I just got back from hanging some art at this new restaurant set to open downtown. It’s called Squash Blossom. Located at 1st and McKinley right across the street from Matt’s Big Breakfast. I hung two pieces from my plywood series and several photographs. I also just may be one of the friendly servers there you’ll see when they open next week. They’ll be serving American grill and breakfast fare sourcing produce from local vendors. I am excited to see this place all finished and full of customers. You can come and see some of my art at Squash Blossom for breakfast and then go see more at Portlands for lunch…
Some of my paintings will be on display for the month of July at the very cool downtown restaurant Portlands. I hung this morning. The owner, Dylan, is a very nice man. In fact, all the staff at Portlands seems very friendly and cool. I am excited to be showing a few new paintings, some oil paintings, and some pieces from my plywood series located in the bar area.
The other night, I went to Portlands with a friend of mine for dinner and to check out how much wall space I would have. (Thanks for dinner, Steve!) We had drinks, salads, and a super good cheesy potato appetizer, totally affordable. It was a relaxed environment , dim lighting and music. If you are looking for a night out downtown, go give Portlands a try. …Oh, and take a gander at some art.
…I may also be showing this month at a new restaurant downtown called Squash Blossom. I’l let you know, they are supposed to have a soft opening next week. I may have to make a couple new paintings this weekend. What could be a better way to spend my time…
I’ve been painting on plywood for a while now. I find wood exciting to use as a surface. It’s interactive, temperamental, and was once alive which I’ve found is important to honor throughout the process. These elements have made this series especially interesting and enjoyable for me. The technique has evolved from this first one called “Blue.”
Let me show you how things have progressed throughout the series. In this slide-show you will be able to see the technique change as we move through the pieces chronologically. Sometimes intentionally devoid of figures, sometimes inspired by allusions to figure found in the wood, I didn’t adhere to any self-imposed restrictions as far as keeping it into a tidy classification. I was more interested in committing myself to working with each piece of wood as guide. Because of this, you will see pieces that progress and makes sense in relation to eachother, but then there will be great divergence. I think it’s kinda funny.
It has taken me a long time to decide to write a blog. For a variety of reasons, one of which was that to me everything on the internet seemed nefarious, I was reluctant to embrace technology as a tool. So here it goes, my giant leap into the twenty-first century! Ideally, this space will be a virtual catchall for all my different ideas and projects. Also, this is probably my passive-aggressive way of dealing with self-promotion as an artist without actually having to network. Ick. Not that I don’t love meeting interesting new people, it’s one of the things I enjoy most. I’ve often thought that if only I had my own Lee Krasner I’d be a quite successful and happy woman. If only. Anyhow, through this blog I will be sharing with you artwork new and old, essays, music, things I like, and what it is like to be a Visual-Artist and single-mother living in Downtown Phoenix.