Progress: Drawing & Painting

Admittedly, there’s not much progress on this front as I’ve been focusing on the installation.

There’s been a little work done on “Every Woman a Widow.”

I promised that I’d explain the tentative title. Well, I call these things “widow flowers.” In their original black and white form, it was the first gallery sale I had. I’ve always seen girls’ faces with their hair hanging down. Somewhere down the line, I think we all lose a part of ourselves as we get older. For better or for worse. I’m sure some qualities are better left behind, but some maybe not. Either way, the person you were is essentially dead and gone. So the “widow” doesn’t reflect traditional marriage in this case. It represents a loss in oneself. I’m not trying to be a downer here. I don’t think of this as a depressing piece. I would say it concerns acceptance with a tinge of nostalgia. However, take from it what you like.

And here is the second still from the slow, slow progress of a piece I’m doing for the “Urban Suburban;” an auction later in the year benefiting the Epsten Gallery / KC Jewish Museum. It’s super slow, but I like where it’s going…

Still uncertain about the title. As of now, it’s “official” title is “Still Searching.” Sometimes though, I simply call it “Moonlighting,” which I also like. Hmm, any opinions?

Sketches & Making Messes

Okay, here are some pics of two drawings I’m working on off & on. The berries are 9×12; the boat 16×12.

Also, I’ve begun the long, long process of creating a sculpture installation for the fall. So here are first pics of my first attempt at pouring plaster. Good lord, that was a mess. There were a few moments of chaos, but it worked out.

The picture below is of retaining walls of aluminum flashing I made to create long cylinders of plaster in various sizes. I’ll put these on my lathe down at the farm and turn them into specific shapes (I’m just praying that they’re not too heavy, which is a complete possibility). They will then be prototypes that I use to make plaster molds. I’ll then slip cast the ceramic pieces using the molds. So, yes, a long, long process and mind you, I haven’t done this before. And this is all for _one_ set of elements in the installation. So, very quickly, this is going to get confusing. So for clarification, I call the pieces I’m working on now “Corals.”

Anyways, I plan on painting all day Friday, so I should have an update on the painting I’m thinking of naming “Every Woman a Widow.” Be good, give all moms hugs this weekend and I’ll explain the meaning next week. 🙂