Sunday, September 27, 2009

Geography

As I've mentioned, I live in "the middle of no where." This notion is of course ridiculous. Everywhere is somewhere.

In my case though, I live in a rural area of Illinois in a very small farming community, and for all of us that have grown up here, we've all had it feel like no where at some point. Not that we'd let an outsider talk badly about our little town though. No. That is not allowed.

I do enjoy the benefits and challenges that my town presents to my art making. I begin this list below, and will revisit these notions when I can.

Advantages:
  1. I have privacy. I'm not constantly being harassed by the super rich art collectors who are dying to have me for their collection or art critics from the New York Times or Art Forum:-) I'm well hidden and free to explore creative avenues without prying eyes.
  2. Studio space is affordable.
  3. Art supplies are cheaper here, because most people don't know what Damar Varnish or Phthlocynine are.
Disadvantages:
  1. I don't have any critique buddies. Artist have critique buddies. Studio rats. People who sit in your studio and drink beer and talk about what you're doing well and what you're not doing well.
  2. Little too far removed from museums and galleries. When I need to get out and see what the rest of the world is doing, artistically, it's the internet or a road trip.
  3. I think everyone thinks (or has figured out) that I'm strange.
  4. People expect me to paint landscapes or fruit or something.
I'm sure I'll think of more of these as time goes on.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brushes

I love my paint brushes, but I'm mean to them.

Many of my brushes I've had since college. A couple, since high school. I do love them, but they get abused. I leave them in water for weeks at a time. I don't clean them well enough. My oil brushes get a little better care, because I don't like to just leave solvent open, so I clean them before I close up the jar. They still get crusty and dried out sometimes though. Bust I still love them.

I was talking to my friend last night, and he is a photographer. He named his cameras after people who aren't around, who he wishes were. I'm going to start doing this with brushes too.

Man, I am a freak. Last night I hooked up cable in my studio as a means of luring me in there for long periods of time. I'll watch Monster Quest and paint like crazy. Tonight after I name some of my paintbrushes, I'm going to start painting a cheeseburger.

I know. I'm a freak.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Back to the Studio

After being away for the summer, and getting some work done, I'm home. And in being home, I'm back in the studio continuing to work on some paintings that were in process when I left for Maine, and getting ready to start some new ones.

In the meantime, here are some images, that we'll be seeing this fall in some of my paintings: