Things will be slowing down in the studio soon, but don't worry, good things lay ahead! I have been accepted into the University of Cincinnati's DAAP Art Education Certification Program! Soon I will be learning to combine my patience, acceptance, love, and artistic talents to mould young minds, and I couldn't be more grateful and excited! In light of this incredible new path I'm embarking upon, I thought I was share with you a little background into what drew me into art and why becoming an Art teacher means the world to me:
When I was growing up I had a lot of really smart friends - one was playing masterpieces on a piano while I struggled with Hot Crossed Buns on my recorder, another was memorizing and reciting chapters in history books while I was still trudging through the second paragraph, while yet another was excelling at trigonometry while, for some reason, the 7s times tables never quite stuck. It's not that I wasn't intelligent (although reliving the scenarios I just wrote makes me wonder...) rather, whenever I looked around my group of friends, there was always someone better at any given subject.
So there I was, having another mid-high school crisis, just your typical female teenager not feeling great about herself. I had been avoiding homework and had started to fall behind in some of my classes and my parents were starting to get on my case. One night after dinner, after weeks of trying to motivate me to get some assignments done, and the only thing left was a drawing project due for Art Class (easily my favorite class, but I still didn't think I was all that wonderful at it). After some encouraging words, they made me sit down at the dinning room table with my pencils and a big, clean, intimidating sheet of drawing paper. I begrudgingly began to draw a picture I had taken on a recent field trip to the West Side Market in Cleveland of some produce. I had mistakenly thought that because I found the picture boring, it would be simple to draw and I would be able to go to bed soon. I was blissfully unaware at the time (as we humorously seem to be at life-changing moments), but that night I fell in love with Art.
As it turns out, the "boring" drawing I had chosen was full of unexpected challenges, the differing textures, foreshortening, and subtle value changes all became riddles my mind refused to leave unsolved. I distinctly remember my parents popping their heads into the dinning room as telling me I could stop and get some rest. I also distinctly remember telling them I has to finish this carrot first, or this potato, or... oh my god, the background needs so much work! I got very little sleep that night, but when I woke up I was filled with an excitement unlike anything I experienced before.
The drawing I made that night ended up not only getting an A (go me!), but it went on to be accepted into an art competition at a local College and earned a cash prize! I had a THING! I was good at something! Take that Algebra!! I AM allowed to feel good about myself!!
Obviously I should look at my high school self (disinterested, self-loathing, unmotivated) and run away from teaching screaming. But now that I've been through it and I can look back, able to appreciate the struggle, I desperately want to hold other struggling hands through the turmoil. I know I can help them understand that even if Art isn't their "thing," they will one day find that riddle their brain refuses to leave unsolved and wake up feeling different about themselves and life.
And if Art IS their thing?! WOW are we going to have a blast!!
I loved working on my last hydrangea so much that I decided to tackle the beautiful flower again, only in a different light. This time I'm battling against a beautiful blue sky, and loving every second of this new challenge.
I'm attempting to start this piece with a slightly different technique than I've typically used in the past. This time, instead of a preliminary drawing stage, I tried more of a color blocking technique. Also, as long as I'm switching things up, I'm forcing myself to work with larger flat brushes. I'm doing this in the hopes that things will develop not only quicker, but also more loosely. Funnily enough, I'm finding it difficult to keep things as blurred as I usually like, but I'm sure I'll learn from this struggle as I go.
Here are some progress pictures of my newest piece. Next step: details!!
I think I can call this one a wrap! I've added the vein details to the super in-focus petals, corrected the lost blue/gold dynamic I love so much, and sharpened up the center even more, I'll have to wait to post this under the gallery section until I get a more professional photograph with the proper color balances, but for now, I thought I could share the joy of another finished painting!!
Taking this painting out of it's blurry stage has been really rewarding so far. For me, the fun really comes from playing with focus - discerning what I want to remain blurry, contrasted with what I wish to be sharp. I have lost a bit of that beautiful play between the blues and golds, so onward I march in search of the right balance!
