Over the past week I've been researching and implementing some new approaches in growing my Etsy shop's presence. One of these ideas included a store video made to introduce myself and my work to visitors. Take a look and let me know what you think!
Glad to be writing to you again after quite the hiatus, my sincerest apologies for that in case you've been missing my rambles on the blog. So what's been going on? Well, a few things are different these days. I'm gearing up for my last year of a three year MFA program at Michigan State University. Which means I have a thesis to write and a capstone body of work to develop and produce. If you want to make it out to see this work take note it should be exhibited during the months of March, April, and May of 2020 at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum.
The work I've made as a graduate student has certainly surprised some of my faculty members and graduate peers. I began working mostly with oil paints and monotype prints. Then I ventured back into my ceramic roots to take a stab at small modeling of beer cans and bottles, teeth, and a shovel. I began looking at the work of the Bay Area figure painters like Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira. Who's work led to me try sculpting with...
As the year turned I was spending quality time with family and friends in Milwaukee, WI. Considering how short my holiday break was going to be I didn't see much of a point in bringing a large quantity of studio materials home with me. Luckily I still had Riverpoint paper, made at UWSP, stored at my mom's house and whipped up two small 4" x 6" sketchbooks which accompanied me in the hotel in Milwaukee over New Years weekend. Take a peek at the video below to see each page of the sketchbook and hear a short narration about the inspiration behind the imagery. Enjoy!
I enjoyed these small sketches so much I've been making new illustrations before bed since. Here are a few examples:
If you're interested in collecting these illustrations I've listed them on Etsy under a new shop just for illustrations : etsy.com/shop/joojoobeee
I chose the name JooJooBeee because it was a nickname my family had for me when I was kid and I always liked the way it sounds. I'm a junior so that's where it started...
Back to the grind here at Michigan State! I'm looking forward to this semester for a few reasons: my schedule, teaching drawing a second time, and new work in my studio!
Last semester I had a challenge maintaining a productive schedule because of a late Monday class and early teaching time. Riding the bus seems to add an extra hour of travel throughout the day so I would be getting home really late Monday nights and up really early to teach my 8AM drawing course. Therefore the rest of my Tuesdays and Thursdays were lived in a daze following my office hours. This semester I teach Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:50 PM with my office hour from 2-3. The only other class I have is my Baroque Art History course Tuesday and Thursday from 12:40 to 2:30. I'm very excited to have so much time in between to read, study, and paint in the studio!
I had a wonderful time teaching Drawing 110 last semester and felt blessed by the students I taught. Many of them came to class ea...
Before I head back to Wisconsin over the holiday break I tried to take advantage of my open schedule by starting two large paintings!
When I return in January I'll be ready to jump into these and start the second semester off running.
Here's one that is almost complete. The title is still in the works but it's a continuation on the Front and Center series. In this series I'm interested in the process of inventing portraits and figure paintings. I don't work from a direct reference of a certain person. Instead I try to work with intuition and build the paintings until the form reveals a unique representation of what could be a real person with a history and charged emotion.
This painting begin with a spontaneous and open ended idea. The pose and initial palette was inspired by a small 8" x 8" painting I completed earlier in the semester. Working on a much larger surface 30" x 30" with this painting I quickly felt a pull to use the negative space to pop the image. This painting has gone...
Well semester one of the grad program has officially come to a close. As far as I can tell it was a successful first semester, but there's a long way to go! One of the final projects I had to submit for the seminar course was a video that related texts we read to my studio practice this semester. In the video I briefly discuss my responses to 5 of the 21 texts given to us by our professor Robert McCann. Enjoy!
I began my candidacy as an MFA student at Michigan State University.
I've almost completed my first semester as an instructor of a Drawing course at MSU.
The practice of my studio work has broadened into new areas: sculpture, sound, installation.
I've met a wonderful group of students and faculty who are inspiring me to work harder.
While many of my social media ideas tend to fizzle out, I will make sure to post a few times during the holiday/academic break. Today I just wanted to share the progress of a most recent work in my studio. I built this sculpture as a final project for my Bodies of Sound elective course under the Artist-In-Residence Alejandro T. Acierto. Alejandro has spent the semester teaching us methods of Performance and Sound Art. This sculpture, currently Untitled, is blending forms of drawing, painting, sculpture, and sound. I'm interested in ways I can investigate forms of the internal and external aspects of identity and...
Wow, it feels like I haven't posted a Studio Session in years! Once I moved back to Wisconsin from Queen Creek, AZ I've been distracted by duties, plans, and activities here. It's hard to believe the summer is half over already!
I suppose now is a good time to share what's happening in my corner of the world considering bigger changes will happen soon! Here's a short recap of what's happened since moving home:
1) Started my first gallery relationship, with Re:Vision Gallery in Kenosha, WI and made my first sale with them!
2) Found a duplex apartment to rent starting in August in Lansing, MI with Megan! The first lease we'll share!
3) Received and accepted an offer to have a solo exhibition with the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County from 10/2017 - 12/2017!
I'm almost finished with the processing of forms for the assistantship I'll be receiving at Michigan State. In a few months I'll be moved into a new place, meeting a lot of new people, and learning how to be a successful teacher for...
If you've been keeping an eye on the Etsy shop or my instagram account then you've seen my latest painting experiment. The idea to create and sell magnets came from wanting a smaller plein air painting setup. This setup was perfect to make tiny paintings of desert landscapes that I planned to sell. After realizing I could adhere magnets to the back of these paintings, I decided to cut a batch of masonite and test out the idea. So far they've turned out great and have become a perfect way to warm up or test ideas in my studio.
With new collectors in mind I wanted to offer original art at an affordable price. In the past I've noticed a stigma about precautions potential collectors may have towards handling and approaching fine artwork. With my magnets I want my audience to feel comfortable connecting with and sharing them in their home. Art is something to be engaged with and should be accessible to those who wish to live with it.