2017 Beginnings

At the end of the year, I took the opportunity to look back at my work from 2016.  What I took from that was the feeling that I needed to take my drawing more seriously.   I did fill three sketchbooks last year, but nothing more than sketches came out them.  For 2017 I really want to challenge myself to some finished drawings.  Here is the latest.  

My wife has prompted me to explain my thoughts around how I choose a subject and what I am trying to convey, so here goes!

I prefer drawing women because the story that they speak is more interesting.  It was very motivating to see the women's marches recently and the way that you all stood up for what you were concerned for.  This woman is a representation of that.  Her direct stare at the viewer declares her presence without having to say anything else.  She calmly insists on respect.  I wanted to draw a black female for the allure of the skin tones, but also to show solidarity to the struggle that minorities and women currently face.  

There are undercurrnets of other themes though at work here.  In an age of instant gratification via internet and smartphones, I want to challenge the pace of these things through a very analog medium and process.  When we can converse with the entire world through electronic formats, but how do we make real connections?  The process to making a drawing such as this takes many days - (I worked on this one for roughly two and a half weeks) - and there is relevance in that.  Building real, lasting relationships with people also takes time and energy.  In our electronic transaction age of ghosting and other quick escapes, I want people to value the energy it takes to build meaningful contact with others, and in turn, apply that to reconciling the differences that are dividing our culture.  Even art has taken a turn towards impermanace, with works that are reflecting our new feed consumption lives.  What was here yesterday is gone and replaced with something new.  The more we engage in these practices, the more they bleed into other aspects of our lives.  I hope that my art can speak to that and towards the mutual respect of others. 

 

Just do it

I looked back at my art journal for painting ideas this week.  I realized I was still thinking through the same ideas I had been thinking through 3 years ago.  It was eye opening.  Why hadn't I moved forward from these in 3 years?  So this week I just started trying those ideas.  I tried to stop "thinking" my way through the ideas and start "working" my way through them.  The takeaway is that you will refine YOUR focus as an artist. Some of the ideas were inspirations from other artists and they didn't fit me.  They certainly might work for some one else, but not for me.  Even my own ideas yielded until expected results once I started working on them. So as a reminder for myself...sometimes you just have to do it.  Find your own way, but you have to start the journey to get anywhere.

Here's a few shots of the studio and what's in progress. 

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2016 in review...

Well... its been a humbling and frustrating process to go back through my work for the past year.  I see that my interests are varied and I know I was trying to embrace that this year.  However, putting everything together and putting it side by side has forced me to make some tough comparisons.  I won't go into every detail, but to summarize, I think I am most proud of my abstract paintings.  I also have the most fulfillment from this aspect of my work, which is important.  As more of a personal reflection, I have spent the last three nights in the studio attempting to paint more realistic subjects and have nothing of note to even show.  More importantly though, I was so frustrated by the process and so devoid of energy afterwards that I began reassessing every aspect of my work.  The bright side is that I have a few little abstracts that were born from the leftover paint that I quite enjoyed.  

The following were painted on the reverse side of a plate of glass, so they have a depth to them that is quite unique.  The second one has a few stray marks on the surface that break that surface illusion, but it helps show what I am failing to describe here in words.  

Autumn Breathes

Afternoon

January 18, 2016

So I am going to try something different.  I'm going to try and use my blog. Today is my daughter's birthday. She is four. 

I used to think that I had to have everything figured out. My direction had to be clear.  But honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing.  So welcome.  I'm glad you're here.  I'm looking forward to this imperfect adventure together.  

I like to draw.  That part I know.  I hope to figure the rest out on the way.  

Here's a sketch for your time:

  -jamie

 

-jamie

Artwalk, a review

Thank you to everyone who came out to Artwalk back in September! It was a wonderful experience to display my work and speak with so many people.

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It's always fun to get to set up a shop from scratch. Every detail in the setup is an opportunity to have a bit of fun!

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Thanks to all who signed my guest book and took a card home! 

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A few of these paintings are now available for sale at Defining Home in Homewood. If you get a chance, you should stop by and see them! A few have now sold, and I'm happy to be in the middle of a few commissions now! All in all, a great show. Thanks again for all who came out!

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May I Give You my Card?

Creating these cards has been so fun.  Each card features its own unique, tiny painting!

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I love that this project gave me the opportunity to collaborate with local Birmingham professionals who also happen to be my friends.  Sarah Ragan of Ragan House Lettering created the logo and text.  Cory Bordonaro of Four Hats Press did the letterpress.  I highly recommend both of these wonderful people!

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So... which one will you choose?  

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Website Launch

Welcome, friends!  So, this is the new website!  Thanks for coming by! 

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Over the next few weeks, I will be transitioning my work from one gallery to another.  We have been so happy to be with City Arts Boutique since it opened, and although their retail space is closing, we look forward to participating in City Arts events in the future!  And of course, I'll keep everyone posted on the new location when the move is complete.

In the meantime, just send me an email if you'd like to see some paintings in person.  From there, we can arrange to make it happen.  I look forward to hearing from you!