Wednesday, July 28, 2010

vintage color photography

A crossroads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton plantation area. Melrose, Louisiana, June 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
I love these images from the Denver Post's Photo blog (plog?). The images are much more powerful in color. It makes them seem much more contemporary than the more common black and white vintage photography. I also like all of the visual clutter and patterns in the photos.

Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I headed down to Taylor, MS for the Saturday Farmer's market. It was very cool (hot and humid outside) but much more relaxed that the one in town. I would check it out again. I got peaches, figs, and some lemon jelly.
any ideas for a title?
I have been painting away in the studio. I am really trying to finish this painting. I have one more week. I think I can make it!

 As someone who moves art around quite often... I found this really interesting. Moving Serra is the cross country trip of a giant Richard Serra piece (from

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mitchell Wright and UM Museum

I headed over to the University Museum today to check out the Mitchell Wright show in the Fortune Gallery. Mitchell is an artist who grew up in South Mississippi and now lives in Brooklyn. Most of the work was about burning and deconstruction. The paintings are very tight and meticulious. I love the tape/exacto knife painting method. The painting method really contradicts the subject matter. It is a cool way of depicting a rash and violent scene. Just with Christenberry, I find it interesting making "southern" art in NYC. I sure it seems so much more exotic up there.

While you are there, make sure to see the Marie Hull and Andrew Bucci show. Marie was born in 1890 and didn't start making abstract work until 1940. I love late bloomers! It is amazing how ahead of their time these paintings seem (Guston, Joan Mitchell, Rothko).

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The top picture is Peach P-I-E (the first word I learned to spell). I have to make this every summer. Below is a detail shot from my current painting. I haven't decided what to call it. The glitter has been fun to paint. I have 2 more weeks before I head back to New York. It would be awesome if I could finish it by the end of the month. We will see...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Studio update

I have been working away in my studio. I am doing a giant fabric piece for the show at the Powerhouse in September. I cut out 240 12" blocks. I have sewn them into 9' x 3' strips. Kevin and I took them out to the backyard to arrange them. I don't have anyplace in my house that I can layout a piece this big. I think the overall dimensions will be 9' x 24'.

Here is my new painting. It is 4' x 4' and features glittered artificial flowers. Yeah!  This is first painting to have prominent text.

I am listening the Steig Larson books while I paint and sew- they are so good! I have just started the second one.

I better get back to the sewing machine. Stay cool!