Writing an artist’s statment for fun and (hopefully) profit!

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

After thinking about how to describe my work for several days  I have finally crafted a  version of my artist’s statement that I feel defines my current artistic ambitions.

My work is experienced as lucid daydreams. I dare people to get lost in the singular moment described in each work. Every person sees and experiences an identical moment uniquely, and my work capitalizes on this. I set each exploration on a direction, and then allow it to go forward and meander in the imagination. It mimics the clouds, offering an excuse to woolgather.

My work is done in varying degrees of abstraction. Some work is mimetic, while other work is fully non-objective. I dance along and blur the line between actual and abstract. Often I will start with a literal form, and then create a shadow of this design’s existence, much like Plato’s allegory of the cave. I believe the viewer sees not only what exists on the paper, but what they believe they will see on the paper before ever actually looking. I am overjoyed when people ask if I intended to place certain images in my work, for just as often as not I did not place the specific image they are describing. That is when I know I have hit my mark.

In other news I am also working on my artist’s biography and revamping my resume.  The process of getting ready to launch an art business, after a few years on hold while setting up a family and working in the restaurant business full time, requires revising work I last touched in 2004 while at the University of Southern Indiana.  I now have a plan to use this information as opposed to a lack of direction, but so much has changed since then, which I like.

For anyone looking to update their own works, I would highly recommend the following sources:

This my mission, to be an exhibiting artist, and a selling one.  With a lot of hard work and time I know that I’ll get there.  I believe that reworking this information has been a great first step!


Wrestling with what to do.

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I am still trying to determine how best to go about this whole launching a blog and art site conglomerate thing.  Its not easy trying to determine your unique selling point and incorporate that into your art philosophy statement and back track the other directions. getting perspective on your work is not exactly easy.  I have drafted an email to send out to friends and existing contacts in an attempt to get some outside ideas.  I purchased a getting started type resource from  http://artbizcoach.com which has been helpful.  also looking into the ideas found at http://www.theabundantartist.com .  It is a lot of work to get this off to a good start.  I am under prepared at the moment and over whelmed but slowly making progress.

In other interesting news I helped to work out the technical issues associated with a variation on a Lithography process this week.  I really have had fun trying to create a useful document with good information on the process of “Kitchen Lithography”.

The process is really simple.  And it allows for a inexpensive and easily executed type of lithography made form house hold materials with a few specialized tools like a brayer roller and some etching ink.  The process was originally described by Emilion a french artist. Her documentation was created in English but she is a French speaker and had some issues with the finer points of English making the documentation a bit hard to follow.  So i roled up my sleeves and dug in to the process and did some Googleing sorting out the reasons the process worked and then went through and trouble shot the process.  I then created a new tutorial on the process and uploaded it to the Inkteraction fourm http://inkteraction.ning.com  I am still waiting to see if my revised tutorial helped others to dig in and start using this new adaptation of Aluminum Lithography.

Kitchen Lithography: Rapid, eco-freindly and less-toxic !
Kitchen lithography is fast, and inexpensive. Most of the materials can be bought for very little and are found in most kitchens. If you have the ink and a press all the better but even the press is not required.
Material List:
• Reynolds heavy-duty aluminum foil
• Polycarbonate or Plexiglas plate (for stretching the aluminum foil)
• Paper Towel (viva is what I uses)
• Tape (for anchoring the aluminum foil)
• 1500 grit waterproof sandpaper (sanding the foil to increase the tooth and surface area)
• White kitchen vinegar (cleaning off prepared foil and making it more receptive)
• Soda/Cola containing phosphoric acid (for etching the plate)
• Korn’s litho crayon (drawing the image)
• Vegetable Oil
• Sponge (for wiping the plate and keeping the plate wet)
• Oil based Etching Ink (graphic chemical ink is what I used)
• Press or Wooden Spoon
• Paper torn to the correct size for the image, any good quality smooth surfaced paper should work(BFK, Stonehenge, Magnani Pescia, ect )
Preparing aluminum plate:
1. Start with Reynolds heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side up, use a small amount of tape to anchor the foil to the plastic plate. Place a bit of water between the foil and the plastic plate. (This is done so you can get a good smooth surface to work from.)
2. After applying the water use a paper towel to smooth the foil out. Getting all of the bubbles from between the foil and plastic.
3. Once the foil is smoothed out wet the waterproof 1500 grit sandpaper. Sand the surface of the foil until you get a bit of a paste of ground foil on the surface.
4. Use a clean paper towel and vinegar to remove the ground aluminum.
5. Rinse with water and dry with clean paper towel.
Draw the image and Process it:
1. Using the Korn’s litho crayon create an image.
2. Using the Soda/Cola, containing phosphoric acid, poor it over the drawn image. Allow the cola to sit on the surface for 5-7 seconds.
3. Rinse the Plate with water.
4. Apply oil to a clean paper towel and remove the Korn’s litho crayon from the plate.
5. Sponge the plate with a damp sponge. (Just like traditional Lithography). At this point the image should be visible as a slightly different color than the etched portion of the aluminum.
Preparing to print the plate:
1. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
2. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once.
3. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
4. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once again not over working it and never allowing the wet area to become dry.
5. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
6. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once again not over working it and never allowing the wet area to become dry. Repeat steps 5-6 until the images is sufficiently inked.
Print the plate:
1. Place a dry sheet of paper on the image.
2. Run through press or Burnish with at Wooden Spoon.
3. Remove the paper.
4. Return to the Preparing to print instructions.

Also in other news and gallery business.  I have contacted Chait Gallery, here in Iowa City, and inquired about being represented by their gallery.  Must follow up with them and send images shortly.

Have my first meeting with the folks at Public Space ONE. They are having an exhibition closing. I am very much interested in knowing more about this group and am hoping that they can help me get my foot in the arts community here in the city.

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Continueing the journy

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

What I accomplished today:

purchased acrylic sheet for use as a inking surface and got it cut down to size. Now i can safely try to create some prints here in the house. I am trying to set up a Kitchen Lithography experiment. I am going out on a limb with this.  The process involves litho crayon or tusche and aluminum foil(frosted side).  etched with Cola(phosphoric acid)  the method can be printed with out the use of a press though it is suggested.  I am looking forward to the possibilities.  Also will be experimenting with Akua kolor and pulling hand pressed images over the next few days.  I will post my findings and my results as they happen.

Also got a bit further in my other objectives have several people helping me get perspective on my portfolio and will be using that input to help me better craft an artist statement.

Started posting on the artist conspiracy forums. I am looking for ideas on where and how to get studio space.  Also asking for ideas on how to finance this stage of  my development.   Any one know how to get a grant or where to find a space to set up a studio?  As I find the answers I will share.

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Setting the stage.

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to my art blog.

This is the inaugural posting of my soon to be Art Blog.

I will chronicle  the transition from server and bartender to that of full time Artist.

I love to create.

And I love to share in the process.

Welcome to the adventure. Enjoy the ride. I know I will.


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