Saturday, October 05, 2013

The Construction of a Sunset


This is a close up of a very very large (48" x 60") piece I'm playing with right now. 
I'm having a lot of fun with thin washes and long drips and puddles. 
Those who have earlier work of mine will recognise these familiar layers.

I've been obsessed with clouds and sunsets in my landscapes lately. Good thing we took a trip to the prairies this summer, I just took shot after shot of "flat land/cool sky" on the long drive. 

My landscapes have become deceptively simplified lately. They look simple at first, but upon longer reflection a whole world opens up with the washes of colour and the play between background and the interceding layers. 

Why am I obsessed with sky? Firstly, I want to get awesome at painting clouds, but you can't get there unless you paint lots and lots of clouds. Secondly, painting a sunset is a far second to the original creative act that plays out across our skies every moment of the day, everywhere on earth. That snapshot of a moment that I am trying to capture on a canvas is nothing compared to the ever changing kaleidoscope God has laid out for us to soak in. I want to understand His process by hammering away at far inferior copy. Man does the process captivate me. You have no idea how many colours you can place in a simple prairie sky. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Art in Transit - Esther on an Airdrie Bus Pass!



Some of you might remember our beloved dog, Esther. I'm really happy to announce that this portrait of her will be on an upcoming Airdrie Bus Pass in 2014 as part of their Art in Transit project.

I'm not sure yet what month she will appear on, but I'll try to remember to update you once I know more!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Printmaking With Kids






Printmaking Party Animals a.k.a. 12 year old girls

There are few joys greater than a room full of 12 year old girls who enjoy crafts. Recently I had the pleasure of hosting some of my daughter's friends and we thought it would be a good idea of teaching them some printmaking basics. This was very similar to a class that I taught at the APL in May for their Junior Artists program. My friend, Veronica blogged about that here.

One of the challenges with printmaking is producing the plate from which the image will be printed from... it can be super dangerous to get a bunch of preteens wielding lino cutters. I chose the easy route: styrofoam. 

Basically, once the girls decided on the subject matter, they drew it out on a piece of styrofoam that they had cut from the flat part of a styrofoam plate. We inked up the brayer with printing ink and went to town. 

We had inexpensive cards from Michael's and they had a blast designing some stationary. They stamped all sorts of cryptic messages and pretty pictures onto the cards and the envelopes. They did not reach a point of being frustrated or bored either. Win win situation! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

AIRdirondack Gala Next Week! The Koi Chair is up for Auction!


The Koi Chair


Me Modelling the Koi Chair, Photo courtesy of Phil Wiebe

Next week the awesome team at Creative Airdrie will be hosting the AIRdirondack Gala - a fun night full of music, food and super cool painted chairs. 

There is an auction for the chairs - the money raised goes to cultural initiatives within Airdrie AB. The work these guys do is amazing. When we first moved to Airdrie, I felt quite lost because local opportunities were few and far between. Nowadays, it seems like these guys are cooking up some crazy idea each week! They have certainly raised the profile of the arts in our community. 

Buy a ticket and come out and join us for the fun! Bid on a chair too!!!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

On the Easel - The Wycliffe Project


Work in Progress....

Last year I was put into contact with the Graphic Design team at an organisation that I have loved for a long time, Wycliffe Canada. These guys encourage and support people in all corners of the globe who want to bring the Bible to people in their mother tongue (which after going to an arts event of theirs recently and hearing how much this entails and how much dedication their teams have, it is no small matter). 

Each year, Wycliffe does a calendar which showcases the works they are involved in all over the globe. The cool thing is, they take this calendar very seriously and use it to showcase the works of very talented photographers and artists. Long story short - I applied for and was granted the privilege of painting the 12 pieces for the 2015 calendar! 

The subjects come from photos shot on location. They've hand selected pieces that they would like to see translated into paintings (hah! maintaining the language theme here!) I've started working on the first 3 pieces (after humming and hawing about it, I figured working in groups of three would be the best way of moving forward and keeping the pieces somewhat interconnected without feeling overwhelmed) I won't be posting the full paintings until after the pieces go to print, but I may post some teasers in the coming months. 

