Thursday, May 20, 2010

Studio Visit! Open Studio 2010

It's been a long slow start-up to Spring, but here we are:  Memorial Day is right around the corner.
That means it's time for an Open Studio tour!

Our Jericho-Underhill group once again has its hub at the Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho Center.  This is a good spot to pick up your maps (both the local and the state-wide) and to view samples of work by our group as you plan your tour.  Also on display at the gallery are photography by Bruce Gilbert-Smith, and watercolors by Kathleen Bergeron. The yellow maps for our local group are very handy, if you need good driving directions.

In previous years, I exhibited my "studio" off-site.  This time, I invite you to visit the studio itself.
Come and see what I keep on hand to inspire me, what materials I use, and more.  Try your hand drawing with walnut ink, or charcoal, or who knows...

Here's a typical painting day for me:  everything at hand!  Everything!!!!

The last few months have been an interesting "germination" period.  Most recently, the week I spent at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson yielded new work:  more "Monster Fashion" drawings (bigger and bigger!) and a self-portrait diptych that is in the very early stages.  These are just two of the many things I've started recently, but yes, there are a few finished pieces as well.  I am looking forward to sharing them with you.

To get you started, here's the map for the local tour!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Studio Center--the first few days

Well, here are a few images from the studio as I was getting unpacked.  This space was HUGE; almost as big as our living room, so now my "previously big" studio at home feels really really small.  (Current task is to empty it of all unnecessary stuff so I have room for, well you'll see soon...)
After a day and a half of sanding and priming the four panels I brought, I did this quick water-like painting on one of the smaller pieces.  Feeling a bit looser now, nice to work on something this size.  Acrylic on clear-primed birch panel, 24"x24."  
And finally, for tonight at least, a part of the Studio Center that I rarely set foot in during the day, the bedroom.  A rather monastic setting, which was just right.  Check out the built-in drawers!  I think this used to be the dining room when this house was originally built.  And love the funky colors, though I certainly didn't want to linger in bed too long when there was amazing breakfast to be had.  
And the studio was calling.