MJ King

Wednesday - August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015

Today began the start of my second year in Graduate School at Clemson University. I kicked off the semester by teaching the Beginning Painting class at 8am this morning. It overall went well, despite me spilling my coffee. It was an easy morning, as it was just dedicated to going over the syllabus. Monday begins the first day of the first assignment for the class. I am excited to see how the students works and techniques develop over time.

Other updates include –

I received my new business cards in the mail and I love how they turned out!

Here are two images also of some works on exhibition. The first is King (from the Lineage Series) on display at the Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibition
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The next is Glimmer and Ascension on display at the Cleveland West Art League Tall Walls Exhibition (they are shown on the far left wall)
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For my last update, two new cell phone cases have arrived for two of my brothers. Special thanks to them for supporting my work and promoting my career!
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What’s next to come —-

Updates to the website including new work and a post here in the blog with some recent commission work! Stay tuned and check back in!

Saturday - July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

Just a few updates tonight.

Two new phone cases were ordered – one is Vibrant Shores from my Influx series and the other is a landscape painting I painted a few years back.

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Thank you to my good friend Kyle and my mother for helping me promote my art work with their new phone cases!!

Also, my good friend sent me a panoramic image of her apartment, displaying three different pieces of mine from over the years. It was so neat to see them all hung up in one image!

IMG_6096On the far left is a painting I did in college with excess paint, in the middle is a painting she commissioned back in high school, and on the far right is Fracture from my Influx series! Thank you for the image and all the support, E!

I am excited to say that I have also been hired to complete a few commissions for people within the next couple of weeks! So, when I leave Azule tomorrow I will still be busy painting in addition to furthering my Thesis development.

Thank you for checking in!

Friday - July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015

Well, my time here as an artist in residence at Azule is coming to an end. I am leaving on Sunday and I can not believe how quickly this month has gone! It was such a wonderful experience and unique. Being up in the quiet mountains, away from the noise and connection to media, phone etc. was rather refreshing. It allowed me to dedicate myself 100% to my work and my career as an artist.

This month I have completed 4 paintings, 5 drawings, and read 4 art books that was on my summer reading list. I also organized a data record of all my pieces created, calculating where they have been applied to, where they have been shown, where they have been sold etc. I created a total of 25 works within the series, Influx, and 18 of them were shown at least once in an exhibition, if not more! Also of the 25 pieces, 10 of them have been purchased and supplied a home!! I would say those statistics aren’t too shabby! Thank you for all your support and interest!

I recently have ordered new business cards as well, which was also on my summer to do list. This time at Azule, not only provided me the space and dedication to painting, but also organizing my works and business components. I hope to have work posted here soon on what I have accomplished.

Now, I did have some time to play during my stay. I was able to go on a few hikes, make a trip over to Asheville and see the Asheville art museum. I took walks around the area of Hot Springs and got to know the town and some of its members.

Here are some photo’s of Azule, my studio, my loft, and the Appalachian Mountains–

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…..if you would like to see more photos check out my Artist FB page (www.facebook.com/mjkingart or click the icon in the contact header)

 

 

Also, today I am thankful for having the opportunity to meet with and catch up with my High School art teacher, Kate Gardner, here in Hot Springs, NC. It was great getting together and discussing art, careers, and the paths we have chosen as artists. This woman helped me begin my journey as an aspiring artist at the age of 16. Special thanks to her then and now for continuing to inspire me today!

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That is all I have for now, but I will have more to come soon. Thanks for checking in!

 

Thursday - June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

Well, it certainly has been awhile since I have recently posted on here. In result of that, I have a few updates to share. My first year of Graduate school is completed and I hope to have some of my work from the end of the semester/year posted on my website soon! For my final review I showed 42 drawings and 10 paintings averaging on a scale of 5x6inches. So tiny compared to pieces in the past and I really am excited about it!

Picking up from my last post about the Elemental Exhibition – I received an email from the gallery director about the Elemental show my piece, Deliverance, was in. She ended the email with “PS-You’ve had some nice feedback on your piece. Several identified it as one of their favorites in the show.” Since I was unable to attended the exhibit personally, this was really great to hear!!

Also, in March I had some visitors come into my studio! Some of my family members made a trip to South Carolina to come check things out first hand! I am so thankful for their constant support in my work.

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Another update is in May the Gunnin Architecture Library here at Clemson, has asked to borrow my self portrait piece for display in their library!

