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A new look at an old religious theme.

Reflections of Things Past
Just a few lines to keep things current: Haven't had much in the way of enthusiasm both from the public as well as myself. I'm playing around with some "Oddball" ideas. (See right.) I've just finished one piece called Broken Chalice"
that is not one that I particularly liked doing, but I started it with the best of intentions. (20"x24") It is a bit of stretch for where I want to go with my art. I'll let you be the judge ...

Things Are Getting Bigger
This weekend I started fitting my largest canvass to date (4'x6' 2") in my studio. I thought maybe if I had everything setup I would motivate myself. Got ready to start painting it and kept looking at the large white linen canvass and froze up. Juices aren't flowing right now, so I decided not to go any further.

Missed A Couple of Showings
Progress Energy Art Gallery had a couple of showings but could not schedule them in ... there' so much time in the day that it is hard to meet demands. Though, I'm looking forward to seeing where my cousin, Maggie's help will take me?

Maggie is one of my biggest supporters. She really likes my work and likes helping whenever she can. She's going to be in New York and is planning on attending a few art functions. She said she'd hand out a couple of my brochures when she is there!

"Thanks, Maggie". Now I have to motivate myself to get the package in the mail. (I'm really don't like promoting my work. I have to look into finding an agent.)

That's All for now...

BOOB-A-LICIOUS EXPOSED!

OK, couldn't resist a shameless showy title to this month's blog entry.
But in reality, it's not too far from the truth. I am exhibiting this oil painting for the first time in June and July; so you still have time to stop by Progress Energy Art Gallery in New Port Richey, FL (PEAG) to see it. It has been very well received. Take a "web preview": on the left: "Boob-a-licious" and the right: "Pink Rabbit". By the way, it's the same painting rotated 180 degrees! But I guess you all knew that?
Unusual painting in which if you rotate it, it becomes a different one

I was going to show you how I managed to frame this painting and still have the viewer rotated it BUT I won't. (Actually my son, Jaret gets the credit for it. I can say that's it is simple and it doesn't add much weight overall.) And the reason that I won't do it here it's because it's an "artist trade secret". (No not really, just didn't want to make the blog entry go on forever. Shoot me an email at jacabo@jacabostudio.com ) Love to hear what do you think of "Boob-a-licious"?

SOME QUICK SHOUTS
Voting for "People's Choice Awards" is over at PEAG, but you can still come by the opening of it's 6th Annual Artist Member's Exhibition (2012). It goes thru July the 28th. Things start at 6 PM thru til 9 PM.

Been scouting out several art galleries in an effort to broaden my venue, but nothing has really been planned out for me. Checking out Miami, New York. Both tough markets for an aspiring old-timer to be breaking in to --- but I still can dream...?

I've picked myself up and have started painting again. ( I won't reach the level of say, "Picasso") Have a quasi-theme going out of the three paintings I've done so far. I call it "Odd Balls" ("Boob-a-licious" started things off). Still, I'm not sure the direction and why I'm doing it. I imagine it doesn't hurt to have something start from. I'm not too deep into the "theory" of my art ...

WHAT THEORY?
I got an email the other day from another well-meaning artist, Edward Pandemonium. He sent me copies of two ideas. I won't go into them here, but suffice it to say I'm not sure why he did?? I guess I might have mentioned that my work is not for the "popular heart". And I sought a much larger and boarder mentally of taste. A scope transcending vintage, nor popular tastes, reaching out for a sliver of, arguably, acute indifference coupled with a touch of lasting interest.

I answered him like this ... "however, for me, I’m just a simple person of modest intellect and choose to paint rather than give a reason or thought to what I do. Other than to paint to define who I am and who I was. I leave the world at large to define what I’ve become..."

“good travels pilgrim ...”

ROUND-UP

OH BOY!
I have a lot to talk about, hope you have a couple minutes ...
Needless to say, the April Exhibition went great as I reported earlier. I rounded-up my paintings over 30 in total at the end of the month. And managed to get them all in our SUV without a scratch or a dent on the frames. It was a big load and thanks to Nancy, the curator at Progress Energy Art Gallery ( PEAG ), for her help. We had no sales, but I didn't expect any. My prices are a bit high for the area. And I really don't want to lose my major pieces so soon. I guess this is something to think about when showing your work.

