Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Poetic Memory... New painting for the Arts Alive Festival

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

So What (Miles)... a new painting

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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Starry Night Cafe' Art Exhibit, Arts Alive Vermont!

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.

I'm also helping out the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
with their "Artists Rain Barrel Project", where local artists paint plastic rain barrels that are then sold, with proceeds going to help the WNRCD.

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!