I've had to spend some time away from my studio and I'm beyond eager to get back into the swing of this latest piece. I'm picking up where I left off by continuing to scrub in the darks, hopefully creating a nice shade off of which light will pop from petals just where I want! I've also simultaneously been working on creating a dynamic between blues and yellows, which I'm finding incredibly fascinating. Still enjoying this painting immensely and grateful to be back working on a piece that I'm finding it difficult to set the brushes down.
So I've gotten a lot of requests to update my website more often. I have to admit that my intention when I launched this site was to post at least weekly updates, to use this space as something of a visual diary of my work and practices. But, alas, I found the idea extremely overwhelming. After all, I am a painter, not a blogger... I respect the people that demand both of themselves, and maybe, one day, the idea will not seem overwhelming, but instead, exciting and refreshing. So, for now, I will share my Twitter/Instagram updates - I sincerely hope you enjoy watching my work develop with me! And, as always, please feel free to ask any questions and share any insights in the comment section below!
Here are some (not so great) photos of my newest piece I'm working on. Started the drawing phase days ago, but as of now, I'm about two days into the underpainting phase. I started this piece a little differently, trying to avoid my typical pencil drawing on the canvas, and instead used white paint to outline what I was trying to convey. I can see already that this was a mistake and that it will be a battle to cover the lines, even though I tried to scrub them out immediately after laying them down. *sigh* You paint and you learn! Honestly, if I wasn't learning something new with each piece I would be failing myself, so bring on the challenges! Overall, I'm beyond excited for this piece to develop and feel like I'm getting closer and closer to finding my "voice".
I just received the exciting information that I have been accepted as an exhibiting artist for the amazing RAWartists Organization! RAW is an independent arts organization with a mission to provide up and coming artists with the tools, resources, and exposure they need to reach success. This is a huge opportunity for me, and needless to say, I'm beyond excited! Along with other Painters like myself, RAWartists events also include Photographers, Fashion Designers, Hair & Makeup Artists and Musicians, bringing a vast array of artforms under one exhilarating roof.
My first event with RAWartists, will be held at Shadowbox Live in Columbus, Ohio, on January 27th. This event is not only their season opener, but it also happens to mark the organization's one-year anniversary in Columbus. Tickets can be purchased directly at the door for $20, but if you purchase one by January 20th for $15 by clicking HERE or on the button below. Even if you can't attend the event, you can still buy a ticket HERE simply to sponsor me and show your support!Your money goes directly to support me and my artwork by enabling my continued work with RAW.
Thank you all in advance for all of your support - this wouldn't be possible without you. I hope to see many of your faces in the coming New Year!
I had an amazing time representing my art at LGI Gallery during their Grand Opening last weekend. The event was well attended, beautifully coordinated, and of course the collection of exhibiting art was spectacular. Two of my pieces are now on their way to appreciative homes, and I've been working hard to fill in their spots on the gallery wall. So, I am grateful to say I've finally finished a painting I've been plugging away at for awhile! This is my first diptic, as well as the first painting I've wrapped the image around the sides. I have to say, it was a lot of work, but painting the sides certainly gives the piece an awesome 3D effect.
I worked on four different easel setups, and worked through the full spectrum of daylight, so there are a lot of inconsistencies in lighting and angles, but to give you an idea of how this piece came to life, here are a few of the progress shots of my newest oil painting, Autumn Mornings! Hope you enjoy!
Exciting news! I have been chosen to be an Exhibiting Artist at the beautiful LGI Gallery! Founded in January, 2014, LGI Gallery is located in the beautiful Creekside area of Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The gallery will be opening its doors to the public on Friday, June 20th, in conjunction with the 16th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz festival. If you love outstanding blues and jazz music coupled with the work of fantastic local and nationally known artists, please feel free to stop in, say hello, and have a look around! The official gallery opening will be coming up next month – as soon as I know more details I will be sure to share them. For more information on LGI gallery and the other Exhibiting Artists please visit http://www.lgigallery.com/, and for more information on the Creekside Blues & Jazz festival can be found on their website http://www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com/. Stop in if you’re able, or if you know anyone in the area, please show your support and help spread the word! Hope to see you there!
Please CONTACT me if you have any questions, or would like to know which of my paintings the gallery will have for sale.