Saturday, October 27, 2007

Open Studios / Things to See in Boston and San Francisco

Just a quick update, I realized that I haven't posted my Open Studios Info on the Blog yet, so here goes:

Waltham Mills Artists Association Open Studios
Saturday Nov 3rd, 12-6pm
Sunday Nov 4th, 12-5pm
144 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

for more information please visit the WMAA website

Also, two of my favorite people have shows up in November, if you happen to be in the vicinity of one or both of these shows, take a peek!

Jamie Vasta
Patricia Sweetow Gallery

Nov 1 - Dec 15th
77 Geary Street, Mezzanine
San Francisco, CA 94108

(And do check out the press release for more info... the collaborative underpinnings of this work are FAB. Jamie has continued to surprise and titillate since her forest fire paintings.)

Duane Slick
Path of My Fathers
Nielsen Gallery
179 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Nov 3 - Dec 1, 2007
Opening Nov 3, 3-5pm (You all should go, unfortunately, I will be sitting in my studio.)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Self Study with Nostalgia and Scrapbook Paper

These are hopefully components of a larger work, the immediacy of painting on an appropriated ground and doing quick, imaginary, wistful and hopelessly inaccurate (too flattering - could be ten years ago!) self-portrait pleases me, but it may not have its uses. The daily dribbles please me. I should post more, its just, most of them embarrass me more than these.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Vargas Pile

The first in a series of Vargas girl pictures I have been making, she's kind of a test run. I like the juxtaposition of the cheesecake girl next to the bodies. There is something more concrete about this picture even as its color balance is a little off. Perhaps too much meat or too many flags in deliberately off-palette colors? The relationship of the complete figure to the pile is mercifully ambiguous. I cannot decide whether she functions as author, witness, accumulator, conspirator, or maybe just complicit bystander (lounger)? I am deeply influenced by a bunch of what's up in NYC right now, interestingly, this question of authorship and piles has already been dealt with quite handily by one of my faves: Julie Heffernan. Artnet has a beautiful article on her and her self-eating portraiture called "All this useless Booty," that went up a few days ago. Geez, feeling humbled. There's also Natalie Frank's show, "Where She Stops," which one of my most adroit students reminded me about yesterday. I'm not sure I've resolved what I think about Frank yet, she reminds me of Jean Leon Gerome in a way that I'm not entirely comfortable with in this group of paintings, and yet I'm so seduced. Well, happily, the studio is humming, and now I must get back to it. Happy saturday!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Head in the Clouds

Cloud study from a classroom glazing demo. I feel I might have rescued it from the ordinary. It took a while to dry down so I could scan it. Galkyd still dries slower than acrylic paint.

So I've been sick these past few days. Ick. But my husband just cheered me up by sending me a link to an article I wanted to share with you all.... Haven't you always wanted to set up shop in a RI mall? Well maybe not... check it out... some artist set up an apartment inside a RI mall and lived there off and on for the past few years. Wacky! That certainly cheered me up while I've been suffering with the flu!