Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Deed is (almost) Done!

My studio has successfully been moved across the street to:
73 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs, New York.

We've hung my paintings, set up the office and tested the printers and computers. It's presentable and we're open for visitors on the weekends. This week we'll empty the storage unit (my exhibit tents, grid walls, display tables, etc.) and haul all that stuff to the new place. After that chore is completed, we'll tackle the living quarters, moving from the apartment we now occupy to upstairs over the gallery. After settling in, the visiting days and hours will be expanded. As always, if you need me for something - I'm always available.

There's good energy here. I'm feeling very optimistic.

I've selected a bright, sunny room upstairs to use as my workspace. It's a bit smaller than I'm used to but the big canvas is completed and I've got ample room to work on my Kickstarter project.

So clean and uncluttered. Consider this a "before" picture!

Embracing change and moving forward,

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Relocating (again)

Across the street from my studio on Beekman Street in the Saratoga Arts District, a live/work space became available. We grabbed it - enabling us to combine the gallery/studio and living quarters in this good size house. Apart from the obvious fact that we'll save money, I'm excited to be so physically close to my work. Just think of what this insomniac can accomplish into the wee hours!

Moving is such a chore, even if it's just across the street. As a former race tracker, packing and shipping is a routine part of the biz. Let's say I've grown weary of it...really, really weary. And where did all this stuff come from? Amazing what material things we accumulate. A mere year and a half ago we moved into the old studio with my paintings, art supplies and a few computers and printers.

"A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff." -George Carlin
 I swear I had no stuff-collecting intentions. I despise clutter. But there it is, all sprawled out and spilling into three rooms in the new place, requiring lots of effort to organize and find a place to put it.

In other news...

My Kickstarter campaign will end on Friday, March 22nd. I'm overwhelmed and humbled that I not only surpassed my goal, but that so many are willing to support my artistic efforts. What a blessing to have believers in me and my artwork. FYI...there are still four of the eight originals available: Click here: Kickstarter if you're interested.

With deepest appreciation,

Friday, March 08, 2013

Studio News

My monster of a canvas is finished.


There were effects that I wanted to play with after acquiring interesting new skills with my landscape experiments. However, because this piece is commissioned by a great client who loves my racing work and has certain expectations, I thought it best to be reliable in that respect. The entire background was applied with a palette knife providing some interesting texture that I further rubbed with thinned pigment. A very difficult angle to portray, I couldn't find any reference photos except for one very dark and blurry pic. That said, I enlisted Michael to model and did lots of preliminary drawings.

Oil on canvas, 7'x5'
In other studio news, my Kickstarter project is almost completely funded. I have only $125. more to go to reach my goal. If there are any art angels out there who would like to help me get there, please click here. Did I mention there are rewards?

More studio news: We'll be moving the entire kit and caboodle across the street on Beekman and will be in an authentic live/work environment combining the studio/gallery with living quarters. This workaholic is thrilled! Stay tuned for a more detailed update.