Figure Drawing October 21st, 2019

•November 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Art Group Without a Name December 5th, 2019

•December 11, 2019 • 1 Comment

Oh. I almost forgot to post this one.

We normally have the models for two sessions on Thursdays. This month because of the holiday we only had one session with Lightning. I decided not to paint and to try to draw instead. If nothing else it was FAR easier to transport my supplies.

I haven’t done just a plain ol normal drawing from life in quite a while. I was not feeling well at all that day so it worked out well to have a simpler way to work.

I don’t particularly care for the texture on this particular paper but I did kind of like working on this color. So I may see if there is something else I could try with it in the future.

I asked my Facebook friends what medium I should dig back out and scratchboard was suggested so I am going to see if I can figure out what I did with that stuff and make something fun with that soon.

Anyway…. here is Harold (or Lightning).

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I do spend a colossal amount of time making art that I have no plans for. I guess this isn’t the smartest thing to do in some ways…. but I think the sanity it brings me is worth it.

Just saw something that really bugs me about this drawing…. now I need to stop looking at it.

 

Figure Drawing December 9th, 2019

•December 10, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I really enjoy going to Figure Drawing on Mondays. I enjoy the group that Steve has surrounded himself with. I appreciate the time that I am able to blot out the rest of the chaos that life has to offer. Some times I even like the drawings that I do.

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If Youtube is cooperating today the timelapse video should be below.

 

None of us know what tomorrow will bring but for today I am glad for the time that I have been able to spend at Steve’s, the things that I have learned there and the people that I have met there.

I hope to continue to be a Monday night fixture for a very long time to come.

an End and a Beginning

•December 2, 2019 • 2 Comments

This is the next full painting that I made after my show opened. I made it for the group show Magic & Mayhem that will be opening at Whitman Works this Friday.

I’ve been a bit out of it so they don’t even have a name. I don’t know if Derek named the piece or left it as Untitled.

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This is most unfortunately the last painting that I will be delivering to Whitman Works. They have decided to close the gallery. This will be the last show. After this show closes (the end of December) they will have a sale to get rid of some of the remaining inventory (discount will come out of the gallery’s commission…. the artists will still receive their full percentages) and the doors will close January 25th 2020.

It was a good run. I have very much enjoyed being at Whitman. It was my first real gallery experience and I have nothing but good things to say about the owners Derek and Carol. Anywhere else that I go to eventually will have a lot to live up to.

That being said I am not ready to jump into another gallery at the moment. I will have a new space shortly to house my work. It will be a work space and a place to hang my work up. I will announce details about that soon. For now I can tell you that it is not going to be at the Hungerford Building. I did try to get in there but when they were full I decided to look elsewhere. I think that this new situation will work out even better than Hungerford would have but time will tell.

Thank you again to everyone that has supported me – everyone who has been to Whitman Works – and especially everyone who has opted to adopt a piece of my art into your home or upon your person.

I am incredibly honored by the support that I have in my life.

Thank you.

Still Unnamed Thursday Art Group

•December 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It felt really good to get back into the Thursday Group at Hungerford. I have missed it. Now that the show is up and the opening over it is time to get back into routine (and make a piece for the group show that goes up after mine at Whitman Works).

This model is new to me and she did a really wonderful job. I felt rusty, but did okay.

First session (Thursday November 14th):

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Second session November 21st:

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I did realize that I had made a little skull in her hair. It wasn’t intentional but once I saw it was there I decided to keep it. Would have been nice to have more time to spend on her tattoo… but I guess there is always something that could use more work.

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Painting is such a meditative process. It’s difficult to think about anything else while painting (for me). It’s a nice way to get out of my own way for a little while and it’s always nice to play with paint.

Maybe someday I will figure out a better use for these than putting them on my fence. If anyone ever wants any of these let me know… I never know what to do with them.

Figure Drawing November 25th, 2019

•November 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Another Monday night. Another trip to Steve’s to draw humans. It’s a thing. It is separate from just about everything else that I do in my life and despite how frustrating it can sometimes be –  I am always glad for the opportunity and the practice.

Some days I feel like I am getting the hang of it and some days I feel like I have no idea what I am doing.

I think most of life is just like that.

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Smudge Tattoo!

•November 19, 2019 • 1 Comment

I am going to go out on a limb and say that you have probably seen this meme somewhere.

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Probably it was filled in with captions. Usually clever. Sometimes not…. but I am gathering that anyone who lurks on the internet has come across it somewhere.

I really wanted to tattoo this cat on someone. I’m not sure why. I don’t recall ever having a burning desire to tattoo something that was popular at the time (maybe I have and I am not remembering).

Can’t get enough of this cat.

I know a lot of people are sick of him and this meme, but I honestly don’t care. He is adorable and portrayed as snarky and clever. He is the hero that I need. His name in real life is Smudge. He is on Instagram as @smudge_lord I am pretty sure he lives in the same town as my Sister (both of them are Canadian).

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Anyhow. Really wanted to tattoo him on someone. As I do when I am looking for a willing participant, I head to Facebook. I asked if someone would be willing to get a Smudge tattoo. First respondent was actually someone that helps out at the Greece shop. Kaitlin is our Counter Squirrel and she is also a big fan of Smudge. This had to happen.

The biggest problem before the tattoo was that the meme photo of Smudge is actually quite blurry. Trying to render him ahead of time was tricky as I wanted to be true to Smudge’s authentic self (like the little dots on his nose) but not lose the expression that you see in the blurry photo.

I re-drew Smudge from reference photos on the Instagram page and used that for reference for the tattoo.

Here is the result.

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(Photo with the screaming lady is on my iPad next to the actual tattoo).

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Less than 24 hours later people are voicing their opinions on the internet. (like they do). By and large lots and lots of Smudge fans loving the idea and the tattoo.

Couple of people being jerks and asking why someone would get that tattooed on them. (If you think people don’t get weird tattoos on them, go check out @snake__pit on Instagram).

Someone was nice enough to make that into another meme for us.

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Works for me. Works for Kaitlin.

Honestly I don’t see a down side to this. He’s an adorable kitty. Both Kaitlin and I are cat ladies. Even if  “no one knows who he is” in a few years… she has a good memory and a great tattoo of a cat.

Because lots of people have asked. The tattoo below Smudge was made by Emma at the Greece location of White Tiger Tattoo. She is on Instagram as @catacomb.kid the tattoo says “Bowties are cool” according to Kaitlin.

Figure Drawing November 18th, 2019

•November 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Went to Figure Drawing last night like I do most Mondays. I really enjoy it. I mean, not the actual drawing part (as much as you might think… the drawing part can be frustrating and it can be easy to get up in my own head and get judgy about myself and my work) but the community at Steve’s place. There is a group of artists that show up (some regularly and some frequently) and they all appear to be amazing human beings.

There are so few places where you can count on the people there to be warm and inviting and just, well, nice. There isn’t enough of that in the world. Maybe it is more common in art communities. Maybe being outcasts art people tend to be protective of one another.

Maybe it is that any group if it is small enough and well tended will take care of each other.

I don’t know. I do know that I appreciate it immensely. It’s not just about the space. It’s not just about the practice. It’s not just about Steve (no matter how amazing he may be). It is more about the group that Steve has surrounded himself with.

I am glad that I get to be a part of that group at least once a week. I am glad that we have the opportunity for drop in Figure Drawing in Rochester. I am glad that Steve decided to call Rochester home and set up his studio here.

Also a shout out to Michelle who was getting over a week of being sick and still came and sat for us. Our models are amazing.

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Remember to appreciate the things in your life that you love. Don’t take for granted the times that are special or the people that matter to you.