It was great to find that my work Admirology was featured in the ArtistsNetwork newsletter of March 17th. This work was selected last year for publication in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture. That publication is coming out very soon, and if you want to see some wonderful examples of the works included check out this Google Books link.
While hanging out at home this weekend I rewatched Shawshank Redemption for the first time since I originally saw the movie on video. Now I remember why I immediately put it on my favorite list. What a great film!
It has such an interesting composition that I couldn’t help thinking of it as an analogy to a masterful painting. The characters are the focal points and their characterisation the variety of hues; the plot’s twists and turns are a full range of light and dark values; the moods evoked are a full range of saturation; the scene transitions are the hard edges, soft edges, lost edges, and gradations; the dialogue, the mark making; and the whole experience is unified by the cinematography, direction, and editing.
One of the most unifying elements of the film is the narrative dialogue of Morgan Freeman. You almost don’t notice it because it is so comforting, but I don’t think the thread of hope would have been kept alive for the viewer without that sumptuous rumbling voice and subtle delivery. This viewing experience reminded me that a work of art can be very complex as long as it has composition-elements that unify it and reinforce the thematic intention of the artist.
I cannot believe that the movie did not win either a single Oscar, Golden Globe, or Screen Actors Guild Award, but it was up against Forrest Gump… It won’t matter in the long run (hehe) as Shawshank appears to have a stronger following overall. I suspect it will remain in many top 100 lists for many years.
I had a plan…. It was to create a fairly heavily textured ground with gesso, on which I would create a new work in my series called touch. I got the textured ground created and then a good friend and exceptional artist who sometimes acts as a mentor, told me she thought it was done. I have an open mind, and more open to her suggestions than most people, so I asked a bunch of my other studio mates and my friends on Wet Canvas what they thought. Overall, the response has been positive that this one is done.
Now I still haven’t decided. That is my prerogative as an artist, after all. So I’m working on a small series of these. If I like them enough in this sculptural white on white form, I’ll sign them. If not, I’ll do something more with them…
Here is a detail shot:
Another couple of weeks of progress on this one (not much for the time passed, I know). I hadn’t anticipated how distracting the new studio would be. I love the space, but it takes a bit of settling in time to feel really productive again. Needed to put down some softer flooring to protect from my messy media and had to find a hanging system to put some art up on the walls. It is great to have some new friends join as residents as well.
Had a great critique of this painting by Allen Ball at the SWCA meeting on Monday. I was pleased to have suggestions from Allen and another friend that confirm my intentions. Suffice to say, I’m feeling in the groove again so time to share some progress:
The Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert has moved into their new digs. I’m so pleased to have a great studio space in the Hemingway Centre now! It was great when we were in Grandin mall, but it is sooo much better now: natural light, better lighting for evening work, a larger group of resident artists, more space for the same price, a much nicer gallery space, a larger common area for gatherings. Everyone is energized by the new space and we even have some brand new resident artists, in addition to those from the Perron and Hemingway sites that we saw less often.
I’ve started a new work in the new space, and have three others on the go, started at the Grandin studio. Can’t wait to get to work this Saturday!