Life has been quite busy. I'm bringing on a new team to keep me current with social media and allow me time to work work work. Everyday I don't feel quite right unless I paint or create. Creating is a wide range of work. Oil painting, pastels, digital video, commercial work for our families coffee company or marketing firms. Yep, I do commercial as well. My responce to those judge mental eyes is...many famous artists were commercial artist. Alphonse Moucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, Erte and even Keith Hering. Every artist has to pay the rent. I started as an airbrush illustrator then was hired as an artist for glass carving. That art form kept me busy for 20 years. I did work in hundreds of homes and business' including Madison Square Garden, IBM, The NYC Hilton and The Historic Apollo Theater. It's been a jourey and a daily advenure.
0 Comments Big Love5/25/2016
This video shows the layering of colors most people would not use, however, this is an under painting. Depending on lighting and a skin cast, some people throw off a blue color, or green or purple. This is not necessarily seen in the end product, but this demonstration shows how that can be used to "pop" a color with an alternate color on the color wheel. I love to use reds, purples and blues. I rarely use green, but the colors were being thrown there as reflections of the tropical jungle behind me reflected onto him. enjoy...more are coming and finished pieces will be available for purchase via a secured technology which allows the purchase to be only once and unique.
Life and art change every day. If we do not move with it, we will be left behind in antiquated process'. Don't get me wrong, traditional painting is what makes any illustrator so much better. The information that you learn from blending color with a pastel stick or a paint brush with oils is not replaceable, yet. The reminiscent smell of turpentine and oils, solvents and linseed oil will have to be a perfume that we purchase in the future. Until that day, I will enjoy ruining my cloths and nails, accidentally dipping my brush in my coffee rather than my turpentine, and hating my work that day , washing it with mineral spirit and starting another day with a new vision and clean brushes.
0 Comments May 19th, 20165/19/2016
My Muse Returns Home for a Visit My son, Julian, came home for a short visit. If you follow my work you know he has been my model ( out of necessity) for many years. He has been seriously ill for most of his life and was stuck home with me while all the others were out doing things he couldn't. This allowed me to indulge all my attention on him and gave him a job...to hold still. He is my Budha Child who is calm and fine with holding still as we chat and I draw.
This also allowed me to spend more time on a few new ipad apps that I have been learning and enjoying. One is called ArtStudio and the other is Procreate. Its actually been amazing to apply fine art pastel and watercolor techniques to a computer based application. I have rejected the computer since my first career ( air brush illustrating) was devastated by computer graphics. So i rejected even looking in the direction of the computer. My personal style tends to be more edgy for a pastel artist, so this process has been pretty interesting. The filming opportunity within the applications just really shows the process . I will keep pushing into it, but i just can't stop painting.
0 Comments February 11th, 20162/11/2016
I had a great catch up conversation with an old painting friend, Allen Stamper. This is a pastel sketch of a our Model, "Julie", she was the muse for many pieces I did including "julie with a lime". Its important for artists to keep in touch, support and inspire each other. I met many artists when I was painting on Oahu and Kauai. They were all so darn calm. It never quite took for me. How I work and the color I use is contrary to many artists, I know. I'm a bit more static. When I work in my studio, I listen to loud music, lots of Punk, Rock and Roll and Rap. It is contrary to my friends who drink wine and listen to Beethoven or Chopin. Music is my caffeine, a direct instigation into my creative core. I also do NT work well under the influence of anything other than music. I learned that in Hawaii. I loose concentration and get tired.
I DO listen to Bach and Beethoven when I paint landscapes....hmm. I don't do too many landscapes. I do LOVE color and all that they instigate. Color inspires energy, calm, love, fear, comfort and a whole myriad of emotions, as does music.
Art, Music, dancing, cooking, knitting, making sandcastles and all that we do from our creative mind require a catalyst. It requires inspiration to get that which is in our minds eye out. To do this as a career requires a special talent to tap into that inspiration, daily. For me, it's music with a very club type beat. It keeps me painting at a pace. 6-9 hours go by and I haven't taken a break. That's love.
0 Comments Stuart Thurston Pork, Esq8/29/2015
Sturat Pork, Esq..."Egor"
Well, Egor is about ready to publish. This is the part where I take him to be photographed. This piece and two others will be entered into the Pastel Journals competition on Sept 1st. Ill take it to my trusted photographer, Jack Rybak. If the picture is lit well I can use it to create giclee prints and other items. It also allows me to post my pieces in shows at a high resolution all over the world.
