Sunday, March 29, 2015

Well March has come and gone

So March is over and April is starting.  I am still waiting to find out if I am going to graduate school.  The wait is stressing me out like no other.  I just want to know so I can plan appropriately for the future.  I really wish I had options but I applied to 5 schools and have been denied by 4. The school that was my number one choice has me on their wait list (Number 2), and I'm waiting to hear if someone (2 someones, that is) decides not to go.  I have decided that if I don't get in or get enough financial aid to go, that I have two options.  One is to apply again this fall/winter, but where and how many schools do I apply too.  Second is to rethink this graduate school thing all together and start applying to some good residencies.  Perhaps I need to do both.  One thing for sure is that I am going to start making some packets to send to galleries that I am interested in.  In hopes to show work outside of KCMO, the midwest art collectors are not ready for my type of work especially here in Kansas City.  I will for sure be moving come the end of July but to where is up in the air. Unless I get accepted to graduate school which will end up being North Carolina - Chapel Hill.  If I am not accepted I will be going to Bloomington, Indiana with my wonderful girlfriend Kendra.  What shall I do there I have no clue, but making art is going to be number one on the list, while finding a job that gives me free time to paint and pays a decent wage is the other.

  I am really in need of the of a CNC router and a large surface planer or surface sander.  With these tools I could start to make the shaped paintings that I think would be really excellent. I also need to think about the supplies in my studio that needs to be replenished. I need new brushes all around, new oil paints, more markers, and everything involved with using one shot paints. Off course I am needing to replace tools that have gone bad over the years, #1 on this list is a sander.  I wouldn't mind getting a kreg pocket jig and some plug cutters. I have been using the schools this semester. 

 My time at the Drugstore is coming to an end and I will be leaving these studios this summer. Which will be tough but I can only hope that the future is great and bright for all.  When I left the CSF residency I did not think I was going to find such a great place to work that the Drugstore has been.

  Also my time as the Tools & Tech instructor at MWSU is ending at the end of April.  It has had its ups and downs. My time there has made me discover that I would like to be teaching especially at the collegiate level.  I am hopeful for this to happen again in my future and I would love to teach painting and drawing classes, my heart is much closer to them than a shop class. Although I would have to say a foundations class would be a lot of fun to teach, in the fact that it is more interdisciplinary.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fat February

Okay! Month two of 2015 is going slow, so slow that I am posting this on the first day of March.  I am hoping my students will be finished with their first project by the end of the month, so they can get started on project 2 and 3. My studio is plugging along with nothing in the works as far as a show.  Generating future plans for future paintings. I am really just building things that are of an interest to myself. I have been cutting more vinyl stencils so far this year and am happy with the outcomes right now. I have decided that the size of the paintings I have been making could get a little bit bigger, the smallest dimension should be fifteen inches.  

 New shape panels
Size varies
These are going to start to develop into something more meaningful than just random shapes. I am researching places I have lived over my life and the boundaries that are meaningful within.  But until I have the research done on these I am just going to have fun with shapes.  

Here's the 'works in progress' wall, really liking what's going on but really ready to move to the next phase with some oil paint.  Would really like to find somewhere to show this body of work in the future.  Also I have been making some new panels and have been really working on the craft part of it.  Plugs for screw holes, maybe some lap joints, and I really want to give dovetailing a try both by hand and with a router.

I'm really into ponchos right now. Just to catch you up on my graduate school status, here are the results so far; two schools have said no, one has said I am #2 on the wait list and I have not heard from the other two, which makes me feel like I may be on their wait lists as well. 
Good Thoughts People, thanks.