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a little perspective

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Breast Cancer
 "Where the material ends, art begins."  --  Etienne Hajdu

I work in a small studio located in the lower level of my home.  It suits me, but there is one disadvantage, there isn't the space to pull back from my work.  I don't really see how it will look outside my studio until I have the work photographed.  The distance the lens offers, let alone the space of my photographer's studio, allows for perspective.   

Larry's studio is often where I make the decisions for display.  A zillion questions run through my mind.  Does that work need the viewer close up?  How will it look from 10 feet back?  Should it be on a pedestal?  Does it work better on the floor? Wall?  Suspended from the ceiling?  How should it be lit?  From above?  From the side?  You get the idea.

The lens, while offering the space needed for visual reflection, can also distort.  The piece above is the size of a soccer ball, while the ones below are no larger than 6 inches in diameter.  

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Multiply and Divide 

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Virus Green and Virus Blue 

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Growth 

I'm loving these new pieces. (You have to hold them, they feel amazing!)  Breast Cancer (the piece at top) is needle felted and embroidered while the others are just needle felted.  The process allows me to both add and subtract depending on how I work the roving and needles.  It's a flexible medium begging me for more exploration.  

Photo credits:  Larry Sanders

habit forming

  © 2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cells

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."  -- Jane Austen

Painting, painting and more painting.  A day in the studio moves from painting to knitting to beadwork or felting and then back to painting.  I can't keep up with the ideas.  

I haven't tried my hand yet at egg tempera.  I want to learn how to set stones in metal. My knitting machine beckons for me to master it.  For a gal used to work being slow, orderly and methodical, this feels a out of control.  

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cells 

Sometimes I think about bringing in another intern.  I've been fortunate.  I've worked with some fabulous interns.  But I'm selfish.  I want the quiet.  I don't want to be teaching and guiding while simultaneously thinking and making.  And yet an intern could help with certain tasks, thus allowing me to flush out more ideas.  Hmmm.  Don't know.

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer cells

Photo credit:  Larry Sanders

The Cornettes

  © 2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes

Ladies and Gentlemen!  I bring you The Cornettes and Paul E. Nator!  

Aw shucks!  Thank you! Thank you!  

Yes, yesterday I made my debut as one of The Cornettes. My facial muscles had a serious workout from all the smiling and laughing.  

  © 2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes 

Advocates for urban agriculture, The Cornettes were started several years ago by the illustrious Cathi Bouzide.    

  ©2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes 

We sang songs.  

Let us grow some sweetcorn

As The Cornettes say

In your urban backyard

We'll show you the way!

Keep your hens a laying...

Fresh eggs every day

You'll be happy and healthy in every way!  

(Sung to the tune of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart")

   ©2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes 

We showed people the way to the corn maze.

 ©2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes  

Told jokes, corny ones of course.

So how do you fix a broken tomato?

With tomato paste!

©2010 Cathi Bouzide The Cornettes
And even had a juggling act!  Mr. Paul E. Nator (pollinator!) was aMAIZEing.  

The event was part of Great Performers of Illinois which celebrated all things Illinois, including corn.   

Photo credits: Cathi Bouzide.  Thanks Cathi!

a few sculptures

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Virus
"Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry."  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this sentiment, though I'm not convinced of its reality, especially as much of the contemporary art I see in galleries focuses on violence.  I understand the purpose of such art, but I don't like it.  I won't stop to ponder it.  I glance and keep on walking.  I crave beauty, even in those things that are potentially dangerous, such as the viruses I have recently been making.

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Ocean Virus

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Virus Blue 

Photo credit:  Larry Sanders

ragdale alumni art sale!

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Cell Moon

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."  -- Thomas Merton

When asked to participate in an alumni sale of art for Ragdale's residency program, I had to say yes.  If you are an artist and haven't been to Ragdale, well, all I can say is apply.  The place is magic.  Time and space to think and make.  Life couldn't be any better. 

The featured piece is called Cell Moon.  It's painted in gouache and measures 9" x 12" unframed (though I did provide a basic frame with matt).  It's priced at $400.  So call Ragdale and buy it!  That's right, own an original Lindsay Obermeyer, one of my new works.  The sale ends July 16, so don't dilly dally!  

While you are at it, check out this list of alums donating work.  These are just the Chicago region folks!  

Jane Fulton Alt

Bert Menco

Karen Azarnia

Robin Mucha

Evy Briggs

Sarah Nesbit

Pate Conaway

Lindsay Obermeyer

Lisa Cinelli

Kim Piotrowski

Ling-An Fang

Olivia Petrides

Kate Friedman

Beth Reitmeyer

Linda Gordon

Beth Shadur

Mary and Tom Graham

Jean Sousa

Michael Horvich

Doug Stapleton

Regin Igloria

Jen Thomas

Carol Luc

Kathy Weaver

Norbert Marszalek

Photo credit: Larry Sanders

Noel Yovovich

i love gouache

 ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer 

"Only when he know longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."  -- Edgar Degas

Okay, I admit it.  I don't know what I'm doing.  I don't care.  I don't know if the work is good or bad.  Again, I don't care.  I am simply loving the process.  

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer
I love gouache in same measure as beads and yarn.  The color is rich and saturated.  The surface is flat. I can spend hours with my size 4/0 brush painting teeny weeny bubbles watching the colors build upon each other.  The process is akin to creating a sculpture loop by loop with yarn.  It is meditative, yet exhausting.  I leave my table refreshed, but ready for a nap.

  ©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer 

I think the next step will be to use the medium of egg tempera.  From what I am reading, it is permanent.  A drop of water won't spoil the surface once dry.  Plus it gives me yet another reason to build a coop in my backyard and raise chickens.  Homesteaded art?!

For a bit more on egg tempera, I've been looking at these articles.

Society of Tempera Painters

Ampers and Art

Betsy Porter

On Porter's website, she refers to the symbolism behind painting icons and the use of egg yolks.  Fascinating!

Photo Credit:  Larry Sanders