I just want to give a shout out to the design team there - it is super cool to be able to work with organization that speaks MY mother tongue - art lingo (did it again!). I have enjoyed all the times we could talk shop. Looking forward to more. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's Artember in Airdrie! Solo Show at Good Earth


Good Earth is located at: 

1109, 35 Mackenzie Way SW 
403-948-3100

Monday – Saturday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Airdrie is awesome. If you are an artist, this is such a great community to be a part of - September is especially cool because it is all about the arts! Artember is a city wide arts and culture initiative held by Creative Airdrie.

This year, I am participating in a few ways. First off is the AIRdirondack Gala and Auction - my Koi chair will be up for grabs with the proceeds going towards building arts opportunities through Creative Airdrie. 

Another way is the aforementioned solo show at Good Earth Cafe - my paintings will go on the walls early September. Becky and her team are awesome, I had a piece hanging there in June as part of the AIRdirondack Artist show there and they were a pleasure to work with. 

Last but not least, I will be painting in house at Good Earth on September 14th and 28th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Come and hang out! This is a chance to see my process and ask questions. If you are an artist, I'd love to see your work too! Our arts community only gets stronger the more of us that come out of the woodwork! 

Happy Artember! 


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Painting - Bottle



Bottle
24" x  36"
Acrylic on Canvas
2013

This was one of those pieces that once started, I literally could not pull myself away from. I believe I clocked an eight hour stretch for a portion of this..... 

My subjects were visiting on New Years Eve and we were camped out on my couch. I tried over and over again to snap a decent picture of my little friend, it took a while but I finally had success. 

I thought the biggest challenge would be the glass of the bottle, I was pleasantly surprised when it came together. This piece has red going gangbusters in it as well... had a real Bruegel moment I think.... \

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Linocut - Chi Rho/Flight of the Soul


Flight of the Soul
4" x 6"
Ink on Paper
2013

I'm enjoying the freedom that linocutting provides me with subject matter. Since I don't have much "history" with this medium, I don't feel like I'm boxed into a corner. Right now I'm just practicing. I'm not worried about editions, pretty much most of my work is in the A/P stage. 

I have a deep love of manuscript illumination, I think part of the printmaking itch that I have comes from having that as an inspiration source for many years. One manuscript in particular that I love is the Book of Kells. (Google it)

The Chi Rho page in particular is the the pinnacle of illumination in my opinion. There is a marriage between symbolism and form that is remarkable. I think of this page often when I think of non-representational works that I deeply respect. 

Anyhoo - I decided to create this piece to enter a contest for a Mumford and Sons t-shirt. I knew I didn't have much hope in getting all the votes but it was a reason to dig out my tools. I'm glad I took the time. I took the time to make it to say "thank you" to a band that I deeply love - their art has allowed me to open up and be ready to make my art. I figured it was worth a little piece of my time to make and enter it. (No, I didn't win anything!)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Painting - Turkish Woman Cooking


Turkish Woman Cooking
18" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
2012

This is another one of my paintings that I've never blogged about. Like the Fishermen and African Girl paintings, this one was on display at the APL Show in January 2013.

This painting has so much going on in it - it was a challenge for a few reasons. We took this photo in a little restaurant/shisha bar in Istanbul, Turkey. It was by far my favorite restaurant on the whole trip. Old patterned couches and cushions, rugs on the walls, super friendly staff, tasty kebabs. We came here a few times with friends of ours so the memories are thick. 

One night that we visited there was a table set up and an older lady was rolling discs of dough, putting in fillings then cooking them on a large round griddle. She clearly had been doing this for ages - it was mesmerizing watching her roll these out. She was clearly a star at this because we had never noticed that on the wall behind her was a large photograph of her doing the same thing! Underneath the photo were multiple Turkish newspaper articles about her and her craft. 

We ordered some of these (can't remember what they were called) and they had seasonings and cheese inside - they were quite tasty. Similar to a Greek style pita but fresh off the grill. 

The photo we took was not super in focus and had to be greatly cropped (reducing it's legibility further) but I wanted to try my hand at painting it. The outcome definitely exceeded expectations and I think capture her well. I love painting riotous patterns and colours - this was a good outlet for me! 

Saturday, August 03, 2013

New Camera


The irony isn't lost on me that I took a photo of my new camera with my iPhone....

