One of the great things about where I’m living is how close it is to DC and DC’s museums. I’ve been making a habit of visiting the National Gallery and the Smithsonian. Additionally I’ve been doing some reading on art history. Mostly, about the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
The National Gallery had exhibits on photography and on pastel drawing. The photos displayed were a little later then the daguerrotype, discovered in 1939. They were on paper, instead of silver plates. It’s still fun to see all those people in bowler hats and the landscapes that photographers were drawn to. Also interesting to note that several photographers in the show were painters.
The pastels displayed from the end of the 19th century (and a few from the 20th century) and some of the paintings from the museums permanent collection were fun to look at too. And Degas and Manet create such engaging subjects. I’m assuming they used photography. And of course it was fun to see the museum’s permanent collection as well.
I’m not sure how all of this is influencing my art except to say I feel less guilty about using so many photos. I think I will be sticking with portraiture for awhile.
Recently I was contacted to participate in a group show at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring by RAW Natural Born Artists. The show is on October 24th from 7 to 11pm. I’m super excited to be in the show with 59 other artists. There will be a lot to look at. If you are interested in supporting me in the endeavor buy a ticket on my profile page.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Fillmore, it’s a music venue. It’s very easily accessible by metro. There are also many parking garages around it.
Well, I’m hoping to talk to some new people and old friends. I hope to see you there!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here and it’s not that I haven’t been busy it’s that the nature of my projects have changed. For example, I am helping a friend of mine with a big collaborative project he’s producing called Kitchen Sink Fest. It will be performed or displayed at Dance Place on July 30th and 31st if anyone is interested in checking it out. I would explain more but I’m not really sure what the end product is going to be. I just provided some artwork to be used in it.
However I am happy to say I have a new project that I will display on here gradually. I’ve just gotten into screen printing which is amazingly fun. I decided to do a series of scenes from DC for my first project in this medium. So here are two examples of what I’ve done. Let me know if you know where they are!