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A Badly Needed Website Upgrade

WEBSITE UPGRADE
Well, after much procrastination, I've upgraded www.jamesnavarrostudio.com. It took a while since my new painting direction is taking up all my free time. I've added a navigation bar, making it easier to browse. I've also added pages that would make it easier for me to show my growth, as well as, post my new exhibitions. I hope you find it OK and if you have any problems please let me know. (mailto:orowebsupport@orowebdesign.com )

NEW DIRECTION
I mentioned "new direction" -- well yes and no. I did change my palette from Cadmium Yellow Pale to Prussian and Cerulean Blue. Truth is said, it is a big change for me. Prussian Blue is hard to "control". I don't mean on the canvass, although it has given me cause to cuss and swear more, boy, it gets everywhere: more on me and the studio than on the canvass. Also, both color pigments are very expense! I paid over $30(US) for a small tube of Cerulean Blue. I'm not sure a painter can continue to paint at these prices!

My work continues to show multi-levels of the perceived and the real, that hasn't changed so far. But I am trying to simplify my compositions. My current painting will really reflect that change. It is hard, so many images appear to be on the canvass, pulling and calling me to bring them to life. It got away from me in "An Old Man's Dream"! It also turned a bit "dark". So I made it my goal in this new painting "Nose Kiss" (not yet finished) to easy on the images (and paint$). I am trying to "beautify" my work. A rest from the pathos (as much as I can ).

WHAT IT IS
Before you think I'm losing my grip, I'm just harnessing the imagery and filtering the psychology behind it; at least for now. I'm still reaching, searching for the "tomorrow" but with guarded respect for the inner beauty of the imagery wanting to surface. Whereas, in the past, the floodgates blew open in "The Truth", "Out to Sea" and oh, course, "An Old Man's Dream" just to mention a few.

If you get a chance take a look at "Harpooned". In this painting, I've stepped into politics "somewhat". I like what I did with this painting. I like polar bears and whales. (Don't know why.) I guess I associate with their plight. The only problem here was that my conscience controlled my work (except for the white wolf in the painting and few "ghostly" images in the clouds). It was too there in your face. I don't plan on doing too many of these types ...

HOPING
One last post. I've been a bit wordy. This week I should be hearing from Pasco Hernando Community College, FL whether I will be exhibiting at their college gallery next year. It is a big move for me. Wish me luck.

A Badly Needed Website Upgrade

WEBSITE UPGRADE
Well, after much procrastination, I've upgraded www.jamesnavarrostudio.com. It took a while since my new painting direction is taking up all my free time. I've added a navigation bar, making it easier to browse. I've also added pages that would make it easier for me to show my growth, as well as, post my new exhibitions. I hope you find it OK and if you have any problems please let me know. (mailto:orowebsupport@orowebdesign.com )

NEW DIRECTION
I mentioned "new direction" -- well yes and no. I did change my palette from Cadmium Yellow Pale to Prussian and Cerulean Blue. Truth is said, it is a big change for me. Prussian Blue is hard to "control". I don't mean on the canvass, although it has given me cause to cuss and swear more, boy, it gets everywhere: more on me and the studio than on the canvass. Also, both color pigments are very expense! I paid over $30(US) for a small tube of Cerulean Blue. I'm not sure a painter can continue to paint at these prices!

My work continues to show multi-levels of the perceived and the real, that hasn't changed so far. But I am trying to simplify my compositions. My current painting will really reflect that change. It is hard, so many images appear to be on the canvass, pulling and calling me to bring them to life. It got away from me in "An Old Man's Dream"! It also turned a bit "dark". So I made it my goal in this new painting "Nose Kiss" (not yet finished) to easy on the images (and paint$). I am trying to "beautify" my work. A rest from the pathos (as much as I can :-( ).

WHAT IT IS
Before you think I'm losing my grip, I'm just harnessing the imagery and filtering the psychology behind it; at least for now. I'm still reaching, searching for the "tomorrow" but with guarded respect for the inner beauty of the imagery wanting to surface. Whereas, in the past, the floodgates blew open in "The Truth", "Out to Sea" and oh, course, "An Old Man's Dream" just to mention a few.

If you get a chance take a look at "Harpooned". In this painting, I've stepped into politics "somewhat". I like what I did with this painting. I like polar bears and whales. (Don't know why.) I guess I associate with their plight. The only problem here was that my conscience controlled my work (except for the white wolf in the painting and few "ghostly" images in the clouds). It was too there in your face. I don't plan on doing too many of these types ...

