Solo show this weekend

Phew! I'm exhausted!

I get a lot of feedback regarding the photos of my studio here on the website. It is a nice space and I'm glad people like it. But with getting ready for this solo show - FaerieCon last weekend - and being sick with piggy flu last week ..... Well this is what it looks like now!

Lovely!!!

I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone about the opening night reception of my solo show this weekend November 21,  5-8 pm.

I've been hearing from people who plan on attending and, well, I think we might have a nice turnout at this little shindig!

I'm very excited and can't wait to see everyone there.

My husband Ed and I spent last night putting hardware on the backs of frames and popping art into their beautiful black lacquer homes. (All the frames in the exhibit are black.)

Of course I have had the whole collection in my head for months now - but seeing it all come together for real - was very special. I'll be stopping by the gallery this morning to drop off the art.

I still have two oil paintings to finish for the show - they are almost complete so I am not concerned (knocks wood).

Unfortunately I do have one oil painting that won't make it to opening night. When I returned from FaerieCon I came down with the swine flu (I can only assume I got it at the con - bummer - hope no one else got sick). So I lost a WEEK of work laying in bed. I did manage to get some drawing done and plan out next steps for upcoming projects unrelated to the show - but I certainly was not well enough to sit at my art desk and hack out oil paintings.What a frustrating feeling!

Regardless after seeing everything together last night I'm quite pleased with how its shaping up!

For those of you who can make the show I would urge you to do so. The mediums I have used for this art - silverpoint and oil are mediums best viewed in person. They are both mediums that enjoy a very special relationship with light - one that just doesn't translate to print.

For those who can't make it - fear not. I'm planning a virtual opening - I have a few ideas. One idea was to host a Second Life event - which I still plan on. But feedback regarding that was that many fans would prefer something different since not everyone uses Second Life. So I'm thinking a Twitter show - with live interaction and detailed video and closeups of the art. I'm intersted in your thoughts.

That's all for now! Cheers!

 

Unfair Things - Steampunk Doll

I finished a new piece that is very special to me. I'm quite pleased with her I must say. :)

I envision her as a self created Steampunk inspired doll creature - who collects to her other creatures and things for own dubious purposes. My husband commented that he felt a certain menace in her - just under the surface and my sister said she is "alarming limbless". So yes based on these comments I think I managed to project what I wanted. *evil wink*.

Text reads "Bring to me a fitting portion of string... an aether lamp and unfair things".

This image is part of my collection for my gallery show this coming Fall 2009. The theme for this first show is the same as my website title "Winged Things & Improbable Machines." And yes it will feature steampunk art - or at least works that are steampunk inspired - however that will not be the main focus but rather one element.

The majority of the collection will be Silverpoint Drawings on antique bookpaper. I've perfected a process to allow me to draw on this paper and the results are stunning. I've also been working on my own technique for aging and staining new paper.

I'll talk more about the exhibit in coming months and share what art I can. In the meantime I hope you enjoy "Unfair Things".

Signed prints are available HERE

Oh yes! And in other news I am also now offering SteamBee as a print all by himself. I can't tell you how many requests I have gotten for exactly this - so happy to tell you he's now available! (or she I don't honestly know if SteamBee is a male or female - up to you I suppose!) Buy HERE

 

 

A Sketch a Day? We'll See

I've never been a terribly prolific artist. I don't crank out a big body of new work in any given year. I'm pretty comfortable with that - as I think there are pros and cons to prolific vs. non prolific - so for the most part I don't sweat it.

That said I have this exhibit coming up and I kind of need to have some ART for it. And while I am comfortable on the whole with my process I would like to become just a tad more prolific. I'll never be the type to offer up to the masses a new painting every two days. My process just doesn't allow for that. I'm not knocking anyone! I am in awe of those of you who have that ability - it just ain't me. But, that said, practice makes perfect.

Drawing or sketching daily regularly may not make me better but it does keep my head and my hands in the space they need to be.

I think back to times in my life where I have for whatever reason been actively DRAWING DAILY and it was a tremendous boon to my overall creative spirit. It just got the juices flowing and the head in the right space for overall creative energy. That is something that I really need right now. With the responsibilities of daily adult life constantly struggling for my attention its hard to be in the right creative mood when I am "supposed" to be.

So for a while now I've been trying to just draw or sketch for a certain amount of time every day. I don't have a perfect score. Not by a long shot. But it still has been great.

I've made sure to go ahead with this exercise even when I have plans to work on a larger piece of art that same day. Sometimes I just sketch for 5 minutes sometimes an hour. This does wonders to get me into the creative mood and I've felt more connected to my work overall when I've allowed myself this warm up time for sketching. Most of the pieces I have been doing have been small ATC/ACEO* sized images in either graphite or silverpoint.

The other day I did a larger one.

It's available as a print (directly from me so yes it is signed!)

Many of the larger drawings will end up in the show in November. Most of the smaller ones I plan to give away. ;)

Cheers!

Brigid

 

*what is an ATC or ACEO? It stands for Artist Trading Card or Artist Card Edition or Original - they are 2.5x3.5 inches in size. More info here.