5/26/11

Art Form



If you have ever wanted to see your ideas transformed into a new media this may be your opportunity to turn your visions into Wearable Art.

Michael Cepress is the accomplished clothing and costume designer offering a unique workshop that focuses on the study of the human form as the ultimate armature for your artistic visions. Once you have realized your design he then shows you how to construct your concepts and bring them to life on the body.

workshop student working on a wearable art concept
There is still space available for his May 28 - 29 Seattle workshop.
To learn more check out Michael's Blog.

wearable art designs

5/24/11

Going with the Flow

Emerald explorations are emerging... as a juicy pallet of greens (with infusions of blue and amber ) keeps flowing on my worktable this week. Here are a few detail images of what’s taking shape in the studio...  

 detail...working with a few new techniques for this effect


In this photo you can get a sense for the visual flow that's happening.


Had to show you the close-up details on this one because the size, about  24" x 80 ", makes it a challenge to capture the richness of the surface.

Another little wax paper experiment...back lit with day light. 
Several more works-in-progress are heating up now and this larger emerald piece should be done soon. I will share more images when these are ready.

5/20/11

Workshop Highlights May 2011

Another great workshop wrapped up last weekend. My studio was filled with the creative energy of some very inspired and talented students.  Here are a few highlights from our weekend of wax...
 
Students from the latest workshop...
The "Gang" from left to right: Nichole, Betty, Chris and Ashley.

Gallery of student work! All this and more in just two days!

These are all from one very prolific student...great work Chris!


Nichole concentrating on her work.



Student work-in-progress.



Betty made the journey up from Las Vegas just for the workshop.


Encaustic painting by Betty.



Ashley was the master of  the image transfer technique.



Chris was an art makin' machine!

...more work from Chris 


Thanks everyone! It was a delight to have you all in my studio for this workshop!
For more information on my encaustic painting  workshops click here!

5/11/11

Art for the Arts


This weekend the Pratt Fine Art Center will hold it's 29th Annual Fine Art Auction at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. I am honored to have one of my paintings selected for the LIVE auction portion of this event. The funds raised support Pratt and its many wonderful programs.

You can see the artworks and meet participating artists in person at the FREE Preview Party on Friday, May 13th from 6-9 or you can view the auction catalogue online. (see link below)

Pratt's Mission Statement:
Pratt Fine Arts Center makes art accessible to everyone, offering a place for spirited exchange, self expression and personal transformation through creativity. Pratt is dedicated to fostering artistic development and engagement locally, nationally and internationally. A unique multidisciplinary visual arts resource, Pratt provides education and instruction, community programs and professionally equipped art making facilities. Pratt aspires to extend the visual arts experience to people from all backgrounds, working at all skill levels. Within an extraordinary community of artists, students and patrons, Pratt strives to be a conduit for artistic development, providing pathways to knowledge, support and inspiration and changing the way individuals see themselves and the world around them.

Fine Art Auction and  Bootlegger's Ball : Saturday, May 14th at 5pm
Free Preview Party: Friday, May 13th from 6pm -9pm
Links:
Pratt Fine Art Center
Auction Catalog PDF
Auction Info here

5/10/11

Theodore Waddell: Spirit of the Modern West


The spirit of the west is alive and well on the working ranch of artist Theodore Waddell. I was recently invited to his studio for a visit and was immediately impressed by how prolific he is as an artist.  



Stacks of canvases fill a corner of the studio.


My favorite piece ...this little bronze horse and rider.
Above is a detail of the heavy texture and thick application of paint that carries Waddell's work beyond the Western genre and into a more contemporary realm of art.

a new work in progress hangs on the studio wall
The studio, located on a small ranch in central Idaho, is housed in an actual barn that is also home to his many horses.  In the back is a large area devoted to painting where generous mounds of oil paint line a well-used worktable and several works-in-progress hang on the surrounding walls.


oil paint laid out in mounds larger than my fist spreads out across a worktable


works in progress

an eclectic studio view looking over the area used for print making
In addition to paintings, Waddell is a writer, sculptor and print maker with a fully functioning press at one end of his studio and a separate metal shop in the room next door. Nothing is off limits to Waddell, who once incorporated into one of his paintings the carcass of a coyote he found as road kill.

The inventive use of a road-kill coyote that was incorporated into a painting.




another work in progress
Clearly inspired by his life in the West but rooted in a fine arts background, Waddell’s work straddles genres and can hold its own in a more a contemporary art setting. His work is included in many museum collections and he is represented by several major fine art galleries. For more information visit his website: TheodoreWaddell.com

5/6/11

Hot Spots

May highlights from First Thursday’s art walk: The work of John Dempcy was featured last month at the Grover Thurston Gallery but you can still see some of his mesmerizing spot paintings on the upper level of the gallery.


This image and the one above, John Dempcy, Acrylic on panel.


This piece by Kenna Moser is from Recollection: Solo show at Grover Thurston.

On the main floor of Grover Thurston are the charming works of Kenna Moser in her show titled, Recollection. Her delightful mixed media works are small in scale and her imagery congers up enchanted stories of a Lilliputian universe…on display May 5 – 28.


Darren Waterston, oil on canvas at  Greg Kucera.

At Greg Kucera the work of Darren Waterston is featured in a solo show titled, Kingdom. This exhibition features oil paintings, small gouache works on paper and some intriguing sculptural pieces. I am drawn to the intuitive painting style of Waterston's work. I find his art a bit dark but strangely appealing. Show runs April 7 – May 28.

 

One of three similar paper works by Justin Lytle at Catherine Person
Finally… I had to pop into the Catherine Person Gallery for the farewell exhibition: It’s All Good: A paper Survey, featuring works done on and with paper as the primary medium. The standouts for me were three pieces done by Justin Lytle where the shredded pages of books spill out from their covers and cascade down into a skirt-like form that has been beautifully washed in color.


I was also captivated by this delicate paper sphere piece by Teresa Redden. This is only 2.5 inches in diameter. There are some other shows worth seeing that I did not include in this post so I encourage you to get out and make a few discoveries of your own.

Another piece by John Dempcy

5/2/11

On the Air


The Seattle Channel paid a visit to the studio a few days ago and filmed me at work on a new painting. This will air as part of a larger segment on Art Zone in a few weeks. The program showcases the INScape Arts Building and it’s transformation from the former home of the federal Immigration and Naturalization Services to the burgeoning artist enclave that it is now becoming.  The episode will air on June 3rd and I will post the time and a link to the video when it’s available. So stay tuned…