Studio Tuesdays

Studio Tuesdays start this Fall!

During any one session of Studio Tuesdays on select dates, I will open up my studio to 1-2 people to come and sit in the studio 7:00-9:00pm while I work on a painting and give them a chance to work on their own art. For just $10, participants in Studio Tuesdays can experiment with my art studio materials or bring their own while I give them any art pointers they may want or tips on materials and technique. The content for Studio Tuesday is very open to what the participants want to create, there is no formal lesson, just creating with some light feedback. Participants can enjoy a complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate to enjoy in the studio.

Click any of the links below to reserve your spot online for Studio Tuesday (limit of 2 available spots each session, available first-come, first-served) for any of the following dates:

Studio Tuesdays will require RSVPs in advance of each date, and dates are limited, so if you’re interested, please fill out the form below to inquire about Studio Tuesdays or to make a reservation.

 

Artist Residency: Day 5

I realized that today’s day 5 marks the halfway point in my in-studio artist residency. I’m glad that I’ve got a lot that I had planned out accomplished, and I still have much to go. While I was drinking my morning tea, when I briefly checked into the Internet, I realized that I was two days behind on publishing my blog posts, so I took a little bit of time to compose, edit and publish the blog posts for the most recent two days. Since I have had people following this artist residency progress, I want to be sure that I’m keeping all my work documented here in this blog.

I toned a third canvas, setting up a spare easel that had been folded up in a corner of my studio. This third canvas I toned using a pastel pink color. I began applying the first layer of paint daubs to the canvas in pastel pinks, lilac, yellow, orange and a mint green.

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During my lunch break, I set up my living room to be a backdrop against which to take a few photos of art hanging in a living room. I should set up every room at some point to be the backdrop for a photo session, because that corner of my living room looks the neatest it’s been in a while. I will process the photos themselves tomorrow — I ran out of time before I had to get going to arrive at the art class that I’m teaching this summer to a children’s summer program.
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Today’s art class encompassed using the pinch pot method of molding clay to make a small mug or bowl. Right after the class ended I had to take a quick trip to the store to get some more odorless mineral spirits, what I use for my paint thinner.

Upon returning, I used the photos of my artwork that I had processed from Monday’s photographing session of my paintings currently still in the studio to create images of examples of how my paintings would look hung in different spaces. These photos help to demonstrate how the colors and scale of the different paintings could appear in different setting, in different rooms. I took some time to show what the paintings could look like on the wall in a living room, or dining room, or kitchen.

I ended the day with painting more daubs on the pink toned canvas — ready to add more to it tomorrow (day 6)!

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Artist Residency: Day 1

Today I began my 10 day in-studio artist residency. The goal of these 10 days of dedication in my art studio without distraction is to produce 3-5 paintings, and to take care of some other tasks I need to dedicate time for my art business.

My first act in my artist residency, after cleaning the studio was to make a cup of tea — some of my most artistically inspired moments came after contemplating over a cup of tea. Then I got to work on finishing painting the edges of the commissioned painting that had just recently been revealed to its recipient (read more here about the story & the big reveal!) I deconstructed the special framing I had improvised for putting both panels of a diptych on the same easel and separated them for the first time since birth — since diptychs are, in many ways, like conjoined fraternal twins.

AIMG_0917fter completing the edges (which took about an hour more time than I had planned), I moved onto setting up my new guerrilla painter pochade paintbox. At an art event tomorrow I will be trying it out for the first time when painting plain air, so I wanted to give it a test run in the studio first to ensure that all the parts would fit together properly (they originally sent me two left-side panels, so the box wouldn’t close until they sent the right part). I began a multi-part painting that is going to be an interactive piece with the public tomorrow at the outdoor festival at which I’ll be hosting a booth of my art.

In preparation for starting my first 30″x40″ “abstracted rain” series painting,  took the plastic off the canvas and mounted it to my French easel in the corner of my studio — it’s a lot larger on that particular easel than other canvases I typically use. I toned the canvas using a bright and warm shade of yellow. Tomorrow I will begin placing the paint daubs of the rain colors while I’m in my art booth from 8am to 5pm.

Overall, it was a productive start to what I am hoping to be a productive artist residency.