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December 2014 newsletter

Convergence, 24" x 60.5" on two archival panels, private collection.

Convergence, 24" x 60.5" on two archival panels, private collection.

There sometimes isn't a lot to say or do. One might see the future on the horizon or want to be more active here and now, but life presents a different, more subdued plan. Such has it been of late. It's the Quiet Time, when I'm faced with the specter of painting little and waiting as the body and mind catch up from the previous year's bustle. In the past, these times were disconcerting because I didn't know whether or how I would emerge – and was less in tune with the necessity of rest and regeneration. I still feel uneasy when the paintings pause and the studio goes quiet: what will come after the Quiet Time? But I know now to let it unfold at its own pace, and for the time being get about the work of cleaning and catching up on all that I wasn't able to finish during the year. It's time to focus on replenishing the stores and building a better foundation. So in the last month there has been hardly any painting; mostly assessing and recalibrating, planning, and taking space from it all......

See the entire December 2014 newsletter – with more images, a couple exhibition announcements, and video – here. You can also sign up to receive Jivan's newsletters directly in your inbox here. You'll get one every month or two and can easily unsubscribe.

Invited instructor – "Empty mind, full canvas" – Saturday, October 18

I've been asked to lead a demo at the Artisan Artists' Materials Expo on Saturday, October 19th, 2014. It'll be a good one! The session, titled "Empty mind, full canvas," will be a rare chance to see me paint a full-size outdoor landscape while answering questions and narrating my process as I go. I plan to undertake a large-format (with luck, 30" x 40" or larger) piece on-site in the rock formations at Buffalo Thunder resort. Barring an exceedingly rare late-October absolute downpour, we'll be outside. 

The session will venture into the practical and the philosophical, touching on topics such as:

  • Where “good” painting originates,
  • How we discover the best of our creative process and shepherd it through the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," or maybe just a busy mind, and,
  • The "simpler" logistical difficulties of painting, like wind and changing light and muddied colors.

Particular attention will be paid to painting on-site and from-life, whether indoors or outdoors. Some time will also be dedicated to discussing environmentally-friendly materials and considerations.

The demo will be from 9am - 12pm and costs $75 + tax. For those of you who would like to get your hands a little bit dirty, some sketch materials (oil pastels, pencils, gessobord) will be provided for visual notes and experimentation. You can find more details and register for the event here

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

New representation in Denver at William Havu Gallery

I'm very excited to announce my newest representation – William Havu Gallery in Denver, CO. It's one of my favorite galleries anywhere and I'm honored to be showing along some some great artists. The gallery was established in 1973 and is located in an AIA award winning, post-modern building a few blocks from the Denver Art Musuem. Seven exhibitions a year engage an ongoing dialogue on regionalism as it affects and is affected by national and international trends in realism and abstraction. In addition to my paintings you'll find an array of mid-career, established artists, including Mary Mito, James P. Cook, Jeff Aeling, Stephen Dinsmore, and others. Call (303) 893-2360 for information on my work or visit the Gallery Website.

Finalist! in Ray Mar Art Competition

I'm happy to say that my painting, "Bella Lucia," won another award – it was selected as a finalist in the Ray Mar Art Competition. I'm now eligible for the big prize in early 2014. This piece and a few of my other figure pieces have really done well for me lately. My other bigger figure piece, Contemplating the Nei Jing, a 72" x 72" multi-panel work, has been invited to exhibit at the Blumenschein Museum starting 9/20/2013. With the positive feedback these pieces have been getting, I've got more incentive to start in on a figure series this fall. Exciting!

New representation at Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

I'm happy to announce that Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe is now representing a diverse range of my work. They have on hand landscapes, still lives, and more – including some of my more abstract pieces. Meyer East is a great contemporary gallery near the entrance of Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road. The gallery's more traditional sibling, Meyer Gallery, is just across the way – making the two a great combination to visit. I'm honored they've decided to take me on. A few sample pieces are below, and you can find all the work of mine that they have on hand here.

