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

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

Golden Foundation

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(Sunset, Peeled; 12 x 12 x 1 in.; oil on canvas; 2015)

I’m incredibly excited and delighted to announce that I’ve been selected for a Sam and Adele Golden Foundation residency for 2016! Since this will be my first artist-in-residence experience, it’s going to be hard to wait until August 21st next year to get to experiment with all sorts of delicious Golden paint materials during my month-long stay. I can’t wait to meet the other amazing artists who were selected, and see what they create during their time at such a unique program!

For the complete list of 2016 Artist-in-Residence: http://www.goldenfoundation.org/residency/current-residents/

-Caitlin

Solo Show Set-Up Tomorrow!

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Lots of white paint in the studio, here’s a nice little clip of one of my newest paintings.

Tomorrow’s the big solo show set-up day! If you’re in Tampa (specifically the Channelside area), please make sure to stop by and check out my paintings with a nice cup of tea from Bamboozle Tea Lounge. My show “Hack, Twist, Life: Cutting the Paint” will be up from Oct. 22nd through Nov. 19th. Hope to see you there!

Press Release: http://tampaarts.com/local-events/?event_id=441943630&fid=1

-Caitlin

Pinellas Park Better Block Pop-Up Show

This past weekend’s pop-up show “The Space We Share” during the Pinellas Park Better Block event was a big success in bringing arts to the area.

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Photo Credit: Leslie Curran

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Panorama Photo Credit: Luis Gottardi

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A big thanks to ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing for hosting three of my paintings in this pop-up space, and also to artist Nathan Beard for pulling together an ambitious, successful event. I was able to show one of my newest paintings, seen below:

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Thanks to everyone who came out to support the arts during this 2-day event!

-Caitlin

P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with Nathan Beard’s paintings, I suggest you check his beautiful acrylic paintings out. They truly are stunning, especially the piece below, “Exit Music #42 (Cabin Fever)”

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ArtPop Tampa: Live!

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Since the ArtPop Tampa billboards were put up when I was in Baltimore, I finally had the chance to see the electronic billboard in person this week!

Bringing the beard to the people.

Once again, I have to give thanks to all of those who helped out and voted for me for the People’s Choice ArtPop Tampa, I truly appreciate your support!

-Caitlin