Had a client from out of the blue contact me with a request of a canvas print of his painting. He’d lost the original painting in a fire several years ago so I will be printing a canvas print for him to hang in his new home. Isn’t it great that you can do such a thing these days. Think of all the master works lost through floods, fire, wars and just age that could now be at least remembered through this means.
Other than that I am working like a demon refurbishing the workshop/studio and have been trying to upgrade things as I go. So purchasing a new scanner for this purpose and proceeding on the massive project of creating my archives in digital format. I sometimes think that people contact you just to remind you to do something NOW rather than later down the line. More soon.
I’ve uploaded the video to my gallery site on the time-lapse video of my irises. The color on this time-lapse isn’t what I would like it to be but there you go, everything is a lot of work. The final painting is located here, which is much more like the final piece. http://gallery.deborahchapin.com/art-on-linen-canvas-floral-artwork-red-velvet-irises/
Some people aren’t talkers or writers they just paint, I’m someone who enjoys all aspects of creativity. I like talking about art, exploring the world through the arts, painting and writing about the journey. My friends have always remarked on my letters from the field, so while I’m compiling my portfolio book and archive of press clippings, letters, etc I’ll be compiling stories or vignettes about the place, time or adventure, which went along with it. In other words reflect on the journey, and bring those who follow this blog along for the exploration. So to begin with I have amassed a lot of material and work in 30+ years. This is not going to be an instant poof “here it is” sort of project, it may take 10 years to do this completely. If you are an impatient type or get bored easily… uh oh. And don’t forget (good fortune willing) the most interesting 20 years are ahead so this portfolio will be interrupted by side journeys, new paths and because I am no longer a young naive explorer in paint less time will be spent on things which don’t work. So I’m organizing materials at the moment and deciding on the layout of the portfolio, I’m not limiting myself in size or scope because it will be an archive, history, dialogue on the times and art created. You won’t see the chronology because I will share randomly since as I find materials I will be compiling it and organizing, and for now we’ll call it “The Journey Portfolio” because essentially that will be what it is.
I’ve uploaded two segments of original paintings and couple of lookbooks, videos … I’ve waited so long for the ability to integrate all the visual elements that go into making up the story of painting en plein air and the artist’s career. The first website I put up on the web was in 1990-91 and I remember uploading pages overnight on the old Ethernet connection only to find that the next morning nothing had landed into the folder on the server (I envisioned floating webpages circling the earth somewhere…. :-) I’m going to finish two more segments of Original paintings categories or segments and begin the photography and organization of the art cave. I’ll try to incorporate the video and logs from very long journey of original paintings and put up new works as I go along!
I’ve also revamped the NAPPAP show files, Newsletter files, putting up some pages from the NAPPAP gallery the links in the newsletter are not viable since it is not hooked up to the database any more. I’m no longer using aspx pages but it does give an idea of what we did and as I find the paintings and can format them according to the new site I’ll put them up. That is located here: http://gallery.deborahchapin.com/nappap-national-academy-of-professional-plein-air-painters-archives/