HOPING
One last post. I've been a bit wordy. This week I should be hearing from Pasco Hernando Community College, FL whether I will be exhibiting at their college gallery next year. It is a big move for me. Wish me luck.

Plenty of Updates

RECAP
I know it's been a while since my last post but man, things have been moving fast for me. First some old news, I didn't place in the Progress Energy Art Gallery's People's Choice Award; no surprise there... (Check out the 1st Place winner: www.nprgallery.com ) All I have to say is that perhaps it would be best to have several categories. Separate the different types of art forms. I think it would help qualify the choices for the public within there own style.

ROAD TRIP
We took a short vacation and visited the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. Boy-O-boy!! What a treat. I've not been in a museum since I was a student in New York City. And the school took us on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Many, many years ago! This is true ... never stepped into one before now. What I've been missing? Needless to say, I went crazy!

THE NC MUSEUM OF ART
Great visit. Modern Building. We got there an hour before closing time. We couldn't take it all in but they had a Renoir that was incredible! The museum is worth a visit. I spoke to a couple of helpers there and I passed out my business cards and website. They seemed interested and friendly. I plan to submit a couple of samples. But I'm not encouraged. It seems that local artist from other areas have a tough time getting exhibited, especially if you are not local.

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART
In a word: INCREDIBLE! I went super crazy there! Particular with the gallery that held artist like, Matisse, Gauguin, Degas, and Cezanne, my favorites! I need to revisit the museum and spend more time looking at some these great artist! I didn't realize how quickly I can get inspired just by looking at these original works of art! It is a great feeling to see so much fame hanging there, just for you to enjoy!! More on this later with pictures.

A NEW VENUE:
Homewood Suites by Hilton, NPR, FL

Great News! Got a call from Progress Energy Art Gallery just before going on vacation that I was asked by Homewood Suites - Hilton (www.tampaportrichey.homewoodsuites.com) to exhibit may Lost Memories Collection at their hotel. They selected particularly half my paintings!

When I got back, I went crazy getting ready for the showing. I had to get one of the paintings framed and all photographed for prints. (To be honest, I didn't want to do digital prints (Giclee) but I changed my mind. It would help the gallery if I would sell something!) Anyway, we had only this weekend to get it done. We show Monday, August 1st at 10:00 am.

A COUPLE OF PROBLEMS...
All my paintings have frames that cast shadows; it would have meant removing the frames on all six paintings. And I found out that the Cadmium Yellow Pale I use, along with Yellow Ochre, was giving us a color problem to reproduce. We just didn't have enough time to get it right. So we'll have to hold off on the giclees until some sell. Then we'll have more time to get it done.

OK I'll SAVE THE REST FOR NEXT POST
I'll be taking pictures of my paintings at the Hilton and filling in more on the rest of my vacation with some pictures. If you are in the neighborhood drop by 11115 US Highway 19 North, Port Richey, FL

Some Quick Stuff to Tell

Waiting For An Answer
Well, I'm still waiting to hear from the PHCC Gallery (Pasco Hernando Community College) regarding my paintings? I submitted several to their committee for showing next year. I could be wrong, but I believe they met August 30th. I might give them a call this week to see what's what. It doesn't look good for me.

Yesterday I heard some sad news. One of the co-op galleries I started with is closing at the end of this month in Dade City (FL). They will be meeting as a "club" now at the curator's home for now. I stopped by and donated some money to help out with this month's rent (many have not yet paid for Sept); but it is hard to get artists to donate their time and effort to bring the public in. I know I couldn't continue to help out. All my free time is for my paintings, which, I may add, is not going too well.

I've hit a wall.
I've lost my drive on my theme "Dreams on the way to tomorrow". So I started to paint something different: my first nude. It's 3ft by 4ft and it's taking a whole bunch of paint. The sale associates at Michaels know me really well. I'm there every time there's a 50 or 60% sale on canvass. I'm waiting to see when they'll have the paints on sale before I try the Internet. I'm planning on buying a roll and having several 4ftx8ft canvasses stretched. I'm going to place them side by side in order to do one big mural.

Commerical Paintings
I plan on updating my website with several commercial paintings soon, so look for it. I'm trying to sell a few prints from them; running low on cash, so I need to seriously get some extra income coming in to pay expenses. Whenever I have extra paint leftover on my palette, I'll end the day by painting a smaller painting and using up the paints. This seems to work for me, I can try new techniques and still work out new styles. Lately, though, I've been producing landscapes and flowers; not too happy with them... seems like I'm giving in to the commercial impulse.

Well That Is It
I'll end now before I start sounding stupid.