Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day 417: A few small drawings

I bought some ink and a little watercolor pad. Now I can do drawings and learn about ink from my home!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 415: A new Joan of Arc!

I finished my new Joan of Arc, and think it might be my favorite one yet.
Also, in keeping with my promise for experiments in chaos:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 414: New Devolopments

Last night I went to a show that fellow artist Julie Torres curated in her apartment. It included this painting of mine, which is much more chaotic than most of my work and which I had considered unfinished when she first came to my studio and picked it out for the show. Talking to her made me more interested in including chaos in my art instead of tying everything together in each painting.

The show was really exciting, there were artists and art from floor to ceiling. It was a well curated show, somehow all the works with their variety of themes, media and styles all came together, and the whole time I was torn between just staring at all the wonderful works and talking with all the interesting people. Thankfully there was enough time for both.

An article about the show she curated can be found on this art-critic -blog http://hyperallergic.com/11596/apartment-shows/. There is no specific mention of me, but my painting is featured in a picture, and there are some good thoughts on DIY art shows.


Also today I painted a first layer for a new Joan of Arc painting. Note the absence of Joan... don't worry she'll be there, I just want to make it nice and chaotic first.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 413: It ain't over

I may have previously declared this painting finished, but all the dark at the bottom started to seem like too much. I drew in delicate lines with white chocolate to break up the black mass and am much happier with it. I'd call it finished now, but I don't want to jinx anything.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 411: Louise Bourgeois

I keep seeing a work of art, thinking, "Wow, this is really brilliant and raw" and then discovering that it was made by Louise Bourgeois. It's always inspiring to see women artist who held their own, in-spite of the blatant sexism they often faced. And Louise Bourgeois more than held her own.

In researching her recently I discovered this quote in which she described the inspiration for most of her work “My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.” This is something I relate to so strongly, especially in my art making process. I would love the opportunity to see more of her work in person, but in the mean time I've been exploring google image search.

This is perhaps her most iconic work of art, entitled Maman. She made a series of giant spiders in honor of her mother. It amazes me how she manages to seemingly effortlessly capture such a range of conflicting ideas and emotions within a single work of art.
You may recognize this line drawing from one I made recently that is almost identical.


I love installations that transform how we relate to and experience the things around us. Her series of cells seem to blur the separation between human and environment, between comfort and pain, between voyeur and subject. Some I have only read descriptions of. Others I have seen pictures of online, but I would very much like to see them in person.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hours 11 and 12

Hour 11

Hour 12

Hour 10

Hour 9:

You can have your cake, and your forest fire too.

Hour 8

Hour 7

A birthday cake with tree-candles.

Hour 6:

Hour 5

Annie's sent me a picture of her hour 3, I think.
So I turned her table into a bed!

Hour 4:

Hour 3

Day 410:12 in 12!

I'm doing a 12 in 12 in long distance collaboration with Annie Blazejack today. Here are my hours 1 and 2.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 408: Joan! Done!

I finished Joan of Arc!
Now I've just got to make another... and another... and another...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 407: Moving On

I reworked this a little, enough so that I can call it done for now and move on to other things.

I also played around with ink and paper and some lines I saw on a Louise Bourgeois at MOMA the other day. I was thinking of using it for the bottom of my big Joan of Arc, but decided on Gold leaf instead.

I attached the Joan of arc drawing to the canvas with something other than tape today. And I primed the area around her feat in preparation for the gold leaf. Oh also, note he feet. They are new.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In other exciting news

My amazingly talented friend Maggie was inspired to write a song about Joan of Arc. Here is a link if you'd like to give it a listen.
http://mathsquad.tumblr.com/

Day 406: A short day

I spent much of today getting an art crit from my mom, who had a lot of good insights on things to try and things that are working well for me. I also got a chance to work a little on this painting. It still needs something else, but it's better than it was before.
Also, I was reading 'Where the Wild Things Are' to my niece. For some reason, this image looked familiar...
Oh right...
Ah well as my drawing teacher always said, bad artists borrow, good artists steal.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 405: An Open Invitation

I am going to have a show in Miami this November with Annie Blazejack. It is going to be THE BEST SHOW EVER. Here is the invitation. Please invite everyone you know.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 404: Abstract expressionism (love)

I went to MOMA today and saw their show on abstract expressionism. It got me to thinking about paint, and art and how much I love being an artist. It also gave me some good ideas on things to try with Joan of Arc and other future works. Here are some of the beautiful paintings I saw today. There is no picture of the amazing Pollock I spent 20 minutes looking at today. There was no way to document the awe it inspired in me. I can't believe he managed to make a painting that could simultaneously be about the surface and have such a strong sense of depth. The rhythm of his mark making and the subtlety of the colors were awe inspiring.

These are all obviously way better in person, and should be checked out if you are in NYC area.

This is by Adolph Gottlieb

The following two are by Motherwell , who I fell in LOVE with today. He makes paint as a medium more beautiful than I knew was possible.


