Friday, December 12, 2014

Some small Christmas work

I haven't had much time in my studio lately. I hope that will change in mid-January. These are a few of the things I came up with for a Christmas small works show. They are each 12"x12", painted (the black and grey parts) with black gesso and Sumi ink. The color is added with encaustic. I displayed each one by putting 4 ferrous nails - one in the location of each corner - in the wall, I set the painting on top of the nails then put 4 magnets on top of the painting in the location of the nail. The magnets hold the painting up quite nicely. The nails sit out from the wall 1/2" so the paintings are floating. The magnets aren't in  these photographs.










Tuesday, November 25, 2014

art retreat

our critique group, exhibit6, on retreat in Saugatuck Michigan - November 2014. Here are a few images of some of my mark making adventures. This week was  the first time I tried searching for some wax backgrounds that would look good with these marks. I had some luck but no photos yet.

studio space

studio space 2

favorite 1

favorite 2

favorite 3
The studio space was large enough for the 6 of us in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fabienne Verdier

I have a new hero. She is French artist Fabienne Verdier. Here is a sample of her work and the brush she uses.
website:  FabienneVerdier

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Secret Lives of Waves Install

So, after much tooing and froing this piece was reinstalled. It is called The Secret Lives of Waves, subtitle: Tribute to Manganese. 30"h x 72"w


The subtitle because manganese will no longer be mined, I believe. Too bad. It's a beautiful blue. Every square in this piece that has color in it has a bit of manganese. The little stainless steel connectors are fabricated for me. The squares are 4" square, 1/4"d acrylic with encaustic painted on them.

Secret Lives . . .  is installed in the conference room of a commercial space in downtown Ann Arbor.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dinner Nov 8, 2014

I went to the Pacific Rim last night with P, D and J. I had my favorites - East meets West cocktail (2 of them), market salad and Unagi Terrine. Really good food and really good company.

On my mind:
- rehanging painting tomorrow
- say yes to whatever the moment brings
- P gets last infusion Tuesday
- retreat with exhibit6

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studio life November 7, 2014

I had a rather difficult day at my studio today. I was trying to follow the lead of Blue Night but using some different substrates. Blue Night is on Rives paper. Today I tried encaustic on .004 DuraLar and .007 DuraLar. I also tried another blue on Rives. None of these gave me the satisfaction of Blue Night.

I haven't figured out how to exhibit Blue Night yet. It is merely a piece of heavy paper with wax on it but I don't really want to frame it. I'd like to attach it to the wall somehow with invisible mounting. We'll see. I have time to figure it out as I don't plan on sending Blue Night out the door until the January show at WSG.

I'm looking forward with enthusiasm to an art retreat I'm going on with 5 art friends - my critique group. We'll spend our days at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts in their studio space. We'll stay at a friends house. It will be a good concentrated time of creativity and we'll make good food in the evening. We did this last year also.

On Monday I will rehang a piece I sold to Ameritrade in downtown Ann Arbor. I had made a modification at their request but now it's done and I'll be happy to say good bye . . . again. The piece is The Secret Lives of Waves, subtitled Tribute to Manganese. I'll post the installed photo of it next week.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mark Miller

I went to an interesting talk by Professor and jazz musician Mark Miller. It was sponsored by the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at the University of Michigan. It was about using meditation in jazz and how jazz can be meditation. It was inspiring for me even though I play no instruments. I'll use some of the ideas in my painting.

Question: Is this alive or is it dead?
Explore: Sense perceptions, emotions, thought, imagination
An affirmation of life with whatever is here, now
Prime directive: serve the painting

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ryoji Ikeda

I heard and saw Ryoji Ikeda's performance of "Superpostition" at the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan last night. I loved it!  - especially the end of it which read rather as a finale in a fireworks show. The geometric, black and white visuals blasted the audience for a number of minutes as did the sound in a very physical way. I wore my earplugs for the whole event but that didn't stop me from hearing and feeling. Experience it if you get the chance. I will follow what this very talented Japanese artist is doing and hope to see more of his work.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inspiration by Brian Eno

I'm reading a book that I find interesting and inspiring. It's by musician Brian Eno - "A Year with Swollen Appendices". It's a diary of his life as an artist, muscian and music producer in 1995. He's a very creative man.

Also Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt published a deck of cards that I go to when I'm stuck in my art life. Here are some samples of the ideas that release the glue -

- What wouldn't you do?
- Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list.
- Not building a wall but making a brick.
- Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame.

The box of cards is called "Oblique Strategies".

Returning -

After a long hiatus I'm returning to my blog. I've been very active in my art life but I haven't talked about it much. I just read "Show Your Work" by Austin Kleon - that's what made me decide to return to this blog.

So, to begin, this is a 40" x 40" piece of BFK Rives paper painted with encaustic. I'm trying to decide how (if) to continue working on it and then how to present it.

Blue Night, 40"x40", encaustic on paper