As mentioned in the previous post, my next project was a commission for the soon to be finished Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Earlier this year, they accepted submissions from artists for 10 very prominent large spaces on each floor of the building.
The thought of doing something that large (to fit a 14 foot niche) was a bit daunting, but I charged ahead. My idea used blue vines of various shades that swooped up and down across the expanse of 11 feet. When the large committee had finished voting, my idea was in the semi final round, which meant there was a good chance that I would have some kind of art included in their project. It turned out to be the big one!
So, after some official correspondence, I ordered up some nicely made birch panels, and set to work. Fortunately, I had some lag time to think about what my strategy would be for working on something this large- would it fit on my wall? (Check!), should I mix up mass quantities of the major colors ?(check! cat food cans with those handy plastic lids), and would I have enough time to develop all these things in layers and not feel rushed? (check!). So, here’s a very time lapsed view into how all this went down. “Blue Vine Dance” to be delivered by early December.
I’m glad I challenged myself to do something that was new and a step up, and very grateful that it will be in a setting where lots of people will experience it, and hopefully find it relaxing and engaging.
This past weekend was pretty busy in my small Colorado City. Depending on what part of town you were in, you might have been hitting up a Brewfest, a Garden Tour or the Fort Collins Studio Tour. Since I was one of the 60 artists doing the latter- I was greeting people upstairs and down, and having some lovely conversations with my visitors.
In just one weekend, it’s impossible for folks to get around to even half of the stops very easily, so….. in case you missed mine, I’ve got a virtual tour for you.
If I do this event next year, I hope to see you if we didn’t connect this time around. And please stay tuned for periodic updates on what’s in my mind and on the wall in the coming months
“Taking Flight” over the fireplace
“swoop” greeted people at the door
Heading downstairs- “Narcissus Remnant” series
entering my studio
wall of industrial 18×20 series- lots of great conversations about these!
“Grasslands” series oils
monotype/ mixed media miniature grasslands series
larger piece (and a few smaller ones) in progress -the plastic is usually up on the entire wall, ‘cuz I paint there
moving on to the press area and a couple more industrial paintings
then over to my desk corner –
where I draw on the wall- with some more works matted ready to frame
a couple vine paintings and nice little 8×10 mounted paintings and some pages from my sketch book
basket of 11×14’s matted and ready to go
finally- the “bargain room” aka the other part of our basement. Various paintings from my past
check out the “vines” page above to see a few new pieces that just left the old studio. Now that things are finally settled and ready to go in the basement…I’ve started to work on some drawings and actually dusted off my small Griffen etching press- can monotypes be far behind? stay tuned