My first ever Holiday Studio Sale is now live! You can check out the available work and information in my shop here. I will also be posting updates on Instagram stories throughout the day as well. There is a variety of work in the sale from mixed media drawings to small studies that will make just about anyone on your list happy. All work can be shipped within the US and there is even an option to arrange free pickup/delivery if you are in 30 miles of Landrum, SC.
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"Keep It Between the Lines" is based off a photo I took a few years back at the only gas station in Tigerville, SC. This drawing allowed me to focus on patterns as well as the hard edges of perspective and softer, more atmospheric components of the landscape and early morning light. Sometimes its nice to strip away all the excessive layering and line work to play with basic shapes in a composition. Below are a few more detailed shots of the drawing.
INTRO TO THE "STATE OF THE STUDIO"
The "State of the Studio" posts document what's happening in the studio from a birds-eye view, putting all of the bits and pieces from the blog, sketchbooks and other snippets shared here and on social media together into a bigger picture. It's a good way for me to keep you in the loop on what's going on project wise and giving you a better idea of how I work in terms of a longer term schedule. In this edition you'll find out how the new studio space is shaping up, get a sneak peek at sketches for new large scale work and also find a really exciting announcement for a new project coming this fall!
SETTING UP & ORGANIZING THE NEW STUDIO SPACE
After moving into the new house last year it took a lot of time to figure out how I was going to set up the new studio and shop (on top of figuring out what to do with the rest of the house, but thats another story). The house was originally an old hunting camp in the mountains and has been added onto several times over the years, so there are lots of interesting character in the layout. Luckily the move has allowed me to almost triple my working space with the the addition of a separate woodshop. This space has allowed me to create a more fluid working process from the early stages of panel prep to finishing and framing. The new studio has tons of natural light and the additional space has opened up the opportunity to comfortably work on multiple large scale projects at once. Currently I’m building an adjustable wall-mounted system to hang in-progress work on and a cork wall for studies and reference photos. In the near future I’ll be removing the old flooring, redoing trim work, adding better lighting and repainting the walls. I'll also need to resolve a shortage on flat file storage (but seriously though what drawer/printmaker isn’t in that boat?) and build storage racks/shelves for the closet as well as larger desks to increase table surface. I’d also like to add a small seating area, but that will definitely be down the road a bit. There's still a lot of work ahead, but for now I'm extremely happy with the new space and how it's finally starting to come together.
PREPPING NEW LARGE SCALE WORK
I've got that large scale work wild hair again (not that it every really left in the first place) and getting back to working on some big drawings feels good. When you work large scale its a very physical experience, your whole body is involved and you get to move more than if you are focusing on a smaller work. There's also a lot of problem-solving that has to take place, which makes for some interesting tool choices. The downside to larger drawings is that they are a lot more time consuming, which means they usually turn into several month long projects versus smaller work which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Progress always feels super slow and it's much harder to keep that initial motivation after the two month mark. In the end it's all worth it though, because I love the way large work shows and how it commands a space. Can’t wait to start sharing more of the process and behind the scenes with you as things start to take shape, but for now you can check out the images above for a few of the first composition sketches for work that will be taking shape over the next few months.
DRAWN SOUTH PROJECT
I have this bad habit of taking one thing off my plate and then adding another, so later this year I’ll be launching the Drawn South Project. I’ve been simmering on this project for a few years and now felt like the right time to bite the bullet. One of the main things I enjoy about my studio work is that it brings rural culture into the fine art world, but unfortunately the time and process devoted to making my larger work often means that the price reflects that. Once you add in the materials and potential gallery commission, it's not too often that the people I ultimately make work for or about can’t afford to purchase one. The Drawn South Project is meant to bridge that gap. It's a documentary style project launching this fall that will make a portion of my work more accessible. This project will represent various landmarks around the Southern Appalachians in a smaller scale format that can be presented individually or grouped together to create a gallery wall. The smaller scale means they will cost less to produce, keeping them in a much lower price range than the larger scale work. The tentative launch date is the middle of October, so keep an eye out for sneak peeks and official launch announcements over the next month or two over on Instagram.
Hope you're as excited as I am about all of the things happening in the studio! What are you most excited to see as it takes shape over the next few months? To keep up to date you can subscribe via rss in the link below. I'll also be adding an email subscription and newsletter later this month too, so keep your eyes open for that option soon. For more day to day posts, follow me @carlyddrew on Instagram.
Truck is in the shop, so did a little work building panels and picking blueberries today. Have about thirty wood panels that need sealed, paper mounted, then cut and sanded. It's 89 degrees today and humid as hell, welcome to summer in the South.
So many shows and so little time...back in the shop again this week working on some frames for the new triptych that will be on display at Upstairs Artspace for the "Women Under Pressure" exhibition. It's my first local show in a long time, so I'm really excited to have my work actually stay around here for a month or two instead of galavanting off to some other state.
I was invited to be a part of an Alumni printmaking exhibition for Converse College this spring, since I haven't done printmaking since undergrad, I decided to play around with some new things. The first of which was drawing inspiration from a recent trip to the lower part of the state where agriculture is still king industry wise. Old house and barns coexhist effortlessly with shiny silos and brand spakin' new farm equipment. This juxtaposition of the old and new is one of the things that make the South such a unique place. The layers of a place are visible here and history never dies here. We always remember the good and the bad, which is the way it should be. Driving through this part of the state reminded me of that and inspired this triptych. Next week I'll post some more in progress shots, so be sure to check back!