Beyond the gates of the Jentel cattle ranch, my artistic journey will travel on.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
How fitting it was to be here at the water's edge for the past month. The perfect time to think about art and place and for place to affect my art. Today is the last day of residency. Sad. I'll miss my bright and spacious studio. I'll miss the gentle landscape. I'll miss new friends. I'll miss Lower Piney Creek, a creek that was my spiritual guide each day and encouraged me to move forward with my art even when I had great doubts about it. But I do have the Clark Fork River to return to, and I'll find ways to appreciate it more than I have before.
My blog will probably go on hiatus for a while, but I thank you for reading. Feel free to send a brief (or long) comment, just so that I know who was out there following along with my experience. I'd love to "hear" from you.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
During the evenings or at night, here at Jentel, when my physical energy has been spent on painting, I go back to my "map" drawings. This piece is ink on vellum and approximately 3" by 4." It is The Heart of the Matter, and is a piece in preparation for a show Pamela Caughey and I will have at The Brink Gallery in Missoula in September. Here, I am only showing this piece from our upcoming show. (I don't want to give away our show ahead of time.)
Check out Pamela's work here.
Sometimes artists are required to explain what art (and place) mean to them. I've never done this formally, but at the Jentel residency, the visual artists and writers give a presentation to SAGE, an art group in Sheridan, during the third week of residency. I'm really into my explanation as you can see. However, I look like a crazed bird ready to chirp out some warning, such as beware of the predators you see here.
One of my goals for Jentel is to move my interest in the micro world of nature, in this case lichen, from one-half inch square pen drawings, as you see here below, to large paintings.
I'm learning to work with acrylic paints, so I've thoroughly enjoyed the experimentation. The ten-inch square painting below is one step in the direction of my goal. I worked on a series of eight-inch and then ten-inch square panels as tests, which have led up to 22" by 28" panels. I plan to go even larger, but this will be beyond the Jentel residency.