Saturday, July 27, 2019
As for the materials, much more acrylic than oil although when it comes to canvas I prefer both. Acrylic to set the field so to speak and oil over to pull it together. Well, that's the objective anyway if "together" isn't always the result.
During this month of July I've used about 15' of yupo paper, almost 6000 sq inches of the stuff to make a 60" square piece and maybe a dozen smaller ones. The surface really appeals to me! Very little resistance, none actually, nothing absorbed like paper sometimes does, and otherwise just easy to handle. Tape it to the walls in my studio and go.
Also in July I've worked to complete six 36" square canvases, and I think several are done!! I've approached a gallery or two about submitting exhibit proposals but find all of that takes me away from making. That part of being a painter still daunts. Plus, the proposal writing itself. And, yes, taking the time to think about what the work is "about"? Ohhhhhhhh. True confessions of a tormented picture maker!
So, I'll push to make an exhibit or two happen this fall season. I showed work in Greenfield at the Pushkin Gallery during a musical performance by my friend Tess and her band mates which was great and exhibited during the month of June at the Hawks and Reed Performance Center, also in Greenfield.
I'm in the early stages of designing a teaching program to offer later this year and enjoying developing relationships with staff at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro. Although nothing has been finalized I anticipate a working collaboration with the school to evolve during the remainder of 2019. Fingers crossed.
The Shea Theater in Turners Falls has asked me to exhibit work in the second floor lobby area of the
renovated performance space beginning in August. I've been working with Pivot Media in Florence
to create two 40+" abstract images to mount on stretchers or on board. They will, I think, be prints from work on yupo I did in the spring and early summer. The photography and printing skills of Jim Gipe are really special and I appreciate his skill and time. His enlargements of original work are eye popping in clarity and color.
Here are a few views you won't see on insta or on my website. Hopefully I'll be back here soon!!
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
|My work in the bar at Hawks and Reed|
Second Floor Lobby
Where I'll hang my work beginning in August
Jim Skillicorn's work has been there for several years!!