This guy sits on our piano. I painted it for my wife as a gift for Christmas. The original usually resides on our porch but right now sits on my flat file at the studio. That face, an expression of quiet determination.
It was a wild and woolly ride up to Park City taking the last painting to the Julie Nester Gallery. As we rounded the corner to enter Parley’s Canyon truckers lined the road chaining up. It was snowing like mad. It was coming in sideways. Visibility was 10 feet maybe, and I’m thinking, “what am I doing?” I brought my daughter and niece along too as company. When we got to the gallery the box with the painting in it on top of the car looked a little soggy but otherwise all was well. The drive back was even more harrowing, ah well anything for art.
And a couple more images of my work hanging in the gallery:
This is the bust I was referring to in my previous post. Veiled Lady by Bazzanti resides in the Bankfield Museum in England. I think this is an amazing piece, you can feel the sheerness of the veil but it’s stone. The problem of depicting an object or person beneath sheer material is fascinating. I think you have to think of it as a whole, not as two separate things. Many years ago when I was in college I used to stand by a stream that ran through the lower campus of BYU. I was mesmerized by the moving water. I could see the surface of the stream, the reflections, the bottom, everything all at once and the question was how would I paint that. It was an intellectual pursuit really, because I never set up an easel by that stream to tackle the problem. So the Bizzanti piece, the stream, “The Couch” piece, and “Boxes” are kind of dealing with the same thing. I think I need to go back to that stream again, but this time armed with paint.
This is the last piece going to the Julie Nester Gallery. It’s 48 x 60 and is going tomorrow via the top of my car. This one came together perfectly. It was the right balance between lost and found edges, and loose and tight passages. I love the rhythm set up by the support structure holding up this immense water tank. I found it in Santa Ana, California. I think I will paint this again but break it down and change the background color so that it absorbs the structure.
New painting, a triptych. About 14 x 42 On shaped panels. Titled The Beaufort Scale. This scale is used to estimate wind velocity by observing the condition of the sea surface. This piece is going to be included in a group show at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston opening on February 22.
These paintings are being included in a group show at the Julie Nester Gallery in Park City, Utah, and coincidentally that opening is also on the 22nd of this month. If you happen to be in either place drop by. I will be at the Nester gallery on opening night. These paintings took a lot of tweaking to get the space right. And it’s fascinating to create the illusion of opaque and clear plastic draping the subject. It reminds me of that bust in marble that suggests a thin veil covering the face of the woman. It appears transparent yet rendered in marble. I’ll track it down and post it so you can see what I’m talking about.
I love the little painting of stones, the dark on dark is arresting. I think I’ll do something more with that, perhaps a bigger canvas while maintaining about the same size stones, just more of them.
A few things have happened since 2009. I got into the Patricia Rovzar gallery in downtown Seattle. It is a beautiful space and I am excited to start selling there. I think my landscapes will be a perfect fit. There is so much beauty in Washington and I am going to plan a trip over there this summer to take in the scenery. My wife has been twice this last year and has been raving about the ‘green’!
I have redesigned my website with the help of a good friend, John Padlo. He did a great job. I love looking at other artist sites and reading about their working environments and techniques- so I am trying my hand at the web world. Hence the blog.
I also launched a painting a day! I like doing these small pieces because it’s like notes and possibly will lead to some larger pieces. Normally my work is quite large and takes a long time to get everthing right. Today I painted some water lilies (you know, you just gotta do it at least once). it gets me out of my comfort zone.
That’s it for now
Iv’e just signed with the Sue Greenwood Gallery in Laguna Beach. Her gallery is right on PCH. I am set to open a show of 10 to 12 paintings in April 2010, so I’m considering what it will be. The show must be cohesive. I imagine seeing the paintings hanging in the gallery. The possibilities are tantalizing and endless. As the show takes shape I’ll post them on my blog.
In my studio today I will listen to John Mayer at high decibles, slap paint on several canvases and take two extra strength excedrin to stave off a tooth ache until I can see a dentist. Good luck Geoff.
I have started a BLOG! I think it will be a great outlet for art and thoughts to collide! I will add pictures soon…