Painting With My Left Hand

Art, Painting With My Left Hand

I’m taking a break from my usual creative meanderings. Got inspired by a conversation with a mentor of mine. The original idea was to have a written conversation between my self as a child and my self as the parent I wish to have had.

The child would write to the parent using the less dominant hand and the parent would obviously respond writing with the dominant hand.

And in true Terri fashion, I grabbed the idea and made it visual. Maybe this changes the original intent of the exercise, I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m having a great time getting out of my way, not requiring artistic excellence, and processing the world both inside and outside of me.

The fun part is when my right hand wants to come in and make a correction. I have to tell it to trust that the child is doing it right, saying it right. By right, I mean authentically.

Below is what I have done to date. I’m sure there will be more since I am enjoying the process and work immensely. Not to mention that I really like being in the back yard under the tent. It’s as if I have an actual studio space.

The paintings featured here are all acrylic on paper, 18 x 24″

 

Community Standards, 2018 Acrylic on Paper. SOLD – Private Collection

Dope A Meme, 2018 Acrylic on paper

A Flowers By Any Other Name, 2018 Acrylic on paper

You Never Really Get Over It, 2018 Acrylic on paper

I Missed You My Whole Life, 2018 Acrylic on paper

My Friend Terri, 2018 Acrylic on paper

Vespers, 2018 Acrylic on paper

Warm Leveret, 2018 Acrylic on paper

 

Two Happenings

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This Saturday, August 11, from 5 until 8 pm is the opening reception for TAG Gallery’s California Open Exhibition.

I have two works, As Above and So Below on view.

Preview the exhibition here:
https://www.taggallery.net/ca-open-2018-installation-images


AND…
August 19, I am hosting an open studio event under the auspices of Maiden LA.
Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/410514959471593/

Stop by either and say hi. I’ll be glad you did.

Setting up at the Venice Art Walk

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Didn’t have time to take more photos, it was a busy and bouyant evening. Big thanks to stARTup art fair, The Kinney, and Venice Art Crawl for making this evening possible.

Emily Maddigan’s boots reflect her work, so does that ca-razy jacket!

Architectural works of Rich Lanet (in back). And Lily Phan setting up next to him.

The process intensive works of David Koeth.

(L) Myopia, (r) Releasing, by moi.

Courtyard view with Ray and Josephine from stARTup.

Emily Maddigan’s shamanic sculptures.

A new experiment

Art, fine art

Miguel: The Sordid Triangle Of A Pig In Parts © 2018

I’ve been working on expanding the Mudras works to include what I call portraits. These are images of other people’s hands and then my zen interpretation of that person.

Our way of communicating isn’t limited to words on a blank screen, let alone the noise that comes from our mouths. I’d argue much more of a story is told in how we use our hands and our bodies to convey our selves.

This concept developed as my dad was dying. I took photos of him to capture his transition from this world to where ever it is we go, consciousness goes after so many years of life.

I started the series using the hands of a dear friend, Miguel, who also is afflicted with Parkinson’s. I asked for some images of his hands, shaking and all. What he sent in response was a beautiful performance video of his hands in motion and experiencing the shaking so typical of his condition. From there, I pulled several stills from the video and went to work.The title of the work reflects our friendship and humor.

Transmutation: A Requiem For WSL ©2018

After Miguel’s portrait, I felt confident enough to sit down and work on the piece I created as a requiem for my dad. This work required the cooperation of my siblings and nephew. In fact, the work is representative of the family lineage.

In order to start a portrait, I ask the proposed subject a few things about shapes, preferred colors, and so on. What makes this portraiture work is my intimacy with the subject, who is either family or friend.

It is my desire to move this group of imagery beyond my circle of influence and into new territory with people I don’t know, by taking commissions.

Perks, Prints In Production

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Perks are in production! ETA late next week. Shipping begins the following week.

In the coming days, I’ll be working on the production for the actual fine art prints. Thankfully, I left myself some production notes along the way regarding output issues like banding in gradients. Specifically the way I make clouds. A good thing happened along the way to producing this series and we figured out I had a banding problem early on when my then mentor asked for a set of images at full size. Banding happens from time to time when you pull a gradient from the Illustrator platform into the Photoshop platform.

It was an expensive lesson in giclee output limitations and what to do about it, but a good one. (Yeah, it’s tax deductible, baby!)

No, I won’t work Photoshop native, get over it. I’m all about the vectors. (That’s a size joke, btw.)

There is still time to grab yourself a little astrological art treat. No tricks. No sugar, no fillers, vegetarian, eco-friendly too! Seriously, if you were ambivalent about the Hatchfund campaign, but saw something you liked, now is a great time to grab it.
It is tax-deductible and you deserve a gift that gives more than once.

The As Above, So Below campaign ends, November 8.