On the left, a drawing/collage on paper called “Three Owl Night”, (watercolor inks, and cut paper, 24” x 18”, 2014)
On the right, another painting called “Loop-de-Loop” (watercolor, gouache, and prismacolor on panel , 10” x 10”, 2014)
Both works represent forays into using watercolors and pencils in new directions: working directly on panels, and more drawing and collage work. I have tried my hand with pastels, inspired by the colors of Wolf Kahn’s landscapes. I continue to be especially inspired by the work of Romare Bearden, Richard Diebenkorn, journalist Maira Kalman, and Nebraska artist Christina Narwicz.
2014 has been a big year of growth for my work. It was kicked off by the 2013 summer residency week at Hewnoaks Artist Colony at Kezar Lake in Lovell Maine. It was an intense and solo week time of very hard work with no outside obligations nor interruptions. I drew a lot and tried new materials to depict that impressive landscape. There was much gnashing of teeth, and a focus on process not product.
The residency experience jump started very productive months in the studio, followed by three Portland exhibitions: a solo show at Art House Framing, the 2014 10 x 10 show, and another solo show in the wonderful Chestnut Street Lofts lobby space. Between the shows and visits to my studio, I sold over thirty paintings, and connected with several new gallery owners.
I applied for- and was invited to – another residency week at Hewnoaks in August of this year. As with my 2013 residency stay, it was a productive week of hard work in that beautiful setting. I used pastels and inks and drew the lake and tall white pines each day. I was glad to discover that one can layer pastels by using fixative between layers, but I still find them to be both colorful and very challenging! One night I was awoken by three owls, very strong competition for the ubiquitous loons, inspiration for a drawing/collage the next day.
This fall I participated in the MECA “Collect” show (which raised a lot of money for MECA scholarships!), and I have been invited to be in the late November group show at George Marshall Store Gallery in York ME. This gallery is small and bright, and is on a lovely site along the York River. I have a great amount of respect for the curator, Maryy Harding. She is observant, savy, well informed, and energetic. I am very honored and pleased to be a “new face” in the artist group! These two works of mine- and and six other paintings- will be in the show. I have started work on the twenty two paintings whicvh will be in the 10 x 10 Show, February 20th & 21st at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery. < www.10 x10artists.com >
Finally, this will be the last blog posting from this wonderful office/studio at 10 Danforth Street. I have had my architecture office and art studio here for almost twenty five years. It has been a wonderful light filled work space, and I have many great memories of colleagues,clients, friends, and families here.I could be happy here for another few decades, but change is good!
I have agreed to take on a big new art studio in the nearby Bakery Studios Building at 61 Pleasant Street. The new space has 12 foot ceilings and a concrete floor, room to get messy, work bigger, and explore new materials. The building is home to a fine group of artists, Wolfe Editions, and Peregrine Press. I am trading a finished and carpeted space with heating/cooling and great light for a big raw space! The move out of an office building and into an arts building- likely in early January 2015- will be a tonic and an adventure. It will be a good opportunity to unload some accumulations! and I am confident that – with time – it will be as wonderful a work space as this has been for so many years. It will be great to be just downstairs from the two presses/community of the Peregrine Press!
DO KEEP IN TOUCH & COME VISIT !
As of January 2015, my new address will be :
Bakery Studios Building
61 Pleasant Street
Portland ME 04101
My email for now, but subject to change?: jpscheu[at]gwi[dot]net