figure painting

BOST and Limestone Post

They rhyme but what does it all mean?! BOST is the annual Bloomington Open Studios Tour, which was featured in an article about women painters on Limestone Post :  http://www.limestonepostmagazine.com/remembering-to-be-artist-when-life-gets-in-the-way/ 

BOST has been such a great way to connect with other local artists and to show our community what we do. Artists can be tucked away working in all sorts of different places. In my case- the dining room has been converted to a much higher purpose, art making! This was my third year opening my studio to the public and each year I meet new people and have neighbors wander in who were shocked at what they find. I am happy to interact, answer questions and demo my craft. I have offered small tokens for purchase as well as original paintings. In the past, it was small quick sketch paintings, this year, for the first time ever, I offered cards and magnets sporting images of my work. 

If you were unable to come by during Open Studios please contact me about scheduling a visit! Then, take a few minutes to read the excellent article (link above) by Yael Ksander. It gives some insight into the complexity of being a working artist, specifically the complex demands of being an artist and mother. Thank you Yael for coming by to speak with us and telling a bit of our stories. My story is so incomplete without mentioning the support of those close to me that make these events possible; notably, my husband and kids, my parents, and friends. A special shout out to my patrons, I could not continue to produce without you. 

Follow me on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon and www.facebook.com/ellenstarrlyonfromthestudio  for process shots, events and behind the scenes of studio life.

 

Look closely, can you spot the studio cat?

Look closely, can you spot the studio cat?

Here I am painting from life during the tour- Asian pears and Mahjong tiles!

Here I am painting from life during the tour- Asian pears and Mahjong tiles!

The newest member of the family, Frida!

The newest member of the family, Frida!

There's still time! My solo show SELF . CENTERED runs through Sept. 23rd.

I would love for you to see my newest body of work. the exhibition is up through the 23rd of September. Listed below are the address, gallery hours and an excerpt from my artist statement.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
122 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 330-4400

Gallery hours:

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Performance hours: As scheduled
CLOSED SUNDAYS

SELF . CENTERED

"With this body of work I have moved from creating portraits through plants and objects to traditional portraiture. I have painted the figure in the past and have been called back. The call came with a vengeance and would not be denied. At the urging of a friend, I returned to figure drawing sessions on campus. This was the spark that got me to paint the first portrait of my son, Finnian. That was last fall and I never looked back. In the last nine months or so, I have been at the easel every day. The creation of this body of work has felt like the labor of my children; hard, fast, often painful but also full of joy. This group of portraits focuses on the people closest to me, emotionally and physically. Our lives are all so busy with what feels like constant motion. With these images, I am collecting moments that to me describe the person or show a beautiful, ordinary scene. Within that context, there are other themes. The main vehicle I use to show life is hands. They convey so much: action, thought, age, and emotion just to name a few. A lesser theme I wanted to paint about without being heavy-handed was technology. It is the cause of much heated discussion in my house and in those of other parents. Technology is such a double-edged sword and I believe my ambivalence shows; the devices create a splendid light but the faces of my children are withdrawn and there is no engagement with the viewer."

Cell Glow

Cell Glow