i have been working on a proposal for a doctor’s office, where dallas went yesterday, and said “you need some art!”. totally blank walls. so here are my two proposals – one for the office space (a very large painting: 48 x 72 x 1.5″) and 3 large (paper: 42.4 x 28″, image: 38.4 x 24″) eCollage prints in the waiting area. doing a row of the eCollages required quite a lot of trial and error. making images that were not meant to go together look good together is not as easy as you might think!
i’m currently working on adding work to my sister’s website, www.cherybaird.com. looking AWAY from my work to her work let’s me cast a fresh eye on my own work.
after so many years of influencing each other, back and forth for a LONG time! (she got me interested in making art when i was about 11 years old).
of course, that is one of the nice things about artistvenu too. especially now that there are so many more of us here! all being productive, and generous with sharing our work. and getting meaningful feedback! (that’s the thing don’t like about facebook – a “like” is ok, but as marilyn (sort of) said, “meaningful feedback is like diamonds to an artist”.
i also appreciate the ease of using her website – hosted and with an easy interface developed by our old friend – artistvenu!
so check out her site today! lots of fresh work to peruse!
this is a large acrylic on canvas painting recently completed. it is 48 x 72″.
this is a drawing from 1971. at that era, i did imaginative figurative work.
this is ink on paper, 8 x 8″
Photo courtesy Khalid A. Hussein, Los Angeles, California, published in Hyperallergic.
Before the lockdown happened, I moved, and had to give up my studio. Creating a work space in your living space is not easy. It is challenging to shift your mindset to creative work when a few feet away is the place you cook, eat, and sleep. The greatest hurdle to leap during quarantine is the lethargy of being isolated. I have tried to maintain discipline, and use this time productively. Luckily, I know someone who owns an art supply store, and can get materials to work with. It feels to me that this is a time that demands creative production: we need to nourish our empathetic and aesthetic selves, and share it with others. I think the role of the artist is to see clearly and find a way to communicate what you see.
When I was a kid, the mantra to “eat an apple a day, keep the doctor away” I must have heard hundreds of times! And I believed it!
As silly as that might seem now, it did make some sense nutritionally. After all, apples are a healthy and tasty snack! (Especially with a bit of peanut butter applied to each slice, or a bit of cheddar cheese!)
These days my mantra is, no matter what mood I’m in, making some art helps me to feel better. Even if it is just making a few quick sketches in my Moleskin notebook. I take the easy route and use some easily transportable tools. I keep the notebook and the drawing tools in a zip lock bag. A grab and go solution, for a few pleasurable minutes, or an hour, sitting outside, looking at plants, and doing loose drawings.
Later I scan those drawings, or capture them with my phone, to use in my computer-based eCollages.
My favorite tools are: Pentel Graphgear 1000 Drafting Pencil, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, Copic Gasenfude Brush Tip Pen, and the Pentel Art Brush Pen. No need to carry a bottle of ink around – it’s already inside the pen!
A little art every day helps keep the loneliness away!
Kaveri Raina, “Dodo’s Assortment” (2019), acrylic and oil pastel on burlap, 70 x 40 in. (image courtesy the artist)
CLEVELAND, Oh. — When I recently walked into Abattoir Gallery for the first time, I was greeted with rainbows. Delicately drawn on tissue-thin Abaca paper, arcing over sparse landscapes, their buoyancy felt incongruous, mocking even. After all, I had just checked in with a masked attendant, who gestured to a table of amenities, including masks, sanitizer, and pre-packaged snacks. It occurred to me that I was also standing in a former meat-processing plant, having listened on the drive over to a podcast about outbreaks of COVID-19 at industrial meat plants elsewhere in the Midwest.
This was an exhibit at 300 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago in 2013. I was solicited by a curator who does exhibits in various places around Chicago. She was looking for someone who did large work for a particular space. I’m not really sure how she found me. But most likely on Facebook.
It was fun to show there, because during the day, the light was really great! however, in the evening, there was barely any illumination at all. the other artist who had work up (one piece – a wall sculpture) and i did a talk to a small group of interested people on a Saturday, when there was less traffic through the space. That was fun, and educational. I wasn’t used to talking that much about my work. Previously, it was mostly short conversations with people at an opening. This was something different. More focused, and deep. A good experience.
Joan Miró, “Rhythmic Figures” (Personnages rythmiques) or “Woman and Birds, Woven in Aubusson” (1934), cotton and wool with silk. 77 × 69 inches, the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (© Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2019)
I find it interesting that so many artists have enjoyed making designs to be fabricated as rugs, or other forms of textiles. sometimes they made the textiles themselves, but more often they jobbed the production out to weavers used to doing this kind of work. we even have an artist here on artistvenu who creates beautiful rug designs. but I will keep her secret!
The first time I saw nozkowski’s work was in nyc. I was blown away by his inventiveness, and clever idiosyncratic use of tropes of modern art to create something deeply personal. I can’t paste the video here, but I will include the link. the video was created by his son, and it is fascinating to see where nozkowski finds his ideas. it should inspire us all!