In progress image of "Trickle Down Economics"Read More
This has been such a joy to work on, I'm so happy to have the space to pin it on the wall (even if it is on top of an older piece). Here is the newest pen and ink work in progress. Tenebrae, my faithful assistant is in the picture as well, she is always within arms reach and I've even set her up with her own chair (although she tends to steal mine every chance she gets).
The new piece is coming along and I am hoping to have her finished within the week!Read More
Back to work! Here is the beginning of a very long piece I am currently working on. I drove to 4 different counties to find my precious blue pens for this! I finally have a great set up for the studio, so expect more and more work up here.
Also, I'm expecting to have a few pieces in the upcoming Spartanburg Art Museum open house, and will perform a pen and ink demo/activity for visitors. It's coming up on September 5th, so drop on by if you are in the area!Read More
What a month! I am in the process of getting ready to take down the show at the TD Gallery, wrapping up drawing classes at the Spartanburg art museum and getting my students ready for the end of the semester at the college. Luckily I've still found time to work and the 5 foot pen and ink drawing I've been plugging away at sure looks promising. After an exhaustive search I finally found a model for it! I'm halfway done with the first layer now and I will post an update in the upcoming week, but in the meantime, I should probably play with this very upset and bored studio cat.
After finishing my first year teaching the city, moving into a new apartment, and getting a new kitten named Gypsy Danger, things are finally winding down and allowing me to work again! Well, I've always been working, but now I'm back full throttle. I have been starting to work smaller and will be updating the site soon, so please be patient. In the meantime, I have included a work that did me well this last month, "A Foolish Sheep Makes the Wolf Her Confessor".
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It has been a while since I have last posted, but fear not! I have been working on drawing over 1,000 ears of corn for my next piece so I am, pardon the pun, up to my ears in it! It has been slow going and the finished work seems as if it will be roughly 10 feet long and in three pieces! Wow! I am really excited for this piece called (tentatively) "Rich Men Keep Their Souls Under the Covers of Their Cash Boxes"
Wish me luck! I better get back to work, but here is a snippit of one of the components I finished a few weeks ago. Tell me if that little lady looks familiar.
I have been thinking about "Nests" lately. It was serendipitous I suppose, cleaning out the garage and finding all those old images of songbird nests. I didn't know what they were at first. Then, among the dust and clutter, I began thinking about human nests, figurative human nests at least, and I began drawing Nest, a try-out, one-off, proposal to myself regarding them. So, without further ado, I bring you Nest , and I hope to bring you a few more as this thought progresses.
Hello once again from this crazy studio!! I have been working, I swear! The intricate, smaller works are coming along and should be ready to post in a few days. Exciting! So, what else have I been doing you ask? Framing. It's not easy to find a frame for a six foot drawing. My work will be included this month in "A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing" Exhibition at the Claypool-Young gallery at Morehead University in Kentucky. It was juried in by the contemporary artist Anne Harris.
I had never been to Kentucky before so what did I do? I rented a van and carted the huge piece out there myself! Beautiful state! I loved it so much I'll be back to see the open exhibition and to hear Ms. Harris's talk on the 16th. Nice drive too, those 775 miles flew by! Here is a picture of the framed behemoth when it was sitting in the garage before I loaded it up.
Well, I am back in the city and settled into the new office/ studio. Things sure are noisy/busy here, but I am enjoying the well paved bike trails and amazing Vietnamese restaurants! I will be working on some smaller pieces in the "This Proverbial Life" series soon, so look forward to those coming out hopefully before the end of the month. Also, for those interested, some of my printed linocuts from the "Standard Deviations" series will be on display in the Chapel Hill public library in North Carolina until the end of September.
City life is nice, and I'm just in time to enjoy the Fall festivals and cool city evenings before old man Winter swoops in. I'm also happy that I can go out at anytime of the day, or night, and not have to worry about any bear or coyote encounters (although I am secretly starting to miss those crazy critters). I could get used to it here.
Here are images from the new piece I am working on. That is all pen and ink too! I should be done in a week or two, but I just wanted to post the figure so far, she's coming out pretty well. :)
Click on the image below to see them all
I plan to complete 18-20 large drawings this Summer, so to do that, I've found a new studio space located deep in these beautiful mountains in the bottom of a refurbished apple barn! The space is PERFECT and owned by a local gallery that resides upstairs. The landlord is nice, and the rent is very reasonable. This Summer should be very productive! Artist's don't call them the "Magic" mountains for nothing.
Introducing "Look Before You Leap, For Among Sweet Flowers Snakes Do Creep". Ink on cut paper, 48"x 50". This is the first in a new series I'm working on! Excited? You bet I am. It still has that new series smell and everything!
I have some exciting things planned for this series, even one where my poor, always reluctant, model, Mr. Bell, will be pictured with a head full of moths! They circle bright ideas I'm told... or they just ate his brain... Either way it should be entertaining! Stay tuned! In the meantime, here is the original and a close-up view!
The progress with "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?" from the "American Dystopia" series. I'd say only 8 hours or so left...I might change the name, but I love the art pun. Time to add a few more layers and resolve that right side before I hit it with the ol' bic pen again! I've got plans for my gun stencil! Should be fun! Stay tuned!
The first in the "violence" series is coming along! Maybe only 12 more hours to go! I am going to save all the empty pen carcasses I end up with after this (maybe fashion them into little arrows to strengthen my studio's defenses).
A big thanks to my very handsome model!
Wow, so now that I am nearly out of a paperwork mire, I have taken fondly to working on paper! For those of you who know me, you know there is a twist, this time it is in the form of a jumbo sized pen and ink drawing! Yay! Here is a pic of a work in progress from early on, let's just say I'll repost soon so you can see the layers on this thing. It is about 4 feet and already slick with inky goodness. The pick shown is just from earlier today, and let's just say it has changed a lot already! This is the first hint of an upcoming series based on modern culture, violence and environment. Enjoy!! And stay tuned!!
Setting everything up for "Standard Deviations". The day after this I have another opening a state over! When it rains it pours I guess. I'm having a blast.
I made two custom pedestals for the show I'm going to start installing tomorrow! If this art thing doesn't work out maybe I could make it as a carpenter... They fit together to form one large one!
Side note: I swear my studio isn't that dirty, it just looks that way because the pedestals are sooooo pristine! ;)
Only 18 more to go before I reach my 70 print goal for the upcoming show on Feb. 21st! After that it's time to make sure all my mats fit right, oh no! Pressure? What pressure?