ArtSlant 2013 Showcase - winning painting: "The storm arrives"

My painting, "The storm arrives," was selected as a winner in ArtSlant's 1st 2013 Showcase. It's a 36" x 48" piece painted onsite along the banks of the Chama River, just a few minutes from Georgia O'keeffe's home in Abiquiu, NM. This is one of my most recent pieces, from November 2012, and I'm especially happy it won -- the spot where I painted it is one of my favorite places on Earth, so it feels good for it to be seen! 

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Statement on process - 2013

When painting I'm brought back to simplicities, back to my senses, and in a way, back to life. To surrender scripted plans and just listen and look, not knowing what will come, is a trust-fall of sorts and an act of devotion. On the good days this practice dissolves the excess in my psyche and leaves me clearer in mind and heart. It’s something I believe can translate to others through a finished work.

In a time filled with so much that can leave us far from the subtle pulse of a day, acts of simplification – for me, painting – seem like time well spent....

​The making of Contemplating the Nei Jing, 72" x 72"

At 72" x 72", Contemplating the Nei Jing is my largest piece to date. It's huge for me -- and I have piles of used up paint tubes to prove it. The process began in late August and has slowly unfolded over the last two months, first with sketches and then recently with boatloads of paint. Each day at around 3:15 in the afternoon, the light sets our studio corner aglow and I paint feverishly for a couple hours until daylight wanes. I've been photographing progress at the end of each painting day – at this point I'm at over 20 afternoons and evenings -- and below you can follow the piece's development. It's nearing completion but isn't quite there. The last two photos in the slideshow/gallery below show me and the model (Klara, for those of you who know us personally) for a sense of perspective on how big the piece is.

Taos Fall Arts Festival and Taos Center for the Arts Quick Draw 2012 - success!​

The last weekend in September brought two great events in Taos -- the  2012 Quick Draw fundraiser for the Taos Center for the Arts, and the Taos Fall Arts Festival. I have three pieces at the Fall Arts Festival's "Taos Selects" juried exhibition -- which hangs until October 7th. At the Quick Draw, artists painted in downtown Taos and then auctioned off their work late on Saturday. I'm happy to say that my 20 x 24" piece, "Corner moment," sold at the auction and sent a good chunk of change to all the fantastic programming the TCA provides to Taoseños. 

July painting demo a success -- more to come in August and September!

The demonstration at Jack Leustig Imaging in Arroyo Seco went wonderfully. Saturday brought a bunch of onlookers and a few new collectors. I got about three-quarters of the way finished by 5pm and then returned on Sunday morning for another few hours of painting. A gallery of photos is below. We're already planning more demonstrations -- you can stay up to date by visiting this page or by subscribing to my newsletter (on the upper right corner of this page!). 

"Three ties" on display at Taos Art Museum through August

The Taos Art Museum, the home of which is the former residence and studio of renowned Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, invited me to exhibit "Three ties" this summer at the museum. It'll be on display through August alongside work by other contemporary artists from the Taos area as well as some historic pieces by Fechin, Ernest Blumenschein, E.I. Coase, Joseph Henry Sharp, Oscar Berninghaus, and others. It's a wonderful museum located in an incredible building -- one that was in large part handmade by Fechin himself. Truly worth the trip to Taos. My piece is below and the museum website is www.taosartmuseum.org.

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"Bella Lucia", 40" x 40", invited to the Center for Visual Art at Metro State College of Denver's main summer show - "Taos Contemporary"

I'm very excited! This is going to be an incredible show featuring about 50 Taos artists; all career stages, early to late -- of regional, national, and international acclaim. The exhibition runs from May 31, 2012 - August 11, 2012 and will be accompanied by a number of other events. I'll post more soon... below is my invited painting and some detail shots of it.

Featured in Winter 2011 Plein Air Magazine

Plein Air Magazine has been running a section on painters who paint outdoors in "extreme" conditions and included me and an image from when I painted "The Gorge" in a brief writeup titled "Painting on the edge" on page 83 of the winter 2011 issue. You can see my car parked on a steep slope that turns into the 800 foot drop into the Rio Grande Gorge. Below is the painting and the image just in case you don't read Plein Air Magazine!