Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes

Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes, 13 x 11.5 x 2 in, oil on panel, 2015

I’m just finally starting to get my feet on the ground after finishing my first intense 6-week summer at MICA for the low-residency MFA program, so I am just getting around to documenting all of my new works. Here is one of my favorite pieces made in Baltimore, and I am surprised that it made it home in one piece with that large flap of oil paint hanging precariously off the edge!

-Caitlin

ArtPop on Hart Buses

ArtPop 7Q Caitlin 7.12.15 TPA

In addition to my painting being featured on two billboards in the Tampa/Brandon area, my work is also featured on the side of a Hart bus that runs all through the city! I am incredibly grateful and thankful to Hart, Outfront Media, and Arts Council of Hillsborough County for supporting the ArtPop program to foster the arts in our community. Keep your eye out for the other local artists’ works if you’re in town! Find out more about these other local artists here: http://tampaarts.com/artpop-2/

-Caitlin

Altered Beard

I’ve been missing my brushes lately, especially my bristle brushes. I used to dislike them because they are pretty stiff when I wanted to do fine detail. Now, I am finding a love for them because they really are great in applying a lot of paint, and leave lovely drag-marks as I rake through the oils.

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Here is my initial portrait on an 8×8 inch panel.

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Yummy brush texture.

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After a few days of drying, I can finally start the cutting process.

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Looking back, I should have left it at this stage here. I like the empty bottom corner to show the thickness of the paint compared to the surface of the panel. There’s always next portrait!

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And finished!

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The cool color palette of the 6 layers of paint works well with the warm skin tones, I hope to do a few more male portraits like this one coming up after I finish the diptych I’m currently working on. Have a great afternoon!

-Caitlin

Nick Cave HEARD Performance at Lights on Tampa 2015

Having the opportunity to help costume the performers in Nick Cave’s HEARD Performance at Lights on Tampa this year was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget. Not only did I get to see the performance up close and personal, I also got the backstage insider to see how much time and effort goes into putting on these shows.

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Each full horse costume can be seen in their appropriate boxes in the back staging room of the Tampa Museum of Art. The horse costumes comprise of two dancers: the head and the butt. You can also see the furry Soundsuit costumes hanging up, waiting to be combed down by the assistants.

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This performer is in the head costume, which is consists of raffia (the straw-like material) pants, and the top part is a big horse-head shoulder-pad with a large raffia cape. It’s interesting how simple overall construction can turn into incredible results.

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Once the performers were ready, the “horse butt” performer would crawl under the horse head cape and seamlessly transform into wobbling, dancing horses.

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Here are a few video clips from the two performance nights:

Here is the man himself: Nick Cave attending to his Heard, making sure all of the costumes are settled on the performers nicely.

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 Some extra performance pictures courtesy of my sister:

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And of course I had to get a picture with my horse performers!

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As the sun went down, Curtis Hixon Park really glowed at night with the Lights on Tampa installations. Here is artist Silvia Curbelo’s “Up-Lit Words”: Can You Stand Perfectly Still And Hold This Moment Open? In the background on the Sykes building is the “Sky Striker” piece by Traction Architecture. It resembles old-fashioned High Striker games at carnivals where you swing a mallet at the base of the machine to get the puck to ring the bell at the top. As participants swung the mallet, their actions were reflected with lighted rings climbing the building.

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“River Glow” by Wannemacher Jensen Architects in St Pete created this underwater light installation to expose the ecosystem we tend to forget in the city environment. This installation will be reinstalled as a permanent fixture after the Lights on Tampa event.

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“Recurrence” is a light piece by Chicago-based Luftwerk. This light installation takes after the tidal ebb and flow of the Hillsborough River by rhythmically twinkling in Kiley Gardens.

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Having never been to a Lights on Tampa event before, I was really impressed with how everything pulled together and am really glad I got to be a part of it. The whole experience walking through the park at night (especially on the first night when there weren’t as many people) was quite mesmerizing. You know I’ll be there next year!

-Caitlin