Thursday, June 28, 2007

I'm Thinking About a Series

I know a lot of artists work in series, creating a group of paintings that deal with one subject. I've never worked in a series before, but I've been thinking about it this week because there is a series of images I know I want to create.

copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan

I grew up in a small town. My high school graduating class had 150 kids in it. Kids walked to school or had their parents drive them because there were no buses. When the furthest house in town is only two miles from the school buses aren't really necessary.

copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan
Picture in your mind small town America and that is basically where I grew up. I would like to paint a series of images from my small town. I think a lot of people would identify with these images and, of course, they are special to me because I love where I grew up.

copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan

copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan

For sure some of the images will be based on the annual Fourth of July Celebration. Our town has it all, a beauty pageant, a Fun Run, a parade and fireworks. What more could you want? Every year my husband, kids and I go stay with my parents for the Fourth. And every year I take loads of reference pictures. This year I will do it again. Maybe this year will also be the year I actually start painting from them?? I'm thinking of drawing some thumbnails while I wait for the parade to start. Michael will be so proud.

copyright 2007 Stacy L. Rowan

One of the images I am itching to paint is the tradition of the chairs. I couldn't explain it better than my sister did so click the link to see what I am talking about. I only hope someone put out a chair for me! After all, I am bringing my art canopy so the whole family has shade!


Regula Scheifele said...

Oh what a great idea - I love working in series, and your photos are great. The personal touch of it will add so much. Looking forward to the chairs!

Africantapestry said...

I think doing this series is great idea! I'm looking forward to this!

Mary said...

Michael will be very proud to see how enthusiastic you are about this, Stacy. I am very proud of you too!

Stacy said...

Thank you Amira! I always worried that working in series might get boring, but I'm excited about my ideas for this series.

Thanks Ronell! Don't look for it too soon. I'm not sure where on the "things I want to do" list it will fall.

Mary, I'm excited about so many of the concepts Michael and I have discussed. Now I have to make sure I do the thumbnails. I know how Michael feels about working from life.

Jennifer Rose said...

Its a good idea for a series with a nice personal touch. And if you did a painting of the tradition of the chairs I am sure that it would be a good conversation piece that would get people asking questions about your art and anything else that is in the series. :)

bluelilac said...

SOunds like you are fired up and on a roll stacy. Good luck with the series.
I will always be ready to cheer you on.
Have a great time over the holiday!

Billie Crain said...

Stacy, i believe this series could be a huge hit! i hope you continue to pursue it.:-)

Stacy said...

Thank you ladies for your comments and support!

I'm back from celebrating the 4th and am happy to say the chair tradition continued this year. In fact a local news station supposedly did a story on it. How great would it have been to have a copy of the painting to send the reporter!?! Drat.

This series is coooking in the back of my mind while I work on my mug and spoon charcoal. I'm itching to do art 24 hours a day, which is a good sign but slightly impractical. :D

Robyn said...

I agree, lovely idea for a series. The chairs in themselves, could be a series! I checked out Denise's post - lovely story.

vivien said...

working in series is great as you get chance to develop ideas and work around a theme, creating all sorts of work linked, but different.

good luck :)

Stacy said...

Robyn and Vivien, thanks for your comments and interest in my series idea. This idea is in the percolating stage, but it is still feeling like a good one to me.