Sunday, June 30, 2013

What I've Been Up To

This has been an incredible month for me in terms of creating new work and plugging into the Hattiesburg arts community! As anyone who has graduated with an art degree can tell you, it takes a while to recharge enough to create your own work after being under so much academic pressure for a long time. In my case, that period of time was roughly three years... One of the best ways I've found to motivate myself was getting involved with other artist for a cause or having a deadline to shoot towards. 
Last weekend I participated in the H.I.P. Quick Draw for Kids sponsored by The South Mississippi Art  Association. Also, over the last couple of months I've been working on two new paintings for the Mississippi Alabama Bi-State Competition. Both experiences have inspired me and helped me regain my passion for doing what I love. 

Bi-State entry progress



Finished Bi-State Entry

Bi-State entry No. 2 progress

Quick Draw in Action!

My Finished Quick Draw Pieces 

Bi-State piece on my porch workspace

Finished Bi-State Piece No. 2

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You Don't "Need" a Studio

This has been a busy week. I've made more artwork in this single week on my own since I graduated college. It is such a good feeling to be excited about making again. Starting to creating art after you have been use to having large university studio spaces at your disposal where you can create and bounce ideas off other artists can be intimidating. To add to it I've had several people tell me when I began yearning to do my own work again, "You need a studio" or "It's really hard to do anything without a studio". Eventually, I would love to have my own home studio or elsewhere. Right now my "studio" space is the floor of my living room or my dining table. Not having a space designated for just work can be a challenge, but don't let what you don't have stop you from working. Pull a tarp over the floor, hang out in the garage, or if you're a sculptor work small. There are ways to get around what you don't have. That's part of an artist, right? It's a matter of creative problem solving.  


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Paul Fayard

Watching Wyatt by Paul Fayard
I had the privilage of meeting Paul and his girlfriend during the Mississippi Arts Commission 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship Recipients Show at the Oddfellows Gallery. What intrigued me so about Paul's work is the way it captured people during daily activities. Each painting is a polaroid of the personality of the person being depicted. The paintings are telling and honest without being voyeuristic. Like many of my favorite artists, Edgar Degas and Richard Deibenkorn, his Paul's work takes ordinary moments and makes them into art.

Photo of Me at Oddfellows in front of one of Paul's works
Chanteuse by Paul Fayard

Walkers Runners by Paul Fayard
Paul also blurs the line of reality and art in his other work of making prosthetics. When I asked him about the relationship between sculpting prosthetics and making a painting, he told me that it is the respect for the process itself. The creation of both involves the completion of a skilled plan, but must have room to evolve.  This is especially true when dealing with any type of artwork that deals with human subjects as its focus. People are always moving, aging, and changing. It takes skill for an artist to show this accurately and that is exactly what Paul does. 

For more work by Paul check out his website

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