Try not to rush ahead of your own destiny by Leah Lopez

It’s a truism when I’m getting ahead of myself, and it rarely means standing still. 

 
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Here and now, it's important for me to pay attention.  I have a number of projects and paintings in the works.  Of the larger oil paintings, I have a body of work, eleven works total, all in the realm of 30x40.  I have completed about 40% of the work.  I’m not over the hump, yet.  I anticipate, that after the initial harmony of the first five come together, the next 6 will be like riding a bike.  Just Kidding.  That may be an error of logic.

To help in the next phase of refinement, I will spend part of Sunday and Monday prepping the final 6 supports.  I’m working on Aluminum panels and they need to be sanded and primed.  After that, I will begin my foundation layers.  Once I can see all the figures in place, I will get a sense of the bigger picture and renewed gusto for the next phase.  Managing energy is such a big part of studio process.  It is the motor that propels me forward between slower focused stages.  This should also simplify my next stages.  Let’s see, shall we.

Another perspective

If the end result is a little more difficult for me to see, perhaps, it’s also because in each painting there is a female and the female is me.  I’m my own model. A simple idea, a mirror and I’ll be right there for reference.  True but something unexpected happened,  it connected me even more to the story and gave it a perceived life.  In the process I became the story and the story became me.  So, I gave the story permission to evolve as I evolved.

I didn’t comprehend how much this project would open an internal dialogue.  Or maybe, I did know, because each work began with questions and each maneuver of the brush held an answer, and another.  This is what my teachers described as “studying”, others may say it’s working in “flow”.  I may not have always been comfortable with the resulting communication, but I was being taught lessons in painting, and what's more, life lessons in parallel contrast.  So, to this project, I am grateful, as a tapestry inside is being knitted back together after life’s usual and natural wear and tear.

 There's an old saying, 'the best reason to make art is to delight one's own heart'.  There is a vulnerability in that. That is exactly what this self reflection body of work is about, a look directly into one's self and to reflect something back that is honest and true without words.  No judgement, no boundaries, just heart.

In the meantime

I’m looking forward to a little time in Manhattan, this weekend, doing some out of the studio things, like, purchase more  oil colors, hair cut, work with budding art students, and attend the American Masters Exhibition Gala at the Salmagundi Club.  It’s a pleasure to connect with friends and artists and to see a beautiful display of their artwork.  

 

How New York’s Postwar Female Painters Battled for Recognition by Leah Lopez

When reading this I was inspired and I felt an empathy to Claudia Roth Pierpont’s narration of Lee Krasner’s pursuit as an artist. A good read, hope you enjoy.


 
  Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Grace Hartigan in 1957.    Photograph by Burt Glinn / Magnum

Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Grace Hartigan in 1957.

Photograph by Burt Glinn / Magnum

The women of the historic Ninth Street Show had a will of iron and an intense need for their talent to be expressed, no matter the cost. by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Click for full article in the New Yorker

 

Notes to self by Leah Lopez

I take a lot of notes so that I can keep track of the ideas that come and go, I started to notice these gentle reminders where coming out, as well. I have found them very helpful in guiding me through a world of abundant stimulation and possibilities.

They come from all parts of my psyche, and take on different tones, from spiritual to technical to disciplinary to nurturing.

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It isn’t Yosemite, It’s heaven by Leah Lopez

I was breathless and nearly shivering in awe at the sight of this dream of a painting by Albert Beirstadt. The Haggin Museum has a number of gems but this one… this is my favorite.

I took as many photos as I could to recall and share the experience.

I was in Stockton, CA, in August, exhibiting with the American Women Artists Exhibition hosted at the Haggin Museum. Read more about it the previous post.

Enjoy these images…

 Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902   Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4  Medium: Oil on Canvas Location: Hull Gallery

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by
Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902


Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Hull Gallery

My personal takeaway

Seeing this painting was everything I had hoped but didn’t know I was looking for it.  I have recently worked on Sunsets, clouds, and atmospheric affects in my oil painting, I was very satisfied with what could be done in oil. 

unbeknownst to me at the time I was really longing to see something that took the effects to the max.  This is what I found.  In Beirstadt’s, "Sunset at Yosemite Valley" seems to have been made to stimulate all the tactile senses, as I hope you can see in some of the detail images.

In my current body of work I have at least two works in progress where I will continue to use what I gleamed from viewing this work in person.  I’m looking forward to sharing the results and writing more.

 This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.

This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.

New posts! by Leah Lopez

Dear Friends, this is fair warning, I’m about to do multiple posts. I’ve been away from technology lately, and the computer screen wasn’t agreeing with me eyes

 

These new specs are making it easier for me to spend time in computer land. This is me in bed, my favorite place to get caught up on computer work. As you can see, the glasses are having a positive effect…

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I’m also posting some inspirations on these social media sites. Follow my progress and posts!

 
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