Workin' on the Weekends

I've been plugging away in the studio and on preparing for next semester this last month while trying to shake the last of the flu bug which I managed to pick up while in Wisconsin for the holidays.  I've just finished the last few paintings that I'll be including in an exhibit I'm installing at Northern State University next week.

Second layer down. One left to go.


#studio


Almost finished.


Planning out my next solo show at Northern State University that will be up Jan-March.  Narrowing down my pieces and plotting a few more.

As you may have guessed, I'm a pretty insane planner.  For most of the shows I put together I like to plot out how many pieces I'll be bringing, and get a good sense of the space by making a mock-up of the interior.

Tonight's task: glamour shots.

I've also been tending to the business end of art-making; photographing and editing paintings, organizing finances, updating my website (almost done), and applying for more shows/opportunities.

I'm hoping to take a little break once school starts back up and catch up on the relaxing that I put off over break!  Wish this workaholic luck!

Three Small Watercolor Paintings


Lady - 5x5" - watercolor - available at @exposuregallery this month.
Lady - Watercolor - 5"

Tondo Boxer Dog
Boxer - Watercolor - 5"

Dalmation
Dalmatian - Watercolor - 5"

Prints for Sale!

Hey all,

I've recently partnered with Art.com as one of their featured artists, and have released a set of prints of my work through their wonderful website.  They are high-quality giclee prints with a variety of sizes.  They would make great holiday gifts!

Need a last minute gift for yourself?  Check out the prints - including this shiny deer - that are available on my website!  (There is a link in my profile)

Feel free to check out the 'Shop' section of the blog to see more of the prints that are available!

Studio Odds and Ends

A glimpse of the studio these last few weeks:

Goodnight.  #studio #painting #stilllife #oilpaint #oilpainting #painting
Just finished this little painting last night.  I've got four oil paintings on the easel currently, and I'm aiming to finish them by the end of the month for my solo show in January at Northern State University.
Studio day.

Almost done. One more layer on the background and waiting for pArt of the cat to dry so I can fix a few things I messed up.  #impatient #waitingforpainttodry #oilpaint #painting #fineart #catsofinstagram #cassiemarieedwards


Value study - charcoal - in progress.  11x14"
I've also been working on some small watercolors and drawings for my Etsy Shop and to sell locally.  I've got three new watercolors at Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls for their $100 art sale.

5x7" Watercolor #cassiemarieedwards #watercolor #painting #art


October

We've been working hard the last few months with school, albums, shows, exhibits, and teaching. Nate is in the middle of recording his next album, and I'm in the middle of making work for my next show. Our weekends have been filled with side-jobs, gigs, and prepping for school. October always ends up being one of the busiest months of the year for both of us.

Untitled

Last weekend Nate had two gigs and I participated in Studio 301 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. This is my third year participating in the event, and I always feel both accomplished and exhausted after it is finished. During the event, which features 35 regional artists, artists are challenged to complete an artwork in one day. I worked on a 12x16" oil painting of a horse figurine, and just barely finished it within the allotted time.

Finished my piece at Studio 301 at the Washington Pavilion.

The finished piece will be exhibited for the next few months in the main gallery at the Washington Pavilion.

 I'm almost done with this guy too:

Almost done with this guy.  He's been such a patient model.

He's been such a patient model. Sometimes I can finish a piece in a few weeks, and other times it drags on for months. This one has been the latter situation. I'm 99% finished with the painting and will soon fill this space with another figurine.

Studio night tonight.  Perfect evening for working on the porch.
 
I also am working on the second layer of this huge painting. Soon I'll have to bring it inside as the porch is getting a bit too cold to paint in.

When my mind is busy it helps to make these. 4x6"
 
In addition to the oil paintings, I've been making a bunch of small abstract pieces.  I cut down scraps leftover from other paintings and play around with color, form, space, layering, textures, etc. They are a nice meditative break in between the larger paintings and are helpful to work on when I get the urge to create something but don't have a chunk of time large enough to dedicate to working in oil.

I also celebrated my 30th birthday this month. With it I'm trying to organize/prioritize/plan what I want out of the next few years. I almost always look at birthdays as a time to take stock of what is important, what is working, what isn't, and make changes for the better. Wish me luck!

October Studio Time

I've been a bit reclusive this month as school is in full swing, and I've got some larger exhibits coming up that I'm making work for.  Here's a shot of a few things going on in my studio currently: 

G'night.

I'm midway through with a few larger pieces; a strange cat, and a big brass fish (which I've been wanting to start for almost a year now!).  They are progressing slowly but surely.  

Working.

Here's the drawing for the fish - I do it on paper first and then transfer it through to the canvas once I work out the placement and value setup.  


Scored some great figurines this last weekend!!

I've also been collecting a few more figurines.  Note to self: you must finish the four you have in-progress before doing these! 


Demo wall for figure drawing.  When teaching this class I try to channel the (great) professor Ballestrari who I had at UWO:   Get the entire figure on the page! Heads are not circles! Look at the negative shapes! :)

Teaching is going well.  Here's a peek into my demo board for figure drawing.  I've got some great students this semester and both of my in-person classes seem to really mesh well and contribute nicely to the classroom environment. 

One more. :)

Gardening has been slightly neglected this fall due to shows/school - BUT one of my peonies miraculously grew and bloomed!  Unfortunately right after I took this picture, I bumped in to the leaves and they all fell off.... 


Found a friend in the garden.

I also found this huge toad in the zucchini patch.  I'm going to give him credit for keeping the vine borers at bay this year so our zucchini crop finally produced! 

I love October nights.

Two days ago we had our first hard freeze, and I pulled out most of the rest of the garden.  Winter is coming on fast.  Fall is my favorite season, so I hope winter doesn't arrive too fast. 

{Teach/Studio/Teach/Studio}Repeat

I've been low on the radar lately trying to push through a bunch of paintings for upcoming shows while juggling teaching in the mix.
In the studio this afternoon.
This duck will be traveling to the Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY for a show curated by my pal Ryan Travis Christian in October.  Check out his stellar artwork if you haven't already seen it!

In the studio.
I'm also working on a second duck figurine...  I couldn't help it. :)

Massive studio organization happening tonight.
Alongside the oil paintings I'm also slowly printing an edition of prints.  I've dedicated a studio wall to the linocut prints. I'm thinking about saving up for a small relief press to expedite this process (currently I'm printing these by hand with a wooden spoon - it works, but it is slow and may kill my shoulder).  

Students are working on their first self-portraits in figure drawing this week at DSU.
My figure drawing students this semester are off to a great start - I've got all animation majors, so I'm working to create projects and exercises that really resonate with their specialization.  

In figure drawing today we did an animated gesture drawing - they did 8 frames of animation and then animated them using their phones. Fun!
On Monday I had them do an animated gesture drawing - they did 8 'frames' of drawings of their hands in a sequence, and then we used our phones to animate them using the 'Stop Motion Studio' app.  It was fun, and a good trial run for next week when I hope to do this same exercise with both the male and the female drawing models.  

LAND/FORM at Greymatter Gallery

These are some installation shots from my show at Greymatter Gallery in Milwaukee that ended last weekend.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Thanks to Zina (center) and Rachel (right) for showing my work in such a wonderful space!  It was so great to see my friends, family, and many new faces come out to the opening.

If you'd like to read up on this body of work - feel free to check out my interview on Greymatter's blog here: Interview: Cassie Marie Edwards.