I arrived exactly at 11am right on time - this time.
My wife thinks I have ADD I don't know maybe I do or maybe I'm juggling too much and often get confused about which task I'm actually on for example I'm on my way to a doctor's appointment Exit 21 I'm thinking about my wife who left her phone at home and how to get her phone to her and I'm thinking about the next two weekends and two Parade entries and the things I need to do to prepare for those plus I'm thinking about an art auction I've been trying to put together to benefit 50 Charities around the country and I'm thinking about video production for a fundraiser for an awesome collaborative project to go around the country engaging school kids Plus thinking about my son whom i home school that I have to get back to you after my doctor's appointment and trying to figure out how I'm going to do grocery shopping before my other kids get home when I have to check their planners and homework assignments and I can't forget stopping by the framers to check out a couple frames for a client I'm working for and while this is all going through my head I take Exit 16 towards my wife's office instead of Exit 21 towards my doctor's appointment which I have to get to in 15 minutes luckily I realize the error right away so I'm thankful for the highway Cloverleaf which allows me to quickly turn, turn and turn again to get back on the original path of going to the doctor's appointment now I have all those things to think about and NOW how I am going to edit this little message I'm leaving myself. Do I have ADD I'm pretty focused right now. Maybe I can get a prescription when I get to the doctors and postpone my already delayed and avoided colonoscopy appointment.
I arrived exactly at 11am right on time - this time.
The "Art for Charity Month" tractor trailer is on the road and I am happy to announce that it will be in the upcoming Apple Harvest Parade in Martinsburg, WV next weekend (the 21st of Oct). Hope to see some waving hands!
It started during an eclipse
"Pray and Play" was started 2 days before the eclipse, but the real painting began on the same day as the eclipse with me painting the largest iconic figure of my prayer warrior on the drivers side. Anthony Jones, my collaborator with the project, an artist based out of MD and WV and I had one week to get the truck done before it had to go back out on the road. The completed Truck was on display Saturday the 26th of August at "A big truck community play day" located at the Berkeley County Sherrif Office in Martinsburg, WV. It was great fun and we had people add their handprints to the bottom of the truck as a way to christen the work we did.
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.
11th generation artisan working in the shadows of the nations capitol at the top of the Shenandoah Valley