Behind the Scenes - Creating a Show
This is a glimpse into my studio for the 2 months it took me to create the 40 new works for my solo exhibit "Vanishing Points". Here are a few of the concept sketches:
Nappanee Farm Sketch
Sheridan Farm Sketch
Wall Farm Sketch
Deceptively Warm Sketch
Platinum Twilight Sketch
Inspired by the piece I did for the "Amber" group show last December
This is a farm I have always loved located near Nappanee, IN.
Took a road trip in November to Virginia and loved all the east coast barns, many had the style of overhang found in the barn on the right piece above.
John McKee & Kyle Ragsdale both encouraged me to stop on this painting at this point. I took their advice and am love with this piece.
For this show I had a "day shift" and "night shift" and a "messy studio" and a "clean one"- during the day I worked with acrylics at my Harrison Center Studio and during the evenings I would come home and work on the watercolors.
Very directly inspired by watching Quincy Owens prepare for his December show "Pursuit of Happiness"
On these spot color pieces I waited to add the red towards the end.. completely changes the piece.
Learned this from Terry Armstrong, a quick solution for masking off areas of your watercolors to add textures.
One of the only oil paintings in the show. Wanted to give it a nostalgic feel.
This series is inspired by the details of abandoned farm houses that are located in Putnam & Hamilton Counties.
The farms & houses I used to inspire this show. Most of these were discovered on drives during 2013
Ready for Framing
This is just after I put in the wallpaper pattern that I found in the interior of this old abandoned farm house
Drying in the hallway
Just laid down the wash
Watching as I hit the lottery with this salt effect in the wash. The pressure was on not to screw this painting up.
I brought in my friend Alex Reiff to help with the framing.
Its always exciting to see the work all buttoned up in the frames. I float mount my work so this is right after I mounted the piece to the matboard
One of the hallways outside my studio was filling up fast
This is the hallway on the other side of my studio full of work too
The day before the show, 2 paintings to finish.
Kyle Ragsdale hanging the show
There is very little that is more exciting than watching months of hard work finally come together in the gallery.