Wednesday, February 21, 2007

In the studio

Its been a busy month back in the studio. I'm getting ready for a show next month here in Seattle at the Neighborhood Cafe in Ballard. Our favorite breakfast/ lunch spot, it is absolutely delicious.
The new paintings are all shop fronts and street scenes from the small town of Potchutla, in Oaxaca, Mexico. I decided to just work small for this show. The largest piece is maybe 5"x 8" and so far the smallest is 1 1/2"x 2".
We spent 3 weeks visiting with our good friend Matt who moved to the coastal teeny, tiny town of Zipolite in Oaxaca. Potchutla is about 45 minutes from Zipolite but is also the closest bank machine. We had an amazing trip and I took far to many photos so that I would have lots of material to work from when we got home. I've never been one to work plein air. I prefer to take photos and keep a sketch book of notes, rough sketches, and journal entries. I packed minimal art supplies and then did not find much available where we were. So instead we enjoyed the sun, the empty beaches and warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

life with art

I just picked up all my paintings from a group show here in Seattle at University House. They were up for 4 months. It was all new work from last summer that I really did not have any time to live with. It is interesting to see them after a break. Usually I finish a piece and have it hanging for several months before I show it. The last body of work I never really had the opportunity to live with it. Now that it is back, I'm happy to say that there are quite a few I really like.