Been letting these 2 paintings really breathe. 3 or so months in the making, they have changed alot but keep getting better and better. Just added the ladybug visitor in the red piece, was thinking a bee initially but the black and red of the piece was resistant to the idea of a yellow bumblebee. I don’t like to plan everything. That’s a big part of the MAGIC for me: tapping into the unknown of the creative process… you never know how the painting is going to Kung-Fu you into the next move.
I’m takin’ a break from working on these portraits today because of the cold here in the garage-studio but thought I should share what I’m up to… I am enjoying the evolution of these works. They started out pretty raw… a monochromatic Acrylic and had a powerful and direct mood but now I’m problem-solving by layering charcoal and oil.
I stopped painting on canvas in 08 because panels offered a better support for tape painting and super detailed linework. I have enjoyed reigniting the flame… canvas is bouncy, accepts wash layers nicely because of all of the little crevices and is very lightweight in opposition to the panels I’m workin’ with. Hope you’re having a great stress free holiday-stravaganza!
chirp 242 (working title(s) “2 birds and a bee” “trin” or “family shield”)
Here’s a new piece I did for some friends. measuring 44×92 acrylic on panel.
thanks for looking.
chirp 200 milestone preview… which will be with me at the Bright Rain Gallery show May 4 2012. At 43×50″, the piece is my largest watercolor to date. I have been working on it since Nov 2011. Thanks to Lisa for the Robin and Chickadee reference photos! So here is the final version now that I finished it in march. I titled it chirp 200 Le Déjeuner .
My Friends!!!, I will be showing 20 + new works at Providence Gallery at the beginning of next month. Come if you can!’ Ill be there with family flanking. This new body of works continues my chirp series with a focus on small and precious gem like compositions with an attitude. My aim is still to create beauty, with an emphasis on pointing to happiness and evoking a sense of momentary eternal peace …like an excellent joke, song or prayer. Is that possible?
Providence Fine Art Gallery @ 601-A Providence Road, Manor Theatre Shops
Mon – Fri 9 – 5 p.m.; Saturdays – 10 – 2 p.m.
“Little Bird: Compositions by Travis Bruce Black”
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6 – 9 p.m.
Providence Gallery welcomes New Mexico artist, Travis Bruce Black, with a one man exhibition. Travis’ “Chirps” series feature colorful collage bird figuratives in the foreground, while in the background, Black freely explores the give and take between the elements of line, shape and color.
Feb. 3rd – 29th
New Mexico Watercolor Society has invited me to speak at the Albuquerque Art Museum tonight at 7:20. I think it’s 5 bucks for non-members of NMWS. I’m discussing the Artistic choices I have made to move my Chirp series along and keep it fresh.
Here’s a very thoughtful set of notes by Austin Kleon on the creative process and how to get more of your motivations realized. enjoy…
My friends in town had their baby! congrats Crystal and Jeff, see you guys soon.
Here is a sample of the unbearable cuteness: I call the photo “double cupcake with sprinkles”
Robert Redus is making Chirp Earrings!!!
This is a new collaboration between us, I have them at Bright Rain if anyone is interested. Pendants coming.
here is Robert’s site