AND THE BEAT GOES ON!
This month I currently have on display a couple of my commercial oil paintings 11x14 's modestly priced; in hopes of getting a bite or two. Hopefully to help out the gallery on a sale. But let me not bore you with the small stuff ...

IF ONLY THE MASTERS KNEW
Big problem! Picked-up my 2 new linen canvases (4 feet by 8 feet), and what a hassle to get them into the SUV! I scratched the interior of the roof pushing them in at an angle. But that was the least of my problems. I had them stretched and primed by my framer but, as noted in my previous posts, he got sick. So he farmed out the job to my dismay.

Well, let see ... first: as many of you fine artist know, linen sags with the temperature; both canvasses were sagging -- I like to paint on a "drum" surface. But if that wasn't bad enough, I had provided only one gallon of acrylic primer and it was not enough to really cover the surface. I like a smooth surface as well and the surface was very, very rough for a medium linen. So ...
Second: I held the canvasses to the light and found that surface looked extremely "pin-holed" throughout. The light was pouring in really bad. I've had store bought linen with pin-holes but never like this! I guess the problem was me.

I'LL GET OFF THE SUBJECT SHORTLY
I had to go out and buy more gesso, sandpaper and set to work. I'll be brief: I removed the sag, the pinholes, and the roughness, but it wasn't pretty. My wife left the house for the day. She said that I was spitting out vile! I learned a few things doing the fix-up but I'm going to the art store to buy my next linen canvass!!. If anyone wants more details to leave me a post and I'll try to be nice and leave out a few of my expletives!! OK, got that off my chest. Now here's some fun news ...

"BOOBA-LICIOUS"
"Booba-licious" is the name of my new painting. (Believe it or not, my wife came up with this perky title, not me). It's 14"x18" and very different than any that I've painted to date. One night, a couple of days after I set the painting to dry, I dropped a brush in front of it. I bent down to pick the brush up and on the way up, I glanced at the painting with some remarkable results.

Looking at the painting up-side down the painting had transformed itself into a new and different painting.
OK, let's stop right here. NO, I was NOT on drugs or alcohol!

Incredible as it might seem, the painting looked great (if not better) up-side-down as well! What a major discovery for me!! I showed it to a few people and they too agreed with me. Booba-licous was transformed. More to come ... (Please come back and I'll have pictures of both in my next posting. Showing how Jaret, my son, resolved this unusual quandary.)

IN CLOSING
I wanted to say this before I close:
Having finished showing my work in the last exhibition, I'm now in a free-fall state. (See Booba-licious above) My meaning by saying that is, that I'm not sure where I'm going with my art. I'm not losing confidence, nor strength of purpose but I am lost. What seemed so simple and held me strong, has vanished. I've exhausted what I knew to be great and everlasting. For the past month and a half, I've not really done anything I can call great.

I am trying, but nothing is sparking a flame ...

Featured Exhibition

ONE WORD, "GREAT-SHOW!"
I'm not going to give you a blow by blow of the Friday Night Gala event at the Progress Energy Art Gallery (NPR) but it was great. A lot more people showed up then I expected including artist and teacher (PHCC), David Kastner!! (http://davidkastner.com/)

He has been very helpful to me with suggestions and insight. And if I can ever get some time, I plan on sitting in on some of his classes. It was a real surprise to see him there, and I'd like to thank him and Nancy Ciesla, Curator of the Progress Energy Art Gallery, for being there for me! The evening flew by very quickly, w/many nice folks asking about my work. I even got a short interview. The reporter, Klint Lowry, with the Suncoast News and The Tampa Tribune really captured my philosophy. See the link attached: http://www2.suncoastnews.com/news/news/2012/apr/11/pnnewso8-progress-energy-art-gallery-offers-abstra-ar-390208/

"THERE'S A CAT IN THAT THERE PAINTING?"
One of the many highlights of the even came when one lady asked me if I could see a "cat" in my painting "An Old Man's Dream"? I followed her back to my painting and couldn't see what she was talking about until she pointed it out! WOW, talk about "hidden images" this one was right there. Now I see the cat all the time!!

