Here's a brand new piece that I finally completed just in time for the Arts Alive Festival of Fine Arts Juried Show, which will take place at the Union Station Gallery in Burlington, VT in June. The opening reception is Friday, June 5th.
This piece is one of my largest --- 29"x44" (if I remember correctly!). I went back to the beginning, and concentrated on the flow of ideas, colors, and movement that I had last summer when I first started painting. I even went as far as to listen to some of the same music I listened to then ---- lots of Kurt Elling.
So here it is! I'm quite happy with it, and am glad that my focus kind of came back full circle. It's a sweet piece, and is completely open to your individual interpretation and appreciation! Enjoy.
This is a brand new piece that I made while listening to great jazz on WRUV (UVM's college station). Inspired by Miles' "So What", which is one of my favorite classic jazz tunes.
There's a lot of cool stuff going on in this little painting (its 12"x12"), including little figures in the sky, and "So What" written backwards. I love when other people look at my work and find things too. The person who bought the painting sees music staffs in the sky, which is obvious now, but weren't a part of the plan. But I never have a plan, so I guess that's what I'm aiming for! When I just flow with the paint and let it work me, some cool subconscious unstructured uninvited unintentional beautiful funky things appear.
I really like this little piece a lot, and am looking forward to just PLAYING with art over the next few weeks and months.... I'm going to reeeeeeeelax and go back to that mindstate of just letting whatever it is (the bit IT) come on out.
My abstract cityscapes are on display at the Starry Night Cafe' in Ferrisburgh until the end of June. Such a great space, friendly staff, and great food too!
What's new? Tons! I just got word that I've been chosen for the juried art show with Arts Alive in Burlington. The Festival of Fine Art exists to bring art into the places where people live, work and play. Many Church St. businesses will have art in their windows during the festival, and one of my pieces will be in the juried exhibit at the Gallery at the Union Station.
Three of my pieces will be for sale at the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation's Art of Giving even on May 28th at the Shelburne Coach Barn.
In the studio, I'm concentrating on having fun, and relaxing into my work. A friend came over today and hung out with me while I painted ---- a first for me, as I normally work alone. It was great to do something completely different, and to have the company!
"Burlington at Night (Elmwood Ave.)" 9x12, Oil Pastel and Tempera on Bristol
I really, really love this city and have a soft spot for all of the funky houses and funny little critters among us. I remember one night, years ago, when I came home late and saw skunks everywhere (everywhere!), walking down the street like they owned it. I imagine that while we sleep, the city is theirs. So this little piece is a sweet little celebration of our cohabitation!
Lots of fun things happening lately! Great opening, and some great press. Myra Flynn did a nice article in the Burlington Free Press about me and my art. And the Blick catalog came out, featuring one of my Cityscapes. There's one on their website too, under their listings for Golden Open Acrylics. You have to click on the little bitty photo of my painting to see it. Still, cool!
THE GIFT I GIVE, 12x12, Acrylic on Wood
I'm working on more little gentle introspective sweet paintings like this one. They're a bit of a challenge to make because I have to really get in touch with deep goodness and communicate it simply and beautifully. I think it's a great exercise for me, and it fits in well with the coming of spring, the gratitude for the new long days and the puffs of life we see everywhere around us!
Off to the studio again in a few minutes to work on a new piece. I found a cool old wall map at the UVM surplus barn last fall. I'm going to wax it up with clear wax, then paint over it in black, let it dry and then scratch away. I haven't used this technique on anything other than paper, so it will be cool to see if it actually works. If it does, it should turn out to be a great piece, because the original map will show through as the character of the artwork.
Phil stopped by to take pics some new pics of me. Here's a fun one of me and the great little Church Street scratch art piece I made that is actually going to travel over to its new owner in Dublin in a few months!
Really great open house last night at the studios at 180 Flynn. It was great to see so many old friends and to put faces to names of other people too. New homes were found for some of my pieces --- it's always so sweet to send them off... they're like little babies to me!
I had a ton of fun doing these new little pieces like the one above. They're small (5x7, 7x7, 8x10) scratchboard - type works. I lay down wax crayon on paper stock, then cover w/black paint, then scratch away with an Xacto knife. The work is tiny and close-up and very repetitive. Oh so rewarding! I love the little escape it provides, and because I don't plan ahead, it's like I'm in the little city that appears before me.
Really cool things happening a-late. A wonderfully wonderful new studio in place, full of light, warm with HEAT, full of amazing, amazing creative energy (thank you cristine and shawna!). I'm a bit overjoyed by it all.
I almost went there this morning to work, as I have a new show coming up in (gulp) 2 weeks at Drink on St. Paul St. in Burlington. Seven of my paintings just hit the road with the great folks at Burlington City Arts. They're hanging them in Montpelier at the National Life building, next to Gillian Klein's. Should be a great showing --- she does very cool city scenes. So I have some work to do to get more ready for the show. I'm still cranking out cityscapes, and they're taking a different form. Here's a newbie:
It's called "To the Bridge", acrylic on birch, 18x24 (?... have to re-measure). Lots of cool texture and detail.
I just updated my website too, finally. www.jodiwhalen.com Looks much better, fresher... especially with the redbeet egg photo --- mmmm.
9:30 pm, and the household starts to settle down for the night.
I spent a few hours making puppets with the kids tonight out of funky scraps of felt, fabric, eyeballs, etc., that I bought for 3 bucks at a local thrift shop. It felt great to create something whimsical and to sit and laugh with the kids.
Art. Hmmm. Blogs. Hmmmmm. The jury is still out on how much I can commit to the blogosphere. I like to spend my time in certain ways. With my family. With my friends. In my studio. With a cup of coffee, by the fire.
In the studio, my funny big studio with two big windows and no water and no bathroom and sporadic heat. Where I play my favorite music and sing, sing sing along. I scat with Kurt Elling. Sang it with Erykah Badu. I paint. I drink coffee. I sit on the sofa and look at what's on the easel and try to let it squeak it's intention out to me. Sometimes I'm too tanked up to hear it. Other times, it's like a funny little secret we share. I put paint on, and take it off. With sand paper, xacto knives, a wet cloth, a dry towel. I burn it, rub it, scratch it to reveal the little messages, colors, shapes, memories that lie beneath.
Right now, all of my current work is out on exhibit, so I have a studio full of new possibilities. It will be fun to see where the materials take me, and what kind of secrets they'll share with me.