Pssssst! Want to hear a secret? Many, many, many years ago I used to take photography. Old school print film and dark room photography. I've used old Mimiya C330s, developed onto Kodalith, tried my hand at colour film processing. Langley Fine Arts School and NSCAD both had amazing dark room facilities and staff.

To sum up my experiences - I loved it but it wasn't my gift.

I wanted to get decent at taking photographs though to at least give me source material to paint from as well as accurately document my finished pieces. To be honest, I have many paintings in the past few years that are either badly photographed or not photographed at all. Taking a decent portfolio shot with a point and click or an iPhone is next to impossible.

This year, we decided we needed to upgrade our camera after our last one bit the dust. We'd been going on too many overseas trips and missing too many important family moments to not have a decent device to document these things. We ended up getting a low to mid range Canon DSLR. I'm happy.

I forgot how much fun telephoto lenses are. ISO and F Stops are a language that I am relearning to speak. The pleasure of SLR photography without the expense and uncertainty of bracketing! I am in love.

Part of the reason why I am only now posting some of my paintings from the last year or so is because I finally got around to photographing them. Still figuring out some stuff with it, but hopefully my pictures are starting to improve.

I'm not in any rush to become a photographer either. I know where my strengths are.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

African Girl


African Girl
24" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas
2012

Recently, I was looking through my image files and found a few paintings that I have never blogged about, this is one of them. For those of you who saw the APL Show, you might remember this one. 

This painting took far longer than I anticipated to finish... I got stuck in a very big way. The solution is tied to the Koi painting - those thin washes of paint unlocked what I was trying to do and gave this painting the movement around the canvas that it was lacking before I buried parts of it in washes of paint. 

When I went to Bulembu, I took many pictures of the people and buildings, I'm still sorting through those images in my mind. I'm surprised that it has been so hard to paint things from my travels  - especially since this trip I took with the specific goal of doing a series of works. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Are ACEO dead?

Back in 2006 or so, Ebay was hopping with a huge trend called ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals). Hundreds of artists were hawking all manner of subjects and media in a 2.5" x 3.5" format. Prices ranged from under $1 to hundreds of dollars (both prices were not always deserved, in my honest opinion).

The appeal was obvious - collect multiple pieces of art without losing wall space. Comparatively low cost, perfect for people who live in apartments, love to collect things, and the excitement of auctions.... no wonder it was a trend.

Like many artists, I sold many ACEO (I think I painted upwards of 190 of them). It was a steady income stream that was fraught with it's own concerns. Marketing was very important, you had to keep on the hamster wheel of being noticed in order to get the bidding frenzy going. Listing fees could become a growing concern (etsy was a life saver when it came into being because it's low fees meant that you could post unsold auction items without eating too deeply into meagre profits). Then there were the meagre profits, meagre, but really, really, steady. If you were consistent and painted popular subject matter, you could usually sell most of your cards in the first go around. The problem is, when you look at it as an hourly wage... it would fall into the "retail slave" category (or less if you didn't stay active).

So why did I stick with it? A few reasons:

Building an online presence. Supermarkets call them "Loss Leaders" - something that you don't make money on but gets people into your store and builds brand recognition. Lots of my positive feedback came from selling ACEOs. I know people who are considering buying a painting are far more likely to choose a seller that has one hundred+ positive feedbacks as opposed to three.

Experience. Part of becoming a better painter is by just sucking it up and painting. Practicing lines, experimenting with colour placement, trying new subject. Canvas costs money and if you are a one income family, like we were at the time, cheap and easy is the way to go. This allowed me to develop a strong hand eye coordination and confidence. Not all artwork is a masterpiece - this allowed me to pay my dues, so to speak.

I love painting. These allowed me to have some funds to put into art supplies. Our budget was so tight, I wouldn't have been able to afford canvas and paint without taking away things from our family budget. ACEO allowed me to paint fun things as well. Not everything has to be serious and I have a hard time releasing myself from that idea. I could paint flapper girls and mermaids and enjoy intricate patterns and line work.

Are ACEO dead?

