Here is a snapshot of one of my new paintings about teenagers. It needs a lot of work, but I can see this finished painting clearly in my mind’s eye. My nearly 18-year-old son helped me with this piece. I get to work on the writing for this series today while Ellis recovers from getting his wisdom teeth out. If you have some ideas you would like to see explored about teenagers or just general thoughts or stories, please send them to me. I would love to hear from you. Have a great Friday wherever your adventures take you!
Here is a photo of my Halloween Costume a few years ago. My husband, Jeff was a gorilla that year. Diego Rivera as a gorilla was the perfect counterpoint for Frida. Thank you Burlington artist, Jude Bond for posting on Facebook today. I just couldn’t resist finding the photo of my costume. My favorite one ever. It was fabulous being Frida for the night.
I am working on a whole new show to hang at the University of Vermont’s Continuing Education administrative building next week. Here are snapshots of a few of the new pieces. I have wanted to do a series about teenagers. Being them and raising them in these ridiculously complex times. I can’t wait to write the narrative to accompany this show. My friend and partner in crime—Maggie Pace was my editor today. She helped me settle down by picking out/eliminating pieces, helping me determine what was still needed and allowing me to say out loud what is dancing around in my head. Thanks Maggie! A very productive day indeed.
So I am not off to the Javits Center in NYC for the weekend but my collaborative painting I created for Ellen Dorsch of Creative Women is. http://www.creativewomen.net/
We discussed the possibility of working on something together. I created this piece based on some photographs she gave me. The idea was that since this is a summer show for housewares and gifts evoking warmth and summertime in February would be a good idea. Ellen has graciously offered me the opportunity to gain some feedback from responses to the piece in her booth.
It was an interesting process for me working from a photograph. I am used to creating work based on what springs out of my own imagination. There was a different discipline that I both really appreciated and need to understand better if I want to expand my opportunities for more commissioned work. Isn’t it grand to learn more about our own creative brains?
Here are snapshots of my process. I’ve never really seen these stages and it was interesting to see the evolution. Sometimes I think we get a little too hung up on the outcomes of whatever we are working on and we negate all that we’re learning along the way. Take a pause during your next project and see what you note. I was very struck by how juvenile my work looks in the beginning when I’m just roughing in the shapes. I realize that I basically like every stage along the way, but the carving and then the antique glaze that goes into the grooves of the piece are most satisfying to me. Good Luck with whatever project you have planned for your Saturday.