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Some of my new drawings (titled, Kings, from the Lineage Series) from Graduate school, have been accepted into the Ohio State Fair Exhibition that will be running from  July 29 to August 9th. I am really excited about this, because this is the first time I will be showing work outside of my series, Influx!

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Here is a picture of Charisma, hung in it’s new place –

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Thank you to all who have purchased my work recently, or in the past. Every time you purchase a piece of work, you give my art its purpose to move on and move forward in its life. It also helps fund for new works to be made and pieces to be shipped and shown at Galleries. Your constant support is greatly appreciated, more than you know.

Finally, my last update is I have recently arrived at my artist residency for the summer. I am residing at Azule in Hot Springs, North Carolina. It is up in the Appalachian Mountains and it is beautiful. I haven’t really been exposed to living in the mountains or being surrounded by them before, so it has been a unique experience. Today is my fourth day at Azule and I have already started a new drawing and a new painting. I have also finished an art book that I have been meaning to read for months. I will be here for a month and I am excited to see what this new atmosphere will bring to my work as I continue to prepare for my Thesis Exhibition.

Thanks for checking in and as I continue at my residency I will be posting more!

Monday - March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

My first exhibition of 2015 was at Flow Art Space in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The show is ending this week, but you can check out the work apart of the exhibition on their website: http://www.flowartspace.com.

Here is a picture of my piece, Deliverance, on display at their gallery:
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That is the only update I have currently, but check back soon for more updates to come!

Monday - January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015

My friend sent me this photo yesterday of my piece, Fracture, officially hung up in her new apartment. I am so thankful to receive such wonderful support!

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Also, here are some photos of my pieces Arise and Awake on display at the Lee Gallery here in Clemson for the Corporeal Complexities Exhibition:

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I believe that is all I have for now. Check back soon!

Thursday - January 8, 2015

January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!
I haven’t posted in awhile, so I have a lot to catch up on.
For instance….

I have officially survived my first semester of Graduate school! I will hopefully be putting up some photos of the work I have made through out the past semester soon, so please check back!

I was published for the first time in a magazine called The Chronicle that is here in Clemson. My paintings Immerse and Submission were shown:

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I have recently been accepted to the Azule Artist in Residency Program this summer. I am really excited about this wonderful opportunity to take part in another residency.
I also was asked from Blick Art Materials if they could feature my work on their Spring Sale Flyer this year, Of coarse I said YES!

As 2014 came to an end I reflected on my goals I had made for myself –
My Goals and Ambitions for 2014 included: Getting accepted into Grad School, Exhibiting work in a new state, Being apart of more than 8 exhibitions, Reaching 500 ‘likes’ on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/mjkingart)

I am so happy to say that I finished the year with the end of my first semester of Graduate School here at Clemson, Exhibited work in 3 new states, Apart of 10 exhibitions, and have reached 529 ‘likes’ on my facebook page! I was able to meet and surpass my goals for 2014! I could not have done it without your support and interest in my work, so thank you to all.
Let’s see what 2015 has to offer!

Friday - October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

Here is my most recent print – dealing with Artists and the Art they produce and give life to. For one day our creations and art works to surpass us in life. Through us they are given life, through them we stay alive.

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Solar Plate
2014

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Thursday - October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

It has been some time since I have updated my blog here. I have been pretty busy working, however I have primarily been working on studies. I feel as if my work may be embarking into a new direction at the time, so that is why I haven’t had much to show as of late.
Some things that have been going on are –

two of my drawings were apart of the Tall Walls Exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio

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And two of my pieces have recently been accepted into an exhibition here in South Carolina! I will be exhibiting here for the first time and of those two pieces one of them is the new lithography print I just editioned!
I am really excited about this because I have never shown a print before.
The exhibition runs from December to January!

Sunday - September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014

Today I editioned my first set of Lithography prints. I wish there was more of a value scale through the course of her arm, but overall I am happy with my results!
Here is a photo of my stone all inked and ready to go to the press!
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The first edition:
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And the rest to come:
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There were 8 prints editioned today and I am all set for my critique on them this Thursday!
I enjoyed the process of Lithography and wouldn’t be against pursuing it in the future.

Tuesday - September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

I am getting very excited about some potential developments in my work. I have just purchased a new underwater camera, since mine kind of went on the fritz a few months ago. It was time for an upgrade! I also have some ideas for future photoshoots. I am rather excited because something wasn’t feeling right with my painting right now and I have ideas to fix that. I have a lot to think about and things to experiment with. I feel good about this opportunity and time for change.

