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. 

Good Bones

Home improvement TV junkies probably already know, but for others, my artwork made it's TV debut on HGTV's Good Bones (formerly Two Chicks and a Hammer) last night!

After a studio visit back in December, ten paintings were selected for this Bates-Hendricks neighborhood home, renovated by the mother/daughter team from Two Chicks and a Hammer.

Photo credit:  AJ Mast/AP Images (HGTV)

Photo credit: AJ Mast/AP Images (HGTV)

Photo credit:  Leslie Segrete

Photo credit: Leslie Segrete

Photo credit:  Leslie Segrete

Photo credit: Leslie Segrete

Photo credit:  Leslie Segrete

Photo credit: Leslie Segrete

Sketchbook Sunday: Paint Edition

I've worked in mostly acrylic for a long time, it's what I would consider my primary media. I combine it with collage, drawing, textures, and more. I've also to a lesser extent kept up with watercolor. Usually though, watercolor has been reserved for planning sketches for other paintings and projects. 

Recently, I have been bringing it back to the forefront to stand on its own. I'm still working back in with ink and graphite and other materials, but am also relearning to love watercolor all on its own again.

Here are a few color wash starts for a series of "floating neighborhoods", now underway. They will be available, both framed and unframed at Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts on IDADA First Friday, May 6.