, quick sketches of buildings and architectural details, and other bits and pieces happen much more often than whole ideas.
I hope this helps! Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing more tips to make that balance and time management a little easier without drastic lifestyle changes. Stay tuned for tips 2 and 3, and sign up for my monthly newsletter to keep in touch!
The Capital Region woke up to something a little like this... And with the snow still coming down a school delay turned into a snow day! An unexpected surprise in April, but a great chance to spend some time in the studio.
If you missed April's email newsletter, sign up at the right for May's and hear about the inspiration behind my current favorite work in progress!
Wow this was a busy week with not much actual painting going on, but lots of other artsy things! Yesterday I chaperoned the high school art trip to New York City and had some amazing experiences with our students at the Guggenheim and the Whitney's new location. Now I'm refining my proposal for the Breathing Lights Project, an ambitious light/architectural/art installation project about the Capital Region's struggle with vacancy and its social and economic effects.
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