Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One in Eight (progress report)

Some studio work can be a little on the monotonous side, this part of creating the One in Eight installation is a perfect example. I've been working on this piece for well over a year (off and on as I have other projects going at the same time). I've completed the cancerous breasts and am now working on the other 140 non-cancerous ones. Together there will be a total of 160 pieces; I am currently at 65 so not quite halfway there. Once I get the balloons filled then the fun begins... then I get to paint 160 nipples! I actually really enjoy painting skin tones so that really will be the fun part as odd as it may sound. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hanging work for the Members Show at Core New Art Space

I spent the morning hanging work at Core New Art Space where we are bringing in the new year with a Member's Show. Rather than show work I'd already shown during the year, I decided to bring in new works even though they were small. Here I'm shown hanging 3 portraits from my American Beauties series that I'm working on (well working on and off... its an on going project) over the next few years. Next to the portraits I included a brief description of the project with a note to viewers inviting them to participate in the series if they happen to be women 60+ years of age... it works! One of my fellow members read it and volunteered! So with her I have 3 more models in the Q... but I need to get the Sinful Delights painting finished and my One in Eight installation farther along before I pick up the portrait brush again. Its crazy, I've got 5 projects going, 4 of which are series.... so a lot going on but nothing finished, CRAZY!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sinful Delight (progress report)

After spending the morning wrapping Christmas presents I spent the afternoon painting in the studio. I primarily worked on the right hand side, on the background, the ice cream cup and the hot chocolate. I also took another pass at the whip cream throughout the composition. Next studio day I will continue working on the Sunday glass and the banana split bowl. 

Last night was my sculpture class (I keep forgetting to take progress photos of the cupcakes I'm working on in class). I test glazed one cupcake, and finished icing the other four I'd make the week before. In addition I went through the entire stock of glazes trying to find just the right color(s) for the cupcakes - finally found two sample swatches but the League didn't have the glazes so I will be picking these up prior to the next class. I also experimented with combining porcelain slip (for the icing) with clay cupcakes as well as porcelain clay for the cherries... we shall see what the two textures look like together.  I'm also exploring different ways I can make the cherry stem, metal verses clay verses no stem. My instructor for the class is awesome! In addition to teaching me how to create clay sculptures, he is also helping me figure out my hanging shelf system for the exhibition!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sinful Delights (working title) progress

Another productive day in the studio! I worked some moer on this painting, pulled together things for my sculpture class next, including my icing tools, gathered up more plexiglass plated that need to be cut down before I can file the sides in preparation for the next dry point etching; and finally did some research for art historical images of idealized women for my male gaze + mirror series (these are what the plexi plates are for. So all in all it was a good studio day! 

I also found the address for the VFW on Santa Fe drive which I will stop by tomorrow after class and see about volunteer work. The cool thing is this VFW is in the Art District so I'm hoping I mix volunteering and art!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One in Eight (progress update)

Just a quick progress update... it was also a great studio day because I had a studio assistant (one other than my 4 legged furry friend) who helped out by filling more balloons for my One in Eight installation. It was awesome because in this case my assistant was the inspiration for this piece! Mom... worked along side me, while I was at the easel she poured flour... I think she successfully filled and sewed 6 balloons. Slowly but surely I'm completing the first phase of this project, I (we) have about 115 more to fill, then its on to phase two which involves painting 160 nipples (not in oil as I've learned is not a good medium for this project)... once those are complete then I need to find a location to exhibit this what I hope to be powerful installation.  Over break, I'm hoping to head up to Boulder to check out the MCA there with the idea of it being a possible venue. If it looks like a good location, then I have to figure out how to convince them it is a worth piece to exhibit!  Well best be getting ready to teach my Portrait Painting class at the Art Students League of Denver. Its the last class before Christmas although many of my students are asking to continue on so we are working on setting up another section after the holidays! I'm calling this one "Portrait Painting Off the Grid" since  it is not officially on the schedule.

Sinful Delights (working title)

First studio day after the Thanksgiving holiday and it was wonderful! I finally got started on actually painting Sinful Delights. Much of this is what I'm considering the underpainting as I'm planning on building it up with glazes and impasto layers depending on the different sections, i.e. the whip cream and ice cream will have some impasto medium added, possibly the banana but the glass (of which I have not painted yet) will be built up with glazes.

Then I'm experimenting with a little different approach with the environment around the pastries... it probably hard to see right now but I'm painting a kind of doily collage that breaks up the negative space - this is a new thing for me so we will see if it works. In general, I'm please with the progress thus far. Its for a show I was invited to participate in, March of 2016 - the theme is more or less food/dinning etc... its a 3-d show but they wanted some 2-d work for the walls and invited me!