Friday, January 18, 2013

Good News

2013 is certainly off to a good start!

Word came to me yesterday that my collage "Saratoga" was sold by the Art Rental and Sales Service of the Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Quebec. I was happy to have two collages included in the 2012/2013 collection, and now I'm doubly chuffed that one of my collages has sold. A big thank you to the gallery staff for making the sale!


Another little surprise that arrived in the mail was a letter of invitation from The American Academy of Equine Art to participate in their "The Horse in Fine Art, 2013" exhibition. The exhibition will run concurrently in two venues: At the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery of Georgetown College, in Georgetown KY, and at The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta GA, which is near Atlanta. The Horse in Fine Art Exhibition will be on display during the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, and the spring season of Thoroughbred racing at Keeneland.

Now a word of caution, being invited IS NOT the same as being IN. My work still might not make the cut. However, as they say in Hollywood about the Oscars, it's an honour just to be nominated!

For more information about the AAEA, just click the link here.

I'd better get working!

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year, New Work

As previously stated on this blog - usually around this time of year in fact- I'm not a big fan of resolutions. Not resolutions themselves, my objection is specific to the New Year's variety. I never break 'em, 'cause I never make 'em. Yes, folks, it's really that simple. Can you feel a "nevertheless" coming? I can.

Ahem.

Nevertheless, this year I made a point of reviewing my artwork, just to see what I had accomplished in our Annus Horribilis, 2012. Not as much as I would have hoped; this is normal. Given the circumstances though, the output wasn't too bad. What did concern me a bit is the way the work is tightening up.

By tightening up, I essentially mean that my collages are becoming more realistic and highly detailed in their quest to become like paintings.  Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, it's just that I'm not exactly sure that this is the artistic direction in which I want to be moving.  I have struggled with this in my painting, too. Loose is hard for me.

This art-related tightness is an odd habit because I don't think that I'm an especially uptight person. These days my blood pressure is around 90/60. I suspect that if I were any less uptight I might actually be comatose. If you are reading this blog while you are in a coma and I have offended you with my offhand comment, I apologise.

The other problem with obsessively detailed artwork is that the works take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish.

Now, if I were making union scale wages and was paid by the hour, this might actually be an advantage. I once sat in a hospital waiting room and watched a cleaning woman go about her work sooo slooooowly, seemingly counting each step, each movement, always with one eye on the clock, I could only conclude that if she had worked at a normal pace, she probably could have finished her shift in an hour. And then, no doubt, she would have efficiently worked herself  out of a job.

Not for me the life of the wage-slave. No. As it stands though, if I want to maximize my creative output....something's gotta give.


What are my New Year's resolutions you ask? Here, I'll tell you:


Keep it simple, stupid.
I'm not willing to go to no details, so judicious use of detail only.

Have fewer values, but have them really count.
No, I'm not becoming a nihilist; this is an artistic decision. Instead of trying to reproduce the depth and realism of a painting, I'm going back to a value scale of three or four values maximum.

Good design is everything.
Amen to that.

Here is the first completed collage of 2013, and, yes, I am attempting to be true to my resolutions.

"Who, me?" © 2013 Alyson Champ
9x12 painted paper collage on cradled mdf panel.

So. What do you think?