Emergence, and learning as I go.

"Emergence" painting with staple marks
“Emergence” painting with staple marks, needs to be trimmed

“Emergence” is the name of this painting I did almost two years ago.  I don’t say finished because I’ve learned that there’s a big difference between ‘done being painted’ and ‘ready to hang’. And “Emergence” isn’t ready to hang. It’s been leaning in a closet, still stapled to the drawing board I used when I painted it.

It was a mistake to staple it, and even more so to paint over the staples and varnish it all. Because in order to get it ‘ready to hang’ I had to take it off the drawing board and take the staples out, which left little white tears around the entire painted border.

"Emergence" painting, ready for first cut
“Emergence” painting, ready for first cut

The solution was to trim 1/2 inch from each edge. This painting was a particular challenge for me and the idea of slicing it up with a utility knife was a totally unnerving but it had to be done.  Yesterday I carefully marked the cut lines on the back and today I set up my table to cut it. I put down some cardboard and made sure I had a new blade in my knife. Then I clamped a big heavy ruler down and cut those edges right off.

"Emergence" painting, one edge trimmed
“Emergence” painting, one edge trimmed

I had to turn it around, clamp and cut it a few times but this method worked pretty well and I was able to do it with nice clean cuts and straight edges. I had been concerned that I might damage it during the process but thankfully it seems to have made it through unscathed and is now ready to be framed and made ready to hang.  It’s a good thing too, because this painting has been selected for display in an upcoming show called On and About Paper at the UW Parkside Fine Arts Gallery September 6 – October 26 with an opening reception Thursday, September 14 from 5-7 pm.

"Emergence" painting, four edges trimmed
“Emergence” painting, four edges trimmed

It will be really great to finally have this piece ‘finished’ and I’m very excited to know that it will be on display to the public soon!

 

 

Wow, just 5 days until the Frolics Art Festival!

Wow! It’s just 5 days until the South Shore Frolics Art Festival.  It’s a “rain or shine” event located near the pavilion at South Shore Park and I’ll be there as one of the artists showing my paintings.  There is always a car show right next to the art festival too, so there are two things to check out if you stop by.

I am excited as this will be my first time at a show like this.

2017 South Shore Frolics Festival of Arts. Sunday, July 16 10-4 pm
South Shore Park

2017 South Shore Frolics Festival of Arts. Sunday, July 16 10-4 pm
2017 South Shore Frolics Festival of Arts. Sunday, July 16 10-4 pm

Overlapping circles with radiuses of 2, 1, and 1/2

What an amazing thing.  Circles with that particular relationship of radius naturally create this most incredible pattern. In concept this pattern continues infinitely in both breadth and scale. Begin with circles with a radius of 1. They naturally overlap to produce a pattern known as “The Flower of Life”.  Overlay circles with a radius of 1 doubled and then again with a radius of 1 halved and you have a pattern that Charles Gilchrist calls the “Glyphmaker”. This halving and doubling could be repeated without end producing ever larger and smaller variations. Go ahead and click it to see a bigger version and just look at it for a while.

Overlapping circles of three related radiuses
Overlapping circles with radiuses of 2, 1, and 1/2.

BVGN at the Magnet Factory

Tonight’s the night! Bay View Gallery Night and Jazzfest. I’ll be showing my paintings at the Magnet Factory with the Bay View Arts Guild. Should be a great time with live music and dancing.

Magnet Factory BVGN 2017
Bay View Gallery Night at the Magnet Factory 2017

15 selected artists from the Bay View Arts Guild (BVAG) will be displaying their expertly crafts wares for sale. You will find paintings, photos, mixed media, metal, neon, jewelry, cards and upcycled furniture. Don’t miss this amazing 7000 sq ft industrial warehouse space and some of the coolest art in the city.

5 – 6+pm Latin Jazz by RUMBRAVA, featuring Mrs. Fun & Luis Diaz.

Join us for Art, Music, Dancing and Refreshments!

The Magnet Factory
2424 S. Graham

www.bvgn.org/business/the-magnet-factory/
www.BayViewArts.org
www.BVGN.org
www.MrsFun.com

Participating Artists:
Mike Brylow – upcycled furniture (host)
Anita Burgermeister – digital & mixed media (co-organizer)
Brian Breider – sculpture and functional pottery
Jessica Browning – mixed media steampunk
Robert Burns – urban photos
Burt Gross – paintings and illustration
Marj Inmann – electric eye neon
Sabrina Jan – mixed media paintings
Andrew Kersting – geometric paintings
Kent Knapp – Milwaukee Blacksmith
Kraco Photography – nature, architecture & kitsch
The Skrauss – far out cartoons and more
MalVy Westbrook – out of this world paintings

Earth in balance – an image from the archives

Came across this image today going through old digital sketches, it is an upgrade I did in 2007 of an image I first painted in about 1992 on a wooden disc about 5 inches wide.  The Earth in my first painted version was very crude, but thanks NASA I could integrate this great image in it’s place.  A wish of harmonic influence for mother Earth and everyone that’s along for her ride.

Earth in balance image
“Earth in balance” is a digital re-creation I did in 2007 of an image I first painted in about 1992. © Andrew Kersting