WHAT ELSE?
Oh, yes. I ran out of my trading cards. Folks who came over to me and asked about my paintings and those who pronounced "jacabo" correctly (in Spanish) got a handmade drawing on a card from me. It was very popular and I plan on offering them again at my next showing.

I promise to have pictures up of the exhibition up in my next blog entry. So look for it soon.
And something new I discovered to save money on oils...

ANOTHER WEEK TO COME VISIT
The show continues till April 28th at the Progress Energy Art Gallery (http://www.nprgallery.com) so be sure to drop by... In my next blog entry, Ill discuss some of the issues which I had with getting my paintings back from the gallery and some tips on what not to do -- that I did! See you then.

Featured Exhibition

ONE WORD, "GREAT-SHOW!"
I'm not going to give you a blow by blow of the Friday Night Gala event at the Progress Energy Art Gallery (NPR) but it was great. A lot more people showed up then I expected including artist and teacher (PHCC), David Kastner!! (http://davidkastner.com/)

He has been very helpful to me with suggestions and insight. And if I can ever get some time, I plan on sitting in on some of his classes. It was a real surprise to see him there, and I'd like to thank him and Nancy Ciesla, Curator of the Progress Energy Art Gallery, for being there for me! The evening flew by very quickly, w/many nice folks asking about my work. I even got a short interview. The reporter, Klint Lowry, with the Suncoast News and The Tampa Tribune really captured my philosophy. See the link attached: http://www2.suncoastnews.com/news/news/2012/apr/11/pnnewso8-progress-energy-art-gallery-offers-abstra-ar-390208/

"THERE'S A CAT IN THAT THERE PAINTING?"
One of the many highlights of the even came when one lady asked me if I could see a "cat" in my painting "An Old Man's Dream"? I followed her back to my painting and couldn't see what she was talking about until she pointed it out! WOW, talk about "hidden images" this one was right there. Now I see the cat all the time!!

WHAT ELSE?
Oh, yes. I ran out of my trading cards. Folks who came over to me and asked about my paintings and those who pronounced "jacabo" correctly (in Spanish) got a handmade drawing on a card from me. It was very popular and I plan on offering them again at my next showing.

I promise to have pictures up of the exhibition up in my next blog entry. So look for it soon.
And something new I discovered to save money on oils...

ANOTHER WEEK TO COME VISIT
The show continues till April 28th at the Progress Energy Art Gallery (http://www.nprgallery.com) so be sure to drop by... In my next blog entry, I'll discuss some of the issues which I had with getting my paintings back from the gallery and some tips on what not to do -- that I did! See you then.

BACK IN THE SADDLE!

Don't Know What to Tell First
If you've been following my blog, I reported last time that Carlos, my framer, fell sick and I couldn't get back three of my major pieces in time for my first featured show at Progress Energy Art Gallery. (Opening night is April 6th 6- 9 PM; and the exhibition lasts all month -- shameless plug.) I called him yesterday to see how he was doing, and at that time, he told me that the paintings were ready for me to pick up today! The poor guy, sick and all he managed to farm out his work to a friend! He did call me back though; it seems that I forgot to sign one of the paintings (Mushroom Head) and he didn't know if the painting was to be framed horizontally or vertically! Oh well, remember my stuff is always open to interpretation.

Stopped by Progress Energy Art Gallery

On our way back from The Tarpon Springs Art Festival, we dropped off some of my promotional materials at my gallery. They had been advertising my show with laser copies of my catalog, so they were happy to see the printed copies arrive. I left my new business cards, and catalog there, but I did forget my flyers! No harm. I'll be dropping them off along with my paintings tomorrow but not after I pick up my other works for Carlos. THANKS, CARLOS -- YOU'RE THE BEST!!

