Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Old Western Oil Painting

This is the "International Artist" magazine I used for inspiration in my painting.  The subscription was a gift.  Despite the fact that I don't usually paint in this style I was hoping to learn from it.  The step by step interview with the artist was cool.

There is no comparison between my painting and the original painting but I was proud of my effort.  The process really made me appreciate his approach.

Step 1:  The underpainting

Step 2: I added the darks.  Concentrating on "glazing" which the is technique of using thin layers of oil paint. The more layers that are added the richer the color.  Otherwise it ends up being too muddy.

Step 3: The landscape is starting to take shape.

Step 4:  Working from left to right.

Step 5: Darker Sky 

Step 6: Finished.  Merry Christmas Gramps!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Art Club Update: A Sample of Tuesdays After School

My First Art Club assignment was to create centerpieces for the North Providence Holiday Ball.  We cut cardboard into triangles, used masking tape to create a pyramid shape and then paper mached them.  The faded color from top to bottom was my favorite part.

My second art club assignment was to cut up a 8'x10" photo from the National Geographic website into one inch squares.  I then cut A 24"X30" piece of white paper  into three inch squares.  I numbered both sets and handed them out at random.  The students are using pencil to replicate the image they receive onto the paper.  And now they are slowly piecing together the image.
They are excited to see what emerges.

A new idea for a bulliten board.  Students get a "shout out" for good behavior, accomplishments etc.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Dream Basement Transformation...

A Youth Art Studio
I would call it something like: The Art Room

Here are some images that have inspired me in my dream transformation...

Art Gallery

Acrylic resin collage on top of a large craft table
Mismatched colorful chairs

instant photo class

A huge tree mural that the kids sign a branch after a session of classes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

One Show Up and Another One Booked!

Front View of Coffee Shop

Left Side of Coffee Shop

Don't worry I talked to this guy.  He was very nice and seemed okay with being in a picture on my super popular blog.

After delivering some new postcards around town I seemed to have stumbled upon booking a show at Julian's!  Only one of the best restaurants in Providence.  With (not to mention) some saweeet artwork.  I am excited for THE BEERMUDA TRIANGLE!  The beer week is starting now celebrated at the E&O, The Avery and @ Julian's.  all cool spots. all good beer. all walking distance.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Upcoming Show & a Dance Performance. Promotion Galore.

This show will feature all the new paintings I have been working on.  I am really pleased that all this new work seems to have a relationship to eachother.   It is a more cohesive show than in previous years.  I have been dropping these flyers all around town.  The show is at White Electric Coffee Shop.  They have great coffee and food if you want to check out some of my paintings they will be on display October 17-Nov 24.

Also, opening around the same time is my good friend Michelle Struckholtz's dance performance BLINKING! Here is a little descriptive blurb:

10/14/2010  to  10/16/2010   
Pell-Chafee Performance Center
Lostwax: "BLINKING"
A Visual Interplay of Dance and New Media

We blink 10 times a minute. But what is lost in these liminal moments? Inspired by author Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, choreographer Jamie Jewett explores the fascinating human process of understanding pattern, information and perception with a provocative new work by multi-media dance company Lostwax. In this groundbreaking premiere — another FirstWorks first — BLINKING traverses the visceral cusp between installation, performance and narrative through technology, music and movement.

Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm
Friday, October 15, 7:30 and 9:30pm
Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm

I am going Saturday Night.  This show is really cool integrating technology and some super dancing.  Check it out if you are in the area!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Paintings these days...

"Wears Makeup" by Shari Weschler Rubeck
Acrylic/Graphite/Board 24" x 18" 2010

by Shari Weschler Rubeck

Recently, I contacted Shari about her paintings (above) in an announcement for the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, MA.  What beautiful surface?  I often find myself bored with paintings these days because they seem to fall so easily into a category of work I've seen before...which is not to say these artists are not talented or that they don't create aesthetically beautiful work.  It's just like, yeah, another MFA student painting...

people with delicate animal heads...

Brian Donnelly

or any combination of photo-realism and animals...

