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Penland 2013, Day 2

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first magical Penland experience and contrary to what has been posted here, I have made a lot of stuff, including an encaustic portrait series (work in progress–I’ll post here when I’m further along).  In the meantime, it’s July and I’m once again living the dream at Penland. This year I decided to take a class in the Metals Studio and after the first full day I’m sensing that I chose wisely. Yesterday (day one) I rolled in, unpacked, met my roommate (who is awesome), checked out the studio (amazing!), and met my instructor (also awesome).

Today we got a crash course in enameling (clean metal, add adhesive, sift enamel, fire, repeat). Our only task today was prep a few white enameled pieces for our assignment tomorrow (painting with enamel!). Doing so, we got a handle on how to use the kilns, clean and cut metal, use the flex shafts, &c.

Arthur Hash, the instructor, is all about using technology in his work, and while I know we’ll be learning many traditional enameling techniques, some hints have been dropped about exploring using more technology in our work… Exciting!

Clockwise from top left: “Penland is a Dream” illustration carved into one of the picnic tables at the coffee shop; the view from my workbench if I could see through the wall (my view looks out slightly to the right of this view); the view of the upper metals studio from my workbench; one of the pieces prepped for tomorrow’s lesson.

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July 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

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Boom!

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My friends Sean and Gene came to Florida to visit me for Thanksgiving. I picked them up from the airport and we drove straight to Key West where chickens and roosters run wild. The roosters, combined with a catch phrase and a fantasy about moving to the Keys to make a living selling kitschy art to tourists (specifically paintings of roosters), was the inspiration for this little gem.

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“BOOM” Encaustic on wood

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March 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

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Penland: Last Days

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Photos from left: Beverly and Michael, the best teachers ever; Michael giving some color palette advice; Beverly’s sister Renee’s pot holders (Beverly  cares for her mentally disabled older sister Renee who makes pot holders). Renee came to Penland for the second week and sold everyone pot holders (I bought two) . There is a documentary about Beverly and Renee on HBO called Raising Renee.

My class with our Portraits

Some images from the classroom: class portraits, Floyd the skeleton and Michael’s lemon/apple painting, Abie drawing.

The paintings I won at the auction. I actually won a still life by Michael (see above), but he generously traded the portrait on the left for his apple and lemon (thank you Michael!). The oranges on the right were done by Abie.

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July 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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Penland: Day 10

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The question of the day… when is a painting done? I thought my large portrait was finished this afternoon after I worked in the detail in the eye/nose/mouth areas, but now that I look at the photo below, I think maybe not. But it’s done for today… All of this painting is exhausting! Maybe because I’m not used to standing up all day, but I think it’s also all of the energy it takes to create (or to CREATE!). I also painted over my collage piece and began anew. That’s the thing about paint, you can always paint over it.

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July 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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Penland: Day 9

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Last night there was an incredibly violent/exciting thunderstorm which knocked out all of the power on the mountain. We had no electricity until almost 2:00 this afternoon, so I didn’t get a lot accomplished both because of the lack of light and the lack of coffee. When the power was restored, Michael came to the rescue with a coffeemaker for the studio, and Beverly came to the rescue with some really great feedback and advice, so I managed to add some detail to the large portrait below.

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July 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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Penland: Days 7 & 8

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After five full days of making art, I decided to take Saturday off. Technically, there is no class on the weekends, but the studios are open 24 hours so I could have painted had I the urge. Instead I headed back into Asheville with one of my classmates. We toured the Asheville art museum (saw a nice Robert Motherwell printmaking exhibit), then met Michael and Beverly for lunch. Nice respite to recharge the batteries, plus with the heat wave it felt about a thousand degrees outside, so a spin in the Jeep was just the thing.

Friday I used the projector to lay in the general outline and dark colors of  the portrait below, and today I started to paint. I tried to keep all of the guidance and wisdom Beverly and Michael have been imparting for the past week in mind as I painted. It’s moving in the right direction though Michael keeps telling me to not be afraid of using a little color. My main question is, what the heck am I going to do with an enormous painting of myself?

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July 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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Penland: Day 6

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It was bound to happen, but today the self doubt started creeping in. I was painting away on my collage piece and it just kept going in the wrong direction. After a nice long chat with Michael I realized that the painting was flawed from the get-go, as my proportions were all off (where’s my forehead??). So I took a dark color and re-defined some of the dimensions of my face, and Sunday I’ll work on putting in some more accurate skin tone, and highlights so my face doesn’t look so flat.

Below is the painting in question, on the left earlier in the day, on the right as I left it. Below that are some of the paintings myself, my classmates and instructors have been working on.

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June 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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