Monday, September 25, 2017


Unfortunately I missed posting in August. There was quite a bit happening including securing a solo show in February. I'm still working out the details, but I have already begun framing pieces that I plan to show. I'm actually speaking to other artists to share the space with. It's a large gallery and I could never fill the space by myself. Plus, I like working with other artists. I would like to collaborate on a joint project one day as well. For now though let's focus on the show! Only five months to go.  

Loch-Elvert with her artwork.
 recently had the pleasure of attending a show of recent works by Baton Rouge based artist Regina Loch-Elvert ( Her paintings are full of color, and energy, and are very expressive. I got the chance to talk to her about some of her work, and here is what she said:

PK: Who are you and what do you do?
RLE: I am a painter, who occupied herself since early childhood creating art mainly painting and drawing. I also teach studio classes. Besides that I am a big animal lover.
PK: Why do you do what you do?
RLE: It is essential for me to create and express myself through art.
PK: How do you work?
RLE: I paint continuously in my studio, constantly trying to improve my art, to become more universal. I overpaint a lot, my paintings are always changing.

The idea of overpainting was interesting to me. I had interpreted this to mean she had a tendency to overwork a painting. Something that I have found myself doing from time to time. However, when I asked for clarification she responded:

RLE: I mean to paint over existing colors and shapes. Oil paint is easy to use and paint over or even mix on the canvas with other paint. I cannot see the 2 images.
PK: What themes do you pursue?

RLE:  I try to express spiritually through compositions of color combinations and shapes, creating spaces, athmospheres. My themes are expressed visually and therefore it would not be the same to express them verbally. I hope my art speaks to others and evokes emotions and making sense to the viewer. I like to express something sublime.
PK: What’s integral to the work of an artist?
RLE: I hope I will always be able to create art, paint, to have a space, and can afford to rent a space and material.
PK: What art do you most identify with?
RLE: . I admire a lot of different artists from different time periods, from the Reneaissance to the Classical Period to Abstract Expressionism (e.g. W. Turner, J. Constable, de Kooning, Arshile Gorki, Hans Hoffman, and also admired Romaticism.
PK: How has your practice changed over time?
RLE: My themes have changed over time from figurative to landscape to abstraction.
Originally influenced by German Expressionists while growing up in Germany.

      I extend my thanks to Regina Loch-Elvert. It’s good for artists to interact with one another and see some of the similarities and differences in how they practice and in what they are thinking about. I was particularly struck with how Loch-Elvert responded to the question of why she does what she does. She said that it was “...essential for me to create and express myself…” a feeling that I also share. As an artist I often feel like I have to create, it is a part of my being and not something that I could give up. I don’t feel right if I am not working on a painting, drawing, or a sketch of some kind. And it is very reaffirming to know that there are those out there who share this same experience.

      My favorite piece from her show follows.

"Old Woman"-2016

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 2017


    Whew! July has flown by! I've been meaning to update this blog all month, and have only now, at the end, found some time to share my thoughts for this month. First off, I would like to share the completed painting that I posted here last month.

I finished this image in late June. I have already started another, but for now it is in the planning/sketching phase. The sketches are not much to look at. They are really just notes for what I am planning to do. So, I won't share those here. But, I'll post an image once I have begun in earnest. I have a ridiculous schedule right now, and haven't devoted the time I'd like towards art. That should change very soon.

One of the things I did this month was visit New York City. While I was there I spent some time at the  Guggenheim. A part of their collection features some paintings by Amedeo Modigliani. I respond to his figurative work and look for inspiration for my figures in what he has done before me. In the image below, taken while I was in New York, you can see what ideas I am working with. I love the eyes, and the colors used on the figure. I have adapted that to my figure, and built on what Modigliani has dome. There are many other artists that have also inspired my work, But, for this post I just want to focus on what I have seen recently. Looking at other art is as important to the art making process as physically sketching/painting, and it's nice to reflect on how what I am seeing shows up in my work.

      One of the things I struggle with, is what to include in this blog. I'd like it to be about my thought processes, my ideas, and my responses to art. I would like this to include both my work, and the work of others. To some degree, that is exactly what this blog is about. But, much as it is important to look at other artworks when making art, it is important to look at other writings about art when blogging about art. There are a few art blogs, and sites that follow pretty regularly. But, a recent write up on Artspace examined 8 blogs written by artists. It's a good read and has given me some ideas for my own blog. If you are interested in art, and how artists think, I would recommend looking at this article. And definitely take a look at some of the blogs mentioned.

That's it for now. August is right around the corner. So the next update may just come next week.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June 2017

      This is the painting that I am currently working on. I have been thinking about Expressionism lately, and Ernst Kirchner in particular, with this piece.  One of the things that draws me in to Expressionism is the use of color. I have always been sensitive to color, and can often perceive colors that others cannot. One need only look back to the recent blue dress controversy to see how important color and perception are to people. I also enjoy images that pop with color and seem to use the element of color to help convey thoughts. We'll see how these ideas continue to shape my work as I go forward.  

      It's also interesting to me that I am drawn to Expressionism now, almost 100 years after it was taking off as an art form. But, the ideas that drove this artistic movement in the early 20th century could arguably be said to be reemerging now. Emotions are high across all spectrums of society, and there is a general feeling of angst as well. I can't help but wonder if it is these feelings that are helping to drive me as well.