It is good hearing from you and I am glad my schedule is settling down to the routine again.
Today I am excited to share with you the details about the Artomatic show opening this Friday. Artomatic is a volunteer art event in DC, it is not juried or curated, it is purely a democratic endeavor, so if you have 15 hours to volunteer and are willing to pay the entry fee you get a wall to display your artwork, any way you like.
Such independent art events have a long history, as they are responses to the established gallery or “salon” system. The Impressionists mounted their own show because of politics of the Salon de Paris, and the “no jury or no awards” show of Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) in 1884 was first free exhibition with more than 5000 pieces shown.
This is my first year to participate, I was inspired to become involved after visiting the show last year and enjoying the energy and variety of pieces shown. This year there are more than a 1000 artists participating and we have 9 full floors of an empty commerical building in SE DC.
Here is a picture of my wall.
I created a new series specifically for the show. For this series I had two goals, first was to experiment with the perception of space, how one perceives distance and identifies what is forward and what recedes in a two dimensional painting, and second was to work in a limited color palette where blues were the dominate unifying color. I also used my favorite still life objects, pears, apples, and peaches.
Last week and over the weekend while putting the finishing touches on my Artomatic wall I also redesigned my website. Here is a link to the series with better photos of the individual paintings. Every painting is available for sale, however due the rules of the show, the paintings must stay up for the duration of the show. If anyone is interested in one of the paintings please feel free to send me an email.