Monday, March 26, 2012

Readdressing the Painting Process

I was recently talking to my friend, and painter, Abigail Wiese Van Cannon about the transitions that paintings undergo. I take a lot of in-progress shots of my work to clearly see the evolution. After staring at a painting for a while it becomes harder to see the changes that occur. I spoke about this in an earlier post, but when Abby coincidentally brought up how interesting it is to see paintings grow from such timid beginnings, I new this topic needed another go-around.

So, in casual conversation with my main squeeze I brought up my appreciation for the different stages of painting, and since he's a photographer, I was curious about how much he knew about the painting process before he met me. (Hoping he'll correct me if I scramble up his words any, since it was a few days ago and my memory isn't the greatest), what I basically took from our convo was that he first understood the depth of the painting process after seeing a good friend of his sketch out landscape paintings before painting them. Of course in my mind he would have told me about how much my work opened his eyes to the many layers of painting... but he was honest and real, and his response still proved a different theory of mine correct. Many people outside of the painting world don't know about, or they never really see, what is underneath the beautiful finished piece. They don't see what was taken out or put into a landscape, or what was enhanced versus what was dumbed-down. The measurement lines and the awkward shapes struggling to work themselves into something recognizable are also hidden. And so, everyone should be aware of the struggle.

Here are the in progress shots of two different paintings. The final completed paintings can be found on my website.















I want to get in the habit of posting more in progress shots on my blog, and just keeping the finished images for my website.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

One of my latest from my still life series

Oils on a 12"x40" canvas
Sunday brunch shoes... dance shoes... make-my-legs-look-great shoes... Saturday night shoes... anytime anywhere shoes...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

A boost of energy

I participated in the Pancakes and Booze Art Show last week. When I first heard about this event I was apprehensive about showing work in a place where I pictured tons of sloppy young people drunkily ragging and engorging in huge mouthfuls of syrupy (and just as sloppy) pancakes. I must have been ok with that image because I went for the plunge. Sloppy young people have the right to be exposed to subjectively tasteful artwork too. 

Flash forward to me going through the piles of paintings in my studio and finding a cohesive body of work that will fit into this type of show... whatever this "type" of show was to me at the time. I selected five paintings from my female figure collection (I mean, who doesn't like artistic nudes) and dropped them off at the gallery.  

Friday night rolled around and after having a few drinks with the guys, Brett and Nate, we headed over to 4N5 Gallery on Mission and 4th. The gallery location was amazing. It was the perfect spot to catch the attention of the night-on-the-towners. We were checked by the bouncer, the non-painters paid a light entrance fee, and then we were in. 

I was impressed. There was a decent mix of the weird artsy type, hipsters (of course), the young professionals, and the tamed older type. The range of art work was wide regarding skill level and mediums, music was pretty good, the drinks decently priced, and the smell of pancakes was in the air. It was a great night. I even ended up selling the piece below! That's success in my book :)



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New works in the making

Finished piece from my feminine-touched still life series...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

What happened to Leo?

I never posted an updated photo of the painting I did of Leo, my spunky mini poodle/jack russell mutt. So here it is:

Wondering what the initial stages looked like? I'll leave you with the link to the first post I created for this painting... http://melissasmall.blogspot.com/2011/12/happiness-is-in-heart-not-in.html