Thanks to the warmer weather and a better understanding of what's been going with some personal matters, I was able to come up from my job as graphic designer, do a variety of necessary chores, eat dinner and, finally, get to working on art. I had to force myself so I'm not sure the efforts are the greatest but I am glad that I finally got around to doing something.
I spent a couple hours sitting in my bedroom / studio floor adding paint to the three sketchbook collaborations I have going with the lovely Melissa Harvil. We're a tad on the quirky side and each of the collabs show that, I think. You'll see when the photos are posted.
I also added some hues to some of the "illustrations" I was working on earlier this year. As with the collabs, I don't know. I just don't know. But... maybe they are okay.
While working, I also had DC Comics Batman: Year One playing in the background. I really like this movie and thoroughly enjoy the bulk of the story being about the future Commissioner Gordon.
February 12. 6-8pm. RAC / RAW Collaboration #3 in the Coosa Room at the Sara Hightower Library.
We began a little after six with MC Margaret Ingram warming up the crowd of 30 or more. She introduced Paul Moses, President of the Rome Area Writers, to thunderous applause! Paul is always an engaging and entertaining speaker. He discussed the mission of the Writers, how non-members could join, and requested that attendees take promos for the coming Rome Area Writers 2015 Writers Forum, which will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 9am-4pm.
Margaret, then, introduced me as President of the Rome Art Coterie to equally thunderous applause! I called for lightning but... we stuck to thunder. I discussed the mission of the Coterie being to support the visual arts locally and also mentioned that the next Coterie meeting will take place on March 10th, featuring critiques of the works created from the Birdhouse Arrangement Rebecca Duncan created at our November 12 meeting. Professor Brian Barr will be the critiquer / critiquist and will select the Best Work presented to be framed by / displayed at Michaels for 1-2 weeks in the Spring. The work will also automatically be juried into the next Art at the Hall exhibition. Finally, I mentioned the 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant which will be awarded to 2 local public arts teachers in the month of March and turned the program over to MC Ingram.
We all worked from the prompt:
"That bleak winter night, his world had shrunk to the four walls of this lonely cabin. He could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place."
I don't have a roster of who all went when nor where but I do know the proceedings began with Dekie and ended with Margaret. In between, there was a mix of readings, singings, paintings, pizza and cookies - coffee, too! The writings / visuals ranged from humorous to morbid with some blending the two. Who can forget the Writer who wrote of a man who dreamt of shooting his mother-in-law in the face and reveling in the possibility!? Or BBQ copperheads? Or the isolated man who saw a UFO? Or Kelly Mills' singing and George Jones? Or Linda Angio listing off possible suicide methods? No bunnies in sight.
Having shared a digital arts piece myself, it was a great night to be amongst my peers enjoying their creativity and their varied responses to our chosen strand of words!
I look forward to future endeavors with the Writers. Maybe we'll work from a prompt. Maybe we'll do another workshop (longer this time. Or maybe we'll go slightly different and have an artist create a visual prompt for everyone to work from. Or insert your idea here.
Thanks to Paul Moses and the Writers for inviting us to share time with them on their monthly meeting night. Also, a multitude of thanks to Linda Angio, Randy Eidson, Dekie Hicks and Margaret Ingram for putting the event together. Finally, to everyone who came out, I say thank you!
Thursday, February 5 -
I arrived on time. A rarity.
Randy and I went on up. We chatted a bit about his successful speaking engagement at a New Romans Club meeting earlier in the week and how he had met a lady there who was interested in drawing. She was looking for a teacher. We tossed around a few names, including our very own Becky D, and the possibility of taking a course at any of the three local colleges. Finally, Randy settled on querying Kelly Mills,
Art Department Chair / Gallery Director at Shorter University, to see if he may have an advanced student interested in the possibility.
Then, Judy arrived with a selection of Becky works (D and Lu). She had also brought the picture of her cat to work on - just had to figure out where to work? She couldn't take Becky Lu's spot at the table. Could she? Nah. Too warm. How about at the easel in front of Randy's pastels? Maybe? Nah. Too cold How about Becky D's spot? She might not be there due to Joel's recent surgery!? Ooh... this chair feels nice. It's. Just. Right.
Becky Lu dropped in as Judy was Goldilocks-ing. Then Melissa and Linda and, lastly, Becky D.
Becky D said Joel was doing well after his surgery which we were all glad to hear.
I stepped out and retrieved the Bird House arrangement which will be the inspiration for the Coterie's March 10 program. Randy had already created his piece for the program which will feature Georgia Highlands College Art Professor Brian Barr critiquing works inspired by the bird house. Brian will also choose the best piece submitted which will then be framed by and displayed at the Rome Michael's for two weeks.
Everyone was busy working on their own thing so I just set it aside and started snapping the photos you see below.
Melissa, Randy and I all worked on our pieces for the Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaboration next Thursday (no PSP next week). Judy worked on her kitty kat. Becky D worked on a critter with a beautiful landscape. Becky Lu began working on a piece inspired by birds and Linda tried her hand at the human head.
We joked about women on fire (literally) that may have included a member and / or a member's wife, women with penises, bird wolves, etc. It was another great evening with a wonderful group of artists / friends! We have a pretty good time together.
Around 9pm, all but Randy and I started packing up and headed home.
I stuck around a while later talking art with Randy as we have on several occasions when the meetings have wound down and it's just he and I. We talked on how great the RAC / RAW collaboration should be next week with an eclectic and, hopefully, inspirational mix of works that will be displayed. We also discussed ways to loosen up as an artist and not be so damn literal. You don't have to draw the thing (Ex: a chair) you look at in exactness and it was recommended to try drawing it (the chair) more than once and to let your creativity wander with each subsequent drawing until you find an image you connect with. As Randy hinted at, though, much easier said than done.
Well, that's it for this week.
On September 18th, we (Pear Street Painters) started a new collaboration - the first one since 2011. Over a period of about an hour and a half, we created the accompanying piece. We'll try to finish the piece at our September 25 session.
Please visit the Pear Street Painters website to view a video of the painting in progress.
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.