Monday, January 24, 2011
I took a trip to Pittsburgh this weekend with my little ones, and in addition to visiting the children's museum and the aviary, I brought the kids through the Mattress Factory. The main show was Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art. My brother, who's is an historian and knows a bit more about Cuban history and culture, was a great source of information at the museum -- much of the commentary would have been lost on me without his help. There was one artist whose work I found particulary powerful, René Peña (nudity). His striking large injets are quiet yet screaming. I loved Black Marat in particular. Although, I didn't understand the piece at the time, I was struck by Acending City by Roberto Diago. Now that I read about its statement, I'm even more impressed.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
So I've made some compositional changes to this painting... I've simplified and am enjoying working with color fields -- more adjustments to come, but I'm happier with the simplicity. This one will be a stand alone piece and not part of the series I mentioned earlier.
|work in progress|
Monday, January 17, 2011
I took a fantastic still life workshop with artist Tom Kegler this weekend. We watched a demo in the morning, had lunch at the Roycroft (I loved talking with other artists again... they also have convinced me that I need to visit California at some point in my life), and then in the afternoon, we went to work on our own still life. The painting below is my result -- it's not quite resolved, but I don't think it will change drastically. It's a bit more classical than I usually work, although I was still careful to remain true to my colorist self. There are some colors (browns mainly) on this palatte that I don't normally use, although I seem to be starting to use Burnt Umber in more of my work. Learning more traditional, realist painting is quite a different experience from my initial background... trying to incorporate both without loosing my sense of identity :-)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
A month or so ago, I went to a workshop on children's portraits. After that workshop and revisiting some Edward Hopper pieces , I've started work on a new series... (that currently makes 3 series in progress!!!) I've posted the first of the series here as a work in progress... I'm really enjoying painting this piece as it contains architectural elements and a figure!