Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happening Now or Wrangled into Artprize

August 31, 2010 - Beginning the 7'x5" painting

August 31, 2010 - End of the Day

Sept 1, 2010 End of a LONG day

At the beginning of May 2010, I really had no intention of entering into the Artprize fray. But at my nephew's graduation party, fueled along by a couple of glasses of wine served with a tiny bit of arm twisting, I somehow heard the words "yeah sure I'll do it, but I'm going to do a big canvas -7'x 5'. What? Did I truly just commit to doing the event, let alone a 7'x5' painting? Yep, thats what drinking can get you into. Seriously after 40, nothing good happens after 10 p.m.

So I've had this desire to make some bigger paintings for quite some time. Pretty much most of my illustration career has been small format, under 16x20". Its really not feasible to make art much bigger than that when you need to consider that it generally needs to be reproduced and usually you have tight deadlines, small is just more efficient when you work for hire. But painting......thats a whole 'notha thing.

But this big canvas, it opened up a whole new set of problems - like getting them. Cheaper in the long run to buy 2 - 7'x5' canvases rather than one, but more expensive to have it shipped to a residence. Had to ship them to a business address and strap them to the top of the car to get them home. Once home, I realized that the canvas was almost bigger than the space I had to paint them in. Hello new studio space downtown, sweet location!!! Canvases back on to the top of the car to go to their new space. Once at the studio I realized that my easel was not up to the job and Craig came up with this great 2x4 rack system for holding large canvases, that can double as a drying rack. Meanwhile, the pressure of the big white canvas vs the clock has started to set in. The thing needs to be dry, (well mostly) and installed by September 21. 


Robert Ross said...

I love it!! You did that all in one day? What an adventure! I wish I had been there to watch and cheer you on. Good luck with Artprize.

David Westerfield said...

It looks great Margo. Post some more of your progress and let us know where it hangs. We'll be heading up from Chicago to see the show.

Ellie said...

Margo, I love it! Going big is better! Ellie

Amy said...

It looks awesome! I am so excited for you. Where is the new studio? I still remember the one in EGR in that funny building at the end of that one street. You know what they say, after forty, the mind starts to go too!
Hope all is well.


Unknown said...

I think this is all leading you in the right direction. The 1st large work is proof of that!!! So happy for you!

Georgi said...

How exciting. Fun to see your work in progress.

Unknown said...

Hi Margo,

Chuck and I viewed your work at Art Prize last Saturday night. Very impressive. We are excited for you and hope the event brings your art to an even wider audience.

We would love to attend your studio open house and exhibition on October 2 but Chuck is in a mountain bike race in Harbor Springs, and I am committed to be there to cheer him on.

All the Best, Connie