Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
For the last night of Sketching in the Galleries at the DMA the group was kind of small so we drew from artwork in the All the World's a Stage exhibit, focusing on a selection of small works on paper, most of which are not put up for displayed very often.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tonight at the DMA we will be drawing from a great little exhibition of paintings, drawing and lithographs from the little known Dallas artist Edward g. Eisenlohr 1872 - 1961.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Well the class started with Stacy and Tracy announcing to the drawing group that this will be the last month that the Dallas Museum of Art will host the Sketching in the Gallery program. After September 24th there will be no more drawing program.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tonight is the 2nd in the 4 nights that I will be hosting the Sketching in the Gallery program. Last week was a lot of fun. A few people even stayed after class to show me their other drawings and to ask my advise about drawing. Now if that sort of thing is not a big artty ego boost you must be dead.
Friday, September 4, 2009
There were 22 people in the group last night. Some were the core group that comes to most of the sessions, some had attended a few times, and some were first timers. There were a few that were new to Dallas and were looking for ways to connect with the Dallas art scene.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tonight is my first night to lead the Sketching in the Galleries program at the DMA. I will be leading the drawing group for the next 4 proceeding Thursdays from 7-8:30. The group is usually around 10-25 people, with a wide range of drawing skills.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My very good friend and a really great artist, Susan Giller has asked me to substitute for her while she dashes up the Boston for a bit of northern culture and eating.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
It's not quite the end of the third week, but things are going so fast around here that by the time I post this it will be dinner time. Eating being the most common way of telling time at VSC.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The great people at KERA Art and Seek posted my article on the first 14 days at the Vermont Studio Center. Below is a draft, or you can click here to read it and see all the photos on Art and Seek.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Our goal for the day was to hike, hike hike. We knew that we wanted to do some of the Appalachian trial, but I also wanted to see some water falls, so we stopped off at Hamilton Falls, The deadliest falls in Vermont. After a three mile hike we came upon this wonderful, multi layered falls. The photo really does not show the scale and beauty of this place and how tempting it is to climb it's deceptively deadly banks.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Day 8 found us in the town of Brattleboro Vermont. We drove across New Hampshire on the interstate making only one stop at the Pisgah State Park where we were eaten to a slightly dizzy state by swarms of monster sized mosquitoes.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
On Wednesday we headed out to the airport to pick up our rental car, then we drove back to the city to the Institute of Contemporary Art to see the Shepard Fairey show. It was a way better show than I thought it would be. In fact I found it inspiring that he could go from a street bomber to having a studio that employs several interns and still produce work that is fun and edgy. One sad note, the food at the ICA was expensive and not good.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The 6 hour train ride to Boston was wonderful. Trains allow you to see the country and mentally realize that you are dramatically moving from one part of the world to another. Unlike airplanes that reduce travel down to it's most unbearable elements.
Monday, June 1, 2009
After two days of good food, family bonding, evening wine on the patio, and a few more trips down to Pooh Corner, Monday morning found us heading downtown to catch the Amtrak to Boston.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
After walking the two hairless dogs down to Pooh Corner to pooh, the four of us humans loaded up the car and headed out to George Nakashima's studio. He died a few years back but his family is still creating wonderful furniture using George's designs.
Friday, May 29, 2009
We decided that instead of flying directly to the Vermont Studio Center, we would take a couple of days and to a New England road trip.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Packing. How do you decide what to take to a place you have never been? This reminds me so much of packing for my first summer camp. I was about 8 years old, and I was both excited and scared. What to take? What if I forget to pack that one thing that is totally necessary for this experience to work, like underwear?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I've been practicing on my portion for the presentation "You have a What? Preservation of the Unusual Objects in Your Collection."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
The Dallas Museum of Art asked me to be one of three judges for the Make Space for Artists: Design a Studio competition. I'll be handing out cash prizes tonight.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
It my not look like it but this is the result of 4 hours of work. Of corse I did spend a lot of that time struggling to get the chain saw that I rented from Home Depot started. If David had not shown up with his beautiful chain saw it would have been a total wast of a day for me. Thanks David!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
JUST BELOW THE SKIN A RIVER FLOWSA new installation by Brad Ford Smith at the Mighty Fine Arts Project Room.
February 21 – March 22, 2009
Reception 6-9 pm, February 21
This new project is basically a layman’s representation of the epidermis stratum (human skin). It is constructed using a stack of old watercolor paper, a pair of scissors, a hole puncher, a color copier, some nails, a bit of string, and a 9 foot long wall.
The project began when Veronica Tosten asked me to do an installation at Mighty Fine Arts. Instantly an image of a multi layered splattering popped into my head. Usually this sort of spontaneous imaging is just a reactionary response to a new project or material. Usually I enjoy the sensation and then dismiss the image as being a flashy, thin one-liner. But this time I wanted to explore what subconscious response created this image. What internal links were connected when this opportunity presented itself?
This project also had the unique bonus in that I had three months to play with it before the installation date. This gave me and the image time to ferment, to spend equal amounts of time at the drafting table and in the backyard daydreaming. The image grew organically as it sifted through daily input…
finding a stack of my father’s watercolor paper… sorting through the estate of an old dear friend… watching another friend cope with her second risky pregnancy… visualizing good health… discovering all my scissors dull and rusted… organizing 1000 Asian auction catalogs… flocks of grackles in the backyard, swarming of bees… body armor… fishing line… sanded wood… art lectures… art fairs… art blogging… coping with public dyslexia once again…
The result is a wall installation that is a hybrid of influences and experiences, a free association construct, a kind of diary portrayed in a low-tech, obsessive format.
It’s the continuous struggle that we all make just to keep inside of our own skin.Mighty Fine Arts
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I was selected as one of 11 artists to participate in La Reunion TX's Second annual Tree Carving and Open House. This years artists are: