Today marks the first day of my “Summer Vacation” between my spring and fall semester of teaching here in St. Louis. Rather than try to find part-time work, I really knew I wasn’t going to enjoy, I’ve pinched some pennies this past semester and will be spending the next three months developing work in Photography, and working on some drawing and painting studies as well.
So, each day I will be working on new projects, and have a loose plan to try to do something creative everyday! I hope to share with you all these activities on a somewhat regular basis, and keep in the mindset of always attempting to do something productive, despite having such a loose schedule to fill my days.
Today, I took a look at some unfinished paintings, and started assessing where they can be taken next. This is a small portion of a 16x20ish large still life I am doing in the style of Jan Van Eyck. He was a painter in early-ish 1400s. His work is multi-layered with small amounts of color built up over time to create an intense richness in thin layers, rather than thick applications.
Although I definitely have a ways to go on this, it’s very interesting to see the process build up. What I like about it is that you don’t have to carve out a giant portion of your day to work on your painting. You can just spend 20 minutes each day or so, adding a small amount of color each time. Plus you also get the added benefit of being able to alter color through this build up process.
This is a picture of one of Van Eyck’s most famous paintings. It’s the Arnolfini wedding portrait. Absolutely loved being able to see the richness of color, and all the detail that went into the painting after reading more about his process.
Hope to share my finished painting by the end of the summer, and perhaps some more studies in the same style.
In making my first book, I decided to make a little mini-book to get a better idea of layout and design. The longest running project I’ve done, now titled “St. Louis: In Progress” is a culminating look at the small businesses in St. Louis that have enriched the community with their desire to help and build.
So, without further chit-chat, here is a little preview of the book on vimeo:
Incredibly excited to see the Community Supported Art Project in the St. Louis Post Dispatch this morning!
One of my photographs is in print edition of the article, found in the arts and entertainment section! But, if you aren’t in the area, or want to read the article now, follow the link to read more about the project!
This weekend I continued an ongoing photo series I am working on-which documents Rural and Small Town America.
I stopped by a Seminary Picnic, located in Perryville, Mo, which is about an hour and a half from St. Louis. This year I photographed the grounds at night, complete with all day bingo, game, and inexpensive food and beer.
I loved seeing how tight-nit a community this was, and how much the town looks forward to the yearly event. I am glad to be continuing this project, even intermittently, and look forward to my future documentation of small town America.
Simple nourishment on a fancy plate. Watching a documentary relating to fisherman, and saw how sardines are canned. Pretty interesting, and makes me wonder how other canned and processed foods are made.