Sugarlift in Long Island City, NY. The show was a success, there was a big turnout during the four hours the gallery was open Saturday afternoon and visitors enjoyed going trough our sketchbooks. There was a lot to be inspired by in the room and you could feel the excitement with every page turned. Below are a few images of my work in the exhibition.
here's a link to a write up that was just posted online. Two images of my sketchbook made the cut.
Cultura Inquieta also wrote about the show, if you can read Spanish knock yourself out and click on the link to see that piece.
Colossal also published a short w\rite up, click on the link to view.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
I am very happy to announce that I have been included in a group show with an amazing group of artists, some of whom I've been following on Instagram for quite some time. Sketchbook Vol. 1 is presented by Sugarlift and curated by Dina Brodsky.
To most artists a sketchbook can be very personal, it is the space where ideas and random thoughts can be jotted down. Inspirational quotes laid down in ink to help overcome problems and doubts that may arise during working session in the studio. And of course the sketchbook is the place where the first lines are set for future art works.
This exhibition is a good chance to flip through the pages of these artists' books and get a glance of their working minds.
Visitors will be provided gloves to handle the sketchbooks and will have the opportunity to learn more about how this tool is used in the process of art making during a Q&A with the artists.
There will also be a pop-up event in Union Square with exhibiting artists drawing in a life size sketchbook.
Opening reception Sat., January 19 2:00 - 6:00 PM
On view through Feb. 8 by appointment
Sugarlift LIC: 43-01 22nd Street, 2nd Floor Suite 264, Long Island City, NY 11101
Nicolas V. Sanchez
Fri Jan 18, 4:00-6:00 PM: Pop-up event in Union Square (south west corner), in case of rain even will take place on the underpass of Union Square train station, between 16th & 14th street.
Sat Jan 19, 2:00-6:00 PM: Opening reception with artists talks by Dina Brodsky (2:30 PM), Guno Park (3:30 PM), Joshua Henderson (4:30 PM)
Sun Jan 20-Fri Feb 8: Exhibition on view by appointment.
Exhibiting artists: David Morales, Diana Corvelle, Dilleen Marsh, Diana Brodsky, Evan Kitson, Guno Park, Joshua Henderson, Luis Colan, Marshall Jones, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Paul Heaston, Sarah Sager, Ted Schmidt, Vi Luong
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Southern Colorado I, 2018, oil on linen mounted on panel, 12 x 12 inches
It has been a strange year when it comes to painting. I know that I spent a lot of time in the studio, but I don't have much work to show for it. I have been doing a lot of drawing since last year and 2018 was the year of the sketchbook, mainly because I saw that my sketches were becoming extremely popular on Instagram. Trying to give people what they want I lost focus for a bit, but since the end of summer I picked up my brushes again and began a series of three paintings.
Southern Colorado II, 2018, oil on linen mounted on panel, 12 x 12 inches
I worked on these landscapes simultaneously as I raced my own clock to finish x amount of paintings by the end of the year. I think I'm on track so far, I guess we'll see once Dec. 31 arrives. I have been wanting to do some Colorado paintings, the place where my husband grew up, a Colorado that is far from the picturesque ideal of what people think when you say the name.
Southern Colorado III, 2018, oil on linen mounted on panel, 12 x 12 inches
Over the years we have visited a number of times, and it always hits me every time we land; Southern Colorado is a very harsh, dry, expansive place. I hear that it used to be more green perhaps fifteen to twenty years ago, climate change has bestowed upon this area of the country drought. This has caused the land to be very arid, as if this desert place could get any more dry. To a person who grew up in the North East, where lush tall tress grow and the landscape tends to be very green in Spring, Summer, and part of the Fall, Southern Colorado can feel like Mars. There is always a deep sense of loneliness when I look at this landscape, the vastness of it all can feel suffocating yet free. From time to time this area is awarded some moisture, and green can begin to creep in on the pale grey brown of the ground. It's almost like a little glimmer of hope that one day things will get back to the way they used to be in a not so distant past. These three paintings are my first takes exploring this landscape, and what it means to me as a painter with no emotional attachment to it and experiencing its expansive dry geography. As I visit more in the years to come and become intimate with the place it will be interesting to see how my views change about Southern Colorado through my paintings.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The three watercolor sketches above were done that weekend in East Hampton between swimming, laying down under the sun, and taking in some libations. Not a bad way to live right?
Friday, October 12, 2018
Sugarlift event I began sketching subway riders as a way to prepare myself for it. It was fun while it lasted, and also very frustrating.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Recently I completed my fifth Moleskine Sketchbook which is great because I get to move on to another one with endless possibilities, and on the other hand it is like saying goodbye to a long time companion. Once the book goes on the shelf I rarely look at it again.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Doing a random search online for Moleskine sketchbooks I came across these three artists. It's always interesting to see what people do in these little black books which have a huge following world wide. Each one of these three artists has a different vision and style, but all are connected through the expression of drawing/sketching on a regular basis.
These three books are a testament of how creativity is boundless, all you have to do is pick up a pen or pencil and start putting down some lines on paper, you might be surprised where that may take you. I hope you enjoy these videos by Marco Mazzoni, Nicolas Weis, and Little Su.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
(with friend and painter Robert Szot)
Sugarlift's DRAW: Artists Take Over the Subway event last Saturday was a success. More people than we expected showed up to draw with us and many of them very talented. There was an incredible energy at our meeting spot in Union Square, as artists from all walks of life introduced themselves and chatted. Before you knew it sketchbooks were being shown off and everyone talked about what they did and how they went about it. We were all dorking out with each other, an experience I've never had before in my years as a practicing artist in NYC.
(Installation view of Robert Szot's work and mine)
After going up to 96th St and back down town we all walked to the gallery space at 2 Rivington St, where the host artists frantically put the last finishing touches on their sketches and hung them up.
(Installation of Robert Szot and Anne Watkins' work)
(Installation of Sugarlift Director Wright Harvey's drawings on left, next to Guno Park's subway riders)
(Guno Park's subway riders)
This was an amazing experience, so much so that I think I may keep drawing subway riders. I was inspired by a lot of the people I met on Saturday, and I took a few pointers as well. Stay tuned.
(Drawings by Evan Kitson)