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Anywhere I Wander: New Paintings by Gregory Graham

October 12, 2013

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AnywhereLeft: "In Progress," enamel on panel © Gregory Graham.

You can see new work by artist Gregory Graham up at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center's Atrium Gallery through November 15. 

These paintings are small in scale (6 x 6 or 5 x 7 inches mostly), on panels, and painted with enamel paint. I was going to write that the paint qualities and the attention to detail make these paintings jewel like, but they are more robust than that, each supported by a sense of humor and insight; each easily expanding into a story. 

The show signage explained that "artist Gregory Graham approaches these new small-scale paintings in the same manner he would a luncheon date with a close friend. Anything of interest would be open for discussion. Thus, the resulting images vary in subject matter, as would the topics of that lunch time conversation."

Go "listen in" to those conversations. Not only will you enjoy them, you'll come away thinking about your visual world in a richer way.

The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    • debra
    • October 12, 2013
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    Roz- I feel so lucky to have somehow found your page. I was trying to find out more info on Neocolor pastels & voila here you are. Love it! I happened to be subbing for an art teacher & students were using neocolors & I fell in love. Me: I’m an artist & art teacher who took the last 20 years off to raise 5 kids. Dilemma: geez, I’m having a hard time getting back to work. Any advice? I love your site . . . wish I was closer I would take a class. University classes are just to expensive for me. Do you ever do on-line classes or webinars? Thanks for any advice.

    • Miss T
    • October 12, 2013
    Reply

    Roz, I totally agree. It’s a marvelous show and well worth the trek to Bloomington.

  1. Reply

    debra, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

    If you use the blog’s search engine and enter “neocolors” you’ll get to links like these:

    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2013/01/three-days-in-wisconsin.html

    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2013/01/experiments-with-neoart-watersoluble-wax-pastels-from-caran-dache.html

    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2013/05/strathmore-400-series-mixed-media-paper.html

    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2013/01/more-neoart-experiments.html

    There are others but those cover the bases of what I like to do with them.

    As for getting back into art after a long break I have lots of posts on setting up a drawing practice, but I’m not sure it’s easy to search them by one-word, so I would suggest in a nutshell that you set up a schedule where you have at least 15 minutes a day you devote to your drawing. I find that daily work and the buildup of pages (or sheets of paper if you work on paper) helps reinforce that you are making progress. And you might want to look up “Project Friday” via this blog’s search engine and find some more advice on drawing practice. Also “instructions” category in the category cloud.

    I think the main thing is to make time for art and take it seriously. Set goals for yourself and find ways to achieve those goals through reading (since classes seem to be out of it for right now) and practice. Take a favorite painter’s book, for instance, and do all the exercises the author sets forth in your own workshop, spending an hour every day for a week. (When it’s over be sure to go back to your daily 15 minutes [or more].)

    Look for a local figure drawing co-op to join and go weekly (don’t expect finished work, just work to get something on your paper, it’s all practice).

    Then be inspired by productivity geniuses like Turner. I write about him here http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2008/12/productivity-j-m-w-turner.html

    Those would be the types of things I would focus on. Good luck, enjoy the process.
    Roz

    • Debra
    • October 15, 2013
    Reply

    Thank you so much, Roz, for taking the time to respond. After my post, I thoroughly checked out your categories, and all the info is amazing. I have already heeded your advice and bought some of the materials you write about . . . your work is amazing, and so is the fact that you share it with all of us. I am dedicated to your suggestions and goal setting ideas. No more excuses for me, it’s time to get to work! All my best, debra

  2. Reply

    Debra, I’m glad the info was helpful and I hope that you’ll move forward! No excuses. Draw on!
    Roz

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