My final exhibit with the Pear Street Painters is on display at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, GA now through October 24th. A reception for the exhibit will be held this coming Sunday, September 18 from 3-4:30pm. All invited!
2016.310.PSPRAWCollab.SaddleUp - Illustration created for the collaboration with Rome Area Writers inspired by the prompt "Saddle Up." My premise was to add a saddle and horse-ify the lead character in the Disney Pixar film UP, Carl. It was fun and got a few chuckles!
It was a cold night in the mid-20s.
It was 'lissa's Dad's birthday so she didn't come. I reckon most everyone else fell victim to the cold cuz it was just Randy, Becky Lu and I (who arrived 30 minutes late). We chatted a bit about the Naturalist's Vision exhibition that will be happening at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun later this year. Will there be multiple purchase awards? Or will there just be the one for $1000 and the rest be generally awarded? I'll have to follow up on that with John and Mary Nell.
We then got to discussin' the Rome Art Coterie's 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant co-sponsored by Rome Area Council for the Arts. Becky Lu, like 'lissa, is a local arts teacher. Also, like 'lissa, she won grant money last year. They are our inside to the complex world of teachin' and a complex world it must be. We (Rome Art Coterie w/RACA) offered $250 each to 2 local public art educators and received response from exactly 2 local public art educators.
No questions. No correspondence. Just 2 completed applications.
I don't intend to represent teachers in a negative light as we're just trying to understand their situation but, apparently, they tend to be so overwhelmed with requests for their time that they tend to only do things expressly "ordered" by their school's administrative personnel i.e. principals. As our offer of the Jane McCord grant didn't attach itself to a principal's bearing (and our intent is not to force the issue as the grant is an offer not an edict), it held no weight and thus the email we sent out requesting teachers to apply, most likely, got trashed like so much spam. Expressing concern over this lack of interest, we came to the conclusion that, if there be so little interest, we shall not offer the grant next year. Becky Lu intends to bring the grant up with her teacher buddies when they gather and see why there was little response.
We discussed some other odds n' ends and worked for the rest of the time. Becky Lu was working on a bird for a future "paper" work. Randy was working on another in his ongoing Africa series. And I just piddled in my sketchbook. Didn't have any ideas but wanted to put some marks on a page to keep in practice.
When I got to the apartment later, I added some hues to a selection of cards.
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.
I. Showed up late yet again. When I got home around 6pm, I laid down to rest from another seemingly long week. About 7:30, I roused myself from slumber, called Randy and headed down to Pear Street.
Linda, Becky Lu and Randy were all there. Becky Lu was chatting with Linda about a recent Oil Painting Workshop she had taken under the tutelage of Laura Lanford and Randy was working on one of the pieces from his Africa series. Becky Lu seemed to have enjoyed the workshop though she was less pleased with her painting while there. "Too green," she said.
We then went on to critique Randy's piece for the coming Coterie / Writers collaboration. He had made some great strides since last week as he had shored up some of the issues with depth / distance that had plagued the piece last week by darkening the sky, eliminating a mass of trees and tightening the path to the cabin in the distance. While studying the piece, Becky Lu, Linda and I having all said that we enjoyed the piece (and its' direction) were queried by Randy as to how he could translate this nice picture into ART!? Hell of a question, dare I say.
We began with the usual pleasantries. "But Randy, it is art." "You're being too critical." Etc. etc. etc. As the responses were missing the mark, Randy extrapolated further. He liked what he had, compositionally, but felt that the piece lacked an immediacy that captured the viewer and wanted to know how could he get that with what he was presenting.
We pondered further and threw out the notion of attacking the cabin in the distance with strokes of pastel to show the aggression of a world set upon this solitary domicile. I believe we left it at that.
From there, Linda, Becky Lu and I chatted up the local figure drawing sessions that have been occurring at GHC on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 :) Both Becky Lu and Linda explained that they were unsure about attending the sessions. They would like instruction on how to approach drawing the figure before devoting time to doing so. Certainly understandable and, hopefully, we can setup an instructional session for Becky Lu, Linda and others so they may learn how to approach the figure in the near future.
Around this time (9pm or thereabouts), Becky Lu and Linda had to leave. Randy and I stuck around for about another 20-30 minutes with he, again, working on a piece from his Africa series and I working at my concept (below) for the Coterie / Writers collaboration.
Another good session!
After missing last week's meeting of the Pear Street Painters, I was looking forward to attending this week. It was Judy's second session with us and I didn't want to miss it. Though Linda and Becky Lu couldn't make it due to personal matters, the rest of us (Becky D., Melissa, Randy and I) were there.
Randy and Judy had already gone upstairs when I arrived about 10 minutes late. They were discussing Randy's piece for the Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaboration. It was inspired by 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." Without going into much detail, Randy was working on a rather interesting snow piece with a cabin in the distance - very good texture on the snow but with some spatial relationships yet to be worked out! Melissa and I gave him some suggestions to help with the spatial concerns.
Then I set to work on my "The Devil" piece again by adding in a mix of grays and adding some spatial delineation with some swipes of the chromatic black I tend to use. It's a mix of Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue - beautifully rich! Would rather have used Raw Umber instead of the Burnt but you work with you have.
Melissa worked on some ideas for the RAC / RAW collaboration and Judy picked at a painting of her feline.
When Becky D arrived, she set to introducing herself to Judy before working on a painting of a young girl holding a kitten. Becky had some concerns so we gathered 'round for a critique and gave her, with best intentions, a few suggestions to improve the piece.
We painted for a while longer with everyone cutting out around 9-9:15pm.
Tonight was a Pear Street meeting. I arrived shortly after 7pm and, apparently, was unable to open a “locked” unlocked door. Randy set me straight on that, though.
We had our usual majority percentage in attendance with Becky Lu, Melissa, Randy and I. We shot the breeze a bit and then everyone commenced to working. Melissa worked on / at her figure drawings with markers. Becky worked on an underpainting for an apple piece she was doing for a workshop she was to attend. I believe it pertained to “Paper Painting.” Randy worked on his piece for the Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaborative meeting in February. He had already worked up an impressive pastel of the birdhouse to be judged at the March Coterie meeting.
I worked on adding some grays to a couple drawings that I’ve been working on on some manila paper. One of the pieces is, from my perspective, a Streetfighter 2 - Blanca type character pounding the pavement. The other I would say is comparable to a man with a big hand but is heavily abstracted. Also, some grays were added to a sequence of new art cards that I’ll, hopefully, be able to complete and sell in the next month.
Finally, I ended the night photographing the figure drawing worked on the previous night and one of the abstract works created for the Mercer exhibit, Meraki.
I'm exhibiting November 5 through December 17 as part of the Pear Street Painters exhibit entitled Meraki (taken from the Greek word which means,"The soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.") It will be on display at Mercer University in the Brown Art Gallery (part of the Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library).
When you check it out, let me know what you think.
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.