I have been working on a way to be connected that sheds toxic social networks. A place free of memes and ranting. A kind and constructive place where we can converse about art and the influences that inform it especially in context to my work. I have been preparing my presence on Patreon for several months now. It’s an ad free environment where you can be part of my creative process wander around my studio and talk about what's happening.
Sitting here with the proofs of my catalog so far. Deciding about some final layout changes.
The book is currently 310 pages but may grow a few pages. The frontmatter is in flux. I'm checking over to be sure all the titles and descriptions are accurate. When that is complete I will review the art and be sure the drawing groups have a good relationship.
So far 600 Drawings has been a really fun installation with great visitors and some new collectors. I'm happy to send these three drawings to another artist in Connecticut. I love the selection he made.
I can remember making all three months apart.
600-467 Made with a Red Micropen on White Stonehenge paper. Overlapping at the edge of repetive marks similar to writing creates a surprising texture.
Finally installed all 600 drawings for my February show. The preview sale days were wonderful for talking with visitors and collectors.
I'm trying to remove myself from FaceBook. I've been getting the word out with email campaigns so please join my list.
Looking forward to the weekend hours. Hope to see you.
I'm also working on the show catalog as quickly as I can to have them available early spring.
Woo hoo! This is the first of my series of limited edition buttons made from scans of my drawings. The button is a detail from drawing 4x4-326 in my 2019 project. Size: 1.25”
600 drawings 4x4 2019, is the result of a drawing project — making at least one drawing each day. This project involved the use of four-inch squares of paper of various weights, colors, and surfaces. I found that many small pieces could be cut out of remnants of paper in my studio.
Year long projects help expand my vocabulary, they create new phrases and expletives. Join me to see the hundreds of drawings I made in this series. All the drawings will be for a sale unframed at an incredibly affordable price.
I've begun the new series of ALLSORTS for 2020. I've gessoed some smaller panels but have begun drawing on some of 12 x 12 inch ones.
This group is a different color set. I'm looking forward to using what I learned from my 4x4 drawing project last year to create some new patterns from repetition. I've already been pleasantly surprised by the results so far.
if you know my work you know that there isn't economy of scale. I don't make larger marks - I make more marks. I hope you'll follow what I'm doing in 2020.
I've begun a new series of Allsorts drawings. They are made on 6 x 6 inch birch cradled panels. I've selected a color palette for the backgrounds and begun a series of color tests.
These are the drawings I've made so far. I'm about to prep another dozen panels this week. Looking forward to showing more detailed images.
I’m working on my coffee table catalog for my upcoming 4x4 project 2019 exhibition.
In case you haven’t been following my project I’m adding a link to my website journal post. This image is a sampler of four drawings. I’ve been posting an occasional drawing here on Okuna. The drawings are only 4x4 inches square; I think that’s about 10x10 cm I’ve been making drawings all year and have some 400 already.
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This year I used some found paper from one of our rituals — the assembly of IKEA furniture.
So many people complain about their assembly instructions which we find pretty darn clear in most circumstances. What's really tricky is actually counting everything in the box at least twice, deciding if their directions need to be followed in exactly the order they give you, and of course hacking the furniture by changing knobs, painting parts.
I made some annotations on each book. They are observations and suggestions to make the experience better.