Thursday, September 3, 2009

Studio Visit With Myself

I checked in with Joanne Mattera's blog and enjoyed seeing a report of her studio visits to Pam Farrell and Steven Alexander - two of my favorite artists. Looking at studios is always fascinating to me and one of the main reasons for this blog. So I thought I would post a few images from my own studio that I took last Saturday since I am also one of my favorite artists. (Blushing modestly - but if I didn't believe it, why else would I bother?)

I took these photos because I had work hanging on one side of the studio that was all strong color and on the other side were the blacks and browns of the new rubber+encaustic constructions. Working between the two contrasts, I got a color jolt every time I looked up.

The color wall View 1.

Notice the third piece in - a vertical with red on the bottom. You will note that the top is now just brown wood with a spiral mark on it. That is the remains of glue that held a painted panel on it and that just fell off one day. The painted panel (encaustic) was undamaged except for a small chip. Just shows how durable encaustic can be if it's fused correctly. (I was glad to have passed the fall-off test.)

The Color Wall View 2 - the other end of the wall, complete with dying plant and photo area.

Here's the dark side - part 1.

And Dark Side Part 2. Above the piece at the right is a photo of great looking sculpture I pulled from a magazine. It's the same color as my piece but has an interesting shape.

This is a closeup of my worktable with one of the Subliminal pieces in progress. It all makes a wonderful mess - but that's what a studio's for, right? Oh, yes, a mess in service to a higher purpose.


Leslie Avon Miller said...

Fabulous light you have in your lovely large studio Nancy. I love studio glimpses too. It feels like a privilege to be "invited in". What a treasure trove of work. I enjoyed seeing it. I would love to learn about your photography process. I find I constantly struggle with that aspect of creating.

layers said...

First of all, I have to comment on the size and space of your studio--- I am jealous. It is interesting to see the two different walls--- one with color and the 'dark side'....

Nancy Natale said...

Hi Leslie and Donna. Thanks for commenting. I am very lucky to have a great studio - 1000 sq ft with 14' ceilings and one wall of windows that let in beautiful north light. It's probably a once in a lifetime best studio for me. I can only afford it because I'm out here in the boonies of western Mass. where rents are half what they would be anywhere else.

Thanks for visiting!

Pamela Farrell said...

Hey NN:

Thanks for sharing you lovely studio! I see you have your own (Dark) Show. Nice. I too am a bit jealous of the amount of space you have.

In my little studio of 320sq ft, and in just a few short years, I have amassed a huge collection of stuff!. I tell myself that if I had 1000sq feet, I would manage to fill that too. I must have a bit of the Collyer in me...

Anyway, good to see that you're busy painting. Congrats on a nice studio visit with yourself!!! Great post.

Nancy Natale said...

Thanks for commenting, Pam. I know there is that Murphy's Law kind of thing when it comes to studio space: however much room you have, you will fill it up. My studio is just crammed with stuff and I need to go on a massive clean-out drive. I'd like to get to that clean, Zen place but I think it's doubtful. As long as I can see the work to keep going with it, I guess that's enough.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

What a wonderful space you have to create. It does make all the difference.
I do love your hard workings. The separation of the light and dark. What happens when they are mixed?
I traveled down the page, there is a resonance here.

Alicia Blaze Hunsicker said...

Hi Nancy, I really love where you are taking the rubber+encaustic work. Can't wait to see more.
Any shows planned for it?

Nancy Natale said...

Hi Jayne and Alicia. Thanks for commenting. This work is all pretty new, just made in July and August, and I'm still getting a feel for where it's going. I don't think it's fully formed or extensive enough for a show right now, but I'm getting there. I'll be sure to post about any shows.

As for the dark and light coming together, that's bound to happen as the work progresses. My love of color is surely as strong as my love of black. Stay tuned...

Joanne Mattera said...

The DIY attitude is essential for artists.Good going, Nancy! Glad I could be of inspiration. Thanks for the peek.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

It is good to have a place of ones own and lock out the outside world in order to create, then when one is done their deed, a place to invite friends.

It is a pleasure to have met your art.


Debra Ramsay said...

It's wonderful to see all the work, to see it developing. Great photos of the space, but agree with the others, we are all green with envy.
Good for you!!

Susan Buret said...

Nancy, thank you for showing your studio. Mine is packed in cartons as I wait for a new (huge) one to be built in my back garden.
It was a lovely way to be introduced to your work.

georgina rodrigues said...

Wow! what an amazing studio space.....i shall continue hoping for such...thanks for the inspiration....travelling 6 months in India...Namaste for this
Georgina Rodrigues
Guelph, Ontario
Studio Tinga Tinga