I'm not sure. Looking into Ebay and etsy these days, I can for sure say that they've had their heyday. There are still thousands of listings but the quality and they buyers are not what they were a few years ago. This might mean that there is room for some up and coming artists who are willing to shine in a sea of mediocrity. Without the bidders, I'm not sure it would be worth it though. I suspect the decline will continue for a while. Then maybe they will have a renaissance.

I'd be interested to see if those early investors will see a strong reseller's market on these. So far, unless the artist's have a strong career outside of ACEO, I doubt those investments will pay off in the near future if just being resold as ACEO (unlike sports collector cards that these are derived from....)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Painting - Fishermen


Fishermen
36" x 36" 
Acrylic on Canvas
2012

Recently, I was sorting through my images and I realized that there are quite a few pieces that I've never posted on my blog. The above painting is one of them, those who went to the APL Show might remember it. 

A couple of years ago, my husband and I travelled to Turkey for a few weeks. Istanbul made a very deep impression on me - so much so that I've actually had a hard time unpacking and processing many of the photos that we took. Usually, I like to paint from experiences like this, but for some reason Turkey has eluded me (and we have many photos that would make great paintings). 

 These men were gathered all along the Galata Bridge casting huge fishing lines into the Bosphorus. I'm not sure what type of fish they were catching, but it seemed very popular. I was happy once my husband took this shot to keep moving though - I was nervous about being hooked. This piece was a challenge to find the balance between the hazy buildings in the background with the figures in the foreground.

Monday, June 17, 2013

AIRdirondack Teaser


Just a taste of my chair that will be unveiled at the Empty Bowls Festival this Saturday, June 22nd 2013. If you want a look at this chair before September, this is a great chance to do it!

I'm also excited to see what the other artists have come up with! Thanks again to the awesome team at Creative Airdrie!

Friday, March 08, 2013

AIRdirondack Started...





Started work on my chair today now that it has been primed. I took this photo a couple hours ago, the chair has progressed quite a bit since then.

I'm looking forward to building up the layers of colour on this piece over the next while, the type of paint we've been supplied with lends itself nicely to this technique.

I might not post another picture of the entire chair till the time all the chairs are unveiled - have to have an element of surprise!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Woot! I'm AIRdirondackin' again!

Many thanks to the awesome crew at Creative Airdrie! I love this project - I can't wait to start.

http://www.creativeairdrie.ca/?p=1892


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sleeping Bunny


Sleeping Bunny
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Board
2013

This is another one of those paintings that I've been keeping myself limbered up with, I had forgotten the pleasure of the 6" x 6" format. So nice to start and finish a piece in a few hours. 

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit my new baby niece a few weeks ago. Her parents have great taste in all things awesome and they have this cute little bunny coat for her that she was snuggled into. I snapped this picture as we were strolling around one sunny day. 

I haven't painted a baby in a while so this was a lot of fun. Those cheeks and lips of hers are so plump! (Oh my, she is the most adorable little thing!) 

Friday, February 08, 2013

My Friend V.


Vanessa
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Board
2013

I'm plugging away on a bigger piece that takes forever to dry in between coats. So I decided to keep limber in between with this quick study. My friend here is very easy to paint. 

I'm not doing very well posting shots from the show at APL. I can't remember where I uploaded them on my computer. Sigh. I need to get a better organization system or something. 

Friday, February 01, 2013

Linocuts - There's a trick with a knife I'm learning to do....


Bird on Fence
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013




Bird in Tree
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013



 Fox and Crow
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013


Pearls Before Swine
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013


 Revelation
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013



Spring
Ink on Paper
6" x 9"
2013

I've been fiddling around with Linocutting for a while now, but haven't had the guts to post much about them. I find working in lino to be really invigorating - something about having to think in basic black and white and backwards that gets my creative side hopping. 

These 6 have been added to my show at the APL - if you remember, I was planning to show them originally but the frames were the wrong format. I went to Vancouver shortly after the show was hung and decided on springing for some Opus Exhibition Frames and mats - now they are all prettily hung up!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Painting Your Kids Can Be Hard


Girl Reading
36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
2012

I started this painting late spring/early summer. I remember being super ambitious and optimistic when I started it. Made huge progress mapping out the base cartoon before everything ground to a halt.

