Hello family and friends,
Happy 2019! The new year is filled with possibilities. My 2018 was a whirlwind of excitement as I completed and received my MFA in Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft; showed my work at Found Gallery in my hometown of Goshen, IN; and had a fantastic show at Froelick Gallery. Along with doing a cover piece for the Willamette Week and some Turkey Day illustrations as well, it's been a high-energy year for my art! It's been hard to let things run their course and slow down, but I'm getting back into the day-to-day groove of the art studio, as well as the constant struggle to figure out how to be an artist and, well, make money.
So here's to the future, the unknown, of always returning to the dark. Scroll down for updates and my Top 10.
Winter Group Exhibit at Froelick Gallery
You can see a few lingering paintings from my first show with Froelick, St(r)ay, on view with the incredibly talented group of artists the gallery carries. It's pretty special to see my Fleas Flee Free near a Rick Bartow, Nat Meade, Matthew Denison...just to name a few. Don't Want to be Alone looks like Micah Hearn's painting birthed a little painting next to it, in the best way. Ends January 19
Found continues to carry my watercolors and acrylic paintings from 2017-2018. Stop by to check them out if you're in Goshen, IN! Found Gallery carries a fantastically curated mix of mid-century modern furniture, antiques, and international art, some of which you can see in these photos.
IN THE STUDIO
Helen Frankenthaler's Provincetown Bay, 1950, at the Portland Art Museum. This piece always catches my eye when I walk past. It's a gem, Frankenthaler culls up bright moments, there's a sweetness and care in the little dark dashes at the bottom. I can feel seaweed and smell smoggy puffs of smoke rising into a crisp day. This little guy gets me every time.
Samosa Burritos. I made this recipe up where I cook samosa filling, put it in a large tortilla with yogurt and mango chutney, wrap it up, and eat it in a short amount of time.
The Price of Everything, HBO Documentary. This movie is great because you get to see Larry Poons walk around and talk about art in between uber-rich people talk about collecting art. Also, Jerry Saltz talks about artists making an enemy of envy, and I've taken that to heart. I'm painting to make relationships, with the work, with the people who view the work. I believe in friendships, and envy has no place there. Artists must stick together!
Speaking of Jerry Saltz...This article. My friend, Jess, passed this guide along to me. I'm suspicious of big-names like Saltz AND of step-by-step guides on how to be an artist, but the stars aligned and this article came to me at a time when I needed a "talking to".
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Still my favorite book and currently rereading it. If I could make a painting as good as this book I'd die happy.
Age of Mythology Computer Game. I play this game so I can build tiny armies with tiny mythological creatures. Some people play these sorts of games to compete with each other. It is very important to me to play this game alone.
Latourell Falls. Jess and I did this hike the other week and the best part of it was our conversations on art and life and sitting down to eat Gardettos with a view of the Gorge. Pi had fun, too, and enjoys Gardettos as well.
Hungry Tiger's Brunch. I got the best pancake ever, plus I got to eat it in the amazing company of my friends from OCAC, topped with seeing the Thesis Exhibition of Lindsay Martin and Ellen Petruzzella in a church. But that pancake...
Day-dreaming. I sat on my bed for an hour. It was great. I don't know where my thoughts went, and I'll probably never see them again.
Olives. They taste great!