A Couple More Things
I stopped by Hobby Lobby (they have a great artist section by the way) to pick up "Artist Trading Cards". I've had so many requests for them before the show, that I've had to reserve five out of the twenty I planned on handing out at my featured show. (Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow) I figured that I better start drawing up some more for the two days I plan on being there. For those of you that don't know what "Artist Trading Cards" are, just think baseball cards. One big exception, the artist draws, paints or crafts right on these cards. I like to use compressed charcoal on Strathmore textured or bristol paper. Anyone who pronounced my name (jacabo) correctly can get a signed card from me (while supplies last) but they would have to attend my show while I'm there ...

I PROMISE TO END SOON
The last entry I promise: you heard me mentioned my visit above to the Tarpon Springs Art Festival, Tarpon Springs, FL You need to be there ... (today is the last day) a lot of people travel there if only just to collect a T-shirt or poster. But seriously, it was a great morning spent, even though it rained in the afternoon the day of our visit. I believe the event attracted over 230 artists. BTW, you could buy beer -- now isn't that a great combination, "artist and beer"? LOL

I liked a few artist's works. One artist that I congratulated was not "too eager" to receive my congratulatory comment, but I attributed his "avoidance" to "hard of hearing?" But the rest of my experience was great. One real thing I carried away from my visit, and this is what let me go there in the first place -- is this for me? Can I increase my exposure (price money not too bad either) this way? My short answer, "No." Not for me. The outdoor shows are not for me. Believe me, this show was great and big but I can't see myself carrying a tent, chairs, shelves, paintings, and food and spend several days in the hot Florida sun babysitting my work. I guess I'm getting old. True.

OK, that's it for now ... wish me luck on my exhibition ... see you there ...

SOMETHING HAPPENED

WE HAVE A BIT OF A PROBLEM
It seems that I won't be able to exhibit three of my most important pieces at the Progress Energy's Art Gallery April Exhibition. "Infinity Sleeps", "Mushroom Head" and "Birdhead" will be missing from the collection. (No I didn't sell them. Though a nice thought.) My friend and framer, Carlos, had to have surgery and could not finish the frames in time for the exhibition. Wish him a speedy recovery. Instead, I will substitute two in their place, "Fish Bait" and although "A Day at the Beach" is not framed, it is gallery ready. (Click here to see the "Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow Collection")

OK, BAD NEWS OUT OF THE WAY
I was worried that my brochure and new business cards wouldn't arrive in time, but they did! And boy, they are great. A lot of artists and friends have asked me where I had them done: Overnight Prints. They have good prices and easy instructions to upload your files (if you do your own). I must mention that I did have a bit of a wait uploading my files (22 megs. ea.) but I did the uploading on a Saturday, maybe a high traffic day? I'm still waiting for my posters but I'm assured that they are in the mail and will arrive in time for the jacabo exhibition. Twelve more days before the opening, can't wait!!

OH, ONE MORE THING
I sent out an e-mail to a few of my friends and associates with the exhibition dates of April 6 & April 7th, however, neglected to mention that the exhibit will be open at Progress Energy Art Gallery for the ENTIRE MONTH of April. I will only be there April 6th (6 PM) and April 7th (Noon - 3). Anyway, if you follow my blog, you won't miss it -- right?

GREAT NEWS NOT RELATED TO ART
I'm going to be a grandfather again. My eldest boy, Jimbo and his wife Sarah, are expecting a girl in July. I'm planning on being there if I can. Also, can't leave out that my grandson, "Sumo" had his first birthday recently. Happy Birthday, Sumo!

