Super Ply & Friends Show

My Super Ply and Friends solo show is now on display at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. It is a big, bold show and fills the display walls of the Fireside Gallery in the Student Union:  19 black and white Super Ply series paintings, plus four related paintings in color. This is the first time I have been able to hang so many of the black and white paintings together so I am thrilled to be able to invite you to stop in and see them.    

The Super Ply series is ongoing. So far it depicts individual characters, each reflecting a moment or feeling that came to me intuitively while I created that specific piece.  Some were begun during live painting exhibitions (for example at Beaverton Arts Mix on behalf of the Washington County Open Studios Tour or at Catherine Bede Gallery in Hillsboro)  but most were painted alone in my studio. I like to work in silence so I can “listen” to the paintings as I work.

I begin these by finger painting in black paint onto a black piece of paper — using my left hand. Then I flip that paper over and press it against the plywood so it leaves a print. The print is just a random squiggly mark, but I use that to begin looking for a face or an eye or perhaps many eyes. I paint in just black and white using only two small brushes — and my hands. I add details with black and white oil pastel crayons and an ordinary #2 pencil. The painting progresses organically with context and perhaps text being added. I continue working until the subject resolves itself — that’s when I finally know the title.

Every painting is its own world created using just black and white acrylic paint, black and white oil pastel crayons, plus an ordinary #2 pencil. They are painted on thin plywood, and sometimes the wood peeks through the paint. The plywood also led to the name for the series — as in Super Ply(wood).

Behind the scenes, I have also learned to use a power chop saw and compressor (this terrifies me) and nail gun so I can cradle the boards. This essentially means the back is reinforced to prevent warping. I also attach d-rings and a hanging wire so the paintings are gallery-ready.

In order to transport so many paintings at one time, I put little felt bumpers on the back corners and then stacked them up. Then I lashed them together with bungee cords. The SuperPly paintings made tidy stacks because they are all the same size: 16″ wide and 24″ high.

This is how they looked waiting to be loaded in the car.

Finally, I added a few “friends” to add a pop of color to the show and to bracket the Super Ply paintings on that lovely long wall. I hope you enjoy the show!

ps Yes! These are available — the original paintings as well as PRINTS!!!!  We are adding paintings little by little. The Super Ply paintings are fabulous as prints, I test ordered one on the least expensive paper and it is great. If you don’t see your favorite, please let me know and I will add it. Here is my artspan site. 

Right Brain Business Plan in a Day

The education department at Valley Art encouraged me to offer the official Right- Brain Business Plan workshop in January. rbbp-coverThe one day format is intense but it’s the perfect time of year to set out on the right foot if you are an artist or creative in business for yourself. (If you attended the RBBP introductory evening at Creative Hillsboro a while back then you already know how helpful this system can be.) Come and get your plan on with us! SORRY THIS Jan 12 class HAS NOW CLOSED. Complete RBBP workshop description and payment buttons here.  It’s always more fun to sign up with a friend or two so please share with area artists and creatives who might be interested — thanks!

C is for Chair Time

chairC is for chair time, as in, time doing the actual work. Being an artist is not all tra-la-la in the sunshine all the time. Mostly it is working hard: first make the art; then inventory, package, display and promote it.

I love making the  art. That part does not seem like “work” the way the rest of the job seems like work.

Some weeks it takes as much (or more) time and effort  and if I am honest, mental energy, to find appropriate galleries and shows; frame,  name and price the pieces; photograph/scan and label them; deliver/ship/pick up the work and update my inventory notes;  let collectors know about the shows, and attend the openings — here you might say, yay party! but for an introvert like me, a party is more like work, less like play — than it did to create the art itself in the first place.

Ultimately exciting. Exhausting, too, when multiple shows open simultaneously. This week, for example, I have work in four different area galleries with four different  opening dates.  Five (!) counting my Artist-in-Residence display at the music hall.  Exciting! I remember when I thought three at a time would really be something. Exciting, you betcha, but WHEW!

No wonder yesterday’s post had the sleepy time bear in it. This is the third post in the alphabet-based April A to Z Challenge. Sign up for email updates and never miss a letter! 🙂