Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 386: Open Studio This Weekend!

Below is the invite to a group show (which I am participating in) happening THIS FRIDAY and the open studios (which I am also participating in) that is happening THIS WEEKEND.

Also, I finally got around to making my dream catcher from last weeks performance piece. Here it is hanging above my bed.
A close up image of it. I'll let you know if it works.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 385: Here comes Jeanne!

Joan of Arc or Jeanne d'Arc or Janey, whatever you call her, she is about to arrive! I have gotten a few more submissions of self portraits as Joan on fire, and now it's show time. (PS if you haven't sent a picture, don't worry, you can still send them along). Today I stretched my canvases, a process that always results in exhaustion, especially when the canvases are person sized. One is 6'x3' and the other is 5'x4'.
I gave them each 3 coats of primer ( a mixture of gesso, water and marble dust), but I think they could use at least one more before they are ready for some epic Joan of Arc!
I also whitewashed over some old 12 in 12 paintings, and painted over the dream catchers in the painting below. I'm not sure where to take this from here, I like it how it is, but I think it needs a little more.
This weekend is open studios in Greenpoint, and I'll be participating. On Friday there will be an opening from 5-9pm at Yassar Gallery (276 greenpoint ave) that will feature one of my paintings. Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm I will be in my studio also at 276 greenpoint ave, but in building one on the 3rd floor, studio 1314) meeting and greeting all who stop by for the open studios. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 384: Two Beds

I finished two bed paintings today

This is the one I started yesterday. I'm pretty proud of myself for not over working it, but still managing to add a little content.

For the second one I decided to zoom out the composition.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 383: Adding Content

I sainted Maggie today, painting a gold halo around her feathered head.

One thing that intrigued me about Matisse in the last show of his, is how he would revisit compositions, making doubles of paintings to learn about the choices he made as he painted. This is something that I haven't done very much of, so today I decided to give it a try.

I wanted to revisit the tree bed I made in my last 12 in 12, but put it in the context of my recent swan feather ritual. Below are the two paintings side by side.
And here is a close up picture of the newer version. I used iridescent gold paint for the background above the horizon and the tree leaves. You can't see it as well in this picture, but it glistens.

I started another bed painting, changing the composition a bit this time. I really like it at this stage, and am tempted to leave it, but it's not finished.

Another painting I started today, also using some of that iridescent gold paint (I may have gotten a little carried away today). I want to collage into this work a lot, and maybe even bring back some of the sewing with embroidery thread I was doing with my whale skeletons. These are all the dream catchers Annie made during our swan feathers performance.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 380: Feathers in her hair

I worked more on the drawing I started yesterday. There is some paint in it now. I'm still figuring it out, but here is what I have so far.

Today is the day of my collaborative ritual with Maggie and Annie. We three lived in providence together for the past 5 years, and have been with each other through many transformations and epiphanies.

Now we all live in different places. Though we miss each other, we are also always together. To remember this, we are wearing three feathers in our hair all day today, one for each of us. Maggie wrote instructions for a labyrinth we will all travel today,

and finally, following Annie's drawn instructions, we are going to make dream catchers with our feathers to hang above our beds to guard eachother's dreams.



In preparation for all this, last night I dyed 3 swan feathers with blackberries. Here is a painting of them as they dry.

I wore them in my hair today.
I am about to go walk the Labrynth. Tonight I will make the dream catcher.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 379: A Big Drawing


I started a six foot tall drawing today. There isn't too much in it yet, just the basic outlines sketched in. I'm contemplating what medium to use in this painting, I think I wanted to mix charcoals and paint.

Day 378: A little Matisse in Manhattan

I spent the day in Manhattan. Predictably many exciting things ensued.

I finally got to see the Matisse show at MOMA, which was fun and inspiring, because I love Matisse, but as a curated show, slightly underwhelming. There was one comment about Matisse using the "language of color" that made me roll my eyes, but in general the written texts provided some good ideas of things to think about and try. I'm still sorting through them, but good things will come of this.

I also got to see my sister-in-law's 12 week old baby on a sonogram today. Very small and vaguely cashew shaped, but probably the most powerful and moving image I've ever seen.

The final excitement of the day was going to see a play "(No) Boys Allowed". It was written and Directed by my brilliant friend Lindsay. I was expecting epic greatness and was not disappointed. It resonated with me on so many levels, and managed to take itself seriously while still being playful and hilarious. It was remarkably insightful on the 20 something generation, but audience members of all ages seemed to relate. I am still thinking about it/ realizing things now, and probably will be for a long time to come.

It's back to the studio tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 377: A Big Adventre

The big adventure of the day is that I got locked inside my studio! After about two hours, I finally managed to pry the door open, but it was an overly exciting adventure, and thankfully we're putting a brand new lock on the door that will hopefully not lock me in.

That being said, I still managed to get some art done. Here is a painting on an old theme, but using some of the things I learned in this last 12 in 12.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 376: Letters for Rituals

Last year Annie, Maggie and I found a dead swan. We harvested its feathers. We will animate them, return them to life. Our swan ritual begins on the night of the full moon. We each have a set of instructions, each a third of the final ritual.

In identical letters I send my third of the ritual

Zoomed in version

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hour 12!!!!!

Annie and I decided to both do swimmers for our last hour. Since I've been painting so many swimming figures recently, I decided to shake it up a little. I was up late last night tossing and turning with inspiration. One of the ideas that came to me was a Joan of Arc like this. And so I finish the day where I begin, with good old Joan.

