As I began to embrace these half-real, half-imaged landscapes and moments, I was forced to admit to myself that not only would my upcoming show include some portraits or figuratively-leaning work…but it would be composed entirely of paintings. I can’t help but feel that some of the creative constraints—realized or unrealized—under which I previously labored have been lifted. With versatility in media comes an unprecedented expanse of possibility.
Laguna College of Art + Design is proud to present Exquisite Abandon: Contemporary Miniature Works, an exhibition of works of art rendered in exquisite miniature by Megan Aline, Dina Brodsky, Sue Bryan, Christopher Charles Curtis, Thomas Doyle, Alia El-Bermani, Grandmondo and Robin Smith. Each of the more than carefully crafted miniature drawings, paintings and sculptures in Exquisite Abandon offers a voyeuristic gaze into quotidian memories and dreams, many appearing as eerily dashed or in decay, but always compelling and rendered with meticulous proficiency.
Del Mar Art Academy is a new studio in South Orange County offering drawing and painting workshops to help foster a growing art community in San Clemente. Join us for a broad sampling of excellent artistry featuring locals and faculty! Opening this Sunday.
Please join us Friday 7/22 for the opening reception for Large Works, a group show of--you guessed it--very large (even colossal!) new works from the wonderful artists of Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO. My recent mixed media drawing, Abundance (crop pictured above), will be hanging in excellent company; click here to see the preview page.
The Renaissance of Realism is an exhibition in two parts, presented in collaboration with Windows to the Divine, Collectors for Connoisseurship, and Shannon Robinson. In this exhibition, we invite art lovers to experience and reflect upon the works of this country’s best realist painters. Many of the artists will be in attendance
As you may have read in my previous entry, there is a problem with the bees. Or rather, there’s a problem with us: we are killingthe bees. There is a marked lack of concern (or even awareness) about this issue, generally known as “colony collapse”--an event in which entire hives of bees simply die or disappear for no apparent reason, leaving behind their queen and a hive full of food (and sometimes a few nurse bees to care for the queen and immature bees). This is one of the major environmental problems of the last decade, for both ideological and practical reasons.
Update on the older post (part of which is retained, below)....this unorthodox piece is finally finished! I’ve been totally certain I was only a day or two away from finishing since...perhaps...March? Kind of ridiculous, really, how much longer this incredibly time intensive piece has taken, even beyond my inital (and generous) estimate. But it is done, and it will be available for viewing and sale at Lora Schleshinger Gallery beginning July 18th, 2015 at the opening reception for my solo exhibition, Afterglow.
I’ll be showing a small but new and unusual body of work this summer--my first ever with very few purely monochromatic images. there’s at least a bit of color in just about everything that will be on display, in mediums ranging from my favored charcoal to pastel, graphite, gouache, ink, and encaustic.
I have some space constraints at the moment, but regardless of the indoor issues, I decided I’d had just about enough of crawling around on the floor every time I needed to join, route, sand, or saw something. After digging around in the scrap wood piles (both my own and others’), I can up with the bits to build this sturdy little folding table for my garage. No more excuses regarding space...just fold up the table!
This past fall, I enjoyed my first in-depth experience with etching under the wonderful guidance of Ethan Rice, a printmaker and teacher at the Irvine Fine Arts center. The IFAC has a beautiful little print shop, well stocked with excellent presses and clean working spaces...truly the best kept secret in town.
Please join us for the opening reception of Inner Journey/Visual Experience on Friday, April 25th. This show will introduce four new Gallery 1261 artists: Mia Bergeron, Daniel Keys, Mikael Olson, and...my own work, though I’ve exhibited there previously during during the first few months of 2014 as well. If you’d like to learn more about the show, the artists, and the relationship between these works, be sure to pick up the May issue of Southwest Art magazine, available at most book stores. There will be a preview section with images and a short write-up about the artists and our inspiration, process, and subject matter.
“What on earth could one possibly want with a giant lightbox that you’ll then have to store in your 8’ x 11’ studio?” Yes...I can also hear this very legitimate question across cyberspace. And the answer is, I want to start working with stained glass! And I need a backlit workspace--preferably a roomy one--to do so. Perhaps you are an illustrator or designer, or work in a media that requires tracing. Perhaps you, too work on glass! Maybe an illustrator friend has commissioned you, the local handy-person, to build them a lightbox. Or maybe you just like the project. Whatever the case, here’s how to do it! Sort of.