Christmas time is here, presents are bought or made... I do need to do some wrapping, but really want to create!
My potter's wheel was broken, the belts disintegrated into many pieces, just before my kids were coming to use it with me.... I was sure that I could put the new belts on, but it was much too hard! The Ceramic Store to the rescue! I drove the wheel into Houston and their repair man got it all together. Now it's ready for me to throw some pots. I enjoy many forms of art and this is one of them. While the grand daughters were here, they hand built some pieces. They turned out really nice! I need to fire them, so I may as well make some of my own to fill up the kiln!
In the indoor studio, I have been working on an oil painting. I usually work in acrylics, but wanted to explore oils again. In college, one had to master oils before they could use acrylics... I like the way the oils blend and the luminous nature, but the drying time was always an issue. I've bought Galkyd, which is a fast drying medium, this time of year I am busy enough that I am not hanging over the paintings, anxious for them to dry, so it's fun to experiment! Also, I saw the Dorothy Hook show in Corpus Christi. Her works were all in oils, and I loved them! So, with a little inspiration, I am going to have something to share with you in January!!
I am in a show at Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, the GOLD Show, see the flyer below. The piece on the top, second from the left is mine: "Traversing the Golden Forest." The opening was Monday and the show is up until January 12, 2017, when it will go on to St. Luke's Hospital in The Woodlands, I hope that you can get by to see it!
Have Art, Will Travel!!
The trip to Michigan was fun, the show looked great and the visitors were wonderful! Here's a few pics from the show in Port Huron, Michigan: Natural Forces.
Since I have returned, I have been trying to catch up on the many things that I put aside while preparing for the show. I am now painting again. It has taken a while to get to that point. I'll post the one that I'm working on very soon. The weather is cooling, that always energizes me!!
I keep a portfolio with photos of my works. I remember the days when I would carry a large flat case of paintings, photos etc. Today it's a binder with lots of photos of my works. Many of my works are too big to carry around and those that are smaller are still 2" thick, so it's hard to put many in a bag and go. Instead I carry the binder and CD's of my work. Today my project, beyond some painting, is to print pages of my more recent works. I hope to receive more photo paper today, but I will print as many as I can. I need 2 portfolios ready, one for myself to have in case I find an interested client or gallery and one to leave with Studio 1219 in case people want to see more of my works and order them. Of course, my website is an online gallery too. It's a sunny day here in the Houston area, a bit hot though. I hope your day is beautiful!
I have often thought it would be great to have a show in my home state of Michigan and the time is almost here. Last year while visiting Michigan, I went to Port Huron to visit my cousin, Judith Price Green and luckily, her sister Kathy was there too! I had only driven through Port Huron before to get to Canada and on to Rochester, NY to visit my husband's family. Port Huron is a nice city, on the water. I stayed at the double tree that over looks the Blue Water Bridge that crosses to Canada. It was a beautiful place to walk. We toured the area, had lunch at the Raven, where tables are named after classic authors. It's very cool! Then we went on to Judith's favorite gallery...Studio 1219. I liked it! So I talked with the director about a show and carrying my work. Everything has come together beautifully! I can't wait for the opening on the 12th of August!
This week is mainly tying up loose ends. Today I am working on my portfolio, so I can leave a copy there and have an identical one with me. I am experimenting with some smaller paintings, getting my photography done of all the new works, catching up my inventory, touching up edges, spraying them with a protective varnish and wrapping paintings for travel. Then we will have fun packing the van!!
The house and the dogs will be well taken care of as I drive north with my cousin, Kathy Lenk and a van full of paintings! Some are already there, but I am taking an additional 15-20. That's why we have a van! There's is room for lots of paintings!! I hope that some of you that read the blog will come to the opening and let me know that you are reading it! We are going to do another one, Cousins on the Road!! It should be funny!
I have paintings all over the house, which ones get to go to Michigan?...
I have finished 2 new paintings and am working on a third. Meanwhile I have 2 that are being gessoed to be worked on. What doesn't head north will be available for the shows and galleries here.
We just found out that 3 of us have a show at the Jung Center in Houston in September of 2017. It will be titled "On the Edge of a Dream". The artists are myself, Rosanne Hudson and Michelle O'Michael. It's a good group of artists!
On the third, I promised a photo of my new painting yesterday. It was the 4th and I was busy, so here's 2 new paintings to make up for that!
