Growing up as kids, my parents only had one vehicle. But that didn’t stop us from having adventures while Dad was at work… Mom took us around the world (or what it seemed!) in this thing, our little red wagon.
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Next week I will be sending off my completed work for the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. I can’t tell you how many hours are in this piece (I began in January), but it’s one of my favorite things I’ve created recently!
“Sights and Sounds of the City” oil on solid wood violin
Taking into account the ergonomics of the surface, it was a challenge to paint and leave room for it to rest flat and dry properly. I painted much of it by suspending it from the ceiling in order to work on both sides at once. Quite different from my normal work process, but I enjoyed the challenge! Refer back to my original sketch and you can see how it developed, and what changes I ended up making from the first plan.
In the process, I also ended up learning how to craft my own photo light box for documenting work like this. It cost me less than $3.00 to make (seriously!), and maybe a little of my pride got left at Sears asking (and asking, and asking…politely!) for a giant dryer box. It works like a charm! Get the tutorial here from flax & twine.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the work I’ll be painting for Judson this year, so I decided to make a separate blog for it entirely. I’ll be posting here too, of course, but be sure to follow jclegacyproject.wordpress.com to keep up with that specific project.
Also, I wanted to say thank you for the kind words and support from you all. I am honored to know you and have you in my life! March has been crazy, but there are so many exciting opportunities coming around the corner.
I don’t like to reveal too much of my personal life on my blog, it’s meant for art after all. But March has been challenging. There are a few things that need care right now, and painting has unfortunately taken a back seat. I anticipate picking things up again after Easter weekend.
Otherwise, I am happy to see Spring, and all of the wonderful things that come with it! Blessings,
Yesterday I received word that my entry into the show in Birmingham was unaccepted. Here is the painting I submitted for review. I was informed that out of 500 folks who entered, the gallery space only allowed for 200 works this year. While I’m bummed I won’t be a part of it, I know there are a lot of other projects I’m committed to already that will open doors for the future.
I heard once that “Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway.” I don’t feel stuck in the hallway yet, but the saying rings true. Wherever I’m currently at as an artist, there are plenty of things I am thankful for and willing to work on to better my craft.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been developing a project, and I’m honored to say that with official approval from the current President, Dr. David. E. Potts, I will begin a series of paintings focused on the legacy of Judson College.
About the project: the College and campus will be the main subject matter, as well as a few campus events during the year. Most of the pieces in the series will be created in oil, but a mixed media piece may pop up, too. The series will develop over the course of a year, ending in Spring 2014. Work will be available for purchase, and a portion of the sales will be donated directly to the Judson College Art Department.
It’s been two years since I’ve graduated and started my official “painting career,” and while I mostly still feel like an ordinary kid, I’d be lying if I said a part of me never left Judson. So many people poured into my life and development as an artist, and I feel so blessed to have spent my college days there.
UPDATE 3/28/13: Some folks have asked me if they can help with sending pictures. Of course! If you would like to contribute reference photos or materials for this project, please send it to judsonartproject(at)gmail(dot)com. You may see one of your images pop up in the series!