SOMETHING HAPPENED

WE HAVE A BIT OF A PROBLEM
It seems that I won't be able to exhibit three of my most important pieces at the Progress Energy's Art Gallery April Exhibition. "Infinity Sleeps", "Mushroom Head" and "Birdhead" will be missing from the collection. (No I didn't sell them. Though a nice thought.) My friend and framer, Carlos, had to have surgery and could not finish the frames in time for the exhibition. Wish him a speedy recovery. Instead, I will substitute two in their place, "Fish Bait" and although "A Day at the Beach" is not framed, it is gallery ready. (Click here to see the "Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow Collection")

OK, BAD NEWS OUT OF THE WAY
I was worried that my brochure and new business cards wouldn't arrive in time, but they did! And boy, they are great. A lot of artists and friends have asked me where I had them done: Overnight Prints. They have good prices and easy instructions to upload your files (if you do your own). I must mention that I did have a bit of a wait uploading my files (22 megs. ea.) but I did the uploading on a Saturday, maybe a high traffic day? I'm still waiting for my posters but I'm assured that they are in the mail and will arrive in time for the jacabo exhibition. Twelve more days before the opening, can't wait!!

OH, ONE MORE THING
I sent out an e-mail to a few of my friends and associates with the exhibition dates of April 6 & April 7th, however, neglected to mention that the exhibit will be open at Progress Energy Art Gallery for the ENTIRE MONTH of April. I will only be there April 6th (6 PM) and April 7th (Noon - 3). Anyway, if you follow my blog, you won't miss it -- right?

GREAT NEWS NOT RELATED TO ART
I'm going to be a grandfather again. My eldest boy, Jimbo and his wife Sarah, are expecting a girl in July. I'm planning on being there if I can. Also, can't leave out that my grandson, "Sumo" had his first birthday recently. Happy Birthday, Sumo!

And Then There Was JACABO!

FOLKS -- THIS IS A MUST READ!
With the New Year, a new artist has emerged. I’m talking about a new name and a more serious painter. But before I get to that let me fill you in on some of the happenings:
I finally finished the new collection I call “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow”. I’ve been so busy and I can’t remember if it totals thirteen or fourteen paintings? The collection isn’t going to put me alongside any of the greats, but hey, you never know. And as equally important, I was able to get my thoughts together long enough to put down on paper what I have been doing in oils.

Here’s what I came up with:
“‘Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow’ is a glimpse at dreams — born from past, present and future realities and based on environmental demands in our lives. Or more simply stated: I wanted to paint a snapshot of the tortured and twisted ideas, beliefs and desires we relive in our mind.

I wanted to capture not so much the dream state, but interpret the stream state of thought. It is a mangled, yet whimsical, portrayal as seen by the influences of the mind’s metamorphoses.“
I bet I blew your mind? No worry. I had to think about it over several beers too.

FORGET COTTON AND LOVE LINEN
OK. Next: Ordered two large canvasses 4ft. x 8ft. in linen. The framer, Carlos (he is also an artist), has the forms and frames already made for me. He is waiting on the linen rolls. Haven’t bought them yet, and for two reasons: we’re talking big bucks here, and another artist told me to be careful of the quality I buy. He noted that I like a smooth canvas so that my paints can run over the surface easily, to make sure I get the proper weight and ply. Right now I’m too busy and my money is going to my next exhibition.

YES IM THE NEW FEATURED ARTIST AT PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY
I’ll be showing at the Progress Energy Art Gallery in New Port Richey FL (727-848-6500). I will be exhibiting the “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow” collection (DTW) this coming April 6th, 2012; the "gala" starts at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. I’ll be there to answer questions and enlighten everyone on how crazy I am. Also, I’ll be in on Saturday, April 7th from 12 PM - 5 PM, maybe longer if there’s wine left over from the previous day. Give Nancy Ciesla, the director of the gallery, a call at 727-848-6500 or email her at nprgallery@aol.com

NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS, I PROMISED EARLIER
I’ve changed my name to jacabo! (It’s an alias.) It’s short and easy to remember, and much easier a name to market then James Navarro. It is also much easier to sign "jacabo". I’ve had to redo much, including my business cards, website and a lot of marketing materials.

I was able to look up on the internet the name, James, for the origins and found that James (my legal name) translates, in Hebrew, to Jacob, and in Old Spanish to Jacobo. But I went a step further and changed the first “o” to “a” to spell the name, jacabo; it sounded better and looked better as a logo.