Hour 11: For Annie

Annie and I are in different states, but doing our 12 in 12 at the same time. In hour 8 she re-appropriated my canopy bed with gold. To see the other paintings she's done today click here
For my hour 11, I re-re-appropriated it. I did the grass at the bottom a la Annie. I also tried a similar method of stenciling for the leaves at the top. I textured the background in a similar way that she did with an earlier painting. And so I dedicate this painting to Annie!

Hour 10:

Jon said paint a magic carpet in outer space. Yes sir!

Hour 9: For Maggie, wherever I may find her.

Maggie says "Draw a woman in a strong wind. She is facing the wind."
I say "As you wish."

Hour 8

This is a Louis XIV style bed setting sail. I stole the boat front from a picture my friend John took in Russia. Perhaps this painting's title is Napolean's dream?

Hour 7

Canopy bed- swamp

Hours 5 and 6

The conversation style devolved a little, and Janelle had to leave after hour 6, but the marathon continues long distance with Annie.

Geddes Hour 5
Janelle Hour 6
Janelle Hour 5
Geddes Hour 6, this painting is done after Annie's hour 3. I recognized her landscape from near her house in Providence, so I shifted it to the mangroves in Miami where she is now.

Hours 3 and 4

Geddes Hour 3
Janelle our 4
Janelle Hour 3
Geddes Hour 4

Day 375: On your mark, Get set, Paint!

12 in 12 is happening. I'm doing conversations with Janelle this month.

Geddes Hour 1
Janelle Hour 2:
Janelle Hour 1:
Geddes Hour 2:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 374: JOAN OF ARC!

I got my first photograph submission of Joan of arc, it's pretty incredible. I've talked to some other people about what they want to do with their portraits, and I can't wait to see the pictures that I get. Tomorrow is 12 paintings in 12 hours. Things are getting very exciting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 373: Galleries and Collaborators

I spent a large portion of today checking out galleries in Chelsea. I collected a nice list of artists that I'm going to research some more.

I also spoke to a few future Joan of Arcs. I'm getting more and more excited about this project everyday. People are having some really amazing thoughts/ ideas/ insights.

Also, this sunday is my monthly 12 paintings in 12 hours. I'll be posting as I go. It will be my first 12 in 12 in NYC!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 372: Steps in the right direction.

I've gotten some really exciting feedback on my Joan of Arc project! No actual photographs yet, but they are on their way, I can feel it. If you, dear reader, care to submit, send your picture to geddeslevenson@gmial.com. Also send an address where you would like me to mail you a work of art in return.

I spent much of today making two stretchers, big stretchers, so I can make big paintings. Now all I have to do is get some canvas and stretch it. Here is a picture of one of the stretchers, it is 4' x 5'.

On the performance piece front, I made a somewhat successful attempt at dying a feather with blackberries. Unfortunately it smells of vinegar instead of berries. Here are some pictures of the feather soaking and an after shot.


Also drawings of Maggie with feathers in her hair.

And one final exciting note. I submitted some paintings to Bond Street Gallery's group show, and was accepted! I don't have more details yet (such as which pieces they chose) but I will post them as soon as I do.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 371: Many great and magnificent things, it's kind of a big deal part 2.


I need YOUR help for a new art project.

I am planning to do an epic drawing of Joan of Arc on fire (she was burned as a heretic before becoming a saint). I'm really interested in her story, and how bad ass she was. I'm also interested in how all the brilliant people that I know might interpret her story/ her final hours. SO I'm asking anyone and everyone to send me a few pictures of themselves posed as Joan of Arc on fire. You don't have to build a pyre or anything (though you're welcome to), I'm mostly interested in how you would embody that moment.

I'm then going to do a series of all my kickass friends on fire.

If you send me a picture of you as Joan of Arc, I'll send you a drawing or painting! Feel free to get any friends of yours involved in this/ have them send pictures of their own. I can't wait to see what you all send. This is going to be kick ass.

Day 371: Many great and magnificent things, it's kind of a big deal.

It was a beautiful cool sunny day in Brooklyn today, so I opened the windows to my studio while I painted.
And on this blue skied day, many great and magnificent things were set in motion.

Some time last year, on a walk, Maggie, Annie and I happened to acquire a dead swan. In fact, retrieving said swan may have been the original purpose of said walk. The carcass was in fewer pieces than we would have originally desired, but sparing the gruesome details, we ended up with many very bleached swan feathers. There had always been some intention of art in all, and now the time has finally come. There is a long-distance simultaneous performance piece in the works. I'll leave you in suspense of the details for now.

Here is a drawing of Maggie, perhaps a sneak pre-vies, with some of the swan feathers in her hair.
The other excitement of the day deserves it's own post, I'll put it up in a few moments.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day: 365!

My drawing teacher once told me that art and cooking are the same, and I tend to agree. So, to celebrate my one year anniversary as an official artist, I decided to expand my cooking horizons, hoping it would carry over a little into my art. I love baking, but have never ventured into the world of baked goods that involve yeast, so today gave pain au chocolat a try. It took about 6 hours all told, so quite an endeavor really, but it was so worth it at the end. Of course I burned my over-eager mouth on the melted chocolate, but doesn't that look good!


Tomorrow morning some friends, my sketchbook, and I are journeying to Martha's Vineyard for the weekend. I'm not sure I'll have internet, but I promise I'll be arting away anyway.