The First Post of Hopefully Many

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 in art, Paintings, Scenic Art | 4 Comments
The First Post of Hopefully Many

As if the world needs another blog…
…I said to myself as I dabbed sienna paint onto a steep silver staircase with a “rust” soaked sea sponge. My mind tends to wander as I paint scenery- especially avant-garde opera sets which are very large and sometimes very strange (though aesthetically pleasing once you get the opportunity to see them together on stage as a whole.) One tends to go on auto-pilot when one spends weeks on a project– burnt umber, burnt sienna, red-brown, orange, red-purple….sponge sponge sponge…rinse, repeat.

And so I think.

I come up with grand painting projects, plots for screenplays, fantastic birthday gifts for my husband, mountain hiking retreats, clever tweets that I always forget by lunch break, production design ideas for deadbeat film directors who later ask me to “donate” my time in lieu of a paycheck(Psshhh, yeah right buddy. Your “passion” doesn’t pay my bills.) And the other day, as I was faux rusting my little heart out, I thought about starting a blog.

This blog, generally speaking, will revolve around art. Not artsy-fartsy-thrust-my-inner-torment-on-the-canvas-oh-my-goddess-I-am-so-creative kind of art. Just…art. My process, my work, tutorials, topics worth pondering, and hopefully collaborations with other artists. I want to make the accumulation of my creative world available to you. And I want to learn about yours– doesn’t matter if you consider yourself an artist, if you experience the world through any kind of sensory perception, you have something to contribute.

A little about myself… (otherwise known as the place where I plead my case for you to stick around and read because I’m interesting, or something. *cough*)

I am a professional scenic artist and I paint sets like this:

Pippin – American Repertory Theater – 2013
The Glass Menagerie – American Repertory Theater – 2013
Futurity – American Repertory Theater – 2012

 

But I’m also a classically trained portrait artist…so in my free time I paint stuff like this:

WalterWhite Small    Walter Kovacs Small

   HeroOfCanton Small

However, the path I’m on now is not where I intended to be. I went to school to be an art therapist and I worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness on inpatient psychiatric units. And at that time, my work was like this:

That is a small piece of my journey. And just as we evolve from day to day, art evolves too. The decisions we make, the experiences that we casually stroll through or hit us like bricks, the people we meet and the stories we hear– they are all added to our repertoire and shape not only who we are, but what we produce.

With that said, I’ll admit I’m terrible at conclusions. But considering this is only the beginning…

4 Comments

  1. Dauntes
    April 7, 2013

    Look forward to further posts! Personally I’m hoping you’ll post random pieces of art you like as you do on twitter, always enjoy your choices. 🙂

    Reply
    • HevArtScenic
      April 7, 2013

      Thanks for reading! Yes, random art for sure! 🙂

      Reply
  2. wngd.meag
    April 7, 2013

    Whee, a blog! I always love hearing about people’s artistic processes, whether it’s painting or writing or creating music etc, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing where you go from here! 🙂
    – Winged

    Reply
    • HevArtScenic
      April 7, 2013

      Hurrah! Thanks so much for reading- I figured a better, more permanent place for process photos would be here- so keep an eye out!

      Reply

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