The last five months have been interesting. Yes its been a while since I've blogged. I've posted some of my paintings in progress on facebook, but for the most part I've been pretty quiet. I've been putting in the hours in the studio, getting out to get inspired, teaching for two different institutions (one full time and one part-time), preparing for my upcoming shows, participating in Hickok Cole Art Night again in October, and rethinking much of the painting I've been doing over the last couple of years. Actually, I'm not sure if that is the right way to describe it. None the less the paintings are changing after many, many hours of sitting, looking, drinking coffee, thinking, tweaking one or two things and then sitting back down to look for a very long time. The changes are drastic, and they aren't at the same time. I've taken many walks and runs through the woods to clear my head, spent a little time fishing and spent a few days canoe camping solo to try to wrap my mind around it. Still working on that - but the work is coming along nicely as you can see by the "Declaration of Art Making" that J.T. Kirkland left in my sketchbook during a studio visit last Sunday. (I can schedule a few private studio visits before January, just let me know...)
All of this should make for a good solo exhibition at the Athenaeum (Alexandria, VA) which runs January 6, 2011 - February 27, 2011. The title of the show is "Finding Zero". (An opening reception will be held Sunday, January 9, from 4-6pm, everyone is welcome).
The day after that opening reception I am installing a large site-specific drawing titled "Efflux" at the Smith Farm Center For Healing and the Arts on U Street in Washington, DC. It will be up through the end of January 2011 and can be viewed 24 hours a day.
March 5 will bring my two-person show with photographer Mark Parascandola at Evolve Urban Art Projects on Maryland Ave in NE Washington DC. I will be showing my large Graphite drawings for the first time - don't miss that.