Eat, drink, and laugh with me and my fellow artists as you enjoy the fabulous art and photography here at ArtLofts.
We are SO excited about seeing you this Saturday at 4:30 to 7:30 during the historic downtown Beaufort SC Art Walk! Eat, drink, laugh, talk to our artists! ArtLofts is studio-gallery space for working artists. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ArtLofts is located at 208-B Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC, between Bay Street and Wren restaurant, upstairs.
Having just recently experienced a big scare about the future of my eyesight, it stands to reason that I’m obsessed with eyes right now – not only their function, but their look and form. As it turns out, I don’t need eye surgery this minute. So, I’m relieved. But having that dark spot in my right eye’s central vision makes painting a bit more of a challenge. It seems, so far, that I’m able to work around what could be interpreted as just a smudge on my glasses – even though it’s a smudge on my retina.
What this experience is doing for me is providing motivation to make art while the sun shines, so to speak. My goal is to paint every day. This is not something I’ve done before, so get ready to see a lot more art. Did I mention how grateful I am for my health?
I figure the best way to learn how to paint faces is to paint a lot of faces! So to inspire myself, I”m doing a series of half-faces, or one-eyed women. The first three have been straight-on, but the next ones I want to start experimenting with angles, side views and top-down. Thought you might like to follow me along the way and see how things are going. Just completed another one which I will post later. This is also part of my strategic income plan to create pieces that make great prints, as well as originals that are affordable for many at $225. Let me know what you think!
Many of you know that I was at a Janet Rogers workshop this last week at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC. I met some fabulous new friends and amazing artists. Janet is very improvisational, which suits me and certainly got me motivated. I learned a lot about shadow shapes and am finding new ways to paint them – it’s a negative space exercise. This makes you think backwards, really. Instead of outlining the figure, face or flower, you paint the shadows. Very challenging.
What I really loved was the Eye exercise – the half-face to be exact. I’ve spent a lot of time gazing at the loose pastels of Virginia St. John where she puts in just a few lines and gestures to indicate and inform us on who’s there. Imagine my ecstacy when my Eye painting reminded me of her. Maybe she’s in heaven looking over my shoulder. I miss her every day that I paint and am so grateful for her fabulous works.