In my printmaking class things are coming along. I finished drawing my image onto the stone the other day:

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and then I completed the first etching of it today:

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It is a very interesting process with the various chemicals and the delicacy of it. I am interested to see the results when I am done!

Saturday - August 30, 2014

August 30, 2014

Good Morning!

So, I have decided to change the format of my blogs to the date I posted. I hope you all don’t mind the change in format :].

I have just officially finished my first full week of graduate school. Classes are going well and I have enjoyed being a Teaching Assistant thus far. This will certainly be an interesting semester and I believe it will help me grow as an artist.

I started out my rough sketch for my upcoming Lithography project in Printmaking.. here it is. It is just the reflection of the figure.
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I polished my stone the other day, so tomorrow I will be able to begin the etching process and put my sketch onto the stone. I am really excited to try this technique out and see the results! So stay tuned!

As for painting, I have just briefly begun working on an encaustic piece the other day. The oil painting I had started, I completely redid the everything I had worked up. I found that it wasn’t working the way I wanted it to and it was reading differently. So I did what I had to do… cover it up and restart the base, back to square one. I think it was the a decision for the better.
I have my first meeting with my Professor that is overseeing my career as a graduate student here on Monday morning. Hopefully are talk and discussions go well! I could really use some insight on how my pieces are shaping up.

My last two notes for the day, is that I am now on instagram! You can start following me at www.instagram.com/mjkingart
And my artist facebook page has reached 489 ‘Likes!’ I am SO CLOSE to 500!!

Thanks for tuning in – I am off to the studio for the day!

Monday - August 25, 2014

A little bit of Printmaking

Yesterday I spent the day grinding down my Bavarian Limestone to prepare it for my upcoming Lithography piece. It was an amazing process, but it took over 3 hours to accomplish. It was very meditative though. I used 100grit on the stone and went over it with the levigator, spinning it in even circles over the stone to grind the old image off of the stone. This prepares it for me to put my own image onto it. Here is a picture of the process:

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Yesterday I was also sent these two images of my piece, Ripple, hung in my friend Delaney’s apartment. The piece was donated to the 2nd Annual Mark Borsz Scholarship Fundraiser, where she purchased it. I am so happy she is the owner of my piece!

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Friday - August 22, 2014

My Studio at Clemson University

Here are some photos of my new studio as a Graduate Student here at Clemson:

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As you can see it is pretty spacious. I share it with another Graduate Student. He has the other half of the room. I really enjoy being in my studio and having such wonderful natural light and ample room. I am looking forward to what I will create here this semester.

Wednesday - August 20, 2014

Playing Catch Up

So, I am a little bit behind in my blogging. Here are some updates-

Here are two images of my pieces (Linger and Submerge) hung in their new homes. Thank you to those that purchased them!

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I bought myself a new phone case, since my other one was giving me some issues – I LOVEEEE how this one turned out!

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My painting, Submission, will be coming back from the exhibition in Nelsonville, OH soon. Last few days to see the exhibition!!!

I also am officially moved into my new studio here in South Carolina at Clemson University. I will have photos of my studio posted within the next few days, I hope. Classes begun today and so did my assistantship. I will be the teaching assistant for the Advanced Painting Class. I am really excited about this opportunity! There are only 4 new graduate students here in the MFA program. There are 3 painters, including myself, in the program. I am the only new painter this year.
I have begun my new painting today and it will be slightly different than my previous works…

Stay Tuned!!!!

Tuesday - August 5, 2014

It’s Been Busy!

Here are few updates on what has been going on!

-I have recently found out that I have been selected as Dick Blicks Featured Artist of the Month for August 2014!! (see here https://www.facebook.com/groups/19259279648/permalink/10151976692934649/). I received $75 from there store for more art supplies, which is ALWAYS needed!

-I picked up my pieces from the Pittsburgh exhibition yesterday. They are home safe and sound :]

-My pieces, Linger and Down To The Depths, have officially  been sold!! I am looking to sell more, so if you are interested in any pieces please contact me!

-I am currently preparing to move my studio and myself down to South Carolina! I move in just ONE WEEK! Things are a little crazy packing it all up!

Thursday - July 24, 2014

Art for a Cause!

I have officially donated my piece, Ripple, to the 2nd Annual Mark Borsz Scholarship Fundraiser – Silent Art Auction.

