Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Last night was the preview party here in Tulsa. It was wonderful. The questions, interest, support, and kind words have given me such a wonderful lift. I can't wait for the next big shindig in Kansas City August 7th. Thanks to all who attended here in Tulsa, I really was overwhelmed with the love and support of each and every one of you who came and said hello, took time to look at my work and give me so much great feed back. You must all take the credit for helping me to continue down this path of creative expression, I couldn't do it without the love and support of my family, friends, peers, mentors and patrons. And a very special thanks to The Pearl Gallery, owners Janet and Doug Edwards are truly remarkable people and gallerists, I recommend them to any artist as representation, and to any collector who wants a respectful, personal and thoughtful buying experience, they are genuine and caring people, and I am so grateful to them. cheers to you all!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Honestly it still hasn't sunk in at all that I am finished. I think my relief is tempered with the knowledge that I still have a statement to refine, and titles and note cards to write up before the Real Opening August 7th. Not to mention the several other pieces looming in the background for the next shows that must be worked on and completed soon. Upcoming? OVAC's 12x12, and an early piece for promotion of my next show. slated for March @ JRB Gallery.
I have two pieces that I still have not published online for "Beguiled" - unless you count the sneak peak video above - I'm going to wait until the opening, give those who attend something they haven't even seen a picture of before. Stay tune tho, this will be the first place I publish them. Okay... now back to my novel... ahhhh.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here it is! No title yet. I finished it just about 30 minutes ago! Still a little tonal tweaking to do, but I was too excited to wait on posting it! It was originally meant to be a companion piece for Jessi Lively, however it took on its own life and color scheme as I worked on it, and while this was upsetting at first, I am very happy with the finished results. I believe I will still hang the two pieces together, but now they will both have to stand more for themselves, this is really a good things, diptychs are hard to sell.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This is a piece I did for an invitational. The theme was color. I chose the colors indigo and blue. This is the blue piece. The parameters were very specific for this show. I was given a paint swatch to match my colors against, 75% of the piece had to be said color, and all the works in the show were required to be the same height, for consistency. In the end 1/3 of the participating artists either didn't pay any attention to the parameters, or just blew them off… Charming. I'm so glad I did all that work, and spent the money on -x- size canvas etc.
So, now that I’ve set the mood...
I will start by saying I respect the curator of this show immensely. The curator was a victim of the situation and nothing more. No blame or frustration should be or is placed there.
I started this piece with an inkling that I might have problems, but I can hold my head high and say… that’s never stopped me! However, before I turned the art in I emailed images to the curator. Just a, "hey, here are my pieces, see you soon!" sort of heads up. I wasn't surprised when she replied to me that, the breasts might pose a problem. We talked on the phone, and although the curator was willing to take on the issue with the higher ups I decided to simply let this one go.
It does rub me the wrong way that this show had such detailed parameters as mentioned above, and yet nowhere did they state the there was any sort of subject restraint. Was this something I was supposed to assume? Well I didn't, and I won't ever make that assumption.
There is a time and a place to fight and this wasn’t it. I have my reasons for choosing to not stand up for my own principals and paint out a beautiful pair of breasts. One reasons is that I did this piece especially for that show. I wasn't going to show it anywhere else and therefore it made no since to have it excluded. You may scoff at how quickly I bent over on the issue, but as I said I respected the curator and didn’t feel that making trouble would be productive, efficient or effective. However, it certainly did put the issue into the forefront of my mind.
I am working on a nude now, and will be starting another soon; I haven’t yet decided how nude to make them… they will both be much more realistic than the blue piece above, and both could be full frontal, if I so choose. I will make the decision based on how valid the nudity is to the subject and the overall mood of each piece… these sorts of decisions happen in process so, no predictions here.
It is hard to completely push the trouble with nudes from my mind and my creative process. Lots of galleries will tell you that nudes are hard to sell, and lots of galleries will simply refuse to take them. I know this from experience. And as you can tell from above, they are in general hard to show. Especially in the market I am currently working.
It really amazes me. First of all we all look at nudes in art all the time… there are bare breasts all over the art deco and nouveau buildings here in downtown Tulsa. I use that example because Tulsa, like OKC is in the bible belt, which I do think figures into the argument. Classical art has the human form all over it… true, often conveniently draped, which drives me crazy. Are we really still too uptight to enjoy the breasts above? Sadly yes. If breasts are such an issue, what about pubic hair, and what if I wanted to paint a male nude? Can I sell a penis? All I can say is I will do my best to not let this subjugation of our own bodies deter me from making the art I want to make, and next time, I will stand up for my breasts, etc.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I've completed my 5x5 early this year. early JP? But, JP! You don't do early? well no... I don't, however, after being asked if I wanted to participate in some press releases for the event, in which they wanted to show the artists alongside their pieces, I said SURE! Because if there's one thing I am learning about being successful as a self employed artist, it is that it's a constant hustle. And I'm always game for a good publicity stunt!