I use encaustic monotype as a sketch medium to try out combinations of texture, color and composition. The monotype process is painterly and quick. I like it because it doesn’t allow you to overthink. Join me at 7:30 pm this Friday, April 6th for a demonstration at my studio during Boulder Arts Week. The address is 1650 Yellow Pine Avenue, Boulder. My studio is downstairs and will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Imagine you’re a three-year-old lying on the floor of your childhood home. You look up. The walls are raked with light. There’s a hallway made of planes that leads to another room. And the room beyond that has a different tone because of the way the sun is positioned in relationship to the house. You become aware of yourself as a sensing, physical being located in three dimensional space and you feel a sense of wonder.
Future Perfect is a new series of still life photographs in which I aim to reconcile physical and digital realities by building imaginary spaces using sculpture and digital photography.
Each piece begins as an abstract painting of a botanical subject. Then I make a three-dimensional object based on the painting using wax and wood and photograph the object on seamless white background.
My goal is to make evocative images with a grounded, tactile quality that are also idealized.
Future perfect is also a grammatical tense that suggests an action yet to be completed, as in “I will have done this,” or “You will have done that.” It as an optimistic construction that allows us to communicate thoughts about an anticipated future that has yet to coalesce.
Check out the Future Perfect gallery on my site to see all current images. This is a new series that I’ll be adding to in the new year.
You’re invited! My studio will be open to the public during Boulder Open Studios. Stop by from noon to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8 and 14-15. The address is 1650 Yellow Pine Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304.
See the first finished images from a new series of photographs titled, “Future Perfect.” Minimal and bright, I’ll write more about these later, but for now just come and see! Also on display: encaustic monotype, painting, and sculpture made of wood and wax.
The Boulder Open Studios Tour is one of Boulder’s best known and best loved visual arts events. In an area with few established fine art galleries, it gives local artists an opportunity to show new work and connect. It gives collectors a chance to meet artists and see new pieces before they go into a gallery. For young artists coming up, Boulder Open Studios is a chance to meet working artists, see how people set up their studios, make work, and gather ideas. I’m in it for the feedback. It’s interesting to watch people interact with your work, see what they linger over and hear questions about it.
Alas, there was a mixup in printed guidebook this year and the image associated with my name in the guidebook is not mine. If you’re looking for Jessica Tyler’s work, check her page out on Boulder’s Open Studios website. The most reliable guide to Open Studios is the interactive website, not the printed guide nor PDF.
Join me for some springtime art and cheer! I’m hosting an open house at my studio in honor of Boulder Arts Week 2017 on Friday, April 7th. Boulder Arts Week is a once-a-year celebration created to highlight the arts related goings-on that typically happen in Boulder in any given week. While some artists create special events for Boulder Arts Week, others use it as a chance to let people know, “Hey, we’re here! Check us out and see what we have on offer all year round.”
Boulder Arts Week Open House
Friday, April 7th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
1650 Yellow Pine Ave. (downstairs)
Here are few images from a new series of monotypes.
Monotypes are one-off prints with a painterly quality. (I think of them as a print/paint hybrids.) The process for making them is immediate and cathartic.
My palette for these is minimal, mostly indigo, plus some black, sepia and a few other colors.
See these and more at the Fifth Annual Petite Holiday Fair at my studio this Saturday, December 10th! Join me from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 1650 Yellow Pine Avenue, Boulder, CO.
While not much of a churchgoer, I do attend a service at my neighborhood church on Christmas Eve to sing the old songs by candlelight. Joy to the World, is a regular on the roster. The refrain, “and heaven and nature sing,” always gets me wondering . . . What is the relationship between heaven and nature in the song? Can you explain it using color?
One Hundred Flowers is a series of paintings based on botanical subjects where I aim to balance abandon with order by putting loose, gesture drawings of organic, botanical forms through a series of refining steps.
Within each individual piece, I tend to go for analogous or tonal colors. My goal is to arrive at a finished piece where the original subject is distilled to an essence, clarified, and transformed.
But the series as a whole contains a mix of analogous and complementary hues. The thirty-six pieces below are available at Palette starting today through the end of the month. Call or email gallery director Kurt Nelson for more information.
Here it is, Earthbound, my contribution to the Boulder Barrel Project that I wrote about here: Boulder Barrel Project, and here: Color Notes. Community projects like this always take more work than you think they will, but they are also a whole lot of fun. For me, it was fun to work in acrylic, a medium I haven’t touched in years. I also liked seeing the range of ideas people came up with, and, of course, supporting rainwater collection in my community.
See all the barrels and bid here.