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The Fundraiser is going on this Saturday, and there will be a ton of beautiful art works in the auction! Best of luck to the Borsz family for a successful Fundraiser and Art Auction! I have posted the flyer below, incase you were interested in learning more about such a wonderful event.

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Wednesday - July 23, 2014

Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibition!

Here is my piece, Linger, on display at the Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. The opening was last night and it was a great turn out! The show looked amazing. If you are near the Columbus area, I strongly suggest checking it out. The exhibition will be up from now until Aug. 3rd!

 

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Friday - June 6, 2014

Two More Exhibitions for the Summer!

So, as my previous post stated – I will be showing my piece, Submission, at the Majestic Galleries Exhibition in Nelsonville, Ohio.

I recently have found out that I will also be exhibiting work in the Battle of the Rustbelt: Cleveland vs. Pittsburg. It is a traveling exhibition that starts in Cleveland, Ohio at the Waterloo Arts Festival and then goes to the Unblurred Art Walk in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania! Then, I am happy to announce, that my piece, Linger, will be on display at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition this summer! I am really excited for these wonderful opportunities to exhibit my work.

That is all I have for now, but I will have a more in depth update soon!

Thanks for checking in!

Monday - June 2, 2014

New Exhibition!

Hello all,

I know it has been FAR TOO LONG since I have updated my blog. I have recently just returned from a trip to Florence, Italy. It was AMAZING and I got to see some really amazing works. I was thrilled that I actually was able to see Vermeer’s piece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. I saw it on my day trip to Bologna and I wasn’t aware that it was on loan for an exhibition there! It was a sweet surprise!

Anyways, I have recently found out that my painting, Submission, will be apart of the Majestic Galleries 8th National Juried Exhibition in Nelsonville, Ohio! I am so thrilled, this will be my first time exhibiting this piece! Also, a fellow BG artist and friend of mine, Chaz O’Neil, will also be in the exhibition! The exhibition runs from June 27th to Aug 24th! You can view the works that will be apart of the exhibition at this link here:

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Monday - April 28, 2014

Monday Update

Time has been escaping me and I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like.

I have officially chosen a Graduate school though! I will be attending Clemson University to earn my Masters in Fine Art. I begin this upcoming Fall of 2014! I also have received full funding and an Assistantship!! I am so incredibly excited, it is impossible for me to fully express it. I will be moving down there early August!

Also, another piece of mine has been sold! My painting Fracture was sold to a good friend last week! If anyone is interested in a piece, let me know! Especially with this move to South Carolina I have coming up, I need to part with some pieces.

This weekend I am traveling to Chicago to pick up my piece, Immerse, from the 27th Annual Women’s Works Exhibition. I am so glad I had the opportunity to be apart of the exhibition! Along those lines, my piece, Deliverance, is being installed this week for the exhibition in Cincinnati at the Evendale Fine Art Exhibition! Here is web card for it below –

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That is all I have for now in terms of updates. Time to go stretch a new canvas!!!!!

Monday - April 14, 2014

Back in Ohio

So I have been home from the Residency at Vyt for two weeks now and I miss it. Being there provided such a great opportunity and learning experience for myself as an aspiring artist. I am certainly looking forward to participating in other Residency programs in the future! Also, if you haven’t seen yet – all my new pieces have been posted in my portfolio! I completed one drawing, paintings, and encaustic piece!

Here is a little update on everything that has happened since I have returned to Ohio:

-My piece, Night Water Ablaze, has officially been sold!
-My brother also ordered a phone case with that piece on it as well. I love all the support my friends and family show me!
-My encaustic pieces Deliverance, Glimmer, and Arise were on display at the Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, Ohio. You can find an exhibition shot of this in my Exhibitions section.
-I just sent my encaustic piece down to Cincinnati for an upcoming exhibition as well!

Besides all of that, I am getting ready to apply to new exhibitions and I am still waiting to hear back from one Graduate school before I commit to one.
That pretty much sums up everything that has been new! Lastly, I will leave you with two photos. One is a photo from Open Studios at the Residency. My wonderfully, supportive parents came up to New York for the weekend to see my work! They truly are the best.

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The second is my brother and sister-in-law in front of my encaustic pieces at the Bryn Du Mansion exhibition! Thanks for being so supportive guys!

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Tuesday - March 25, 2014

Accomplishing 2014 Goals!

