A new painting in my Odditerrarium series for upcoming exhibits via Caplan Art Designs is titled “Using Much Eloquence”. Like the others in this series this one is 10 x 8 inches and made with ink, gouache and collage on board.
Here’s a closer view so you can see what this dog is thinking.
Now that I’ve made sufficient progress on my Odditerrarium series – I have 15 of the paintings finished – it’s time to write the art exhibit statement that will be used both for the Odditerrarium artist book and for the exhibit. I have written before in this blog (here) about writing art exhibit statements or “blurbs” as I call them. Exhibit statements are a short, around 150 words, first person description of what an exhibit is about. I think of it as like the description on the back of a book. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
I also think of a shorter sentence that can be used like a log-line is used in book publishing. For Odditerrarium I’ve written “I wonder what our dogs and cats think about the objects, people and places in their lives so in my Odditerrarium fine art series of portraits I imagine the contents of their thoughts as a terrarium hat.”
Whenever I begin a new series I keep a logbook where I make notes of my thoughts towards the series while I work. I write what I’m excited about, the questions I’m asking, what I learn etc and those notes are what I pull from to write an exhibit statement and logline. Making “notes” includes my sketchbook pages like this one.
Whenever I have finished more than 10 paintings from what I think is a series I’ll spread the finished artwork out where I can see it all, reread my logbook and see which bits fit with the finished artworks and which of the artworks do look like a coherent series. Of course I add these thoughts to my logbook.
My statement writing process is a whole lot like the project narrative writing for grant applications directions (link here) except I don’t apply for any grants with my project narratives aka exhibit statements. I used an informal version of my Odditerrarium statement during discussions with Caplan Art Designs about my proposed exhibit. Whenever I decide the formal written Odditerrarium statement is as good as I can make it I will send it to the gallery.
Putting together the artist book version of my Odditerrarium series will help me know when my statement is done.
Here’s my dachshund supervisor helping me process photos of the finished artwork for use in the book design for Odditerrarium.
My newest artist book “Juggling Numbers” is now out on Storyberries!! In this video I’m showing the original artist book “Juggling Numbers” a handmade artist book that plays in a visual way with the flow of numbers. I made a digital ebook version of this artist book for the experimental art category of Storyberries.com – see it here – a free ebook site for children. I chose the number range from 1 to 25 because a friends grandchildren could count to 20.
Below are a few still photos of the original book – video and links are also on my portfolio page here. The logline for Juggling Numbers is something like this ” … can you count forwards and backwards with a cat?”
I got news this week that my adopted Mom is not doing well health wise (hospice) and big sister, Mom and I visited by phone several times. Mom told me repeatedly to “keep making your art”. I know she’s quite serious about that. So I’ve begun drawing and painting orchids, Mom’s favorite flower. That’s all I know to do whenever I’m sad – channel feelings and love into art. Putting symbolic things in my art is my way of doing a version of Carol Burnett’s ear tug. Printed books whenever they appear in my artwork are for my adopted Dad – in case you wondered.
Grateful for my sketchbook as a way of both holding on and letting go.
A brunch I had with my wife this weekend was particularly lovely: homemade scrambled eggs, bacon, sourdough toast with homemade jam made by our friend Carol. Our coffee cups resting on handmade coasters by our friend Jeannie – and we felt surrounded by the love and support of friendship! And yes I put tobasco sauce on my eggs and tobasco jelly on my toast … is there anything I don’t put Tobasco on? Maybe ice cream. But I haven’t tried that yet so I don’t know for sure.
I hope your week is full of love and friendships. I hope you have plenty of tobasco sauce if you like it. I’ll keep making art because my Mom says so and I hope you’ll keep on keeping on too. See you next Monday.
15 thoughts on “Using much eloquence while juggling numbers”
My two oldest sons share your passion for Tabasco. They put Tabasco and other hot sauces on everything and lashings of it too.
Solidarity with your sons!!! Have they tried it on ice cream? There’s an ice cream store in my area that sells (seasonally) a spicy salsa and guacamole ice cream flavor… not tried it yet. Bet your sons would have tried it already…
They have not – to my knowledge anyway – splashed Tabasco on ice cream but they have eaten chilli ice cream. We were not fans.
I hear you re the chilli ice cream! I’m not sure I would be a fan either.
The latest fellow in your Odditorium has an inner life of which his sober face gives no indication. I think your exhibit statement turned out well. It will add another dimension to the exhibit.
Oh good! I’m so glad to hear your thoughts on my exhibit statement. It does help me to hear your thoughts! Thank you!
I agree the exhibit statement seems clear and intriguing. I love the Fishing from the Moon with a Star internal image and the idea of ‘using much eloquence.’ One of my favorite ones so far. My heart is with you while you work out sadness and hold memories and moments of dears ones. Seems life is indeed a balance of holding on and letting go – a continuous process. I love that your artwork provides something new to hold each week. Thanks for sharing it – and your journey – with us. It’s my honor to have become friends online. 🙂 I’m hoping as covid restrictions ease that I might get to meet you in person at an art opening one day. Never know what the future holds, do we?
Thank you so much!!! I’m particularly glad to hear your thoughts about my exhibit statement as it is a challenge to write these things especially when worrying about Mom and sisters…
I too feel it’s an honor to have become friends online!! Thank you so much for your kindness!! True as you say we never know what the future holds but kindness and love can be with us always. ❤
So many similarities between visual art and writing! A bottle of Sriracha Sauce makes a regular appearance on our table.
Yes!! So many similarities!! And Sriracha sauce is yummy too!!
I’m so sorry to read about your adopted Mom’s health, Sue. Difficult times that I remember from my own life.
Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding. ❤