Drawings Featured in Exhibition/Maryhill Museum of Art
Two of my charcoal drawings were recently on display at Maryhill Museum in Goldendale for the Aristides Atelier exhibition “Works On Paper: Drawing Reality” that ran from June until July 17, 2019 and was seen by over 7,400 visitors (!)
My first drawing is a copy of a Bargue plate drawing, “After Paul Dubois (1829-1905), Bargue Plate II, 18 ‘Roman Woman’ 10”x 12” charcoal on blue paper (framed, 18” x 22”). As first year students in the Aristides Atelier, we copied a lot of Bargue plate drawings in order to hone our drawing skills. They were difficult to do, and it was not unusual for each drawing to take fifty hours or more to complete. I keep this framed charcoal drawing hanging on the wall next to my bed to remind me that no matter how challenging a day has been in my art career, I can rest assured that I have paid some dues and deserve to be here.
The second image is also a charcoal drawing I did as a first year atelier student, “Spanish Still Life”, charcoal on paper, 12” x 14” (framed, 19” x 23”). I composed this still life one night at about 3 AM in my parents’ kitchen; I’d just had some painful oral surgery (gum grafts) that day, and spending the night in my folks’ guest room doped up on Percocet. In the middle of the night I got up, walked past their kitchen and became totally mesmerized by this copper pitcher on the kitchen counter. For the next hour, I rummaged around their kitchen, arranging dried red peppers in a terra cotta saucer next to the pitcher, adding my signature nutmegs (all my still lifes have a pair of nutmegs in the foreground), taking reference photos of my still life set up and having a grand creative time because I was high as a KITE. This drawing wound up getting Second Place in Still Life at the annual Best of Gage show that spring. There’s probably a moral here, but I don’t know what it is.