Golden Dreams, 30 x 24, acrylic on canvas
Hidden Treasures, 30 x 24, acrylic on canvas
I have been working on more paintings to take to Michigan for my "Natural Forces"show in Port Huron at Studio 1219. Also, I have been choosing what will look best, considering the size of the space, light etc. I then researched how to ship some of the paintings home. It is an effort, getting the right size containers, padding and running it by the gallery to be sure that they can do the preps on the other end. Then contacting the shipper at the other end, I find that I am running a few days early... They only schedule a month ahead. Oh well, I have it pretty well organized now.
I will drive many of the works up, although some are already hanging in Michigan. We need at least 15 more. It's always good to take more than less. That way, we have some to play with if we don't like the light etc. Putting an art exhibition together is like creating another work of art and the elements are each piece of art rather than the shapes, colors and lines of one work. It's exciting and challenging.
Tomorrow I will photograph another piece that I have been working on and share it with you. Happy 4th of July weekend all!
It always takes a couple of days of passing by it to be sure...
Then on to another!
Enjoy the strawberry moon tonight!
This is 40 x 30, acrylic on canvas
"Life Changes", continues to do so!! After the layers from yesterday dried, this is what I have. The face is pretty much gone. I do strive to keep it as abstract as possible. Someone always sees something in it, but that's okay, as long as it's not distracting to the painting.. The face not only distracted me, but it was looking out, away from the painting, which would make the viewer's eye travel off the canvas. I have managed to give myself another problem, the new line is awfully strong and is chopping up the canvas. So I layered on more paint this morning. I'm still waiting for it to dry. This pouring is a lengthy process with so many translucent layers!
I'm looking for the composition to have some push and pull. You should be able to delve into the painting, have somewhere to travel in and also, things of interest to carry you back out. Your eye needs to travel the canvas and not get stuck anywhere. These are just a few of the things that I am striving for as I work on my paintings. Colors of course add a certain personality that conveys a feeling of emotion or peace. The angles at which the shapes come together gives a surface tension that can make it vibrate or soothe the troubled soul.
Today I am also looking at transportation of paintings to and from their destinations. Boxes, padding, all the essentials must be ordered and ready to go. There is a lot to pulling a show together. Currently I have a dozen paintings that work well together, but a couple hundred that are still possibilities! There is an old saying, the first 300 paintings are just practice!! Maybe it all is practice as we constantly strive to improve. In art, I tend to be a perfectionist! Happy Tuesday all!
When I could photograph the painting vertically, I was bothered by the strong hot area on the upper right. In fact, I can see a face... I don't like that! So, more layers have been poured this morning. I really enjoy the process so much, but sometimes I wonder if it will come together, will I over work it... there are so many decisions to make when making art.... I will post the next layers when they are dry enough to take a photo.
It's a Monday morning, a good day to be sure the hours are kept in the studio. I like to do at least 5 - 6 hours, but many days are much longer. That's okay since it means that I working. I am a believer that any work in the studio leads to more work in the studio. It is part of life and can't be pushed to the back burner. When I run out of room to paint in the studio, I paint in the kitchen, breakfast room etc. The more ideas that I am working on, the more ideas that come to my mind...
Obviously, I am also trying to be better about the blogging and website updates. It's a good way to share and to get my thoughts together about the direction of my work.
Happy Monday all!! Here it's raining, but the sun is out. I have heard on days like the the devil gets his due.. (-;
Today is both Father's Day and my father's birthday. Both my father and my husband, the father of my children, are gone and have been for years, so this day is full of memories and some sadness. So it's a good day to paint as all days tend to be.
I am working on a painting, actually I am painting over one that has never made me happy. It is called "Life Changes". Originally it looked like this:
It seemed too stiff to me, so I have been adding layers, always my best solution... and although it's still a bit wet, I can show you a portion of it. It's hard to photograph well flat on a table...
The turquoise spot in the middle is still wet, so we are waiting on the latest layer to dry. It has changed substantially! It may need more work, but it's hard to tell at the moment.
So, that's what I'm up to today, what about you? Creativity flowing?
Sue moved to Lucas, TX in 2019, after may years in Houston. Burke Studio continues, just a new location!! She was born in Michigan, but has lived in many states since. In Texas there is a saying, I wasn't born here, but I got here as soon as I could! It has become home in every way. Houston has such a vibrant art scene, it's a great place to be for an artist! There are always art shows to see as well as fellow artists to share with and I am fortunate to have family nearby.