I’ve given myself permission to make drawings of whatever and just see what happens. I enjoy drawing the figure from life but don’t often draw without using a model. That’s what I’ve done here.
In 2015 I took a trip to Yellowstone with my family. It was a place I’d always wanted to go but I also wondered if it would live up to my expectations for grandeur and beauty. It did! I started this painting about a year ago but just recently feel that I’ve solved some of the structure, detail and color issues. This trail is on the ridge of the deep gorge called the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
It has been awhile since I added new work. In November and December I worked on smaller pieces in preparation for holiday shows at the studio. Now it is almost January and it will be challenging to work after school starts back up. I have two new pieces that are almost finished (sunset/sunrise) but in the mean time I’m highlighting the works on paper.
This painting connects to my work with the train yard image but is much more paired down in style and color.
As I create more work I realize that I often seek to organize work into geometric shapes or look for images that have that geometry. In these works I stuck with the square or rectangle and sought to try different ways to resolve space, color and composition.
The Urban Art Collective will have it’s first open studio of fall 2017. I’m excited about showing my work and being part of this “art scene” in Chamblee. Open studio flyer4
This summer I traveled by bicycle to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. I was struck by the tragedy of the battle: over 23,000 soldiers killed in one day on September 17, 1862. Neither side claimed victory. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation five days after the battle. We had lunch in the town of Sharpsburg which is less than a mile from the battlefield. The townspeople suffered greatly from the trauma and destruction of homes and farms. Photographer Alexander Gardner, who was employed by Mathew Brady, photographed the scenes two days after the battle. I was inspired to create this sepia drawing after seeing one of Gardner’s photographs displayed in the Antietam Museum showing Dunker Church and remains of soldiers.
Just a sliver of a picture.
I’m working on a painting of the view outside the studio of the train yard. It’s an ever-changing scene, at least from one day to the next and often within hours. Trains are coming and going. The Marta train goes by on the overhead track every 20 minutes or so. This is a cropped version of my acrylic painting. I think this composition is more dynamic than my full scale one.