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.

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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!

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. 

STUDIO |

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A peek inside of my garage studio where all painting/drawing/drinking wine takes place. 

AT THE MOMENT | Akira Beard

Imageinspired by Saint Genevieve, water-soluble oil on wood panel, 16″x20″, 2013

As of late, Akira Beard has been my go-to inspiration for my oil paintings. His confident use of loose and tight brush strokes, paired with a harmonious color palette, makes for the perfect kickstart to my creativity. Additionally, he is a prolific artist. A visit to his website,  or  a must-follow Instagram profile, proves that is is constantly painting or drawing, ruling me to plunge onto a blank canvas.

Urgent! Check him out.