New field studies from bikepacking on the Colorado trail are up on my site. Check them out. Here are a few to preview.
Valles Caldera, NM – Field Studies in the Volcano
Sketching along the Colorado Trail while bikepacking
Kody and I are in Breckenridge, Colorado working for CHUMBA USA, an American made mountain bike manufacturer, at the Breck Epic. After spending the week supporting our riders and racing ourselves we got a few days off to get into the backcountry. What says recovery after 3 days of racing like 3 days of bikepacking?! We loaded up our bikes with food: avocados, quinoa, dried beans, fruit, some candy bars and oatmeal, camping gear, our cameras & sketch books and set off literally into the sunset.
Thanks to Kody for always having the camera ready, CHUMBA USA for the reliable bikes, Wanderlust Gear for the well designed bikepacking bags, and to Orange Seal for keeping us flat free all ride!
Photos courtesy of Kody Gibson and CHUMBA USA. 2014 Copyright.
“Former members make a scene” Review @Grizzly Grizzly
I recently sent off a piece to Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia as a part of their founding members show. A group of art friends and I started Grizzly Grizzly a number of years ago to showcase compelling artists from around the world. We decided to keep ourselves removed from showing our own work so that we could focus on the curatorial process and remove our egos from the common vanity gallery collective.
We wanted to do something unconventional and unlike other art venues in the Philadelphia area. It was a real push for me to celebrate artists so different from my own work. I think that was the most rewarding experience. We gathered a diverse group of members to push ourselves in unique directions that a typical gallery would not. It was a way for us to view the art we wanted to see and champion.
I left the collective back in 2010 when I moved to Austin, TX. I miss putting on shows with Grizzly Grizzly, we had a great time and it was a fulfilling experience. Its makes me so happy to see the space thriving. Thanks to the current members for inviting us to show and for all of their hard work continuing to grow what we began!
Read the show’s review by Knight Arts, and of my piece. “Galbraith”: http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/to-all-the-girls-ive-loved-before-grizzly-grizzly
Upcoming show at Grizzly Grizzly
I am part of a founding members show at an art space a group of artists and I created in Philadelphia back in 2009, Grizzly Grizzly. We’ve left it in good hands and over the years Grizzly Grizzly has continued to thrive! View my piece, Galbraith, at the Friday night opening.
As Reference: Quick On Site Sketches
After so much technical plying with the camera I needed to loosen up with some field studies.
On Christmas morning, Santa brought a new sketchbook! Here’s a photo of a longer sketch using the field study from the video as a reference, drawn with Faber Castell PITT pens on 14″x11″, All Media Paper.
I hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday! I’m thankful I was able to spend mine with family, friends and sketchbooks.
Hiking at McKinney Falls, TX, Christmas Eve
I’ve been wanting to sharpen my photo skills. I was fortunate enough to have Suzan and Sal to school me in the finer points of controlling shutter speed, ISO and aperture together to get properly exposed phots while on a nice hike this Christmas Eve. I set myself up with a challenge in the shot below. It was hard to capture a balance between the shadows beneath and the sunny bright rock while keeping the figures in focus. I used a shallow depth of field blurring the closest part of the rock and focusing on the figures. A polarizing filter gives the sky its rich color, deepens the shadow under the rock, and along with shutter speed, subdues the brightness of the sun reflecting off of the rock, allowing me to keep an low open aperture to get the shallower depth of field.
1st Weekend of East
I had a wonderful weekend sharing my new work with many insightful and enthusiastic visitors. I was really taken by the range of responses to the work and the ideas they generated. I am already looking forward to next weekends East Austin Studio Tours! One highlight of the day was when a 2 year old, “Pepper”, decided she liked one of my landscapes, which apparently was the first artwork she had ever verbally responded to. Though she couldn’t tell me why she liked it, she did recognize many of the colors. The moment happily reminded me, “Who do you make art for?”.
Thanks everyone who came out!
Upcoming E.A.S.T. Exhibition @ Up Collective, Austin, TX
Come out and see my new work at the East Austin Studio Tours! I have new paintings on view at my new downtown studio. I will also have many prints (framed and unframed) for sale. I recently opened a studio downtown on the East side at UP Collective, 2326 E. Cesar Chavez. The space has over 21 artists exhibiting for the studio tour so it should be a definite stop on your schedule.
My new work is available for purchase and exhibition, commissions are also welcome. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss I would love to talk about it with you. I have enough 2013 work for a solo show and am seeking a Texas Gallery to show with in early 2014. I will have artwork in a wide range of sizes and prices, so it will be a great time to get some new pieces as gifts for the holidays or for your home!
I will be at my studio all four days of E.A.S.T. and am looking forward to meeting lots of new people and discussing art! Dates/Times: Nov. 16th -17th and Nov. 23rd – 24th from 11am to 6pm
If you head out to see DUE E.A.S.T., the studio tours group show, be sure to keep an eye out for my piece there, “Wiseman”.
I am also instructing some new classes coming up in 2014 and a Drawing Better and Faster course starting this Nov. 21st at the Contemporary Austin. Click here to sign up.
A weekend @ The Contemporary Austin: Museum Day Demos, Openings, & Cocktails
It was great afternoon to share encaustic with Museum Day guests at Laguna Gloria. The grounds were particularly beautiful on this sunny cool day, a welcome change to our Texas summer. Musicians were spaced throughout the grounds simultaneously playing “Inuksuit”, a composure of drums and other percussion instruments. I could hear them as I explained the properties of encaustic medium and built up a landscape painting to demonstrate the layering process of encaustic painting to curious passersby.
Liam Gillick’s new sculpture opened this weekend at Laguna Gloria and it cast a fantastic shadow as the sun slowly began to set, highlighting through its colored slats the passage of the day. The sculpture is a simple structure that emphasizes the viewers spacial point of view and sense of time. On Friday I enjoyed the Member’s Cocktail Reception at the Jones Center. There Gillick has a video on view inspired by Texas and the Laguna Gloria grounds. The film is its own piece. but also reminded me of a sketchbook of ideas related to the new sculpture and its surroundings. The scenes distort the viewer through familiar shots that have slightly altered sensations of sight and sound.
Marianne Vitale’s new sculpture at the Jones Center stands as two intersecting covered bridges built of raw burned wood, scaled down in size and assembled in the interior space. My first reaction was to the powerful display of positive and negative space. The long view through the bridge invites the viewer to look through the bridge forms and make connections to the viewers on the opposing sides. The burned bridge looks unusable. There is a curious connection as both viewers are forced to contemplate the same questions, but are separated by the burning and are unable to meet at that moment.
I found the Jones Center’s showing of only two pieces in their entire gallery space extremely refreshing and bold. The pairing of works allows you to focus in and invites you to see the art. This created a sense of calm and focus, the show is free of distractions showing only the essential.
I was unable to get into the gallery at Laguna Gloria were the space has been transformed by Erin Curtis’s work Further West. Through the windows I can see the show is not to be missed, I will be back to view it.