 Amy Guidly

or paintings on wood grain...

or super crazy urban abstract landscapes...

by Naomi Reis

I don't mean to sound like such a grump.  I am probably just jealous of getting an MFA.  And I have to admit when I want to paint for fun I end up doing some quirky flowers that make me happy.  See my old post for hypocritical proof!

But even now, since I became interested in encaustic painting the medium has become incredibly popular.  And all the paintings are starting to have that same lumpy, bumpy feeling...jeez louise nevelson

I'll end this on a positive note.  On an artist that uses encaustic and sculpture in a way that I think is really amazing.  Martin Kline... hope is to incorporate an element of sculpture to my pieces.  Which are more just beeswax and not real can check it out if you want.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

4 corners, Imaginary Chickens and a Dorfman

On a trip to the Sakkonnet Winery in Little Compton, RI, I drove through Tiverton, MA.  I forced my husband to stop in the Tiverton Four Corners.  Easily the cutest, quaintest, most adorable-fairytale place I have ever seen.  Shortly after visiting I chose the lot of land I will buy to build my house and barn studio and where I plan to raise my imaginary future chickens.
Photos of Tiverton Four Corners, RI Photos of Tiverton Four Corners, RI
I visited a beautiful store called Rummage with gorgeous little trinkets, things old and new (art by local artists). Tim bought the coolest set of antique maps there.
The clerk at Rummage was this young musician from the Berkely school of music named Andrea Belanger.  She told me about her father's involvement in the Narrow Center for the Arts (I love making any connections to organizations like that).  It was nice to meet someone so talented and so go-getterish. Her music is cool check it out.  
Anyway, while in one of the many galleries in Tiverton (of course I picked out a future studio space/shop for myself) I saw these portraits taken by one of the largest polaroids ever (only 6 in the world).  I loved polaroids as a kid. Instant Gratification Machines.
The artist's name is Elsa Dorfman.  Look at this crazy camera!

Some of the family portraits were nice.
Here is a cool pic of Alan Ginsberg.  The edges are the best part.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

As you live and breathe...

Thanks to a certain visit from a certain TJ Huff I have been obsessed with this new site.  It has free hour long podcasts with great music.

Also, I submitted a fun little batch of things to the 9th Annual Craftland Show in Providence, RI.  I find out if I make the cut in September.  If I don't... let me know if you need a cork board.  I had all these cool molding pieces left around my studio - so I figured I would see what I could frame with them.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Enjoy the Frazier Festival 2nd Hand...

I went to this event to see my friend Michelle dance in the second video clip.  The Frazier Festival is a live, site-specific installation of dance that is free and open to the public.  The following clip is from Saturday, July 17, during the ELEMENTAL show on the RISD Campus on the Frazier Terrace.  You can hear in my voice that I finally learned how to work my camera when I confirm...yes, it's recording.

TitleA Sea of Bodies, a large brick wall
ChoreographyKellie Ann Lynch
Music: Rachel's
Performers: Margee Achee, Lindsey bauer, Nikki Carrara, Tonya Colpitts, Lisa Gesler, Leigh Hendrix, Amy Holly, Elaine Hooper, Leah Moriarty, Gianna Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, Kate Seethaler, Alicia White

TitleLive Stream
Choreography:  Michelle Castaneda
Visual Artist: Alan Ormondroyd
Music: 'The Winner Is' - Devotchka, 'Opus 15, No. 1 in F Major - Chopin
Performers:  Justin Davis, Teresa Kochis, Michelle Struckholz

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Getting prepared for my show at White Electric in September. 
Sorry about the slim post.  I'm a busy bee.

Funny...Check out the artist interview with Kim Bernard on the Lynette Haggard blog (that I follow).  Kim is swinging from a pengalum and spray painting on paper...seriously...Maude from The Big Lebowski already make that move famous.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Waterfire Poster

This image is just some ideas I kicked around for a poster for waterfire. Click on the link to find out more about the event.

                                                                             a lil detail

                                    Weird Postcards /10 for a $1.00 at Ocean State Job Lot