New Wips

Studio shot April.  

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Wall check

Added to the wall tonight. Communication is key.  

 

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Back in KC

So much has gone on while working on healing in Texas. Throughout my stay, drawing kept me connected to studio. Tonight was the first time I pushed paint around since being back.  

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Second book started

My last days in San Antonio, so here's some drawings.  

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Page 2

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Page 1. 

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Last page, book 1.  

Traveling sketchbook

Your circumstance will try to weigh you down. You have to keep working at what you want to achieve. 

These are a few drawings I have been working on while visiting my hometown San Antonio. I have always had a split stand on identity, culture, lost narratives from one generation to another. This past year I welcomed working on a small scale and have been "following the work" (Stanley Whitney). At times, non representational, others, characters and identifiable objects flood the surface. 

Spending a good month or so away from my studio in Kansas City has served well for my body and spirit as being around loved ones can only help. I look forward to getting back in the studio in the coming weeks and put much of the narratives I've recorded both audibly and on surfaces, onto large scaled work.   

Gallery view from solo show in March at Project Project in Omaha.  

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It has been some time.

Life happens and all we wish is to be healthy. On that, I have some images from studio last night. It was great to be back in there painting.  

From Tiny Series  

From Tiny Series  

Tiny series.  

Tiny series.  

The upper and the lower

Visual scanning. We take visual inventory. We relate them to our experience in our past and push them into the present. The hierarchy of their value is weighed on that experience. About a month ago I was driving through a well to do neighborhood.  As I drove I watched people walking, tending yards and bringing in the paper. The experience of my past steered the order of hierarchy without a second thought. This image was one of the first to be put on paper. 

Graphite and charcoal stick on paper  

Graphite and charcoal stick on paper  

New drawings

Working from home on this Friday night.  

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Drawing tiles of paper.  

Drawing tiles of paper.  

This little one

I would like to officially introduce this gal that I saved in January. She has come a long way from being abandoned at the shelter I found her at. This is HammiE and is becoming a great studio dog.  

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After visiting Chicago, this came together. 

Chicago self portrait.  

Chicago self portrait.  

Feeling Uncomfortable

Some of the best signs that you aren't failing in studio is being uncomfortable. I embrace the feeling and continue putting things on a surface. It is very hard to just create without editing your next move. Being uncomfortable means you aren't complacent. You aren't standing still. You are fighting to "stay alive".  

Some of this weeks drawings started by a large strong feeling of being uncomfortable. Drawings have been flowing out and I have let them exist without criticism and expectations.  

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New questions

New things coming up and let's see what comes.  

Work Machine (overlook) no.2  

Work Machine (overlook) no.2  

Work Machine no.1  

Work Machine no.1  

The mind interferes asking questions that rock your steady feet, just keep on making things.  

The tiny ones continue..

These are more of the 4 inch by 4 inch oil on panel paintings. In progress images.  

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Save the date for May 27th as we will have open studios at The Drugstore in Kansas City.  

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Moved into the new studio

Just moved into the amazing studios at The Drugstore in Kansas City.  

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Not entirely organized but the itch to do something!  

Not entirely organized but the itch to do something!