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Act Naturally

After a long period exploring the symbolic and metaphorical possibilities of landscape, I'm returning to interiors , which have their own rich reference points. Sometimes, I like to do both! "Natural History", Monotype, 15x21", 2014
After a long period exploring the symbolic and metaphorical possibilities of landscape, I’m returning to interiors , which have their own rich reference points. Sometimes, I like to do both! “Natural History”, Monotype, 15×21″, 2014

“Well I hope you’ll come

and see me in the movies

Then I’ll know that you can plainly see

The biggest fool that ever hit the bigtime

And all I gotta do is- act naturally

 

I auditioned for a spot on community television as host of a proposed show on the Denver art scene. I felt I had as good a chance as anyone; I’d done quite a bit of community TV in the 80’s as improv/sketch comedian, and some hosting too.

I won’t know the result for a while, but the teleprompter, something new in my experience, unnerved me, so I never really got comfortable. The Teleprompter combines reading with public speaking, two very different activities. Improv Comedy- spontaneous public performance- isn’t a very good background for that. My teaching style is also somewhat extemporaneous. I think this type of program is a good thing for Colorado’s burgeoning art scene, though. And I like putting myself in unfamiliar situations at times- it provides real perspective as to possibilities for personal growth.

I’m taking a monoprint class from Master Printer Mark Lunning at the Art Students League until my own workshop gets going on February 24. It’s true I’ve heard a lot of the material before, as Mark tends to share interesting ideas anytime one works at Open Press, which I’ve done for years. But it’s nice to review and sharpen technique, and he always attracts an interesting bunch of artists, which is stimulating both creatively and socially.

For my own ongoing projects, I’m concentrating on taking a more in-depth approach to developing larger work. I’ve finally accrued a fairly large inventory of small-to-medium work, which does sell well, and pays monthly expenses. But to really “finish” an idea, I feel larger work is required, and my stock of larger works for shows, art consultants, competitions has diminished, so I’m concentrating more on studio work, and less on smaller work for smaller shows this Spring.

I’ll try to return to this project in future posts, and post a series of developmental sketches and preliminary works, leading up to a final work. I’ve already begun, and will have some small studies to post soon. The subject matter concerns an interior with poppies and thistles.

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