In January I made goals for my art career for 2014.
They included –

Getting accepted into Grad School, Exhibiting work in a new state, Being apart of more than 8 exhibitions, and Reaching 500 ‘likes’ on my artist facebook page (www.facebook.com/mjkingart)

I am happy to say the progress I have been making towards these goals.

I am going to Grad School in the Fall (I have been accepted with funding to Ohio University and Kendall College of Art and Design) and I recently exhibited work in NY for the first time this past weekend (new state).

Yesterday I found out my encaustic piece, Deliverance, will be in the 2014 Evendale Art Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were 300 works submitted and they accepted 140 works. This means that I have been accepted/in 4 exhibitions thus far (so I am half way there to my minimum of 8 for the year!) It also means that I will have 4 pieces being shown in 3 different locations! (Woodstock, IL and Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio)

Lastly, I have now reached 431 ‘likes’ on my facebook page, so 500 isn’t too far away!!! I am making progress in accomplishing my goals for 2014!!!!

Monday - March 24, 2014

Things Are Coming To An End…

It is so sad that my time here at The League Residency at Vytlacil is winding down.

The weekend was fantastic! Open Studio’s went very well with a constant flow of people coming in and out of all of our studios here. It was a wonderful turn out full of great conversations, art, and wine! I met so many new people and they all seemed so excited about my work! Interestingly enough, the “side project” I am doing (my daily challenge of a self portrait) was a BIG HIT. There were multiple individuals that were drawn to it and inquiring about the self studies. It’s comical to me because that is the piece I would love to hide from the world, yet that was a favorite. I think I am going to continue it as well past my stay here at Vyt. I am interested in seeing it develop and evolve over time.

My parents traveled here to Sparkill, New York for a weekend stay in order to attend the Open Studios. It was wonderful having them here. I am really a lucky person to have the constant and strong support in the art field, from my parents and family. It meant a lot to have them here, showing them what I have been working on and how I am working on progressing in my career as an Artist.

This has definitely been a month of growth for me in so many different aspects of my life and work. I am so thankful for this opportunity!

Now, with only a few days left it is time to wrap things up as much as possible and try to finish all my pieces!

Wednesday - March 19, 2014

Overdue Update

Hello!

I know this update is long overdue, but it is for good reason. On friday I strictly spent the day working on my charcoal drawing that is in process. I got a lot accomplished, but it still needs work. Our Open Studio’s day is coming up This Saturday! So, I really need to get a move on with things…

and with that being said –

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I actually took off from the studio. I did this to spend some time in the City with friends and seeing things. It is nice and important to remove myself from these works that I literally stare at and work on all day, day after day. When I came back, it opened my eyes to things that were working and weren’t. I have fresh eyes and am eager to be back working!

Today I had a solo crit with the director here at Vyt. Our talk went well and was insightful. We had very good conversations and he was picking up on this “transitional” phase that myself and my work are in right now. He said, “You are scratching the surface of something with great potential. You can paint, there is no doubt about that.” I am learning a lot here and how I am on this journey of “finding myself” in my work and the art world.

Also, I found out today that three of my encaustic paintings (Glimmer, Arise, and Deliverance) are going to Granville, Ohio for an exhibition at Bryn Du Art Mansion! I am so thrilled to be apart of this! There were 70 artists that submitted a total of 180 works for this regional juried exhibition. All three of the works I submitted were chosen out of the 65 accepted works! I am so happy about this opportunity and my second exhibition of 2014!

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Thursday - March 13, 2014

Things Are Happening :]

I have all around great news for todays post!

Firstly, my work here at the residency is coming along so nicely! I am very please with how things are turning out and I am so excited to keep working on them! I can not wait to see them in their final form. I truly feel that progress is being made and walls are being broken down, which is fabulous.

Secondly, my Artist page on Facebook has reached 412 Likes! I am so happy to see all the support and encouragement from friends, family, and people who I do not know but are interested in my work. It is amazing! If you haven’t Liked my Facebook page or checked it out yet, there is a link that will connect you to it if you click the ‘Contact’ bar at the top of the screen. The more Likes I have, the more people are going to see my work and what I am working on. My goal by the end of the year was to reach 500 – I can not believe that I am only 88 away from that!

