Preparing My Artwork for a Show

My wonderful day of art started with an early session, then a fantastic call with other artists from Optimize.me then the rest of the day was spent preparing my artwork for a show.

Jansen Art Center has a juried exhibition coming up soon and I’m grabbing supplies to mount three paintings and frame another drawing. Originally the show was supposed to only be virtual but we’ve moved to the next phase of the covid19 so it’s going to be in the gallery now.

I’m a bit rushed but it’s great because I’ve been wanting to mount these paintings for years. I have a bunch of paintings that I’ve done an paper, I love painting on gessoed paper, but they are a pain to mount on wood.

I’ve collected a bunch of materials to cut the wood panel, cradle the large panel with a frame, seal it so the acid from the wood doesn’t leach into the paper and finally a special PH balanced glue to adhere the paper to the panel. I should probably take a bunch of photos of the process and do a long post about it.

All in all it was a very full day of art focus.

Before preparing my artwork for a show I continued with the Pokemon drawing. This one is taking me a very long time to complete. There is just so much detail but after today’s session I believe it has turned a corner and is beginning to come together.

Pokemon Drawing

Previous Pokemon Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.

warm-up

The challenges continue with the 250 box challenge. The reason I have so many errors on these boxes is that I’m working really hard to freehand the lines in the method described on drawabox.com.

drawabox.com exercise

One Minute Gestures

I felt really in the zone with these drawings today. There is something about the quite morning and music I like playing in my headphones that moves me from thoughts of technical details and into letting the lines flow.

Daily Composition and Sketch

I sketch a miter box and saw that I purchased yesterday that will be used to cut a frame to cradle the birch plywood panel that I will eventually glue my paintings to.

My daily composition was of me getting labs done. I like the drawing of the phlebotomist but my arm looks terrible. Maybe because I don’t look at my arm much when I’m giving labs. This is an interesting part of my life now and one that always brings me back to our own mortality. Honestly it’s a positive part of my life now. I use it to help me commit to doing everything I can to lengthen my lifespan and take the best care of myself possible. I have only so much time on this planet and I want to make very moment count.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’ve started the process of preparing my artwork for a show by framing some paintings that I’ve been wanting to frame fro years.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Need to work on getting my exercises in every thirty minutes, but its good that I always micro win it without fail. Now it’s time to turn it up a notch.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’ll have to continue to point out that my exercises only take 2 minutes max every 30 minutes and I need the oscillation to keep my mind fresh.

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