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.

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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.

In the Studio - Summertime Worktime

It has been an undoubtedly busy summer.  Strangely enough, I think this summer has been busier than the school year?  I've been getting a bunch of work together for an exhibit in Milwaukee next month at Greymatter Gallery, trying to add to my illustration portfolio, and massively reorganizing our house all at once.

I built and primed a bunch of new surfaces, and cut a bunch of homasote panels (for taping/stretching watercolors) at the start of summer.
Today: cut a bunch of new homosote panels and stretching/ priming canvas.

We finally moved our amazing $50 thrifted dining set onto the porch, and ever since I've been working out there to take advantage of the cool breezes and lovely light while painting. 
I've been cleaning and reorganizing like a mad woman.  Finally got this moved out of the garage and on to the porch.

Rascal also enjoys our porch time. 
Sleep, paint, run, paint, repeat.

I'll be sharing a bunch of the finished images of these paintings once my show is up, but in the meantime here are some sneak peeks.  
Studio day.

I am going to be so sad when it gets too hot outside to work on the porch.  It is so relaxing.

In between making oil paintings for the Milwaukee show, I've also been working on a ton of little food illustrations, here's one of my latest ones:  
Working on more junkfood illustrations this afternoon. #illustration #art #painting #junkfood #gouache #holbein #watercolor #cassiemarieedwards

There are a few more food illustrations on Behance:  CassieMarie 

Last but not least I've carved another linoleum block.  I'm kind of starting to get addicted to these.  They are seriously fun to carve.  
Studio day.

Wishing you all a creatively 

Black Hills

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We just got back from a much needed mini-vacation.  As you may have noticed, the blog has been a little bit sparse lately.  My day-job (adjunct teaching) was really tough last semester.  I was busy, super stressed, and felt like I was hanging on for dear life and completely overworked between teaching and keeping up with my studio work.  As soon as school stopped, full time studio work commenced.  This was our first break in a long time.

We met our friends John and Heidi out in the Black Hills for some fishing, music playing, painting, and camping fun.  We love having another artist/musician couple friend to commiserate with. :)  Here are some shots from our stay at Sheridan Lake.

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John and Nate serenading us while we paint.

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Relaxation/Painting time with Heidi.

Really roughing it here in the Black Hills. :D

We really roughed it food-wise.  Tortellini and Wine.

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Heidi and I caught all of the fish.  John was a champ and cleaned them like a pro.  Nate caught a wonderful pine tree.

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John's cast iron cooking prowess was greatly appreciated.  Also- we had the genius idea to grill bean/cheese quesadillas on the fire.  Best. Idea. Ever.

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I had a chance to clear my head a bit and paint which was great and much needed.  These are the pieces I worked on over the last four days.  I really enjoy plein air painting - it is such a different approach than much of my other studio work, and so instantly gratifying.

Driving across the state today. :)

I hope you are all having a chance to relax and reflect this summer too.  

In the Studio and the Classroom

We are at the end of our 'spring break' - I insert the sarcasm because by the time we actually get grading and catch up work done - it is really the equivalent of a long weekend - hah. :)  My parents came to visit from Wisconsin for the first part of break, and then we buckled down and did a grading marathon this week.  I am all caught up on grading which means I had all of yesterday to work in my studio.
Just finished this dude.  :)

I got this guy done - I had previously done a small watercolor of this one, and had to do an oil painting as well. :)  It was a gift from my G-ma Joanne.

In my happy place.

I even spent a few hours cleaning and organizing.

A peek into my extremely scatterbrained sketchbook.

I've also been toying with the idea of putting together an illustration portfolio, so I've been doing a lot of preliminary doodling in my sketchbook.

My friend John Statz and Zachary Lucky also stopped by DSU on their tour across the midwest.  My husband booked them to play in a series of acoustic concerts he's been putting together for the University and the Madison Community.  I had my Design II Color students put together a series of non-representational small paintings that were inspired by their music to show on screens behind them as they played.
Watching @johnstatz perform at DSU - my Design II: Color students made watercolor designs for the backdrop. :) #proudteacher

I loved seeing their work outside of the classroom. :)

I'm also working on another collaboration with another music faculty member.  Our next project is a landscape collage with very loose 'rules'.  Once they are finished her music composition class will make compositions based on the works.
My Design II- Color students are putting together some pretty neat collages in class today.

I can't wait to see how both the compositions and the collages turn out!

Getting my learn on.

I made a tiny little animated gif yesterday to teach myself how to animate something using photoshop. 

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I'm going to attempt to do something with this in one of my classes... :)

In and Around the Studio

I probably sound like a broken record, but we've been super busy lately!

I've been working hard to chisel in some late-night painting sessions, but as any of you studio artists out there know - it is tough business to put in hours of work after working 8+ hours at your day job (especially when your day job is teaching).  I have trouble balancing everything just like every other human being on this planet. :)  

But, I'm trying by best to make it happen.  Here are some shots from my studio from the last few weeks.  
Paint paint paint paint.
Just started this little kitten (a gift from my Grandma Joanne - who is one of my biggest fans/followers - hi Grandma!!).  I did a watercolor of this figurine, and was so smitten, I'm taking it into oil paint next.

I also finished this fine fellow: 
Oh, hello little fellow. :D
He was tough - he had a crooked face, and it was hard to balance out his features!  But, I think after struggling for a few hours, I have captured his full quirkiness. :)

Bought some gold gouache last weekend - can't stop making shiny paintings.
I've also been plunking around with some abstract pieces.  I bought some gold gouache (Holbein Brand - it is awesome) to play around with, and have been incorporating it into these compositions. It is such a weird thing to play with actual reflective material (not just to paint representations of it).  

Doodles? Illustration? Sometimes I am just pulled towards making things and I completely give in.
I've also been playing around with illustration a bit which has been fun. :)  I'm hoping to cobble together a small portfolio over the summer, so be on the lookout. 

In the classroom I'm teaching my students how to use a 6 color system of primaries (instead of a 3 color Red, Yellow, Blue) to accurately mix colors.  It teaches them to recognize the properties of certain colors, how to quickly mix neutralized colors, and how to get the colors they want, not just the colors they happen to mix. 
My students did a great job with their color mixing group exercises.  They got 6 swatches and learned how to use a six primary mixing system to accurately match colors.
For this exercise they split into small groups and had to find the parent hue of a color, determine if it was a hue, tint, tone, or shade and then theorize how to mix the color.  
Snapshots from class today. The color mixing and matching process.
They were pretty successful in their first go at it, and they'll be using the process in the next few in-class assignments.


In other highly relevant news, here are my cats enjoying some lounging time:
These two know how to relax. #cats

We've also been taking some time to re-organize and slowly clean our house - we try to tackle a small to mid-sized project every weekend. 
Last weekend I organized all of my shoes into this great little shoe cabinet and replaced our hideous huge 1980's wood and brass ceiling fan with a much more calming 60's style ceiling light.  
Our day off has been productive: replaced our hideous ceiling fan with a new light and assembled my new shoe storage.
Sometimes just making a few changes in your home environment can make such a big difference. 

Last but not least, we had a great visit with my long-time pal Jane Ryder who came to DSU for her Solo show at our gallery.  
Happy to see these smiling faces. :) @fluxbiota
We got to go out afterwords and catch up - she even graced my class with her presence during our critique of our recent batch of designs.  

Check out her paintings at her website here: Jane Ryder 

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.