Thirdly, I just received an e-mail from The 27th Annual Women’s Works Exhibition with images of my painting, Immerse, on display. The exhibition is up from March 13th to April 27th at The Old Court House Art Center in Woodstock, Illinois. I was told that my painting has the best spot in the gallery and that it is the first thing the viewers see as they approach the gallery. Here are the images-

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Also, you can check out the Exhibition catalog out at www.womensworks.org. There were 600 applicants for this exhibition and my painting was 1 of 125 chosen for the show! The work in the exhibition looks incredible and I am so honored and proud to be shown with these fellow artists and to be apart of the 27th Annual Women’s Works Exhibition!

Wednesday - March 12, 2014

First Critique

Today was the first critique here at Vyt. Visiting artist, Mark Safan came into all of our studios and led the discussions.

I was working a lot yesterday on my painting and I completely over worked an area of difficulty. I thought, go figure the night before my first critique I botch this one area that I have managed to sustain fairly well thus far. Ironically, in the critique I was told that that part is nicely handled and “lightly touched.” That it doesn’t appear to be over worked. I was laughing inside; if only they knew…  Although the residents and  Mark liked how this area was handled, it will be changing.

Overall, I believe it was a successful critique. It is crazy because I haven’t actually had my work looked at and analyzed in a critical fashion in practically a year, since I graduated from BGSU. It was a really refreshing experience and so important to hear feedback. Now, after a four and a half hour critique, it is time to work!

Tuesday - March 11, 2014

Productive Day!

Today has been a day of progression. I began working on my Encaustic piece and I have a good base to it complete. It is now somewhat at the same point as my drawing and painting. We have our first critique on Wed. so I want to make sure that all my pieces are progressing together.

I also prepped four smaller canvases today. I am going to do small studies, I decided, in addition to my three works. I am eager to work on these because it will be a nice change of pace in many different aspects- size and scale, composition, color pallet. Overall, it will be a nice break.

As for my self portrait studies… those are coming along. I don’t think any of them actually look like me, but it is okay. They are just studies and it is a learning process. I am glad I am making myself do this every day, even if I really do not like the results I am producing.

Just before dinner today, I decided to go for a little hike through the woods here at Vytlacil, get some fresh air and out of the studio for awhile. It was a gorgeous hike since the sun was just beginning to set. Through the hike, I was still thinking of my work and I began to explore previous notions and ideas as to where to take my work. (Oh and of coarse, my chicken friend tagged along for half of it and so kindly walked me back to my studio)

I was inspired and I then came back and did another experimental photo shoot. I am going to let the other residents and staff know and show them my photos, during our critique on Wed. I am anxious to hear feedback, since it is a fresh idea and there are kinks needed to be worked out. However, I feel like I am onto something good. Challenging, yes… but good!

Sunday - March 9, 2014

The Weekend!

Time is flying by here. On Friday, I literally did nothing but work on my painting and took some experimental photo shoots. I actually didn’t even leave my studio or talk to anyone. I went into pure studio mode and didn’t even realize it was Friday until 10:30pm! It truly was an awesome day and I really do feel like I am making progress with things.

Yesterday Was Awesome.

I took the bus into the city to meet up with two of my former professors:

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I owe so much to these men – Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz.

They have helped me grow into the aspiring artist I am today. They told me when my work was “lacking” or when it needed work, and a lot of it.  They gave me the pushes and critical insight. However, they encouraged me and showed me what was working within my pieces. They showed me techniques, taught me how to look beyond the photo of reference, to keep pushing through. The amount of knowledge I learned from them is extensive, and frankly best shown in my work:

Here is a self portrait I did in a month in 2011, when I first began painting….

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yeah….. And here is a self portrait I did in less than a month in 2013 …

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That growth in two years is because of those men, among other wonderful professors at BG. My time there was well spent and I learned a lot. However, my learning is not complete yet – and it never will be. Even yesterday, just going through the Chelsea Galleries with them and the Armory Show, discussing the art before us, my work, their work, new directions – I was learning. I believe I will be learning from them for the rest of my life, even if I am not working with them on a regular basis anymore. I couldn’t be more grateful for their expertise, guidance, and advice. Thank you Brandon and Dennis for everything.

Overall, it was a fantastic day full of great talks, good company, and art!

 

 

Friday - March 7, 2014

A Delayed Post for Yesterday

Hello there!

