May 17, 2014

DC No. 136: Memory

vine charcoal and pastel on paper
8 x 10 inches

A nod to Edgar Allen Poe's poem, I drew a Raven perched on the still life in my drawing studio.  In the actual drawing process, I reflect a fading memory, to which I refer as "history." What was once there, since erased, leaves a trace. 

This week's Drawing Challenge is hosted by my friend Kristen. See links to more artists who explored this theme at her blog here.

May 08, 2014

My Duchamp Outside the Drawing Studio

Dear Viewer,  You see the problem was—well it wasn't a problem at all— I carry a black marker and there was an old cracked toilet in front a building. I could not resist. Yours,  R. Mutt 2014

May 04, 2014

DAZE, Mural, and Going Big

Today Chris DAZE Ellis gave a public talk on his work before a full auditorium. Afterwards we headed to the Addison Gallery for the opening of their spring exhibits. What a blast!

Autographed DAZE exhibition flyer

Before his talk DAZE said to me "I see your students are working a lot larger." Yes! A lot larger. This is thanks to their group mural project with him. Working with DAZE was exceptional; He embodies collaboration. I believe his time with my painting students blew open their ideas about painting and stretched their imaginations. Not only are they working larger, they are working faster and more intuitively. What a gift. Thank YOU for everything, DAZE.

Detail of Mural 

Here is a time lapse GO Pro video of the mural in the Elson Art Center just outside of the Addison Gallery Museum Learning Center at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. (by Neil Evans).

May 03, 2014

Porcupine and Witch Hazel (Big A 50K Trail Race)

This morning we headed up to Mount Agamenticus

My friend Jeanne talks about this mountain and various trail events there with great fondness. So when I got the wake up call (actually a peck on the cheek) I decided to accompanying the BF. Why not? I could go for a little loop and call it a day. In short, that's just what I did. 
I have no place attempting a 50k —without any training—or a "clear-to-run" voucher from the doctor.  But there I was relaxed, having some fun with friends, and hoping to make it one full loop.

When I met up with (the great white-bearded) Craig W. I casually mentioned that "I shouldn't be doing this..." (because of the hip). He responded, "well, that speaks to about 98% of the folks out here." I chuckled and we carried on for a bit and he was off. About 20 minutes into the first loop, I came up behind Peter, which was a treat because even if he tried to drop me, I would stick to him like a black fly to tape. It's rare that I can stay with him but in all fairness I think he decided to stay with me. Ann A. joined up with us, too. The three of us got really lost exploring some orange blazes through the woods that were technically conservation area markings and not the Mt. Aggie race course.
Porcupine and Witch Hazel 
two of my favorite trail names on Mt. Aggie. 
 Above image From Here.
After the first 3-mile loop we headed into the second side, a 7 mile jaunt, which is where we found the extra-credit miles. Following my "seriously, this can't be right" mutterings...we returned to start/finish,  grabbed a map and headed BACK out for another loop. This time we had a personal guide! Cindy lead us over Second hill and up Third. How lucky because she lives next to the mountain and these trails are her stomping grounds. 
When I pointed out to Cindy the general area where we went off course, she said in a matter-or-fact tone, "But that is not a trail." I found this funny because when Peter, Ann and I bushwhacked up the side of Mt. Aggie—through the woods— I thought how Mainers sure have a funny sense of trail race humor. Orienteering gone wild.

witch hazel
Besides losing the trail, we found two miles of extra distance and some decent added elevation. I also found my 6-mile limit when my hip starts to ache. I found my fitness ledge. I found a second wind. I found "Yes" and then, "No." I found renewed love of beech trees, moss and lichen. I found the best part of the day was hiking with Peter.  And getting to know Ann.   

The trails are as beautiful as Jeanne mentioned and this is a wonderful laid back event. I imagine it's like what Fat Ass events used to be like in the 1970's.  Still, while it felt low-key, I know a lot of time went into marking the course, buying food for grilling, permits at the park, etc. Many Thanks to Bob Najar, Rich, and Crew!

May 01, 2014

A Little Hanky Panky (gnuck gnuck)

Today in advanced painting, I illustrated to my students that a painting need not be created with paint to be considered a Painting.

Like working with acrylics or oils and one's subject matter,  
a series of choices must occur —
selection of color, character, and composition, 
to name a few. This doesn't change with the materials.
Emily Trespas
"Hanky Panky Painting"
up-cycled, re-purposed, and vintage hankies
12 x 16 oval canvas
May 1, 2014

The concept of painting is plastic. A small collection of dainty, tatted and crochet detailed squares are elevated from stuck-in-the purse-or-pocket swaths of cloth to another level: A Painting.

Tomorrow I donate this piece for the Essex Art Center "$25 wall"
 to raise money for the EAC at the Hair of the Dog.

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