I'm pretty protective of my kids when it comes to portraiture. I don't tend to do much full facial/eye contact work of them. Partly because I don't want to get it wrong, partly because... the way they look at me/to me is special and really difficult to capture.

I tend to stick with figure studies and side views for them which suits me fine. As they get older, I am also growing increasingly aware that they have insecurities like other kids their age. My daughter wants her hair to lay a certain way, they have clothing that suits their increasingly individual look.

When tempted to do a portrait I try to be sensitive of this, knowing that there is a lot of trust they put in me to represent them in a way that they would approve of.

So back to this portrait... I got locked up on getting stuff right. Those of you who paint will know that this leads to a downwards spiral of making the painting tighter and stilted in the pursuit of fixing it. Pair that with not wanting a portrait that my kid would be bothered by....

I left it on my easel for a few weeks. Then on the floor. Then turned it to the wall. Then banished it to the basement.

It wasn't until I started my Koi piece that I figured out how to loosen the painting back up. I soaked it in thin washes and partly obliterated edges and lines only to push back in areas with opaque paint to re-establish the forms. It became a very engaging push/pull effect. Almost like a tango.

My daughter and I are both okay with the outcome. (Even if my photo of the painting isn't the best!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little Miss E (A Study)


Bottle (Study)
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Board 
2013


This is another study on board that I painted on the same day as my Esther study.

This little sweetie is the daughter of a close friend of mine. We were enjoying a visit on my couch on New Years when I snuck a few iPhone shots while she had her bottle.

She was such a joy to paint!

In other news, some Linocuts are joining my paintings at the APL. I'm a little nervous about that.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Change of Pace - Study of Our Beloved Dog


Esther Study
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Board
2013

As hard as I try to post things in a cohesive order and weave some sort of narrative.... I just wind myself up too much and over think it.

So, instead of waiting for a chance to take a few better photos of the pieces that would follow in a proper order to my last post, I'm going to wing it.

My heart has finally eased up enough to turn to pictures of our sweet dog, Esther. I am SO GLAD I took a bunch of photos of her on her red pillow one day. (note to pet owners - get up, grab your phone or camera and take a bunch of casual shots right now. I mean it, you will treasure those ordinary shots one day)

As I was preparing for for the APL show I had a conundrum. Time. I have a set of square frames that I had planned to put linocuts in. Problem is, most of my linocuts were in a rectangle format. I was going to be all hardcore and cut fresh ones but I quickly came to the realization that to do that would seriously burn me out.

I like showing small painting studies in these frames, and I had a couple that I was happy with showing. The problem was I needed all 7 frames in order to cover one long wall and make an impact (the strength of showing these small paintings comes in showing them as a set in the matching frames. The studies themselves are only 6"x6" and would get totally lost on their own)

So, back to my conundrum. 7 frames, a couple of them filled, under a week left before hanging the show. I had been on a real creative roll and back into old habits (playing the same cd on repeat, painting straight for hours - I even clocked an 8 hour day which I haven't done in at least 3 years). I decided to do some fresh studies.

When one decides at the last moment that they are going to do a study, they usually need a reference photo or something in real life to paint. I had to start trolling through my reference shots to pick something worthwhile to paint as I didn't have time on my side to set up a shot.

When Esther died, I told our kids that when we were ready, I would paint a big picture of her and we could hang it in the hallway over the spot that she slept. I knew already which picture I would probably choose. When I saw that batch of photos again, I knew that my time had come to break open that box I had put my grief in.

I've said it before, but it is worth repeating, that dog is a pleasure to paint. So sculptural and graceful. We still miss her.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Koi 2 (or how I got over painter's block)


Koi 2
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
2012

Before I show some of the other portraits, I feel like this one is an obvious next picture even though I started a few pieces before it. (apologies for the fuzzy shot - I forgot to retake it before I hung the show, and now I'm out of town)

In my art show post I mentioned I had painter's block and it took an unrelated piece to break it. Normally, I have a few paintings on the go. If one offends me or stalls out - no worries, I just move to the next while I'm thinking through the issue. In the spring last year, this started to happen. Then the pieces I was switching over to started to not work and I couldn't figure them out either.

