Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
“I like to mix colors on my palette, which enables me to be get precise with the color I want before painting it on the actual canvas. When attempting to match a specific color, it helps to hone in on that hue incrementally, by gradually adding one color to another. For example, say I'm trying to match a specific light-pink. I'll probably start with the red out of the tube, which is likely to be way too dark, then incrementally add in white until the values match. Here’s the tip: when mixing your next color, always keep a bit of the previous mixture around for comparison. In fact, as I get closer to my target color, I'll often split the mixture into two batches so I can 'undo' if I make a mistake. Here’s an image of me mixing various shades of pink to match a color on the digital printout at bottom – you can see me splitting up various stages of the pink mixture into parts so I have choices about how to get closed to the color I want. ”
“When developing a body of work, do a lot of research and see what other artists are relevant to your work. This is easy if you break it down: first you want to come up with a good set of descriptive words about your work, e.g. ‘etchings of contemporary buildings and decay’, or ‘paintings of post-apocalyptic western deserts’. Google image search that description, and start digging through the results for practicing artists. Be prepared to go through a lot of images -- good artwork isn’t easy to find. Leaving aside whether you like/dislike the works you are finding, ask yourself:
- Is this artist’s work similar to mine?
- How exactly is my work different (and would it look different to a disinterested 3rd party)?
- How can I make my work more specifically match my vision, so it doesn’t look like theirs?
- Is this artist someone I want to ‘keep tabs’ on as I go forward?”
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
My work in the "2011 National Contemporary Exhibition" at the Grand Junction Art Center
One of my favorite works in that show - "Telerama" 2010 - transfer print, paper collage, 16in. x 16in. by Lili Francuz
We also stopped at the Aspen Art Museum where I enjoyed a show of small, dense paintings by Cathy Wilkes - this one is
Friday, June 3, 2011
2011 National Contemporary Exhibition
May 13 – June 25, 2011
7pm - 9pm
Juror Michael Chavez & Exhibiting Artist Nathan Abels to talk at 6pm
Michael Chavez is the Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Wyoming and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas. Over the past 16 years he has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Spencer Museum of Art and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. In addition to curatorial duties, Chavez is active in the Colorado art community serving on public art committees and judging several exhibitions for Colorado’s cultural institutions.
Invited artists exhibiting are Nathan Abels, Theresa Haberkorn, Sharon Feder, Scott Lary,
Collin Parson, Denis Roussel, and Mai Wyn Schantz.
28 artists were selected for the exhibition from the pool of 134 artists submitting. The artists selected to exhibit in this years exhibit were Justine Benedict from Grand Junction, CO; Sara Bielski from Evansville, IN; Thomas Calenberg of Grand Junction, CO; Tirzah Camacho of Durango, CO; Everitt Clark of Alexandria, VA; Andrew DeCaen from Denton, TX; Cynthia Duff of Grand Junction, CO; Nicole Finger of Telluride, CO; Ernie L. Fournet of New Iberia, LA; Lili Francuz from Fort Collins, CO; Samuel Fee of Washington, PA; Danny Gillies from Colorado Spings, CO; Suzie Goodwin from Eliot, ME; Wewer Keohane of Carbondale, CO; Stephinie Kirk from West Chester, PA; Kelly Krusnoski of Grand Junction, CO; John Lintott of Grand Junction, CO; Jim Lively from Dallas, TX; Nancy Myers of Grand Junction, CO; Meredith Nemirov of Ridgway, CO; Lori Reed of Galesburg, IL; Elaine Ricklin of Denver, CO; Georgia Rowswell of Cheyenne, WY; Peggy Shaw from Mahomet, IL; Barry Sparkman of Phoenix, AZ; Emily Stokes of Ann Arbor, MI; Trinity Sullivan of Idaho Falls, ID; and Alessandra Sulpy of Cedar City, UT.