Wow what happened! It has been a long while since I did a post, trust me I haven’t forgot about you. Life has just been busy the past while. I can tell you that I have been working on two new bodies of work… and well I am going to hold on to that secret for a bit longer. But I can tell you it will be worth the wait.
My last post was about the Sketch Book Project, and I can tell you that it is now on it’s way to Europe! I’m very excited to get feed back on my book. So we will wait and see what comes of it, but for now it can be viewed on the Sketch Book Project web site.
On another note, Studio 113 was once full of four artists but now it’s just two Angela Bonten and myself. It was a bit of an adjustment to go from four to two, but I think that it was a great choice. Between the two of us we have way to much stuff and have filled the space up already, and it doesn’t help that we both have been working on a much larger scale. (that’s right I did say ‘Larger’) If your interested in the studio happenings you can always checkout our studio blog at Studio113.wordpress.com We really are doing our best to stay on track, and will keep you informed of what we are doing, what we are learning and all the trials and errors that come with that.
Ang and my self have a show for the month of May called ‘More Than Just the Surface’ This will be our first official show with an official opening since the summer. I am very excited about it, and will post pictures as soon as it has been hung. This show will also be in conjunction with a Wine, Art and Music Festival in Kelowna called WAM. Opening night will be May 12, 2012 for both events.
So until then I will leave you, and I will post again.
You may remember in my last post ‘One Print at a Time’. My studio mates and I had set out personal goals for our show and sale.
Let me start off by saying, Julia Trops made her goal! Julia needed enough money to get to Italy, and to be able to do an artist residence for one month! Amazing goal to be meet when you are only generating money by selling your art. And this Lady has done exactly that, Amazing! Congratulations Julia!
As for my personal goal for an etching press… well I still need to work on a few more sales. But I will make that goal.. because if Julia can do it… Need I say we all can with some elbow grease and a will to make it happen.
On another note. Some time back you may remember that I was working on a soapstone carving. Well I have put that on hold, only because winter has come to my neck of the world. If you have worked with this type of stone you are full aware of how dusty it is, and this dust gets every where. So I have put it on hold, but know that I will finish it this spring and post my trials and errors with pictures of what my first finish soapstone object looks like.
I am looking forward to spring but I am more than happy to put my energy back into creating my critters on paper.
So I am trying to be gardener. Each year I try a few more plants both on the patio and in the ground. This year my friend has given me a Gypsy Pepper plant, Yellow Tomato, and Alpine Strawberries. Yummy! I am so excited to see if these little guys will provide me with some treats. So this is what I have been trying to do the past while, and why I haven’t been updating you with Studio Fridays events. So let me do exactly that!
Lets see…May 1st was Wam! This was a fun Wine, Food, and Music event in the RCA. I liked that the food that was served was by local shops and it was paired with a local artist’s work in mind.The few treats that I did have were great! I did not try any wine but I am sure it was wonderful! I should point out that I was surprised by the musical entertainment, as it was a one man band. Sorry but I did not get his name, but I can tell you he was amazing. I did a little performing myself, and worked on a drawing throughout the duration of the evening. It’s a great start to a monotype and I plan to be starting it some time next week. I will do my very best to document the process for you.
May 5th was my Studio Mates Opening. Evolutionary Fugue by Angela Bonten. It is an amazing show and if you find yourself near the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna you should take a moment and stop by. It will be be worth every moment.
So although I have been planting my tiny garden, I have been creating in the Studio as well. Here are some images. All of them are works in progress and may or may not have been influenced by my spring love of growing something eatable.
I have been working in the studio making soul drawings like crazy. I have been testing out different shapes and sizes of things. I do not have any pictures of that madness to show you, but I did want to share how my touch drawings have informed my regular drawing. I wanted to show how sometimes we as artists need to just create, and make stuff. And it is stuff, maybe it turns out to be images that we will only look at for a minute then move on. But it is the random act of trying things out, fooling around that help us to find what it was we never knew we were looking for. Method in Madness, and here are some of my results.
I have also been playing with zang doodles again, still trying to figure out how to create a zang doodle block print. I think I may just have to start carving and let it unfold on it’s own. Pictures will come soon!