Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I am often asked how I come up with ideas, how I paint, do I draw paintings out? I suppose many of my paintings seem random in theme , a bit crazy and they are. I like what seems to be a traditional theme to have unique twists, a surprise , an imbalance really. I have ideas and think about them for quite some time. If play with colors in my head and if I have difficulty moving colors I swim and they all fall in place effortlessly. I don't sketch, I hate sketching and did not learn to really draw until after college. I don't like pencils, pastels, chalk . clay or anything that makes my hands feel dirty ! All artists are different, I embrace those differences and I am happy to admit it is odd. I am certain if I liked to draw my art would look different, and I am satisfied that they are not sophisticated but raw & always fun. I find the frame I want first, cut my board to fit. Next a basic sketch and get to work. I love painting outside unless it is Summer in Texas and 104F. I move into my dining room and take over. My family is at times patience of the art supplies taking over our house . I love the last layers of paintings. layers and layers and then I add one more than I should . I used to believe in the less is better but since I turned 40 another 5 layers are better. I varnish my pieces. the colors pop, put the back on and begin day dreaming about the next piece !
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Last week Terrell Powell & I had our closing reception for " Wit & Whimsy in Contemporary Art" at the JCC Austin. It was a quiet evening but really nice discussions with new guests, family & friends. The show comes down 8/17 & I am quickly switching creative gears for my show with Ziya Neema hanging 9/3. This exhibit will be hosted by Hyde Park Bar & Grill Central on Duval in Austin. My favorite restaurant in town and a beautiful backdrop for artwork. Ziya has completed many show stopping pieces for the show and I am working like Van Gogh on caffeine to catch up to her ! The reception will be 9/8 430pm-630pm, free & open to the public. It is a great excuse to stay for dinner ! Both Ziya & I have around 20 pieces each so it will be a colorful & exciting show !