Hedda Sterne is an amazing artist AND a woman (not to many female abstract expressionists that got any recognition). I think this painting is absolutely breathtaking. Also it might have been done, at least in part, in spray paint!
Another amazing female artist, Louise Bourgeois. There was an article about her in ArtNews, it seems she was one of the biggest inspirations for most of the amazing feminist artists that ever were. Also she was an amazing feminist artist painting up until she died and always exploring new exciting radically different things throughout her life. Fearless!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 402: A way to spend your saturday.

I had planned to make 4 paintings in 8 hours today. These paintings would be twice the size of my 12 in 12's and could be a good way to transfer the 12 in 12 energy into my larger works.

I started with a fabric collage and an idea I had been thinking about from my swan feather paintings. And I worked on it ALL DAY. It's a bit of a mess, and I'm hoping that Monday I'll come into my studio and know just how to fix it. Translating using fabric in my 12 in 12 to a larger work turns out to be much trickier than I had anticipated.

Another thing I'm going to have to work on is finding a way to include fine detail, to keep the larger work interesting up close, without over working things. I'm thinking different textures might be the way to go here. I will do an actual 4 in 8 some time soon, maybe leaving out the fabrics to start out.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 401: Playing with fire... and paint

I brought my big Joan of Arc painting to this stage, and am a little stuck on what to do with the bottom half
After a really interesting semi-crit from one of my studio-mates (who suggested I try using burnt paper in layers) I ran to the nearby grocery store, bought a candle and some matches, and, next to a giant bucket of water (they'll be no burning down my studio) I started playing with fire. I didn't get burned, but I did discover that tracing paper is HIGHLY flammable. I collaged some of the burnt papers in my sketchbook, but haven't decided how or even if I'm going to incorporate this.

I did get some really cool fire effects on this piece of watercolor paper.
The buildings are a bunch of churches drawn on tracing paper and glued down with mat medium. I was thinking of using this for the bottom part of the painting, but am not quite convinced it's what I need. I would also really like to find a way to incorporate gold leaf.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 400: PS Zero

My opening! It was great fun. First and foremost, thanks to the friends who showed up in support. You guys rock! The other art there was thought provoking, and much of it was better than what I'd seen earlier that day at PS1. I'm not entirely sure what my favorite works were, but I did really enjoy these elegant collages that somehow seamed universal and personal. It was also really great to see my art up on a wall and outside of the context of my studio. The experience was definitely a good incentive to keep getting my art out there. I'd really love o get my newest works in a show to see how people respond to them.

My thoughts on today's visit to PS1... overall, it was underwhelming. There were some really cool works there, especially photographs, that were stirringly beautiful, but most of the time all I could do was wrinkle my brow and go "huh?". Occasioanly, there would be an interesting idea that I could almost imagine grasping, but was poorly executed. I'm specifically thinking of the fish tank with two seemingly underfed fish in it, and a print out of two iconic renaissance paintings (I'm pretty sure it was this painting by Piero della Francesca) hastily taped to the back side.
It seamed clear that the two fish were stand-ins for this renaissance couple, but it was unclear which was which, weather they were purposely underfed, and what the artist wanted to convey with this parallel.

As for the venue, I liked the layout, though a map on each floor of open galleries would have been nice. I especially enjoyed some of the paintings in the stairwells, which reminded me of List art center at Brown. Walking up the five flights of stairs to my studio everyday made the graffiti-ed walls and steps seem like landmarks that unceremoniously came into and went out of existence.

I spent a little time organizing and cleaning my studio today (it was much needed), and I'm super excited to get out there tomorrow and MAKE SOME ART!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 399: A Small Step, A Giant Leap

The first step for my 6ft tall Joan of Arc painting. I'm trying to keep as true as i can to the smaller version for now, to help keep it simple.

I also spent a good portion of today organizing some things for Annie's and my show in Nov, and planning my next 12 in 12... no date set yet.

Tomorrow, I'm going to check out PS1 (museum on Long Island). It seems most people love it or hate it, so I'm pretty excited to check it out for myself. Then tomorrow night is the opening for a group show I'm in. Want to check it out, click the link for the invite. http://www.bondstgallery.com/newsletters/10.14.10_press-release.html Yep, one of my paintings is on the invitation!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day 398: Joan again!

Another Joan of Arc, this one on paper. I'm really getting the hang of these, I almost feel ready to move onto the big canvases.
I also made another version of the Joan of Arc with horse to see if I could simplify a little.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 397: Updated Website!!

Alas I have caught some sort of cold. Bed rest and a stuffy nose is conducive to getting one's website updated a bit. So if you'd like to see what I was up to these past few days check out www.geddeslevenson.com especially the painting section and the drawing section. Any comments and suggestions are welcome!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Day 393: Another Joan

Joan of Arc is waiting to be burned, but she is already on fire from within.
Funny, that is my mom's pose, but it came out looking a bit like me. I guess that is how genetics works. I got another picture from a friend as Joan yesterday, though I think she is going to do a re-take holding a sword!

Also, I finally finished this painting!
I'm headed to Boston tomorrow, so I won't be in the studio until Monday. I'm hoping to use some time this weekend to update my website, because there is nothing from the past year and a half on it.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 392: Finishing up

Today I dropped three paintings off at a gallery for a group show. The opening is on the 14th, more details later.
I also finished this painting
And am close to finished with this one.