Saturday, August 25, 2012

This n' that

Back to work after my hiatus.
It didn't take long to get back into the routine.
I do miss having all that time to make art.
It's difficult to carve out bits of time,
the dailyness of life is so time consuming.
I'm not the sort of person that can let things go for too long.
Clutter, dishes and laundry can only pile up so much and...
and I become unbearable...poor Paul :(

This is a small piece I finished for an art fair.
5" x 5" on panel
Layer upon layer of encaustic medium, shellac, Panpastel, gesso, there might even be a layer of gouache in the mix.  
It's another in the "River Gazing" series.

Puttered around making pendants.  
This one inspired by a French gate.
Made with copper wire and solder.
Primitive...I like the way it turned out.
All those little pieces almost drove me mad.
At least I can say it has some character!

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago 
with our neighbors, Rick and Wendy.
There was a Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective.
All I can say is WOW!
While he is best know for his comics,
I didn't know all the other things he did.
Spoofs on other artists...

 Monet for example...
Notre Dame Cathedral
The piece in the middle gave me bed spins.
The pieces on either side anchor the center panel.
Seriously cool!

 Awesome how he took one of his paintings,
Picaso'd it
Mondrain'd it.
Room after room of amazing scuptures, paintings, and drawings.
His Chinese paintings were awesome, 
dots, lines and aqua...quite a departure from his use of primaries.

 We took a walk across the street to Millennium Park.
Can you see the Jay Pritzker Pavillion behind us?
(designed by the incredible Frank Gehry)

We had so much fun at the Cloud Gate sculpture.
Nice to see so many people enjoying the park.
I love where the reflection of the sky meets the sky.
We're just about ready to head out for a bike ride.
Enjoy your weekend,
thanks for stopping by!


Jeane Myers said...

wow! a fully packed post!!enjoyed it very much - you are so good at so many things Chris! the pendent is fabulous!! xo

Bren Graham Thebeau said...

Household chaos can really hamper the creative juices that's for sure. Love both the painting and the pendant, multi talented!

ZenDotStudio said...

love that little painting. the blue and rust appeals to me so much. I think you have captured the essence of rust!

and the little pendant is wonderful. you are very eclectic in your talents!

enjoyed the tour too! yeah, I am not good with mess and chaos. I need to tame it to attain any level of inner calm.

jgr said...

Beautiful work!! I enjoyed the tour also. I am the same way with household chores, I get distracted if anything is out of place.

Maggie Neale said...

That was a fun visit, Chris...thanks. Really like the necklace and the trip to the museum through your eyes was an unexpected addition to my day.