I moved into this large, light filled, work/live studio in August. Three other artists have work/live spaces and numerous artists have studios. We are above the Art Supply on Almeda owned by Ben and Vikki, who live here. I love being part of this art community. I love living in my studio.
In the photo my studio is empty as 20 of my paintings are now at Archway Gallery from my show with Shirl Riccetti, Exploring Paint, will open Saturday, May1, 10-6:00 pm. As of May 1st, Archway Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday 10-6:00 pm and Sunday 1-5:00 pm. Come out and see art. While Exploring Paint will be in the front galley, thirty other gallery artists will have work in the gallery.
Since the outbreak of Covid 19, I've worked at home, in my apartment. My dining area has become two studios, one for yoga practice, one for art practice. Due to space restrictions, I returned to an approach I used years ago when I had little time for my art. I dashed watercolor onto a small watercolor block which I would take with me. Using a fine Sharpie pen I would begin following the watery line of color and complete with lots of agitated line.
Besides the virus and my confinement to my apartment, I'm scheduled to move in July to a new work/live studio, which is being built, but is not yet finished. Nothing is certain in my life.
In March I had to move to a new studio because the building I had been in was sold and will be torn down. Moving was a tremendous stress as I had been at Art Square Studios on Main for over ten years and I had spilled out to occupancy three different studios. I've moved to Art Square Studios on Commence Street. After seven month I'm almost settled. This is me resting on my studio napping couch looking at a painting in progress.
Oh that painting is no longer red,but red peeks through.
I'm fascinated by studio detritus. For my show Spill, some paintings are on large sheets of heavy watercolor paper primed with gesso both front and back before the painting process begins. The papers are painted while pinned to a wall. As the paint spills across the top edge, a spray of water encourages the paint's downward run.
The wall is protected by sheets of plastic and the floor has cardboard taped to it, but as the building has been sold and will be soon demolished, I've become a careless.
Becoming Paint is my show at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX, 77006.
From April 1 - May 4, 2017
Thanks Debra Ford for the video.