I spent a day cutting stencils and making artist proofs for a new pochoir I’ll be publishing soon. Its based on a two-year old drawing I noticed while flipping through a sketch book. I thought it would make an interesting subject for a pochoir.
I made this painting to base the pochoir on. (you can see the original drawing underneath.
Here’s how it came out. 6 colors/stencils.
Detail - I showed this to someone and thought I did it with a marker.
Here is a video documenting the entire process (music by the Pure Electronic Music Orchestra Group)
Here is a detail of another art project. I made some aerosol pochoirs and other artists are adding things to them. Here is a detail of some things Heather did.
Here’s a couple of photos documenting the dreamscape paintings in the Woodstar.
I hadn’t painted for two weeks before I put the show up. Once the show was up I started a new painting, and I was surprised at how good it felt to just be painting instead of planning all the details to get the show up. I am almost done a new painting of the Beer Can Museum, which I will put in place of the Woodstar/Masonic Street painting (above) which someone has expressed interest in.
While painting this week I’ve been watching whatever videos I can find about Will Barnet (a painter I had never heard of who just died at 101) and Philip K. Dick (a science-fiction writer). They are both very interesting people. I have an idea for a new series of painting which I will keep under wraps until I paint at least 3 in the series. But I envision continuing with Dreamscape paintings for at least another month. I already have the next 2 after the Beer Can Museum lined up.
took a day off from painting and saw a great show at FOE gallery by DC based artists Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn. Added this little gem to our collection. Richard Nixon Bowling. called “Out of the Gutter”
worked 2.5 hours on the pleasant street theater painting Thursday night. It is pretty much done, just have to live with it for a week and then see if anything needs to be adjusted. At the very least I want to add the movie posters of the last picture show poster.
While painting I was watching a Jasper Johns documentary on vimeo. It was pretty good. Jasper Johns is kind of the link between expressionism and pop. He is still alive! His paintings always were breaking $$ records at auctions.
Then I was watching Art 21: PLACE on netflix. For seem reason I like painting when I am watching documentaries with artists talking about their art or process. This episode has: Richard Serra, Sally Mann, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Pepón Osorio. Great stuff!
Six weeks from today I am hanging my new show at the Woodstar Cafe in Northampton. I am going to include 6 Giclee museum quality reproductions of previous works. The rest will be new acrylic on gesso board paintings. I am planning on having a total of 11 new paintings of which I’ve done 5. So, in the next 6 weeks I will be painting at least 6 more.
Some may recall how earlier in the summer I was working on a glazing technique for this exhibit. I realize that I need more time to develop that style, so I instead I will be using the technique which I was using in the “Dot Dots” series of paintings that were shown at the Whoo in the spring of 2012.
Leading up to the show at the Woodstar I will be posting all aspects of getting the show together for future reference and for anyone interested in seeing how these things come about.
Today, Sep 23 (John Coltrane’s birthday by the way) I have 4 of the 6 giclees already printed. I need to finish one of the paintings that I am making the giclee of and then print that and the other one. Monday I am receiving 10 frames so this week I will start framing the giclees – I don’t want to wait until the last minute.
Anyway, here is the first painting for the exhibit – it is a new take on the Calvin. Back in 1997 when I did a version of this a truck had taken out the letter C on the sign. The same thing happened a couple of months ago, so I thought it appropriate to do a new version of it and Jakes.
All the paintings and giclees in the show are going to be 16×20 inches.
The Alvin, acrylic on gesso board, 16×20 inches by Chris Gentes