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.

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…

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!

STAGES | Sketch

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These are the first two stages of this larger format canvas (approx. 30″x 39″). I typically begin all of my paintings with a vine charcoal sketch, then introduce a dark layer of paint. While I enjoy seeing the drawn lines and oil together, I try not to get attached. Therefore, I smudge the sketch with mineral spirits.

But, because I can’t stand it, I’ll reintroduce drawing when I work on it next. One, to outline where I want to apply more paint, and two, to create variety. Charcoal and paint= hubba hubba.

STAGES | Wine Lips No. V

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Wine Lips No. V, oil on canvas, 20″x28″

Hoping to achieve a more androgynous appearance with this one. About 2-3 hours have been spent on each stage, so I have some more clocked time to go… Will most likely apply a blue and alizarin glaze on top, then pronounce the highlights with a buttery white.

STAGES |Wine Lips No. IV

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Wine Lips No. IV 20″x 28″

Like most of my portraits, I approached this painting without a subject, and began a sketch only from imaginary terms. This canvas stretched months ago, is just now handling the oil paint well. Before, with only a few layers of gesso, the muslin absorbed all of the paint I slapped on it, creating a dull and flat effect. No base texture is a tragedy for me. So, after globs of gesso later,  at stage 3, I am happy with the fat over lean result. More stages brewing…