Some time back, while out for a (cat) walk, I met Alan. He crossed the street, introduced himself, and asked about the cat. Yes! She really likes to take walks! I’m not exactly sure how Alan learned that I was an artist (I think Eddie told him) but eventually (while out on another cat walk) he mentioned he’d be interested in seeing my artwork. I had a few upcoming exhibitions, including a solo at the Tucson Museum of Art. He had a friend who lived in Tucson, and they were due for a visit.
Fast forward: Alan did drive down to visit friends and caught the exhibit!
He especially likes Constellations, the series of brain related works, ↑ on black paper. He wants to know if I have any of this work in the studio. I have a few pieces and invite him to drop in when he has a chance.
Alan, who is an architect, comes over on Saturday. I appreciate a conversation about desks (I have a large architect’s table.), Mylar (A favorite surface to work on.), and Rapidograph pens (I have a set but these days, it’s Micro-pens.). Times are different, he notes, architectural design is now, mostly digital. Too bad, I think, materials are wonderful.
I show him various paintings hanging in the studio. He is drawn to the detailed and circular pattern of the work. How do you work such thin, fine line? I answer the question by pulling out my favorite paintbrush.
Finally, I show him a few studies from the series he enjoyed at the museum. I have 8 of them in the studio. He notes the ones at the museum are brighter. I take them and one by one, put them under bright light. He points out line, color and circular pattern.
I share some of my influences and talk about neurons and the cerebellum. I appreciate hearing how he experiences the artwork. He likes their abstract quality.
Alan picks out 3 mixed media paintings on black paper. ↑↑↑
Today, the work is at my framers↓. Originally, when completed and I begin to think about framing and installing, I consider floating the work on black museum board. I decide on white. I do like that Alan opted for the black. It works so well!
Thanks again, Alan! Enjoy the art!
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On another note:
My solo exhibition titled “Nothing in Stasis” is in its final week at the Tucson Museum of Art. It’s been a great run. If you’ve not see it – you still have a few days. It closes this coming Sunday, the 23rd of April.