mary shindell drops in

Mary comes by my studio Friday. We planned the visit early in June.  She has questions ready and begins shooting with her camera the minute she walks in.  I’ll admit, I’m a little startled.  She takes control, or maybe I give up control.  Either way it’s a good thing.

I love this photo she takes. It’s my space. I do get a laugh out of the fact that I am wearing a dress that coordinates so well with the paintings.  Serendipity amuses.

Thanks Mary. My favorite line is the last one in the posting.

studio photo by mary shindell

Mary’s post starts …

I am in Monica’s sacred space, her studio. It is a hot June day and we talk about the summer in Phoenix and how it is such a good time to be in the studio. There is first of all the light and then the air conditioning. I literally get down on my knees to photograph the piece she is working on today. It is a painting of a male torso, she has previously finished the female torso and I look at both. I want to know how she builds the painting. The richness in the painted surface is what she uses to build the form.

Click to see the complete Formal and Informal post.

hot phoenix day = in studio painting

It’s hot in Phoenix. And if that heat’s not enough – I headed to Hot Yoga – early this morning.

I spent the rest of the day very focused, in the studio. I have started a male torso. I reworked areas I thought I’d completed yesterday. I wonder if you can see the changes?

I know I’ve mentioned a 3 person winter exhibit at Mesa Contemporary Arts. Carolyn, Mary and me have launched a blog for the show.  We got the title organized and things are moving smoothly as planned.

Mary was in my studio yesterday.  She’s planning to write about my work.  I’ll be in Carolyn’s studio next week. You can read about our working together at → Formal and Informal.

I already posted a few detail shots from this new work. Go … visit if you’re inclined.