Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Studio time

I just finished another smaller painting. I made the jello and took the picture.

I found some awesome old postcards at an antique store in North Carolina. I decided to alter them with some gouache and I want to mail them.  The one on the left is a photograph of a 60s era woman on a camel. On the back, it describes the smell of the camel and the hotness of Egypt. The one on the right is Piazza Navona in Rome. The note on the back describes the European itinerary and comments of the cleanliness of Europe.

Does anyone want a postcard?

Monday, June 27, 2011

I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills....

 Elk preserve in the Great Smoky National Park
 View from Moonshine Cabin
Quilt Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum.

North Carolina!

Kevin and I just got back from a week in the mountains. We saw lots of art and a ton of craft. Here are some highlights.

House of the Rising Sun Variation, 1952
 We went to the Jack Tworkov show at Black Mountain College Art Center in downtown Asheville.  Jack Tworkov is an early abstract impressionist who taught at BMC. He influenced Rauschenberg and was the chair of the Yale Art Department from 1963-69.
Guardian 1, 1952

I love this quote!
 We headed up the hill to Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville. Blue Spiral is one of the best craft galleries in the country but they show a great deal of 2D work as well. I was really impressed by the work of Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949). His work looks like a cross between Joan Miro and Charles Burchfield. His sense of color and surface are very nice. Who knew abstraction was flourishing in the South before WW2?

 Lillian Garcia Roig is one of my favorite painters. She teaches at FSU (Meg- make friends). We were in a show at the Huntsville Museum of Art together several years ago. Her work is figurative from across the room but starts to collapse as you get closer.
 Here is a detail- she loves paint.

We headed over to the River Arts district in Asheville. It is neighborhood of warehouses turned into studios (we were jealous). Kevin used to work for Randy Shull who owns Pink Dog Creative. Randy is a woodworker who uses a lot of paint. He is making more paintings about furniture than furniture.
We traveled up to the Penland School of Craft which is about an hour north of Asheville. They have a fantastic curriculum and a great gallery. Here are shots from a Typography show. I love the glass pieces from Marc Petrovic.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mother, don't look at this....

 This is the latest painting. It has been slow in the studio because of a shoulder issue. I am slowly working up to my former pace. I'll have to think about the title.
One of my former students, Dustin, asked me for some artwork for a tattoo. This is from an old painting, "Juicy Fruit". He got several other professors to give him artwork for tattoos. Here is my contribution. Very cool!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cleaning out the attic

We are cleaning out the attic for a yard sale on Saturday. In boxes that I have not looked at since we moved in 2007, I found one of my favorite things from grad school. My friend, Kayo Nakamura, gave this to me. I will have to find a special place to hang it!
 Here are daylilies from the yard.
Introducing- "Yes We Candles" 40" x 50" acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Anyone want to come over for dinner?

Carrots, kohlrabi, pittypat squash, grits, snowpeas from the Midtown Farmers Market... Yum!