The Truck will be on display and we will welcome visitors to add their handprints to the truck Saturday the 26th of August at "A big truck community play day" located at the Berkeley County Sherrif Office in Martinsburg, WV from 6 to 8 pm.
What can I say... Live is amazing. I was going to say Life is simply amazing but it is just to complicated to say that.
For quite some time now I have been at a loss of words for describing my art, but today I have been able to formulate more of my thoughts about the "energy" and "synergy" work that I have been producing for years now.
With dots, I am not only creating "impressionistic" work but also exploring how one might see the world if molecules were enlarged or visible to us. They are fantasy illustrations of vibrations and collaborations between molecules. Often times I will anchor a piece with a "solid" form or subject matter amidst a swirling world of a micro universe. It is all just playful musings and meditations of an invisible world and i like to think I have been successful with it.
By the headline i must question what a "studio" is exactly. Currently, and for the past 14 or so years I have been creating art in two places - my basement and a structure added to the back of my garage set aside for creating my art in, ie. my studio. I have a place set up in my basement as a studio so i can hear what is going on in the house and also so i can run down there when an opportunity opens up to either work or get a good glimpse at what i am working on. My studio outside the house ends up filling up with stuff when i spend a lot of time working in the basement studio and vice versa. In the "real" studio i usually work on oils and in the basement studio i work with acrylics. I am blessed to have both spaces.
I recall a time years ago when my studio was a carved out spot on the floor in what was supposed to be a living room but was otherwise a storage spot for an antique dealer/horder that i lived with. I had a great bedroom in his house that also was once filled with antiques from top to bottom but once it was emptied revealed a great workshop probably about 12' by 24' with long built in work benches along one of the longer walls. I loved that space but used it to sleep in, store my ever growing collection of art, and for creating one particular thing in but spent most of my time in the carved out spot which was probably on 5' x 6' floor spot in front of an old TV in the "living room" where i sat crosslegged behind a little tabletop easel placed on the floor. Strangely though I created some of my best early paintings on that small little easel in that cramped little space occasionally looking up with cross-eyed vision to watch whatever was on the TV set only to stretch my legs often. I have had some great studio spaces throughout the years but the ones where i worked the best weren't large open areas but rather nokes surrounded by chaos.
this is a photo of my easel positioned in my "Studio B" outside the house. This morning will be the first time I've worked out here in quite a few months on an oil paiting started a year and a half ago abandoned shortly afterward and finally ready for completion to be delivered to the client hopefully in a month or so.
here are a few other views surrounding me in this studio. The last photo revealing even more space in back where i store stuff like props.
today was day two of the Six-Day iconography Workshop at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC. we are now working with egg tempera which is a long lengthy process. After 2 days of sitting on my butt for hours on end praying, fasting and painting the same thing over and over again making things perfect, I'm finally ready to see my family for a brief but much-needed visit. I head back to Washington tomorrow morning bright and early
Today was a long day painting 3 colors and gold. What made it long was the layering process needed for painting each of these colors. Each color was made by painting approximately 7 layers per color. Painting a layer isnt as easy as you might think, for one bit of overworking the paint will result in either picking up previous layers of paint leaving white streaks or clumping up the paints. It isnt easy to get a consistent layer of paint. Day 1 has been a success thus far.
I made it here to St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC 1 hour early so thought I would take a few photos. I didn't realize how close it is to the National Cathedral which obviously from the second photo is still being repaired from the earthquake a couple years ago. I will begin taking the Iconography Workshop that's a week-long in about a half hour.
tomorrow will be day 1 of a five day workshop on Iconography where i will be learning the process of writing(painting) an Orthodox Icon. Theodoros Papadopoulos is the instructor of the icon painting workshop. He is a well established instructor and the founder of an iconography school in Greece. This workshop will take place at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and I am honored to be going at the expense of the Saint Catherine Orthodox Church in Hagerstown MD. I am very grateful to all who contributed to this and to those who are helping our family while i am away.
It was really great going back to the Arlington this weekend for Howard Allen's Arlington Arts Festival in Virginia. The last time i spent some real quality time in that area was about 1996 and yes things have changed. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with people who were moved by my work and I certainly appreciated the sales that were made. Thank you!!!
11th generation artisan working in the shadows of the nations capitol at the top of the Shenandoah Valley