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"doctor's hours"

sometimes nyfa (new york foundation for the arts) brings together artists with curators/critics/gallerists for one-on-one portfolio review sessions. i've been a "patient" a few times and have gotten some valuable advice. i'm here tonight in between appointments.

sometimes, of course, since you can talk with different people, you get conflicting opinions. one person told me she thinks a lot of commercial galleries would be very interested in my work (because she hasn't seen much like it), and asked if i have approached any, while another said that i should keep trying to show in non-profit spaces.

i hope they are both correct. i want to be able to keep creating new work and to share what i make.

wilting, stapling, painting

last night i thought one of the flowers was bending over a bit too much. i don't want them to escape the picture frame. i'm also nervous about the petals falling off. so i stapled it a few more times, where it will continue to age hopefully a bit more securely.

here's a view from last night after making the second painting and moving the camera back so that it's time lapse videoing the flowers until tonight:

this morning another flower looked like it might bend or fall off the frame, so i stapled it as well.

using the staple gun has reminded me of a project i wanted to do years ago experimenting with tools and paint - maybe this summer i'll give it a try.

still life without stillness

taking a break from the first improvisation. plan on getting back to it in a couple of weeks or so. decided might be better to focus on something a little more concrete with some time pressure built into it - instead of working more and more on "still life without stillness," i'll be forced to move on to each next step regardless of whether i think any given piece can be improved. this is good for me; i don't believe in perfection and i want to keep going.

here's the overview of the project:

i'm working on the installation version with images. here's what i've done so far.

bought flowers:

traced a panel and hung it on my easel:

stapled flowers inside the outline:

set up a video camera and painted the flowers on the panel:

after painting, set up the time lapse device:

and positioned the video camera so that it is recording the wilting/drying of the flowers until i make the next painting tonight:

that picture was taken a few minutes ago, you can see they've already started wilting (the light one top-left is most visible. some of them came with supporting wire wrapped around the stems, i removed the wire on that one. i used to have a florist friend (now a horticultural therapist); she said that it's bad when the flower shops keep the flowers in a cooler, they'll wilt quickly. i want them to wilt quickly. i chose all of these flowers from the refrigerated ones.