the nubivagant painter

Things are only as interesting as you let them be. Evoke a feeling. Ideas are everywhere. Exhaust an idea. -Mariam Stephan.

My first attempt at photoshopping a photo. It’s not very good, but I wanted to share it anyway!

My first attempt at photoshopping a photo. It’s not very good, but I wanted to share it anyway!

momalibrary:

In today’s mail. Unsigned. -dd and jt

Great idea!

momalibrary:

In today’s mail. Unsigned. -dd and jt

Great idea!
Progress on Cloudscape 8 as of Feb 18 ‘14…the whole canvas is wet, so I guess I’m taking a break!

Progress on Cloudscape 8 as of Feb 18 ‘14…the whole canvas is wet, so I guess I’m taking a break!

Cloudscape 7; 24x36 inches; Oil on Paper
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Copyright Christopher H. Morris, all rights reserved.

Cloudscape 7; 24x36 inches; Oil on Paper

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Copyright Christopher H. Morris, all rights reserved.

Residencies and Shows

Hello, internet pumpkins!

I have spent the afternoon scouring the internet for residencies and exhibitions to apply to, and I have discovered one simple problem: I do NOT have enough pieces to show. I’ve got the painting I just finished, the one I’m working on, and the giant (read: ENORMOUS) painting I left back home…and th-th-that’s all, folks! The rest are all sold (which, I need to find out whether or not I’m allowed to sell prints of those works…tricky).

BASICALLY: there are a lot of shows that would be PERFECT for me, but I don’t have enough pieces to show to even bother applying. Lame.

I don’t want to churn anything out, but I should probably pick up the pace to more than one finished piece per 6 months…..

Peace and love, friends!

The Space Between

After another long hiatus, my studio is back in full swing! It’s funny how much we don’t realise how much we’ve let something slide until it seems firmly out of reach.

Without trying to make excuses for myself, my personal life severely interfered with my studio practice. A tumultuous home situation, a move halfway across the country, a time-consuming new job, and the end of a year-long relationship all pulled me from my studio- and I let them do it.

It was sad to have to leave a number of incomplete works back in my hometown, but when you pack your whole life into a car and relocate to a town 700 miles away- sacrifices must be made. Knowing I would not have the space to work on those pieces (Cloudscapes 5 and 6, hence the numerical gap) I left them in my mother’s care and walked away.

Though my studio is much more limited here in my new home, it is also much more liberating and open- which is precisely the environment my work needed. A new easel, a new pallet, new brushes, and a new drive have led to what I feel is a major forward step in understanding myself and my work.

I will endeavour to maintain this blog (as always, I believe in keeping my practice open and honest); posting updates of works in progress, and other personal hardships and successes along the way.

Thank you for your continued interest in my work!

-Christopher

"Relational Aesthetics"

I’m about halfway through this fantastic collection of essays (which, I might add, I think every artist should read) and I’ve come to some interesting thoughts.

The foremost of these is finding a way to incorporate the basic principles of interactive/relational art (art whose intention is to involve the viewer in some way) into a static piece of work.

  • How can I resolve a painting without closing the questions I have asked of it, it has asked of me, and so on?
  • How can I involve the viewer indirectly?
  • What role does my process play in this interaction?

Just some thoughts noisily clunking their way through my brain!

Quality vs. Quantity
I’m applying for my first residency (which is incredibly exciting, and incredibly nerve-wracking). I have, however, hit a small snag. They want 10 images of my work, but I only have 7 that I really care to show- not because my other work is bad, but because it’s completely unrelated.
The idea of exploring the dual present/absent nature of clouds is still a young idea (I only began it in August of last year, and barely made a dent in it by the time I graduated in December). Since then, due to a hectic schedule and impossibly small workspace, I’ve only completed one piece in that time (a few others in progress, but VERY slow progress).
As such, I only have 7 pieces that are related to what I’m doing now. What do I do to fill in the remaining space?
I’ve selected a few images that, while they don’t make sense with the group, show some of the exploration of mark/colour/scale that led me to where I am now, but I’m concerned that this will look…..tacky.
If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears.
-C

Quality vs. Quantity

I’m applying for my first residency (which is incredibly exciting, and incredibly nerve-wracking). I have, however, hit a small snag. They want 10 images of my work, but I only have 7 that I really care to show- not because my other work is bad, but because it’s completely unrelated.

The idea of exploring the dual present/absent nature of clouds is still a young idea (I only began it in August of last year, and barely made a dent in it by the time I graduated in December). Since then, due to a hectic schedule and impossibly small workspace, I’ve only completed one piece in that time (a few others in progress, but VERY slow progress).

As such, I only have 7 pieces that are related to what I’m doing now. What do I do to fill in the remaining space?

I’ve selected a few images that, while they don’t make sense with the group, show some of the exploration of mark/colour/scale that led me to where I am now, but I’m concerned that this will look…..tacky.

If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears.

-C