So yesterday I worked on my charcoal drawing throughout the morning and early afternoon. I then met three other residents here to do a little yoga! Haha One of the girls used to be a yoga instructor, so she led us in a little class. It was funny and very relaxing. I think we are going to be making it a daily thing, some of the staff here at the residency saw us and want to join next time! After yoga, we got ready and were NYC bound to go through the Chelsea Galleries. It was so refreshing to be walking through various galleries, immersing oneself into the art community and atmosphere of gallery openings. As a whole, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the works shown in Chelsea last night. However, there were a few pieces that I really enjoyed. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at Vytlacil. I have been here for almost one week and I already feel encouraged and motivated with my art. I have begun to figure out paths to start to TAKE my art. I have been feeling very stuck and repetitive with it the past few months. It was like I hit a wall and there was no where to go. I guess that is the power of an art community. It breathes the life back into the creator in you, the drive to your work, and the push to explore things you wouldn’t have thought about before.

Thanks for checking in :]

Wednesday - March 5, 2014

Great Art Talks/Inspirations

Today was a thorough day of slides and art conversations. The 7 of us got together with the Director of Vyt and we showed and discussed our individual bodies of work and what we plan to accomplish here at the Residency.

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It was awesome seeing everyones unique style and technique. There are three painters (including myself), a sculptor, two performance artists, and a book maker, so there is a lot of variety! We had some excellent conversations today that have sparked my imagination, motivation, and creativity. I am very excited to be working in the studio. I left our discussion so ANXIOUS to work! I haven’t felt this way in awhile. I can not fully express how wonderful it is to be back in an art community. It really and truly makes a difference with ones work, attitude, motivation, and creativity. This will be an interesting month, that is without a doubt!

Tuesday - March 4, 2014

My Studio/Room here at Vyt

 

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kitchenette and closet

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My front door
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The tan wall slides open and close.. when it is open it’s my Bedroom!!!

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Monday - March 3, 2014

Met a New Friend

I took a brief walk today and a new little friend ran to catch up to me and joined me for a stroll! Check out my FB page to see a video of our little walk.

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Today I also began working on my painting. I ended up starting my drawing on Sunday night so I have both currently in process. While I have only been here for two days, I have already begun to notice things about myself and my work that I hadn’t before. I am noticing I have developed an interest in time lapse. I am not sure where this notion will lead me with my work, but I am doing a few experiments with it. Every day I am drawing a self portrait from the mirror, in ink. This way, mistakes are shown and I have to commit to each mark I lay down onto the paper, forcing me to confront issues I have in my process and technique. I want to see the development through time, by doing this small sketch daily. In edition to the sketches, I am taking a photo of myself. I also am videoing myself as I am drawing and painting. It’ll be interesting to see the outcome of all these things and I am excited to see the results! Stay Tuned!

Sunday - March 2, 2014

The League Residency at VYT!

I arrived here yesterday at The League Residency at VYT in Orangeburg, NY. This place is so beautiful, even in the dead of this brutal winter. There are chickens, turkeys, and deer just walking around like they own this place. It’s pretty funny. I am here with 6 other artists. Three are from NYC, one is from Minnesota, and two are from LA. I have also already been called out on my Ohio accent with my pronunciation of my A’s haha It really didn’t take long! Last night we made a communal dinner with drinks and just started getting to know each other and each others works.

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This is a picture of all of us from last night: Chris, Emma, Rachel, Nina, Carol, and myself. (The 7th resident hasn’t arrived yet)

I am very excited to see what this Residency will bring throughout the month, because it already is amazing!! My studio space is my living space. It’s prettttttttttyyyyy awesome! I will be posting photos soon. Today I am going to explore and hike in the woods, get the “lay of the land” here, take some photos, and begin organizing and prepping my materials. Then it’s ART MAKING TIME!!!

Wednesday - February 19, 2014

What’s Happening…

Here is the underpainting of my new piece! I am currently prepping things and getting ready for my upcoming residency that I leave for in a few days. I will be at The League Residency at Vytlacil in New York, for practically all of March. I will be working on this piece while I am there and maybe a drawing or encaustic piece. I am super excited to get started on these upcoming works and to have this wonderful opportunity at the Vytlacil Residency!
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Monday - February 17, 2014

It’s Arrived!

So, I decided to create a personalized cell phone case with an image of one of my works and my website address. Check it out! I think it turned out great!

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Wednesday - February 12, 2014

New Exhibition!

I am very excited to say that my piece, Immerse, has been accepted into the 27th Annual Women’s Works exhibition. It will be shown at the Old Court House Arts Center, in Woodstock, Illinois from March 1 to April 27th. This will be my first exhibition in 2014!
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Saturday - January 25, 2014

Welcome

Come back soon to check out what’s going on!