Greetings! I have a few paintings to share and some exciting news. I was recently invited to participate as a studio artist at the Salem Art Association's Project Space for 2010. I believe this is the third year for Project Space which uses an uninhabited building in the Salem (Oregon) downtown area for several months during the summer to house juried exhibits including painting, sculpture, video, installation, and more. It also has offered space for various artists to use for studio space. This is what I would be doing and I am so excited because my plan is to work quite large oil paintings in the space. My current "studio" space is limited, so this will allow me to stretch out. I found out today I will be able to start working down there next week (around June 1st) and will be there probably through the first week of July. You can actually visit Project Space during their open hours and see the exhibits and studio spaces. Once I am set up down there, I will post on my blog more details like location, hours, etc.
Just a few paintings to share. The lady in this first painting might look a little familiar to at least one of you as I have painted her once before. Although I made no effort to have her turn out like the other painting and only vaguely used the photograph she is based on, I was struck by the similarity. This told me a bit about my own painting technique (that I do have some consistencies whether I know it or not). I will go ahead and share the first painting of Nina to eliminate any mystery:
Nina", Acrylic on 8x16 inch canvas painted in March 2009.
And now, here is "Nina dreams", Acrylic on 14x14 inch wood panel.
Very different paintings, but funny how Nina still looks quite a bit like the first Nina when again, I made no effort to do that. And, amusingly, she still does not look a whole lot like the real Nina in the photograph. "Nina dreams" should be available in my Etsy shop in the near future.
These next two paintings were submitted to a local, juried show called Radius 25. Cross your fingers for me, I would be thrilled if one of them made it into the show. The theme for this show is "Patterns of Place". In both these paintings, I used some acrylic skins (acrylic paint applied to a non-adhesive surface then peeled off and applied to the painting itself) to have some fun with the patterns.
"The architect", Acrylic and acrylic skins on 16x16 inch wood panel.
"At the gathering place", Acrylic and acrylic skins on 12x16 inch wood panel.
These paintings are the start of something new for me. I am not using vintage photographs in these nor do I plan to again (or at least for now). I am now working on oil paintings for the summer. I'm looking forward to sharing those with you in the next newsletter.