I actually have two studios! One studio is located in the second bedroom of my apartment. My boyfriend, Tony Csavas (www.tonycsavas.com), is also a painter, and we share the “bedroom studio.” I tend to work on my larger paintings here. Tony is my “painting coach”, because he always provides helpful feedback when I am struggling on parts of the painting. It is important that we have a studio together, otherwise I would never see him!
My second studio is located at Redux Contemporary Art Center, where all of my friends are. This is where I create my screen prints and smaller paintings. There is an important social aspect to art making, which I gravitate towards. Artists working near or around other artists tend to inspire one another creatively and engage one another intellectually. There is a certain kind of motivation that occurs as a result of a group of people pushing themselves and that can have a positive effect on an artist’s studio practice. Artists working in isolation do not have the opportunity for constant feedback and advice. It’s important for me to be a part of a community of artists.
I started two paintings this weekend that use a new color palette that I’m pretty excited about. Naples Yellow, Manganese Violet, Cinnebar Green, Rose Madder, and Verditer Blue are new additions.
I have returned to the big painting, Deco Diamonds, which was neglected for one month, while I was painting for the group show Everything Changes. I am having a great time applying what I have learned on the small surfaces (Kaleidoscope Patchwork Quilt series) to this larger painting. I’m currently working on the gradient in the background. I love the triple shadow action that’s happening behind the figure. So much fun!