Carnival of Animals

2014 is certainly turning out be a highly productive year already.  I just finished another painting in my weird, puzzle piece jigsaw style… which I refer to as “quilting.”  I plan to continue to produce a series of these through the year, as a break away from the more narrative works that I usually create.  It’s fun, gives me a challenge in the color department as I have to make sure that I am using different colors next to each other in order for everything to overwhelmingly pop. It is also available for sale. More exciting studio news coming up in the next post, until then, keep creating!

"Carnival of Animals" 30x40" Acrylic and Latex on  Gallery Wrapped Canvas. January 2014. Available for Sale, please contact the artist.

“Carnival of Animals”
30×40″ Acrylic and Latex on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.
January 2014. Available for Sale, please contact the artist.

New Beginnings: New Studio: New Blog: New Work.

Well, I’ve done it. I’m finally a real boy! Just kidding. I have a new studio space at Hardy and Nance Street Studios in Houston, and I feel like I have finally completed a dream.  This was a goal I’ve had for a long time, to have a real studio space in downtown, it’s kinda like crossing the finishing line for me, transferring from painting in a space at home to going pro by having a space where other artists congregate and create on a daily basis, specifically for the purpose of creating art.  It’s a lot like being in block again at UH.  I haven’t yet met all of the tenants, but I have seen a lot of their work on the walls and there is something for every one here. It’s quiet, peaceful and Don, our landlord is awesome about responding to any silly question I might have. Claire Richards is here too, and she’s great with advice about the building, things as a newcomer I have no idea of or where certain things are.

"Serra," 12x48" Acrylic on Gallery wrap canvas. January 2014. Available for sale.

“Serra,” 12×48″ Acrylic on Gallery wrap canvas. January 2014. Available for sale.

Having taken the plunge, I’m swimming hard and strong, going through inventory of my work, updating things, and finishing things. First on my list was a small 12×48″ Acrylic painting that I named “Serra,” after the sculpture of Richard Serra that Em and I saw with her family when we travelled to Fort Worth last October.  It feels good to get out of the gate running and you all should be seeing a lot more posts of my work in the upcoming year.  Wish me luck!

Along with the new studio and the new work, Allison Currie, Em Connor and I have created a new collaborative blog where we discuss contemporary art.  Check it out when you have the time.          http://tricyclical.weebly.com/

Until then, Keep creating!

New Video: Just the Tip: Color Theory 101: Analogous Colors

As a painter, I get a lot of questions about color. So I decided to start a new series of videos in collaboration with ZbhoTV on Color Theory 101.  The fact is that though Color Theory is offered in many art colleges, as it was in mine, it is typically geared more towards design and not towards the 2d-3d artist. The way color works varies from those who use it for its “Light” properties versus pigment. I’m going to try and roll these videos at least twice a month.   So, here is the first installment.  Please feel free to subscribe to my youtube account.  Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqVy-sSq314

Art ‘porn’: James Turrell Exhibit

Ok, so if you aren’t already in my close network of friends you may not understand the term ‘Art ‘porn.” So allow me to clarify.  We use this to describe the process of viewing works that excite us artistically, in essence… it’s our porn.:P

Yesterday was the first day I had off in a quite a while, so in typical Stäcy fashion, instead of spending it at home in the studio, I opted to go out and get some inspiration.  It started with a lunch meeting of Tricycle Artists, which include myself, Em Connors and Allison Currie.  We also invited Neri Gomez Brahm to join us as we caught up, and discussed plans for a group show sometime next summer.  After lunch we rendezvoused over to Texas Art supply where I picked up a great book on figures with Tattoos which I plan to use for some upcoming paintings and then we all headed to the MFAH to view the new James Turrell Exhibit.

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Turrell is known for his works with light and space.  The MFAH has a tunnel that connects its two buildings that he specifically designed for them.  When you first walk through it, you have this odd feeling that the color you are seeing is actually a wall, but if you put your hand out to touch the wall, you’ll find nothing but empty air.  I cannot imagine how many people have walked off the main path and stumbled in that area which is why there is always a stern guard in that exhibit to tell you to stay in the center of the path.  Ever since this edition was made to the MFAH I have been a huge fan of Turrell’s use of three-dimensional illusion.

turrell tunnel

 

The exhibit was held in the older Caroline Weiss Law building on the third floor, and like Turrell’s works before that I have seen at the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas, it did not fail to impress.  Moving from light to pitch black dark in one part to see a fascinating stationary light display was ethereal.  I captured a picture of Em in front of one of his displays.  The shape that she is standing in front of is entirely made of light.

em at turrell

I will be using this image at some point to create a painting… I just love it.

Well, time to get some work down now that I am fully inspired.:)

Keep Creating Art,

~S

New Painting: Falling Girl

Falling Girl Painting Progress Slide Show    <—- click here to see the slide show!

At the end of April, I had just finished “The Shining” Painting and had gone back to work briefly on “Storm room”- which is the painting I am working on now, when a chance opportunity presented itself to me in Zbrushhangouts.com care of Andre Ferwerda.  He had just finished modelling a room for a client in 3D CG software. I saw it and asked if I could use his image to paint, told him it needed a floating girl in it, lol.  He agreed and sent me the .jpg file and so “Falling Girl” was born in a matter of days, after contemplating composition and of course the odd animal that needed to go into it. I love the idea of collaborating on images with other artists, and I cannot thank Andre enough for allowing me to take his work and transform it into my own, changing the color palette and not necessarily putting in every detail that the original image presented. A lot of my paintings have floating people in them and odd animals, they help me express the troubling situations I find myself in.  I have a lot of questions, it seems that the older I get, the more questions I have about what makes me happy, what life is about, and whether I will ever come to any kind of peace of mind about the choices I have made or continue to make.  The girl is floating, but she is also falling and in this case, when she lands she will smack down hard on the floor while the neon blue Lemur watches, and if it is not careful, it might feel some of the sting of her legs landing on or near it, notice it is not really paying attention to what is going on with her either, it remains aloof, contemplating the corner of the room.

I have to thank not only Andre Ferwerda, but also Nick Sho Ito for the moving graphic at the beginning of each of my films now. I also have to thank Andy Nolan for the time spent with me on many anatomy critiques as I struggled with this figure, and to Cyle Ellcessor for listening to me go over and over the symbolism of this work, helping me break it down into what it means to me. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have so many great people all over the world who encourage, share their expertise, help you and bust your balls, all in the art field using whatever medium they so wish.  Thanks again guys for inspiring me and encouraging me to keep creating!

"Falling Girl" 36x48" Acrylic on Canvas, June 2013

“Falling Girl” 36×48″ Acrylic on Canvas, June 2013