Friday, October 28, 2011

In the Studio

{A Sneak Peek}








Some shots from the studio. I'm working on some bigass paintings of botanical specimens right now, and I've been geeking out over the work of Anna Atkins, a 19th-century botanist and photographer and the first person to publish a book of photographs (she's getting added to the guest list for my fantasy Dinner Party for Dead People. She'd put Ernst Haeckel in his place over an aspic of sea urchin, fo sho). Atkins is famous for her stunning cyanotypes of British seaweed, kelp and oceanic plants, which are so ethereal and beautiful and contemporary I always have to gasp and sigh when I look at them. I'm taking a printmaking class with Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond right now (!) and their infectious passion for Victorian imagery seems to be creeping into my painting practice. This is FUN STUFF, kittens.

Have a marvelous weekend. I'm headed up to Boston to see the hubs, where they say it is going to SNOW on Saturday. I say don't be ridiculous. 

34 comments:

  1. A class with Kiki Smith? Wow! Lucky you. Enjoy.

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  2. Denise- I know, I still pinch myself. She and Valerie are best friends 4eva, and it's SUCH a ball learning from them. They're one hell of a team and NYU is incredibly lucky to have them at the print shop. We're doing all old-school copper plate stuff- drypoint, spitbite, aquatint, etc.

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  3. I love your studio - how lovely and inspiring! Have a wonderful weekend...enjoy the snow ;) XOXO

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  4. pretttty botanicals. i live in boston- and there better not be any snow this weekend! ick!

    xo
    sami

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  5. i can't believe i missed out on this goodness of a studio!!!
    next time :)
    xoxoxo
    j.

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  6. THAT. STUDIO. WHAT.

    I need one. Also, I'm getting painting lust, which is silly since I can't see them.

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  7. Beautiful big ole bouquet! You have a great studio, those Anna Atkins cyanotypes are ridiculous and I'm not jealous of you hanging with Kiki Smith at all, oh no. Enjoy Boston!

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  8. Sami- I know- it's only OCTOBER for heaven's sake!

    Jen- this KILLS me. Next time for SURE.

    Meg- how IS your lil' painting? More coming soon...

    Amy W- the flowers were for a still life I set up for the painting class I teach. Which was a thinly-veiled excuse to then have flowers in my studio after class:)

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  9. can I just live in your studio?!

    also, call me crazy.. but a snow day sounds perfect.

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  10. my oh my, how beautiful! I can't wait for the day when I get to have my own studio.

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  11. Kiki SMITH?!

    I just screamed. Out loud. And my husband came running in to my office thinking there was a big spider or something. And then I had to explain that no, it's just that one of my favourite bloggers is taking a class with Kiki Smith and that I'm just slightly (ok maybe a lot-ly) jealous.

    But like, jealous in a good way. If there is a good way.

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  12. This makes me wish I were an artist. So badly.

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  13. Anna Atkins is one of my favorite and most inspiring artists. I have a book about her wonderful prints called Ocean Flowers that unfortunately is out of print. If you could get your hands on one, you would not regret it.

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  14. that looks LOVELY. the light, the open space, the plants (succulents rule!)...i'm officially jealous. (and i know i'm not the only one!)

    cyanotypes would be so awesome to paint - those colours are just unreal, and the tone+shading is swoon-worthy. siiiigh. can't wait to see your new work... :)

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  15. Print making (LOVE Kiki Smith), traveling, a gorgeous studio.... WOW, you are hopping right in to the best of things!
    And snow, how crazy would that be?
    How are the corgis doing?

    Happy weekend, friend!

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  16. Ohhh can't wait to see what you're cooking up. Also, Will has been to Kiki's HOUSE. He helped her do some manly things (moving bricks or something, who knows) with a friend and I was forever jelz. Now I am jelz of you too.

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  17. i'm sorry, were you talking? i can't stop staring at that BAG

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  18. Kiki Smith?! I love her work!!! Her segment on Art 21 is about my favorite documentary about contemporary art ever. I must admit that my illustration style is definitely influenced by her. Wish I could attend class with you. I'd love to get back in a real printmaking studio, too. (Got my BFA & MFA in printmaking. :) And your studio is lovely!

    I love my life, but boy do I like living vicariously through your blog, too.

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  19. you lovely creature! you know studio shots of your work and then some are my flavorites. that first photo is deliciously divine and one of my favorite photographs. hope beantown was peachy and you survived the cold weather. i miss you all the time! xx

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  20. Nice studio! - Did it actually snow?

    (Hi, I am new to your blog, I came across it through Hart of light, it's very nice)

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  21. Such a beautiful space. I love playing I spy in shots like this...in pic #2, I spied a Milton Avery book and some sort of yummy chocolate bar. Good food for the soul: Avery and chocolate!

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  22. What a lucky girl you are!! I would absolutely love to learn from two greats such as Kiki and Valerie! And now I'm obsessed with Anna's work as well.

    Have fun in Boston!

    xo
    cortnie

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  23. BOTANICALS! Can I see? Are you here yet? Are you here yet?

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  24. "bigass paintings of botanical specimens"

    WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO A GIRL?

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  25. Love those cyanotypes- just gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  26. cannot wait to see your new work LILY.

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  27. That studio! Kiki Smith! Amazing. So many flowers! I often live vicariously through this blgo and this week, when I couldn't get to my own studio really made this a needed hit.

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  28. So excited to see the new work. Just clicked through to the link to see the cyanotypes and was more than a little bit blown away.

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  29. Love that flower arrangement!

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  30. What what what! a printmaking class with Kiki Smith! so very exciting. Oh, and I was lucky enough to see an Anna Atkins print at the Getty. There was a cloth over the piece that you had to raise to protect the delicate print- very ceremonious! p.s you studio space is amazing!

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