Thursday, July 29, 2010

To build a wall

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Let the Renovations Begin!

Although I am hoping to get some painting done, the main focus of this week and next will be renovating the now larger studio. My studio partner of the past year, pencil-portrait artist Ashley Brickner, moved her stuff out this past weekend, and I am taking over the entire space. The first step is going to be building a wall to cover up the sink area and to create some additional storage space in the back. Luckily I have a father who is quite handy at building things, and will be here tomorrow to help me start with the build.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ice Cream Social, Name-Your-Own-Price Sale, and Grand Re-opening!

Emily Clarke Studio is expanding!

Join me for an ice cream social, Name-Your-Own-Price sale, and Grand Re-Opening         Event!
When: Friday, August 6, from 6-9pm
Where: Emily Clarke Studio: in the same place, only bigger! Located along the Reedy River in         Downtown Greenville, below the Lazy Goat and High Cotton Resturants.
Why: Because the renovations will be finished, and there is so much art that needs a good         home. Oh, and there will be root beer floats.

You heard right. It is a Name-Your-Own-Price sale. For this one night only, all reasonable offers on most original oil paintings will be accepted, no matter what the price tag says. So, please come by to help me clear some room and celebrate the exciting changes to the studio. And root beer floats.

Disclaimer: I reserve the right to refuse any ridiculous offers, but come ready to negotiate for your favorite pieces. Painting-minis and giclee prints will not be included in the sale as they are already reasonably priced.

I hope to see you all on August 6!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Portrait of a Life

22"x 24"
Oil on Canvas

This is the full painting that you only saw a fragment of on Friday. It is of my great-grandparents, and my guess is that it is their wedding portrait. I love the details of his uniform and her dress. I think the background is a painted backdrop, which makes me think the photo was taken in a studio.

I have had in my head for a while to paint a very formal portrait, but to do it in an unusual color. My original idea was to paint it all in shades of red, but the only red I had was a fairly obnoxious fusha. But, by mixing it with a bit of black I got this beautiful shade of purple.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Ready for my Close-Up

I intended to completely finish this piece today, but I ended up having to make a major change to one area. So, instead I am giving you a close up view of one of my favorite areas of the piece. I will tell you more about this pic once it is finished, but for now I will let you know that this is my great-grandmother in what I believe is her wedding portrait.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Facinating First Impression

4"x 4"
Oil on paper covered wood panel
The sides are 1" thick and painted light blue

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What is it about a mirror that is so fascinating to a baby? Or perhaps it is just us who are fascinated by the baby's reaction. We wonder what it is like to get that first glimpse of ourselves, trying to work out exactly what it is we are seeing.

I imagine that my Grandfather took this picture of my Grandmother giving my aunt a look at herself in the mirror. Covering the panel with paper allowed me to paint in both the light and the dark areas to capture the high contrast of the image.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Consulting the Fashion Magazines

6"x 6"
Oil on wood panel
The sides are 1" thick and painted yellow

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I have been a bit MIA recently. With so much going on recently, I needed a bit of time to finish a few commissions, focus on my teaching schedule, and try to take it easy. Plus I have some fantastic news about the studio that I will be telling you about in a few days.

I love this image, but I have no idea where I got it. With the recent loss of most of the files on my computer, all I had was a print out of this girl among some of my other reference photos. I love her look- her cat-eyed glasses and sleek bob. I hope she is not searching through magazines for a new look or wishing she could be like someone else (actually, she was probably pretty stylish at this time.) But I like to think that she is a little outside the norm, looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. A little of my own story read into this image perhaps?

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