Indy Cartography

A few months ago I set about planning and mentally laying out a new show for the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I knew almost right away that it would revolve around maps. I would tie these maps to important places in Indianapolis, my home.

And, the work would be big - the first piece I started for this show was 4 x 3 feet. I had been itching to do larger paintings for a while. 

Sketchbook layout of the City Gallery  

Sketchbook layout of the City Gallery  

Three weeks ago, several paintings were in progress, some more than others, but nothing was finished. Also three weeks ago, a disc in my lower back herniated. Great timing, right? 

Spine model from my doctor's office, showing the offending disc  

Spine model from my doctor's office, showing the offending disc  

Many things became uncertain. For a time after I couldn't go to work, drive, walk up stairs, and certainly couldn't get to the studio to continue these big pieces. But, with everything I couldn't do, I needed a goal (besides all the things listed above) and that was to commit to this show, even if I wasn't sure I could make it to my own opening.

What you will see at tonight's opening and throughout January was created, in large part, in the last two and a half weeks. And I love it all. 

'North Split' in progress  

'North Split' in progress  

The work is much smaller, and all on paper, things I could work on from home. And I'm really proud of it. It's not what I originally planned. It's better.

'Herron Morton Place' in progress, from the couch. 

'Herron Morton Place' in progress, from the couch. 

While I wish I could have avoided injury, it pushed me to re-examine my approach and the results are on view this month. 

Deadlines drive us.  

Starting Over

Today I started over on three paintings. They have been in progress for weeks and today all progress stopped... or did it?  

They've been painted white again, back to the beginning, but they now have a little more texture, there are shadows of the previous layers, and will be the base for something new... one day.

 

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For now, they are sitting in a corner of the studio. Things like this make me wonder if I'll ever finish a painting again. I hate this feeling. 

Revisiting the Past

I'm in process of decluttering both at home and in the studio in an effort to own less stuff and have what I do own mean more or at least hold a regular, useful purpose. 

This has resulted in quite a bit of rediscovery of art that was abandoned mid-creation. Rather than tossing out bits and pieces of my starts and stops, I'm throwing them in one place with a goal to finish them out, even if it doesn't follow the original plan (because I'm not in that place anymore anyway).  

Here's the first of this blast from the past clean out project - I came across a short stack of small (5 x 7 inch and smaller) bits of paper from a time when I was experimenting with more saturated layers of watercolor. This was before my obsession with gel inks that can easily by applied over dark backgrounds. I combo'd another recent subject matter - hands - with a nod to a client's illustration project by circling the wrist with ranunculus.  

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I love the result and joining the past with present. Look for more to come here, on Facebook, and Instagram.

NEW IN THE SHOP: 'Let's go Racing'

New item alert! There's this little race that Indianapolis hosts each year at the end of May, you may know it.

In any event I've created an original painting, 'Let's Go Racing', in honor of this years running and am now taking pre-orders for fine art prints.

You can sign up for a pre-order of this 8 x 10 inch print in my Etsy shop, here, now through Monday, May 9 with prints shipping out by Monday, May 16. Prints are $25 (plus a bit for shipping).

Vroom!

 

Find me at the Indiana State Museum

While you're checking out all the great local art at the this weekend's Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum, make sure to take a peek inside The Indiana Store.

The Indiana Store is my newest retailer, carrying a selection of Indiana inspired prints and postcards, including two new prints in larger sizes.

You may have seen Midwest is Best and Greetings from Indiana (USA) before as postcards, but this is the first time I've offered them as fine art prints and the first time in 11 x 14 inch sizes. As always, fine art prints are printed with archival inks and paper and each is hand signed. For now, the Indiana Store is the only place you can get these larger prints.

Like what you see? Head over to the Museum Monday through Saturday from 10 - 5pm and Sunday 11 - 5pm. The Indiana Art Fair is this Saturday, February 13 from 10am - 5pm.

NEW in the shop: Valentine's Postcards

They're here! I've created a limited edition 2016 Valentine's Day postcard so you can send your love near and far!

Available now in my Etsy Shop, each card is 4 x 6 inches and printed on a matte card stock and comes from a series of hand painted watercolor hearts.

Order early if you plan to mail one to your sweetheart, or by Wednesday, February 10 if you plan to deliver them in person on Valentine's Day.

The original watercolor painting that inspired this year's postcard.

The original watercolor painting that inspired this year's postcard.

Happy February

To my fellow February-born, be you Aquarians or Pisces, the amethyst is our birthstone. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and is believed to ward off poisoning. So there's that.

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I'm continuing this series of birthstones each month throughout 2016 with the plan to assemble them into some really cool project a little later this year.

More to come!