SCAD Summer Show: Modern Love

I’m happy to have been able to visit Savannah College of Art and Design’s Summer Show “Modern Love” as I was on the drive up to Baltimore from Florida.

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It is a great show with a variety of works from SCAD students, alumni, professors, and faculty members. Four of my paintings are included in this exhibition

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The show runs through August 20th at the Gutstein Gallery in downtown Savannah, so if you’re in the area, please stop by!

-Caitlin

Painting Before Baltimore

It’s been a race against time to finish the last few paintings in my studio before I head back up to Baltimore for MFA classes at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Things got trippy in my studio with lots of spirals happening in my latest paintings.

I was able to snap a few progress shots of my first circular panel piece, all sculpted oil on wood.

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And the finished piece:

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It came out just as expected from my sketches from my residency at Morris Graves Foundation (which rarely happens in my studio!) The palette is very candy-like (taffy, anyone???). It’s 24 inch diameter panel, so a good size in comparison to my past sculpted paintings.

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They’re so good, you could ride those oil waves!

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It made my day when I finally had the chance to see my bus billboard in person on the highway in Tampa recently. It still never ceases to make me giggle seeing that!

Today is my last day in Tampa until August, but I look forward to 7 weeks of intense studio time in Maryland.

-Caitlin

Shaped Painting Panels

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After weeks of waiting, I finally got my round and oval panels to start working on paintings from sketches I did at Morris Graves Foundation. A huge shout out to Crone’s Woodworking for the awesome job with them! (They also have round and oval stretcher bars- that’s next on my to-do list.)

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And since my studio is running in all sorts of tangents now, here’s some other work that’s being pumped out:

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Crunches (small sketch), 5 x 7 in., oil on canvas, 2016

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Crunches, 36 x 40 in., acrylic and oil on canvas, 2016

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Details from Crunches

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Peekers (small sketch), 6 x 9 in., oil on canvas

(Don’t you ever get the feeling…. you’re being watched?)

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Sketches while watching the Lightning hockey games (Go Bolts!)

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I’m enjoying this time in my studio to pursue all things I’m interested in, instead of limiting myself to one idea or sole body of work. (I’ve been incredibly inspired lately by some great figurative/narrative painting by the likes of Nicole Eisenman, Dana Schutz, and Todd Bienvenu) It’s always good to be experimenting and keep things fresh in the studio.

-Caitlin

Morris Graves Foundation: A Week of Solitude

On Saturday, I got back home from a wonderful week of solitude, meditation, inspiration, and art at The Lake at Morris Graves Foundation. It truly is a unique residency, as one artist stay at Morris Graves’ studio at a time. Robert and Desiree Yarber, who maintain the land and the Graves’ Estate (Robert was Morris’ assistant for 25 years until he passed away in 2001), made my stay a real adventure.

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It’s taken at least a week to slowly get my feet back on the ground from the residency stipulations of no phone, no internet, no photo recording device (camera, video, etc.), no newspapers, no radio; the purpose of the residency is to immerse yourself in nature and be completely disconnected from the outside world.

One would think a millennial would have trouble leaving all of those “luxuries” behind for a week, but I found myself not missing them. I loved hearing the wood ducks on the lake, chattering to one another, without the radio interrupting. They allow CDs to be played, but I decided ahead of time to just enjoy the sounds around me while I was there- I didn’t want to miss out on anything.

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I spent my days immersed in my artwork, focusing on watercolors while I was there (for multiple reasons: I didn’t want to bring oil paints and make an oily mess bringing things back home, and I wanted to experiment with watercolors since I don’t do that enough). I also spent a lot of time just thinking; it was an incredible luxury just to have the time and mind-space to really soak into my own thoughts, and write them out for further consideration once I got home. Lots of sketches were made for new oil paint pieces to start working on as well.

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Most artists leave to go on residencies to “get away from distractions,” and while it’s great that artists want to come to The Lake to strictly work, I found myself distracted by nature in the best way possible. Why would I want to have my head down working all day, when I had the chance to watch the bald eagle fly across the trees surrounding the lake? If I didn’t look up from my work through the wall of window panels in the studio, I would have missed enjoying the cormorant aggressively hunt for his fish dinner. Coming to The Lake is about immersion and experience directly with the land- smelling the cloud-like azalea bushes that were blooming behind the studio (and were mostly composed of flower-little leaves were to be seen!), and touching the bark of a fallen tree to feel its moist, rough surface. Being there sharpened all of my senses again from being so desensitized by the commotion we all experience in our daily lives.

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Earth Print 1, 19.25 x 12.25 in., watercolor on rice paper, 2016

One of the fallen trees had exposed where tree beetles had bore into the wood, carving out paths in the bark. It was like looking at a highway, paths, rivers, topography, the universe- all in one place. Being in nature so pure and unadulterated by man, it sort of makes you have to say, “Why am I even making art? It’s all right here.” Nothing comes close to this kind of beauty. I made a few monoprints to try and capture the markings, but it still doesn’t do justice.

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Earth Print 2, 19.25 x 12.25 in., watercolor on rice paper, 2016

It was a treat to see Morris Graves’ paintings in person hanging on the walls; they have an aura about them that you can’t feel in reproduction. It was yet another treat to go through his archives, sifting through images of his work and life over the years. Robert told me he was a great storyteller, and I can believe that just by looking at his works.

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Earth Print 3, 18.75 x 12 in., watercolor on rice paper, 2016

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Earth Print 4, 18.75 x 12 in., watercolor on rice paper, 2016

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I don’t typically journal, but every day I made it a point to write about my experiences candidly, and include some little drawings from life or from memory on what I saw on my daily hikes.

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Sketchbooks full of drawings for new paintings- round and oval panels are in my future.

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It was a shock to the senses coming back into civilization (and 294 emails sitting in my Inbox). I still feel like the right words I want to say about my experience haven’t come to me yet – to really describe it – but it is a week I won’t forget.

-Caitlin

College Art Association MFA Show: RBTL

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Three of my paintings were recently included in the College Art Association’s annual MFA Regional exhibition, RBTL (Read Between the Lines). The show was hosted at the Katzen Art Center at the American University, and coincided with the annual CAA Conference held in DC this year.

Since I was unable to make it to the show, I had my friend and art colleague Rebecca Rivas Rogers get an exhibition shot for me. Thanks again, Triple R!

-Caitlin

Morris Graves Foundation Residency

(picture from Morris Graves Foundation website)

(picture from Morris Graves Foundation website)

I’m very excited to announce yet another artist residency I have been awarded this year from the Morris Graves Foundation. At the end of April, I will spend a week of solitude at Morris Graves’ home and studio in Loleta, CA to work on some new projects. No phones, no cameras, no computers, no newspapers, no connection to the outside world. Just nature.

I really can’t wait for my first residency experience, and it’s only a few months away!

-Caitlin

Firsts of 2016

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Close-up of the piece below:

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Strata Blocks Wave 1, 7.25 x 5.5 x 1 in., oil on panel, 2016

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Strata Blocks Wave 2, 5.25 x  5.5 x 1 in., oil on panel, 2016

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Creamy Oval, 8 x 8 x 0.8 in., oil on panel, 2015

In addition to the new paintings, I’ve also been updating my site and added my new “Sweat Prints” and a video in my portfolio. Enjoy!

-Caitlin