Well, I did it. I stuck with my drawing-a-day project for the entire year of 2014.

I have never been into New Year’s Resolutions, and the ones I made tend to be vague. I tend to be hard on myself so I try not to make goals that will only end up in disappointment.

I have to admit that I missed a few days off and on that I never made up. Instead of giving up, or trying to make up the drawings later in the year, I let it go and kept going. I’m proud that I gave it my best. I ended up with about 360 drawings for the year. I decided not to make up those missed drawings, my style has changed over the months so it wouldn’t be authentic. They exist as blank pages, also as a reminder of what a crazy, exciting month I had in July between ending a job, interviewing for a teaching position in Wisconsin, and attending a family reunion.

It’s fun to see all the places that I’ve been (and drawn) in 2014. The year starts out at my apartment in Grand Forks, ND, then a trip to New York for an art exhibition and to see family, summer trips to the farm in North Dakota, the mountains of Bozeman, Montana, and a family vacation in Minnesota. Finally I ended up in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where I currently live and work as an art instructor at the college.

Here’s a selection of drawings from my year. I started out with micron marker and eventually switched to colored pencil.

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Microcosm II 24 x 30 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on wood panel   Prints are available on Saatchiart.com 

I like my work to mean different things to different people, that’s why I usually don’t list the types of organisms or structures that are part of my paintings. But… spoiler Alert! Here’s a list of what you can see in this one. I love how the shapes and patterns of these small organisms mimic aerial views.

These are the carbon transfers from photos that I took in Northwest Wisconsin in the Blue Hills.

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lichen
bracket fungus
club moss (lycopodium)

One of the source photos:

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This painting (and myself) will be traveling to Ft. Bragg California in January for an exhibition at the Lost Coast Culture Machine. It is a two-person exhibition with Jannell Turner, who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Check it out! Intrinsic Terrain – January 17- Feb 22, 2015

Check out Jannell’s work here, It’s amazing!

I just finished documenting two of my new paintings, Epoch I and Microcosm I. They are the start of two new series. Microcosm will incorporate imagery that relates to microscopic images; for example “Microcosm I” appears to have plant cell imagery because of the way the the pigments in the acrylic paint interact.

A class project that I introduced to my 2-Dimensional Design students involved going to the Botany lab and looking at slides and creating artwork based on those slides. Here are some examples:

Back to my work – Microcosm I 30 x 40 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on panel

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The second series is based on geological landscape formations. I have already created quite a few paintings related to this theme, but as a more abstracted reference.

Epoch I 38 x 48 in. Acrylic, carbon transfer on canvas

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Since I am a new lecturer of art at University of Wisconsin – Barron County, I had the opportunity to hang a show in the campus gallery. This is an exhibition of works on paper from the past two years. Some of the paintings were done during my time in Montana, others from the Anderson Center in Red Wing Minnesota, and the Golden Foundation Artist Residency in New Berlin, New York. I have to say that this is the first time that I have displayed my paintings in the presence of a grand piano and suit of armor. 

I’m looking forward to classes starting next week. I will be instructing Intro to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design and Women in the Arts.

I would also like to share a link to a Studio Visit by Fresh Paint Magazine. 

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Last week I drove to Bozeman, Montana for art exhibitions, catching up with friends, and reuniting with the outdoors. I missed the mountains A LOT and I know that a part of me will always think of Montana as home.

One of the reasons I went to Montana was to install and attend an exhibition at the Danforth gallery in Livingston. Here’s the show postcard:

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Images from the opening:

I also had work at in opening at the Collage Gallery in Bigfork, Montana. The opening was the same night as the Danforth so I wasn’t able to make it.

My drawing a day project continued throughout the week, now I’m in the 200’s. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

Also… Goats

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In January I started a project to complete one drawing a day for the entire year. This summer it has been a lot of fun to draw outside. Here is a selection of my Plein Air drawings from North Dakota.

