Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Drawing Board

I was up working on some pieces for the show at RayGun opening next Friday and I was struggling.  I'd been given a very helpful critique and was trying to work through some problem areas, but I just kept missing the mark.  I often take pics of my work in progress to help give me some perspective.  Taking a step back only does so much.  
I've recently updated to a camera phone.  It's handy when I want a few quick pics.  So I stepped back to get a shot and noticed something through the view finder I hadn't noticed while looking at the piece directly.  I reached out my hand to make a small, finger adjustment and had a little bit of a revelation.  I got the benefit of perspective with the ability to touch the work directly.  Like having very long arms or a video touch screen with perfect, instinctive control.  
Hmmm... There's an idea.
When that happened I was suddenly able to realize the solution to my problem.  It was a little awkward at first, but the results were surprising.  I'm not sure if working through my phone's view screen is a good solution, but it was a bit of a revelation at the time.  Then again it's amazing what can become a revelation at 1:30am when you've got to wake up for the day job at 5:45am.



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

As of Yet Untitled Solo Show Coming Soon!

Let's say I've been a little preoccupied lately.  I'm pretty sure the days are getting shorter.  I know that's contrary to common logic, but I've been keeping track.  I swear.

I'm proud to say I have a solo show coming up next month at RayGun here in little ol' Des Moines and I'd be knocked out several times if you would join me with Des Moines' best and brightest.  The sexy and savvy.  The willing to come and grace RayGun and myself with your presence... You can nibble, mingle, look at Art, shop for clothes that say funny things about living in Iowa.  You can shop for Art too.

In all seriousness I would love to see you there.  I've been working on some new charcoal pieces as well as a couple new paintings.  I'll be burning some midnight oil to get ready, but I'm looking forward to it.  Doing the charcoals has necessitated some changes to the way I work.  I've enjoyed the immediacy.  My sinuses aren't so crazy about it, but they'll have to deal.  I like the way they've been working for me.  I'm still looking for the perfect paper.
Also still looking for some suggestions.

Saturday, June 5th from 4pm - 7pm
400 East Locust
Des Moines, IA

See you on the 5th!