First they lived on the easel in my living room (where I think through my next steps with them). Then, when they started to make me feel guilty, I turned them to face the wall. After a few weeks, the back of the canvas started to convict me so I banished the worst offenders to the basement. (usually a basement canvas never reemerges to be finished, they tend to come up only to be painted over).

It was a good thing I had linocutting during this dry spell or else I wouldn't have done anything. I find sometimes too, when you are playing in another medium (one with zero expectations and the stakes are nice an low) it works out some of the creative knots even though you don't realize it.

Eventually, this looming show overruled me and I knew my strike had to end. But how? I had all these unfinished pieces with no solutions.

From past dry spells, I knew I'd have to try a whole new piece that was "easier" and unrelated just to break myself back in. I had been looking at my reference shots and noticed I had a pile of koi shots I'd never revisited (I went through a koi phase a few years ago). Even though it wasn't part of my plan, it seemed like a fun place to start.

It's a bigger canvas so I took my time drafting the base cartoon and filling everything in. Since it felt low pressure, I just spent time enjoying how the colours felt next to each other.

Then it happened. Around this time, I was in my car accidents. They were minor, but they messed up my back enough so I couldn't sit longer than 20 minutes and my arms and neck were locked up enough that a big canvas was too much to work on an easel. So I moved to a table.

I'd not worked a large piece flat for years. Like, since high school. Back then, I used to do thin layer after layer of subtle washes to bring up colour and add depth. It was time consuming and I became enamoured with chunky impasto-ey paintings when I was at NSCAD,so that technique dropped to the wayside.

This time I had my image mostly drafted with more opaque brushwork but it was lacking what the other pieces were lacking. So, on a whim as I was heading out the door, I laid out some areas of wash (they looked like phthalo blue puddles) and left them to dry.

They worked. So I kept doing it. Then I would partially bury it with thicker brushstrokes and do some more washes. This was quite engaging for me.

Then I got brave and tried that on a blocked piece (knowing full well that this could wreck it permanently). It worked. It worked really well, actually. So I kept going.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Lira


Lira
Acrylic on Canvas
24"x 36"
2012

This painting is from a photo taken at the ruins of Perge, Turkey. This is one of the pieces on display right now at the APL.

Our group was touring around the space when some local people appeared from a tiny, rundown house and set up shop. A man spread out a blanket on the ground and set out trinkets and costume jewelry. This lady was clearly the photo opportunity for us foreigners. She ran out to a large rock, scooped up the lamb and moved into good lighting.

As everyone pulled out their cameras she clearly announced "one lira", the cost to photograph her.

I could've gotten a free shot in I'm sure but the price was right and she was worth it. Trouble was, I had no coins on me. Fortunately my friend stepped in and bankrolled my photo. *I think I paid Lana back.*

The sweater and the backdrop of foliage were the most challenging to paint. I kept fighting my inner detail nerd to keep things loosened up. When I got too tight, I washed over it with a thin layer to tone down the rigid ness. This took a while.

Her face was a pleasure to paint, I had a great time playing with the shadows and the shine on her skin.

Overall, I hope I stuck a balance between the busy areas and weightier parts. It's been hard not posting this on my blog since I finished it back in the spring!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Solo Show at the Airdrie Public Library

After two years of this being the undercurrent of all my creative time, I'm happy to say that my show at the APL is finally hung in the walls.

I was quite humbled to see how quickly all the pieces were figured out for the space and how well they fit together in their arrangements. I also was so relieved that I had enough work. The fear was very real.

Overall, there are 26 paintings on display. The overwhelming majority have never been publicly shown. 11 of the pieces are larger than 24" x 24". This is good because when you arrive in a space like that and start unwrapping the little paintings, the urge to run away or cry by the sheer size of the place is very strong.

Special thanks to Veronica Funk who originally booked me in for this show and who was super helpful and patient as I started to obsess on height restrictions and what pieces to bring. She talked me off the ledge a couple of times!

Over the next few weeks I hope to post some of the more significant pieces here with some context. Of course I realized that I didn't take finished photos of all the pieces so I'll need to do that too. I have enough to get started though!

I hope you'll come check it out. The show runs from now until March 4th. 2013. Any inquiries on individual pieces can be emailed to me directly.