Last year I created a mixed media piece for the Westford Regional Art Show that was very out of my comfort zone and my usual artistic style. This year I went the other way, after looking through my favorite paintings, both old and new, I decided to hang up my favorite painting which is of the ocean. I realized in choosing this work that the more time that goes by since I’ve created it, the more I am developing a love-hate relationship with the painting. I love how effortless and fun the painting was to create and the layers and depth it shows. I hate that I have yet to create another painting that I love as much if not more. My new goal is to create more artwork in the hopes that I create a painting that I find even better than this one. All in all though I was excited I went with my favorite because it won an Honorable Mention!
From the first of May until September I am displaying my artwork in The Java Room Cafe in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Every three weeks I am installing new artwork. Below are images of the work displayed in May and June.
I am in the process of finishing new artworks for July through September. If you want to see these paintings in person or would be interested in learning more about the cafe you can check out The Java Room Cafe on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thejavaroom.
These paintings were created for July-September.
More to come!
I am the guest artist at Art on Main Fine Art Gallery in Westford, MA. I have sixteen artworks on display for the month of March. Planning, creating, and getting organized for this exhibit was a lot of work and I’ve learned a lot about not only my creative art practice but the business side of art. I am proud of the work that I created and the exhibit that I’ve put together. Below are some images of my work in the gallery space and the process involved in creating and exhibiting the artwork.
The work in this exhibit is a collection of artworks that I’ve created in the past few years up until last month. It was very difficult to decide what to paint or draw for this exhibit. I dragged my feet for awhile and it was challenging to get back into painting and drawing after doing just a few artworks since my graduation in May. As the show approached I created sketches of what I may want to include in the show and started with some of my stronger paintings from my senior year. I chose paintings that I felt people could relate to and art that people would want to buy. This is my first art show and I was reluctant to include any artwork that would be too personal.
After choosing these artworks I decided that the other artwork in the show should be of common subjects but that I wanted to take the time to challenge myself in the way that I paint or draw these images. The first work that I created for this show is a self portrait done in charcoal and conte-crayon on black mat board. The inspiration for this piece came from the material. I rarely work on a black surface and was excited to try it out. I chose to do a self portrait on top of the black because I love portraiture and I love contrast. The artwork is titled “Worried” I am a worrier and hoped that the intense contrast and black background would show that feeling. This got me thinking about times I had less worries and to contrast the meaning behind the self portrait I drew a picture of my mom and me using an old photograph as a reference. The black background in this case is mostly covered but it mutes the colors and makes the image feel like a memory.
After these drawings I began painting a series of tulip paintings. Tulips were my moms favorite flower. I was abroad in Florence when I took the photographs that inspired these paintings. The photographs were taken at night of a group of tulips under a street light. I thought the lighting was so beautiful that I stopped and got to the ground level to change the perspective and put emphasis on these large beautiful tulips. These paintings took a long time to create but I am proud of the way they turned out and I feel that I was successful in making the flowers look as radiant as I remember them.
The next artworks I created for the space on the back wall. I love working with light and reflection so I decided to paint a still life of wine bottles. The fascination I have with light is seen in the majority of my paintings.
The fifth work created for the show was painted in a similar style to my Ocean painting. Under both Ocean and The Ranch I created a grid and using complimentary colors, filled each square with a shade or tint of those colors. I was curious to see how the under painting would change the depth and movement of the finished painting. Since The Ranch was one of my last new painting, I did not give the under painting the proper amount of time to dry and so the effect is less successful in The Ranch than it is in Ocean. I do feel that The Ranch was successful in the way that the grid added color to the white, blue and green areas of the painting.
Oil paint takes a long time to dry and I used a lot of paint on each painting so I stopped painting a few weeks before the show. In the next two weeks I wanted to create more work for the show so I created these two charcoal drawings:
These drawings are examples of where I see my work going in the future. I enjoy layering different images and depicting an emotion or narrative through layering. I feel more successful and excited about the work when it is more personal, however the more personal an artwork is the harder it is to share.
After creating these images and tweaking a few paintings done in college I create business cards, greeting cards and a portfolio of intaglio prints for sale.
Business card and greeting cards:
If you are interested in seeing the exhibit the gallery is located at:
40 Main Street, Westford, Massachusetts
The open reception for the exhibit is Wednesday, March 13th from 5 to 8pm. There will be snacks and drinks and everyone is welcome to come view the artwork on display!
If you are interested in commissioning an artwork please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
After looking back on all of my artwork I realize that a lot of my artwork I like better in the beginning stages than the finished product. I have a tendency to always make things almost look too “right, pretty, or cute” not that that is a bad thing, it is the style I’ve developed. However, sometimes I wish I could leave a painting half done and see what people think of it. Below are a bunch of projects showing the start to the finish. Some projects, like the clay vase, had to be glazed and fired. The different images of the pot are interesting to me though so I included them.
This painting was a gift for my dad. It’s an oil painting of the Swiss Alps. In this case I am glad I fully finished the painting. Although I do think that at the half way point it was interesting too.
The paintings below of the beach scene I love both of them but I wish I had kept it half done. I think having the grid show more is much more interesting.
The small image next to this painting is another oil painting painted from the same reference. I created the chain and piece that holds the painting as well. The painting also functions as a necklace, although I would never wear it for fear of ruining or losing it. This piece took a lot of time and I am proud of it.
Below is an image of my 21 inch coil pot before and after glazing it. I find this piece charming, the feet give it a lot of personality.
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.” -Ray Bradbury
I believe that while being “artistic” is great, it is also a curse. From now on giving a bought gift seems ridiculous; I just spent four years taking art classes and learning how to make essentially anything from a variety of materials. These are just some of the gifts I’ve given. Most of the presents I don’t have pictures of since they are all in my grandma’s house. Anyways, if you are reading this and would like to create more personalized gifts or commission me to create a gift for someone special feel free to contact me!