Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ostrich Skull Still Life

Ostrich Skull, oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Here is a fun painting that I finished this week.  I wanted to choose a background and fabric pattern that had similar tones that I could see with in the ostrich skull itself, which would force me to use a narrower range of color and value.  Choosing a pattern that supports the "character" of the main subject of a still life painting has been a favorite past time of mine since I first started painting dead birds (has it really been about a dozen years?).  In 2009 Larry Groff did a wonderful interview of me on Painting Perceptions which about halfway down has a nice description of the dead bird series.  Then again a few years ago, I used this pattern idea in my Beautiful Vessel series.  I am enjoying incorporating this personal tradition into my current paintings of natural forms.

Here are a few progress shots of this painting:
humble beginnings...

  Sometimes an in progress glarey photo actually helps you internetlopers see the built up texture of the paint.

finished detail version.

And again the final painting.
Ostrich Skull, oil on panel, 12" x 12"

At the end of this post I can't help but think of John Baldassari's painting (yes, this is a huge acrylic painting in the Broad Collection) titled Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell.  Notice the items in parenthesis of the second bullet... I am doomed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 Regional Artist Project Grant - Model Stand & Storage Racks

Back in February I announced here that I was honored to be chosen as a 2012 RPAG awardee.  You can read how I initially used some of the funds to purchase a professional lighting set up HERE.  I also proposed to use the funds to build studio equipment such as two rolling painting storage racks as well as a collapsible model stand.  I have managed to spend every last cent and with the great help of my husband Greg, we have finished construction on these new studio assets.   Take a look.

 My very handy husband putting on some locking casters for the model stand.

Final sanding before carpet.

Space is a limited in my studio, so I wanted to have the option to collapse my model stand when not in use.  My idea was to create a stand sort of like an upside down folding dining room table like the one picture above.  However, my husband tends to think of things like wishbone suspension - so combine those two ideas and you get this...

 My new wonderful model stand!

Then came the large painting storage racks...
My boys are so good to me!
This one has a shelf for smaller paintings above and medium size works below, while the second rack has just one large area open for my biggest works.

A few L shaped 2x4s make a nice display shelf on the outside of the racks.

 Thank you to the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, especially Jennifer McIntyre who works tirelessly to continue this wonderful opportunity for our area artists.  I very much appreciate the support and it will undoubtedly go far in advancing my efforts as a fine artist.  

The Regional Artist Project Grant is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.  This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  The program is operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council.