Friday, April 29, 2011

Art Chicago, Thomas McCormick, and Sunshine!

Hey everybody!  I've been super busy working on my "crafty" side this week.

Check out the OneStrangeBird and LadyBird shop for all my hard work.  I think I'm getting better at this least I hope.  (Now if I could only make some sales......)

This whole "life as an artist" thing can be spiritually and financially tricky.  I have been swinging back and forth emotionally since I quit my day job.  I will say that having time to make stuff every single day is/has been a goal that I have reached!

Big news!  Art opening at Thomas McCormick gallery tomorrow night.  I am so excited to get my work out into the world...

This guy will be there.

Happy Spring!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Department of Beautification Report #2

One Strange Bird

Oh, Schiele...I wish you would want me

Sometimes I feel like a big, dumb bunny

Friday, April 8, 2011

From the photo archives

My camera is broken and in the shop.  Sad news.  It has made me realize how much I've come to enjoy talking photographs and being able to look back on how the work is evolving (or regressing).   So I shall rely on words and my digital hard drive to get us through this week.

Let me try to explain in words a slight breakthrough I had around 11 p.m. last night:

1. I need to keep doing what I'm good at.  This is not necessarily repeating myself, but following ideas through until I feel they are exhausted.

2. There is nothing wrong with being interested in caves, the ocean, the forest, and mountains.  (and I don't need severed heads in the water to be relevant)

3. Spirituality is inherent in nature, there is no need to spell it out.

4. I am older now.

So in lieu of process photos, here are some studio photos from the archives:

Grad school studio at UIC summer of 2007

Undergraduate studio at University of Missouri St. Louis circa 2006

Undergraduate studio at University of Missouri St. Louis circa 2004

Undergraduate studio at University of Missouri St. Louis circa 2005

Stretching 7 X 8 canvas in the front yard Humbolt Park studio

Portrait of the artist as an angry painter

Studio at the Zhou Brothers building 2008/2009

Studio at the Zhou Brothers building 2009/2010

Studio at the Zhou Brothers building 2009/2010

Nicole Northway solo show opening, Escape Route
 at the Contemporary Art Workshop October 31st, 2008

Circa Now 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wishing I was still on "Tico time"...

Costa Rica was absolutely amazing!  I am sunburned!

We got to go to a cloud forest in Monteverde and the ocean in Montezuma.  We went hiking, zip lined through the canopy, and went scuba diving.  I think I am still buzzing with everything we saw: monkeys, tarantula, coati, fish, strangler figs, heron, dolphin, and on and on.  Not to mention the people, cities, and places.  Here are some photos that I have/will use as references for new pieces. 

So...I'm feeling slightly lost again in the studio.  I have definitely ruined the piece I have been working on for months.  (So frustrating!) I haven't ripped it off the stretcher yet because I am hoping I can salvage it in some way.  I have been working on smaller pieces, just to test out some colors, techniques, and ideas. I think it is a good way to see what might stick.

Here is my wall of smalls.  Most of the ones you haven't seen are in progress still.

Also, here is the next layer on "Vomit" painting:

Lastly, I am very excited to say that I will have some newer works at Thomas Mccormick Gallery on April 30th, the weekend of Art Chicago madness.  Also, Escape Route will travel to a museum in China!  If only we could travel with it.  

Also in the works for next fall is an opening in Meg Duguid's purse (Clutch Gallery) and an opening (illuminated only by blacklights!) in November at Hyde Park Art Center organized by the super fun Chris Kerr and Paul Nudd.