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A lunch of your choice and cupcakes are a StudioWorks birthday tradition for our artists.  It was Chimel Ford’s turn recently.  The lunch turned out great, but while the cupcakes were waiting on our kitchen counter…ants discovered them!  It’s a bit off-putting when the sprinkles start to move!  Good thing Chimel is a good sport and fortunately the ants hadn’t had the chance to set up shop.  Most of the cupcakes were unaffected and so it turned out alright in the end.  Chimel has been creating some wonderful works of late and so I will use this opportunity to share three recent paintings.  Happy Birthday Chimel and many more to you!

And a detail showing the painting’s surface…all three works presented in this post are acrylic on 14″ x 11″ canvases.

The staff really likes this painting.  At first I didn’t recognize Chimel’s source as being this old-fashioned candy.  Chimel is particularly good at matching colors and creating a compelling paint surface.  The candy’s name is its title.

I especially like the “Betty Boop” style figure of the little girl.  It’s so delightfully odd.  Chimel said the candy tastes pretty good too.

Chimel’s latest completed painting belongs to his pantheon of celebrities.  In closing, here is his version of Marilyn Monroe based from a well-known photograph of the late actress.

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The StudioWorks artists continue to be amazingly productive and have made some really knock-out artworks.  This post and the next will show just a sampling of what has come out of our studio in the past month or so.  Because there are so many compelling images, I thought it best to break it up a bit.  Currently, we have artists in two group exhibitions in Louisville.  One is a competitive juried show (“Flora and Fauna”, 930 Gallery) and the other is an invitational show (“Sisters and Brothers”, Weber Gallery) and we highlighted that one in our last story.  Life at StudioWorks isn’t all just about making art in our space.  An important component of the program is taking our artists on outings that will stimulate and encourage creativity.  It’s a good way to be involved with our community.  The first image is of Chimel Ford on our visit to Galerie Hertz.  I wanted him to see Tom Pfannerstil’s art and here Chimel poses with a self-portrait that Tom made.  Chimel had been productive and sold a couple of paintings recently.  Here are three good ones.

Among the subjects Chimel likes to paint are familiar snacks and candy packaging.  This acrylic painting reminds me of my childhood!

This acrylic on paper painting by Chimel just sold this past week.  Here’s Chimel’s interpretation and the model that inspired it.  Chimel really builds up his paint surfaces in a way you don’t associate with acrylic paint.  One final image from Chimel before moving on.  The title is right on this painting which is also acrylic on paper.

Another artist we are excited about is Dorothy Elois Hawkins.  She is relatively new to painting, but she’s doing a great job and has fun ideas.  Here’s a scene in the woods with a family of deer that is a composite image based on several internet searches for deer imagery.

We were all really blown away when Dorothy came through with this small canvas featuring a portrait of the late and great Johnny Cash!

Linda Stark is another new artist in our program and she’s discovering that she likes to make art!  That is one of the best things about our program…for some individuals, this may be the first time they have been given a real opportunity to make something of their own.  Yes, folks have been doing craft projects for years in their different day programs and workshops, but few programs encourage expression as we do.  Following are two recent landscapes that Linda made.  She is learning which media she likes and these two small paintings incorporate acrylic paint and ink.

Marie Vample has been with us for a few months now and the process of self-discovery is still unfolding.  Of late, we have been seeing that Marie has some aptitude for collage and here is one of her better pieces all made from cut magazine images pasted down on mat board.

To close Part 1, Jeremy Smith has been returning to drawing after a prolonged stint making jewelry.  This mother and child image in color ink was inspired by cameos.

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