"Egor's Story": Well Egor was going along and it has some complicated problems to solve with in it with the figures position, with the complicated lighting exposure, and my original idea of putting a mandala behind him, had cause an issue where I needed to "reground" to hold the pastel in an area. In the end, as I studied it for details, I felt it was not right and I wanted to enter a piece that I felt was as perfect as I am capable of producing. With a time restraint (as many artists have with portraits or commissions) and a serious solution to create...I needed to stop for a few days and think. I took the background down to the base of the sanded Wallis paper by washing and even scraping up the "re ground". This is nerve wracking, BUT I refused to submit a piece I felt was not technically correct. Then my solution was to keep the background dark and pop the graffiti a little. My husband and members of my family who had seen the progress were sure I had destroyed it. I wasn't sure that I hadn't, but I did feel confident in my concept to recover.
I show the progress on the "Progress" page. This piece took about two months while I worked on other pieces. My model, is a young antsy guy, so holding a position for any period of time is fairly tough. SO I worked from short sessions and a few photos. It's hard to work with fidgety models, but this subject is dear to my heart and worth the struggle.
This topic is a little edgier than I believe they are used to, so not sure how it will be received. They are used to traditional landscapes, and still life's and conservative topics. In the meantime...I had a blast doing it and I'm doing a whole collection on this and other "Writers" over the next few years. Wish me luck!
0 Comments Future SHows...8/6/2015
Although my last few shows have been odd and a learning experience in showing in Mexico, I am pressing on. I have and always do enter international "competitions" to keep my eye sharp and see who's out there. I am always impressed with other artists who reach a certain level and get that insecure voice that ALL artists have ( no matter what they say), 'am I good enough?'
I realize it's all relative and it keeps me constantly reinventing, becoming re-inspired by other artists, by their enthusiasm and their visions. I have never been an abstract artist. It requires specific understanding of color and color theories. Oddly, this is the direction I have always been going as a pastel artist. Color. Color expresses so much. People ask why I use red so much. I don't know. I LOVE red. It's passionate, it's angry, it's complimentary on all levels. I reject yellow. why? I don't know. I just rarely use yellow. I have been working toward it. I have very few fears...very few. My theory of fear is to charge it and you realize it's usually all in your mind. Yellow....it's all in my mind. Now, I'm not "afraid" of yellow, but it challenges my perception of visual sophistication. My current work in oils, approaches primaries and their place on my palette.
Yellow and Blue:
0 Comments Onward7/13/2015
July is chalk full of shows. At the end of this month I will be doing a live demo and showing at the Café Sophia shopping mall. I and 11 other artists will be showing there for the evening of July 30th. Then the work will stay on display for 1 week. This is an introduction to an art association which I am starting with my friend Jackie Cole: "The Art Association or the Riviera Maya". I will be so happy to be there with my newest art friend Male and an art associate from New York, Stuart Pork, who is a successful graffiti writer in NY, Hawaii, California, Miami and in Mexico. He will also be doing a live demo on canvas' that will be put on sale that night.
I also have a competition which I am hoping to be chosen to compete. The amazing artists of the Riviera Maya will compete to be chosen for an exclusive show at Maroma. There will be a juror and places chosen. I am excited to meet other artists in the area that I do not already know. The two pieces below are the pieces entered to be chosen. The show awards ceremony will be July 25th and the show will be up till August 31st.
So...July is hoping!
0 Comments June 26th, 20156/26/2015
Paris in the Springtime.
It was a dream...for me. all those pieces that I studied in Art History and all those artists I respected were there. Yes I grew up near the Metropolitan, The Guggenheim, MOMA...all the amazing museums in NYC But these works were new to me, only seen in books and pictures. I was so happy spending everyday just looking at them. Looking at their brush strokes, their techniques, their concept of completion. Very Amazing to me and if I never go anywhere again, I will have considered my life an amazing journey.
Perhaps I will go back soon. Certainly if I can go every year I will. It will be my touchstone. It also helps me to look at my familiar works in NYC and process them all together in my mental file. Opportunities to sketch
The statues, the sculptures and the colors and color theory gave me such inspiration. I bought some supplies and went straight to sketching the statuary in the Greek and Roman wings and outdoor pavilions. Endless opportunities. Not enough time in the day. One particular fellow had a pretty funny smirk on his face...I sketched him and then pastel sketched him twice. The Mona Lisa has that same smirk...that knowing look. Other opportunities were on the streets themselves. People, architecture, fountains and the River ...amazing inspirations are all around the city.
0 Comments New Show at Soho Hotel5/20/2015
Playa Del Carmen, June 4th. A new show with friends and collaborators in the PDC area. We are joining to form a new Non profit in the area to support the art community here. This will be attended by the founding members to promote arts in the Riviera Maya. Join us if your in the neighborhood. June 4th, opening night will have the artist and a live graffiti exposition, along with refreshments and music.
I hope you can join me...summers sizzling in. Hot summer days and cool drinks in the evening.
04:46=My life theoryA life with out challenges makes for a dull outcome. My challenges have really defined me.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" Edgar Degas