Monday, September 29, 2008

New Work - New Support - New Directions

"Kneeling Figure"
6 x 8"
colored pencil on canvas

I am so excited to show you my latest work. I did 12 (yes 12!) small figurative drawings with colored pencils on canvas. After priming the canvas with black gesso, it was a dream to apply the colored pencil. Some burnishing and solvents were used, but very little.

For this series, two of my closest female friends generously (and bravely) posed for me. I've been wanting to do a series like this for a long time. The premise of the work is to showcase how incredibly beautifully and vibrant women over 40 truly are. Both of my models soundly meet that criteria. My hope is that they are flattered by the work; I am truly pleased with the poses they gave me to work from.

This series is hanging, at this time, at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, an artists' coop that has existed for over 22 years. I have been a proud member there for over 3 of those years; however, I recently made an agonizing decision to leave because I have some personal and professional goals that don't afford me the time or money to stay.

I am going to take the next 6 months or so to regroup, explore some new media, new techniques, new marketing strategies, BLOG MORE REGULARLY, and begin teaching. I am also planning on returning to Bolivia to work on the orphanage there and to ramp up some fund-raising efforts for it as well.

One of the most exciting things I'm doing right now is mentoring a promising young artist who is currently in 10th grade where she attends an inner city school which has no art classes. My heart broke for her and I just had to help. She is a wonderful girl and hungry for more art in her life. I feel a very strong need to provide just that.

It's always amazing to me how we are put just where we need to be, meeting just who we need to meet, and given just the right tools to do what needs to be done. Very humbling indeed.


The Tile Lady said...

I absolutely love your new work! It's really wonderful. But, equally wonderful are your aspirations, commitments and goals for the near future. You are taking the time to give as well as be creative, and I love that. I am at a turning point in my life, as well, and loved your last statement about being in the place you need to be, etc. It was beautiful, and so true!

Deborah Ross said...

Yes, I agree with the tile lady. So true. We are here for a purpose and the answers are where we look for them.
Love your new work. What an idea, black gesso on canvas. Makes me want to try that!

Marsha Robinett said...

This 'new direction' you're taking is producing some beautiful paintings.

Isn't it wonderful when we reach a point in life where we know who we are and where we are going. The seed you plant in others will grow the future. Isn't life a blessing?

Sherry said...

Hi Rhonda,
Your work is amazing! You are truly gifted. God has given you a beautiful gift; to also be shared with others. I love it when people see their gifts and are willing to pour into others! That young girl your mentoring will always have something in her cup from you! I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing you next week when we meet with Lee.

hbedrosian said...

All of your work is beautiful and technically very well done. This new piece is powerful - I look forward to seeing more.

I'll be adding your link to my blog!