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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
  paintings for Dublin show

I'm almost done with a series of ten 16"x16" paintings, plus a couple that are 14"x11" which will make up the bulk of Still Spaces, the three person exhibit in which I'm taking part at Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin at the end of next month (September 30-October 15.) The paintings I am sending over are almost all done on on multimedia artboard, a painting surface that is something like paper, but impregnated with a resin so that it accepts oil paint without the need for gesso or other preparation. This makes for easy shipping; the paintings will be framed once they arrive in Ireland.

I'll have an additional three weeks to paint for the exhibit while in Ireland, at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where i will be staying, and plan to come up with an 3 or 4 more paintings there to include. But I'm doing most of the work for the exhibit before I leave, and so I hope to avoid feeling pressured to produce during that time. I love the idea of the residency as a break not only from the demands of daily life at home, but also from deadlines and demands of conducting art business--a time to experiment, absorb, and respond to a new situation. I will certainly have some art biz to deal with, since the show opens during the last weekend of my residency--but I believe there will also be plenty of time to relax into the ambiance of this special location, and allow ideas to incubate and grow.

The title chose for the show--Still Spaces--inspires me on several levels. As source material, I've been looking at drawings and diagrams of Irish archeological sites, tombs and standing stones, aged walls and weathered, eroded surfaces. I find that the title has a two fold meaning in reference to ancient sites and buildings--there is the deep stillness of accumulated eons of history, as well as the persistence of ruins and artifacts over time. I also like the title on a more personal level--that stillness within--that grows from an accumulation of experience and knowing oneself.

The painting above Personal History, 16"x16" on multimedia artboard.




 
Comments:
Rebecca, this is beautiful. I've never heard of multimedia artboard but will see if my art supplier carries them.
 
Try Dick Blick or other online stores--and if you want sizes that are not listed you can get custom-cut sizes from the manufacturer.
 
I like the images on your
blog...nice to find it.
 
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