Saturday, October 27, 2007

Guardino Gallery Show

I have been working on small pieces for this show. I have some work that already would fit the size requirments, but I am making all new work. I want the sizes to be the same. I am trying to maintain a similar look to what I got into the show with, but also allow myself to develope those ideas just a little bit more.

Also, the Portland Environmental Services gave me permission to use their poster as part of my "30" show. Now, that it is all planned out, I just need to get the panels and start making.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Lecture Possibility

Yesterday, Storm Tharp came into Art Media and I asking him if he had ever lectured at PSU and if he would be intersted in that. He is one of my favorite local artists and his work would be really interesting to hear him talk about. He said that he would be nervous, but would enjoy the experience. So, I told him that I would try and make it happen but that it wouldn't be until the following year. He was recently written up as an emerging artist from Modern Painters, has been in numerous shows in the area and would be an incredible asset to our program. Just saying....

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gorge Sold!

I sold my "Labor Day in the Gorge" painting today! I am sad that it is gone, but the couple that bought it seem really great. I feel as if this piece was a real stepping stone for me. I need to sort what I learned with it and use that in new work.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

native plant inspiration

Recently, I was asked to participate in a fundraiser/art sale. It consists of 30 Portland artists making 30 paintings in 30 days. That is a daunting task on top of which I am trying to create my graduate body of work and work for the "Little Things" show at the Guardino Gallery. Some of my friends will also be in the show, so I decided to go for it. What scared me, was not wanting to make work that would "sell." One of the reasons why I am going to grad school is to try and break free from that idea. How then, do I use this opportunity to do something a little more "academic."
During our dinner for Jean-Marie, I was joking with some of the other MFAs about a Native Plants poster that happened to be on the table. Then, an idea ran at me. I could recreate this poster, but on these panels. Using, the codes for each plant, I could make up a new system to paint them. I am thinking maybe a basic line drawing of the plant as a base and then paint the image using similar colors. An example would be maybe the background color for "shade" plants to be blue or something that needs wet soil to have shine on part of the image. This would give me rules to follow and thus make it easier to create all of these pieces.
I would then make a key for each so that the person getting the piece would know a little bit more about this plant and its care.