Words that will make it into my artist statement: Chaos Nature Change Harmony Balance Climate These paintings are as much about paint as they are landscapes. Paint to me is a natural element, because it is a manipulation of light, absorbing and reflecting to create a broad spectrum of hues. The way that that pigments interact within the poured element provides an element of controlled chaos, creating unexpected effects that often change the direction of the piece. My most successful work comes from an organic process, where I am unable to predict how it will turn out in the end. Geothermal is the first of a series that juxtaposes photo elements and painterly gestures, pours, and linear elements with a tinted ground. In the past I have worked on unprimed watercolor paper and white gesso exclusively. The transfers are from photos that I took during hikes or backpacking trips in the wilderness, or from everyday life. This paintings has photos from five different locations. [caption id="attachment_889" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Thaw Cycle Acrylic, transfer on panel 20 x 24 in. Thaw Cycle
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20 x 24 in.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_890" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Warming Trend Acrylic, transfer on panel 12 x 12 in. Warming Trend
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I recently experienced the art scene in Bushwick for the first time.  I am part of the gallery affiliation program at Loft 594 Gallery, an artist-run gallery on Bushwick Ave. The group exhibition and conference was last weekend. It is incredible to be part of such an exciting group of artists who are in similar stages in their careers, a year or several years out of grad school and actively making  and sharing new work. While most of the group included artists who reside in Bushwick, or other parts of Brooklyn, there were several artists from other parts of the country, myself included.

Here is an excerpt from the press release. I included many links so that you can check out the galleries and artists who participated. The artists who I didn’t link to can be found at the Loft 594 website. 

Loft 594 is pleased to present “Material Disruption,” a group show
featuring the work of eighteen gallery affiliated artists. The pieces in
the show propose a dialog, presented as documentation of process, traces of
practice, and evidence of material manipulation. In these works, the
materials used and the concepts explored are inherently connected,
dictating the final product. Mirroring ideas surrounding technological
disruption, this show seeks to apply similar principals to the art making
process, inviting artists to realize moments of disruption that push their
work to another level. The show celebrates moments of artistic insurgency,
moments where new things can happen.

Two panel discussions open to the public accompany the show on Sat, April 5.

4:15-5:15
Process Versus Concept
The Spectrum between what you like to make and the images you want to
create. Moderated by Mark Sengbusch, (Artist and Arts Advocate),
panelists: Will Hutnik, Aubrey Roemer, Kala Jerzy.

5:30-6:30
Bushwicked: Art Our Way
With Bushwick’s ever expanding art community, this panel will bring
together local gallerists, artists and writers to discuss trends
specific to Bushwick.
Moderated by Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, (Artist and Co-Founder of Higher
Yourself), panelists include: Jesse Martin (Honey Ramka), Katherine Aungier, (Harbor Gallery) Kikuko Tanaka (Momenta Gallery)

Artists: Sally Novak, Carlton Herbert, Jessica Mongeon, Jen Shepard,
Kristi Arnold, Caroline McAuliffe, Ceaphas Stubbs, E. Diamond Wilson,
Aimee Hertog, Judith Shimer, Nathalie Collins, Claire Breidenbach,
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Lauren Underwood, Scott Robinson, Susan Luss,
Kenneth Browne, Karen Tiliakos
Curated by Margaret Coleman

594 Bushwick Ave, 2nd floor”

 

 

 

While in New York, I also saw the Whitney Biennial, “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” at Neue Galerie, and “Ink Art” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will be posting about these shows soon.

I recently moved to North Dakota (my home state) and set up a new studio. I’m loving having a space in my apartment so that I can work whenever I want to. It is especially convenient to stay indoors, since there have already been four blizzards in one month. I am calling this time of transition after graduate school my Tundra Residency. In fact, as I write this post Blizzard Era Bell is giving us 50 mph winds and -45 degree wind chills. (The Grand Forks newspaper names the blizzards after local residents).

I’ve also started a drawing-a-day project for the year of 2014. I will be posting photos of these soon. 

Here are two of my most recent paintings in my new series based on snow piles in North Dakota. All of the “mountain ranges” that you see are actually photos of snow taken out of context and presented without scale indicators.

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Grand Illusion 16 x 20 x 1.5 in. Acrylic, photo transfer on panel

 

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Transience 8 x 10 x 1.5 in. Acrylic, photo transfer on panel

 

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 My studio in a state of disarray.