NOW FOR THE SERIOUS PAINTER PART
I’m planning on narrowing my development a bit further. I will use my "wet-on-wet technique" to create images that are vastly more distorted and “mind-bending.” I’ve liked what I did in a few pieces in DTW collection; particularly in “Waters Rising” and "Infinity Sleeps". (Click here to see this collection.) These paintings are a bit “dark” but in them, I was able to blend images together to a new level.Combined with these images arose newer ones. Some grew the more you viewed them as a whole. And some folks saw images that I've never intended to put into the paintings!! Look for much more to come on this ...

MORE TO TELL NEXT TIME
That’s all the time I have for the blog for now. One quick last mention: I’d like to thank my son, James, Jr. for helping me meet the critical press times set on some of the material needed for my new exhibition,“Tanks, Jimbo!”

And no, he won't be changing his name to jacabo, Jr. anytime soon ...

WOW! The year is almost over!

OK, folks, I have a lot to cover here so listen-up:
Don't know where to start, so I'll just ramble on in no real order.
My exhibition is over at the Homewood Suites by Hilton®. Picked up some of my paintings in November, to make room for their new exhibition, and the rest, a couple of weeks ago. It was great exposure, though no sales came out of it.

I was informed by my canvass framer, that I need to switch to linen canvasses. I've been painting on cotton since I started. Michaels® has had such great "50% Off" coupon discounts, I couldn't pass them up! I have stocked up now for next couple of months. I did buy a linen canvas from an art supply store in Tampa (FL) (Michaels® doesn't sell them) just to test it out. And man, what a difference! Both in price and quality. I guess if you want your paintings to last longer (so I'm told) then linen is the way to go ...

REJECTION, MAYBE?
I'm still waiting to hear from PHCC Gallery, NPR Florida, to see if I'll be in their Galleries' Exhibition Schedule for next year. I believe that they'll be announcing the four artists for their exhibition in January 2012. If I don't make it (sad) though, there's some accomplishment in knowing that I was in their "finalist group". And speaking of "rejection" (sort of) I got one from an "online gallery". My work got reviewed by a jury and I was told that I had met all their requirements (yes, a talent was one of them), except for one.

I quote:

"While the jury strives to identify artists that exhibit extraordinary technical skills, an authentic, distinctive style along with a unique and personal interpretation or point of view (such as yourself), we must also consider how an artist's work "fits" with our current gallery."

Sounds good. They offered me to try "back next year. " I found that strange though ... I wrote back: "If I'm not a good fit for this year, I don't think I will be a good fit for next year." My work won't be changing so that it fits their gallery requirements. Guess it was my fault. I need to submit my work to a gallery that could represent my style. And that's the problem. I'm having trouble doing just that ... in fact, I got to take a second look at "how my work falls in the surreal category" (if at all)? More on this soon ...

WHAT ELSE?
Nancy, Gallery Director, at Progress Energy Art Gallery, FL has been really supportive. Got to go to our Annual Artist meeting and discussions are on the way for me to Introduce my new Collection (Not finished). If you want any info or to purchase any of my work see www.jamesnavarrostudio.com. Please contact her at 727.848.6500. We're in the process of arranging for me to rent the entrance to their gallery in February to exhibit "Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow Collection".

MY DIGITAL ART, WHAT?
I've expanded this website to include Digital Artwork. Yes, and if that it isn't bad enough that I've renewed my interest in oil paintings, now I've pulled out all the stops, and gone DIGITAL!

I don't paint every day (bad, I know). Hey, I have to work for a living LOL. Some nights I just want to let loose and not worry whether I going to be the next "Dali" or not. I've come up with some nice techniques with this old program I use to play with in my younger days, "Aura".

I'm lucking I can use the "undo" key. My old drawing table (Wacom) doesn't work with Windows 7, so I've been using the mouse to draw!! OMG! No fear ... I've ordered a new one for the holidays: The Picasso from Penpower. I got a good deal online and I wanted a break from Wacom. The Picasso has some advantages and some disadvantages. PRO: higher resolution, cheaper CON: no eraser on the stylus and never been tried by me.

THAT'S IT FOR NOW ...
Sorry, I've been wordy. There's is more ... but I won't put it down today...
Have a wonderful Holiday and New Year. I'm going too ... LOL.

