IN PROGRESS | MAKING THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

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Blair Nidds Caprice 3

 A sneak peek of my new headpieces that will be hanging in Caprice! The show opening will be Thursday, July 10th. You won’t want to miss!

| “Life is about decisions. Attending this art show might be the best one of your life.” -anonymous |

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While finishing up the last few paintings of this headpiece series, I came across this quote that so perfectly synchronizes how I have been feeling about my artwork lately,

| “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe |

What an inspiring passage, Georgia. While keeping these words in mind, I have released some of my internal pressure to produce past the creative-stunting questions, (is it good enough? who will like it? Will it sell?).  Just make it! These questions are essential in a self critique, but more importantly, and simply, accomplishing artwork is about showing what is inside of you that would not otherwise be seen. And that feels good.

LATELY | UPCOMING SHOWS

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starting a couple of “nude dude” submissions for an upcoming show at Wabi Sabi Warehouse

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Headpiece, work-in-progress

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another Headpiece, work-in-progress

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glass, motherboards, and Jonathan

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art makes Bijou hongry

 

I am currently on a mission to whip out a chunk of new paintings for next month’s show at Caprice. My friend, Alex Beaver will be hanging his work as well. Yay! I will be hanging a variety of small and large paintings from my headpiece series, and can’t wait to see them in the space. 

Also, the pot is stewing for another show at Canapé at the end of July, keep posted!

POP-UP SHOW | PHOTO RECAP

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left: Emily McCrary, right: Myself

 

 

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left to right: Joshua Gomez, Joshua Sanie, Shane Nickle, Joshua Sanie, Anna Knott

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left to right: Joanna Carpentier, Dallas Thomas, Myself, Dallas Thomas, Anna Knott

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Taylor Kowalski and Anna Knott

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Molly and Tres Altman

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David Howell and Joshua Gomez

 

 

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Sangria Monsters!!

 

 

 

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Jonathan Guggenheim and Matt Gould

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Sarah Rushing and Joshua Sanie

 

 

 

 

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James Martin and Bree Nidds

 

 

 

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and… Casey Challender!

 

A little chunk of the only snap shots I took from the Pop-Up Art Show. Can’t wait for the next one! 

 

STUDIO | RELOCATION

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Studio mate, boyfriend, and coffee table constructor. 

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Miss Blueberry Head and I 

 

Just moved into my new house, and best of all, a huge new studio that is on the first floor. While my old garage studio served as a great starter work space, the new place provides so much more light, and no roachies. More organization is in place, but so far I am able to hang my larger paintings on the wall, step far back, and make decisions… Such a luxury.

On top of the new studio, our upstairs living room serves as the perfect showroom for completed works. With over eight track lights running the length of the room, each piece looks so much more gentrified!

LATELY |

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This past week I have been in the studio stretching and painting new works for upcoming shows. Excited for these local exhibitions coming soon…

POP UP ART SHOW

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking forward to clearing out all furniture, and turning my house into an art space for a night. We are going to slap up works from local folks, and party!!!

 

 

 

AT THE MOMENT | Antony Micallef

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Sex Face oil, paper collage, and resin, 41 cm x 35 cm

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Head 3, charcoal on paper, 89.5cm x 87cm

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A Little Piece of Me, oil on primed card, 41cm x 32cm

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Micallef’s Studio

What an expressive and lavish use of paint. As part of his Lauded Head Series, Antony Micallef’s headpieces bear a haunting essence, that is acheived through swift applications of charcoal, owing to, just as swift eliminations of the medium. His decision to create some of these sketches in strict monochrome, supplies an exacting contrast to his typically colorful paintings. Whether Micallef paints black, white, powder pink, or bright blue, his works are all gold to me. 

More of Micallef’s paintings, as well as sculptures, can be seen here

 

STAGES | New Headpiece

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Untitled, 4’x 4′ oil on canvas

I have briefly been working on this new headpiece… More progress photos to come!

AT THE MOMENT | Euan Uglow

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20th Century artist Euan Uglow’s figurative paintings contain a quiet certainty. With his use of mathematical planes and structured paint applications, his work is not only seductive to the eye, but possibly, unexampled. Check out more insight to his process here.

 

 

STAGES | Larger Scale

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After watching a video of Alberto Giacometti painting in his studio, I became instantly inspired to start sketching on my new 4’x 4′ canvas. It is refreshing to be more expressive when working on a preliminary drawing, and this larger format is the ideal way to get started.