Here is a composite view of details from the Blue Heron, as I am on the high scaffold level, finishing the mural last week. Things got into a good working rhythm with afternoon shade and great weather to keep the paint into that plastic state to push and pull the colors for blending and layers….really was fun to make the whole wall activated with energy, color and brush strokes. The best for me was to work on this scale and make details happen up close, realizing that no one will be this close again! See how this all contributes to the overall effect…and was worth it! Thanks again to all who helped me with the mural last fall, and who have been watching the progress this spring!
We had a great First Friday Celebration, and Spencer completed his WallWorks mural that afternoon. His painting is very intense, with interlocking design and illusions in a ‘street art” style. Congratulations and Thank you Spencer!
In the midst of a great group of people for the first Color Woodcut Workshop at Constellation Studios this week, and what phenomenal energy and excitement from everyone! The studio is working out beautifully, and so are the prints…..how exciting to have new color layers bring about big changes. I enjoy the conceptualizing and problem-solving with everyone….and these folks are fully engaged so we are all learning and artistically growing. Artists are here from the east coast, the middle regions, the Rockies, and from around here! Thanks everyone for joining in this experience, and for the next couple of days of printing woodcuts.
Work will begin again this spring on the mural, with the goal to finish and refine, as I am eager to adjust and detail this large painting. I will be on the high level again, weather permitting! Keep watching the changes and the impact of this landmark public artwork.
Also follow the first WallWorks temporary mural painting being made by Spencer Pacheco. He is starting this week, with impressive free-hand drawing to lay out the complex interlocking design. Then he plans to add intense color and dramatic graphic interplay. Spencer is a UNL art student, whose proposal was accepted for this visible exposure.
It was great to have Christine in the studio in late April for a week residency. Chris is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and it was an honor to host her while she is on sabbatical. She worked on an exchange portfolio print edition, and also became deeply involved into the complex carving of a large scale relief block! We shared good travel stories, viewing the beautiful song scrolls she brought from India, and some concentrated time in the studio. Thanks Chris for your ideas and support!
What a great and productive residency for Brian Curling at Constellation Studios! Working in the “most beautiful print studio”, Brian carved and printed a multilayered color reduction woodcut on exceeding thin Japanese kozo papers, that he sews together, allowing for the layers to optically mix and float open to reveal the illusive image. Really a beautiful print created in early April, while spring is struggling here. Brian presented a Gallery Talk on his circular path of his influences and life to a packed crowd of students, friends, and his former professors, all joining for conversations and a treats.
Constellation Studios is featured in Lance’s Journal, with a tour and interview with Karen! This interesting process involves great questions and taping all condensed to the essence in this short video:
Thanks, Lance, for visiting and bring out the great Constellation Studios story!
Constellation Studios has received a nice recognition by the Preservation Association of Lincoln with the 2014 City Center Award, that recognizes outstanding effort in maintaining the vitality of Lincoln’s urban core! An awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 9th, with Karen Kunc and Kenny Walton recognized along with BVH Architects, here represented by our team leader Dan Worth.
I want to thank all of you who have given a hand and enabled great progress to happen on my mural at Constellation Studios. It has come a long way, and looks amazing! Right now the weather is going to put a slow down on what can be done, until spring. Also, what is left to do is up high and needs to be done from the scissors lift or ladders, and also so much yet needs my touch to do the blending and special color effects. So, keep watching and eventually I will get back to this huge project… it has been fun and consuming… with a great presence now on ‘O’ Street!