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.

People's Choice Award

BEST OF INTENTIONS
Well, it looks like the winner will be announced Friday, July 8th, 2011 for The People's Choice Award. This is the Fifth Annual Artist Member's Exhibit. I'll be there at 6 p.m. The event lasts till 9 p.m. and there'll be also combining written poetry readings about some of the artworks. Visitors to the downtown New Port Richey Gallery (FL) will be able to look at a wide variety of media and have cheese and wine to boot.

GET REAL!
OK, folks, I've given you the "hype". Now for a taste of my reality. I don't think I'll be coming in close to winning! My work demands a bit more on the part of the viewer. Something they may not have; perhaps the younger visitors might like my work, even if they don't understand it. People have trouble understanding abstract art; much less when they approach my stuff, and stare at it and say, "I just don't like yellow paintings!" And to add to the whole mess, throw in many years of traditional and cheap prints they've bought from the major department stores and there goes my eye candy out the door!

SAID,"GOODBYE"
Oh, before I forget, I dropped my membership at Uptown Artist Gallery in Dade City (FL). Why do you ask? It was a co-op gallery. Well, first, not the right venue for my work. And second, my time was taken up by helping to build up the gallery. Many of the members were not willing to help out. That is, each member needs to work at the gallery for at least one sitting a month or help in any way... not happening. My participation was stealing my painting time. Yes, it was nice meeting other artist and craftsman, and exchanging "some" ideas. But not to my satisfaction. I wish them well...

ONE MORE RAMPLING THOUGHT
I've started painting small canvasses and in different styles. Some I like, some I don't. I'll be uploading them all soon. Some I will be selling prints on. This will be the studies for my new collection called, "Dreams on the way to tomorrow". (I must credit the name to a lyric taken from the song, "The Lost Christmas Eve" from The Trans Siberian Orchestra.)

Well, look here in a couple of weeks to see the result of the People's Choice Award.

Progress Energy Art Gallery Showing - June 2011

Location of my paintings at the gallery.

Things went well at Progress Energy Art Gallery's Show last Friday (New Port Richey, FL). I got there around 6:30 with a nice crowd at the galley, considering it opened at 6 p.m. This time I submitted two paintings for their 5th Annual Artist Membership Show: "The Truth" and "The King" (See my Exhibit Page). There's a People's Choice Award based on this show and anyone can vote on the painting they like best; so if you're in the area, please stop in and vote. (Subscribe to my RSS feed if you're interested in finding out how I did.)

Anyway, I must admit there seemed to be more interest in these works than my early paintings: "Little Boy" and "Sad Turns". One Lady was explaining to her son, some of the "hidden" shapes inside my paintings. And he pointed to a couple himself, once he knew what to look for... I thought one lady's remark to her friend about my palette colors, "I hate yellow!" was a bit shocking. I thought everyone loved yellow? I found out later that she was an artist herself, and maybe she didn't want her friend voting on my painting.

I was a bit upset that when my paintings were hung at the gallery, ( not at the location, which was great), but the frame came in contact with the edges of the canvas and picked up paint that buildup on the edges and had been tacky. I'm going to see if I can remove the paint from the frame once it has dried. But knowing my skills at such matters, I might have to have it reframed.
I'm finding that this venue may not be the best for me to show my work. I feel that the subject matter and abstract style is lost to many who visit this gallery. It is perhaps, too soon to make a judgment and so, I'm still hopeful that I can bring about, in my small way, a new experience to the public.

Anyway, I had a glass of wine and stood back and looked on, as the many visitors gathered to review many of the works on hand. I took a quick tour for myself and found only a few pieces that I could appreciate. But understand this, that I'm NOT an art critic, so I just came to the conclusion, the only way I can appreciate art (other than mine), is if anyone of the works stopped me; made me admire it or captured my attention, if even only for a moment.

In closing, I had a good time there, felt that those folks that did stop to look at my paintings, if only for a moment, could take home with them a little bit of me... and if they voted for anyone of my paintings as there choice, so much the better...