This was me... a year ago, up late...prepping for my meeting at Gallery 2014...to see if they would represent me.
And they said, 'YES'!
Thanks for believing in me Elizabeth, Sharon and Ken. And thanks to all the Gallery 2014 artists for making me feel welcome!!
Finally had a chance to sit down a write a lil' blurb or two about the 'November Blue' series so far.
Well...so far, I'm diggin' it.
I began by texting some of my music savvy friends (Side note: I am also VERY into music...I LOVE IT...and I am pretty knowledgeable in many genres and I can usually pick most songs from the first few notes, especially 50's-90's rock...but...ya'll...I have some friends that put me to shame when it comes to music...and I love them for that!) So I texted my gurus and asked for suggestions on any songs with the word 'blue' in the title. Then I thought about it, and I expanded it to also include significant 'blue' references within the song lyrics as well (hence Ani DiFranco's 'Sorry I Am' on November 2nd) I created a spreadsheet with everyone's suggestions and left some space at the bottom to write in more choices...let's just say there will be more than enough music to choose from!
A few things to mention...so far the series is figurative, focusing on the female form...'cause ladies are just so beautiful. I don't necessarily mean for the work to be sad, rather, I want to show a feeling of contemplation, so some seriousness which is a little different from many of the wide-eyed whimsical gals that usually inhabit my artwork. Many of the figures so far have their eyes closed or looking away, for me I feel this is how many of us look when we are really feeling the music, you close your eyes and allow it to transport you to another place.
Sometimes I have additional meaning attached to the songs beyond just being 'on my list'...examples include;
...so that's where I am at with this series. From time to time I may mention significance in a song if there is something specific...but sometimes...heck, I just like it. Some of the suggestions will be mine, and some will be from my 'jam gurus'...in no order: Johnny Nice, Gin, Brian, Fish, Ryan G, Justin, Ryan H, Joey, Kyle, Mino...there may be more, but these are the main folks that contributed to my 'OCPD Spreadsheet Madess'.
And I love'em for that.
Humor me, please...click here.
It had to be done, now I can properly introduce my new series for November 2015...'November Blue!' This month it is going to be all about monochromatic blue. So far I am working with acrylic on canvas, but I may or may not stick with that for the entire month. One thing is for sure, I will maintain the color scheme...and probably the size/dimensions...cause it drives me a little bonkers when my art within a monthly series is different sizes.
This isn't my first time working with a monochromatic series within my monthly pieces. In May of 2012 I was working with the prompt of 'one', which I interpreted as one color- hence, monochromatic. (well, one color and the tints, tones and shades) I completed all blue drawings on paper for the month. Wanna see? Click here to view May 2012 images.
When I was working on my first piece in the series, I had an Avett Brothers song in my head- 'November Blue'. I love that song...love TAB...scribbled some of the lyrics on my painting. At the time I wasn't sure if I was going to commit to monochromatic blue AND all Avett Brothers-related paintings. As much as I love TAB, I decided that the color blue wouldn't necessarily fit all of their songs so instead today I had the idea to incorporate different songs by various artists that either mention the word 'blue' in the title, or feature a significant lyric that mentions 'blue'. Now, I'm no slouch when it comes to music- I love music, multiple genres, but it always helps to get a little help so I enlisted several of my 'music guru' friends (ya'll know who you are!) and the result was a huge amount of texts back and forth which I then used to compile a spreadsheet with each person listed and their suggestions...'cause I'm nerdy like that.
The second piece was the suggestion of my girl, Gin, out in Colorado. She mentioned some lyrics from 'Sorry I am', an Ani DiFranco song we both love...so I used that. Rock on, ya Righteous Babe you!
And I have more insights on the significance of the theme for this month...but its getting late and I need o get ready for my show installation tomorrow...so something's gotta give. More bloggin' later!
But for now...Happy Halloween to all! Be safe!
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG