Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Day Off, With Visits to Three Shows

So, yesterday I took a day off from the madness of renovation going on around here and went into Alexandria to see my friend Dennis Crayon's solo show, "That Which Once Was Whole," at the Torpedo Factory. The show was wonderful, and it was great to be able to talk shop with another realist. I feel isolated working daily in my dungeon of a studio, so seeing someone else's work and his approach to realist painting was refreshing.

Afterwards, we had a nice lunch at a nearby Italian restaurant and then took in the sights at the Principle Gallery, just across the street.  Again— glorious realist work, which gave me ideas about different directions I could take with my own art. (All I need is more time!)

But the day wasn't over— I dropped in on the "Bridging East and West" show at the Hermitage Gallery on my way home. Twenty Korean artists from across the DC metro area were featured, and there was some amazing stuff. In particular, someone had solved the challenges of painting on layers of glass and sandwiching them together to form a unified whole with visual depth. This is something I tried to do on plexiglass many years ago with no success; I couldn't control the paint on the slick surface of the plexi.

Today I'm back to painting, but upstairs and away from the chaos.

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