Archive for September, 2010

In the studio

September 30, 2010

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last painted, and boy does it feel good to get back into it.  I find that I am a much happier person if I can just work with my hands for a few hours – even if I am crocheting.  There is just something about taking a raw material and working it into an idea  – or even just seeing where the raw material takes you just by the nature of the material.  Also, my introverted half (when I took that Myers-Briggs test I was an I/ENFP – half introvert and half extrovert, plus the “NFP”.  It makes perfect sense if you know me.) really enjoys the solitude and refueling that working alone brings.

This is a detail shot of a new painting I’m working on – which is, of course, on a circular canvas – 30 inches in diameter.  I really like to go ahead and get the figure established with the unfinished background so that I can now start working on both at the same time.  I have no idea where all the green is going.  Some of it will probably be glazed over and pushed more to yellow or blue.  I did, however, LOVE what the greens were doing in this painting by William Holman Hunt called “The Light of the World” (oil on canvas over panel, 49 x 23, 1851-53):

This is in a book I own called “The Pre-Raphaelite Dream”, which was the name of an excellent exhibit at the Frist Center in Nashville several years ago.  Love those Pre-Raphaelites.

I am also working on something a little more sculptural.  In case you didn’t know, I love medieval art (and NO, I do not frequent the Renaissance fairs) – the manuscripts, the pattern, the gold leaf, and yes, even the jewelry – which tended to have circles within circles within circles – as well as other shapes and patterns.  I decided to make a larger and simpler  version of a medieval brooch that I saw, with the intent of painting some of my typical imagery on it after the construction.

Sooooo… several months ago I went to a place where they make stereos for your car, and asked them if I could have their scrap circles that they cut out for stereos.  They were happy to oblige.  The image below is a result of me gluing together several of these cutouts and then priming them.  I am not sure what to do with it yet…we shall see…

That’s all from the studio as of late!

On another note, I think I have found my first artist to interview.  Stay tuned!

Tennessee Slant

September 27, 2010

Well, it’s only been one day, and I am already changing the slant of the blog – HA!

I was talking with a good artist colleague/buddy of mine, David McLeish, who was recently interviewed in a Florida artist blog called Florida Fine Art Blog, and he suggested that I make this blog about Tennessee artists.  DUH!  I’m glad I have smart friends.

So – if you are an artist who:

1. Was born and raised in Tennessee

2. Is currently living in Tennessee

3. Attended/currently attending a Tennessee college or university (like my alma mater, Carson-Newman College)

then you are cordially invited to plug in to What Good Is Gold!

I will update some helpful links to the sidebar that will include all of Tennessee.  Being in Nashville, I have a pretty good understanding about what is going on here, but I need input about other cities.  Email me!


Allow me to introduce myself…

September 15, 2010

Blind Series: A Certain Place, acrylic on canvas, 30''

I am an artist.  I am also a curious investigator, image collector,  coffee snob, chocoholic, and follower of Jesus.

I hope this blog will be interesting and informative for you!  As an artist myself, I will occasionally show some nifty things that are happening in the studio, but I also want to connect with other artists and build a grand network of ideas, events, and resources.

I enjoy a good intellectual discussion on art theory (thanks, grad school), but the whimsical, intuitive, and just plain crazy aspects of art-making are just as important.

Think of it like this… “You give a little, I’ll give a little!  Let’s get together!”

But seriously:

Are you an emerging artist that would like to be INTERVIEWED for more exposure?

Would you like to share resources and ideas?

If you know my artwork already, would you like to see some “behind the scenes” as well as finished work?

Would you like to know where to get a great cup of coffee in Nashville?

And, finally, do you seek Truth and humor in life?

Stay tuned.  It’s going to be a great journey.  Tell your friends.  Even the ones who don’t care about art.