i mentioned before how i am completely in love with my nature of abstract class. i still feel like i'm out of my comfort zone in such a good way. Michael Gadlin is a great teacher and i highly recommend any of his classes. A couple weeks ago i got to stop by the gallery he co-owns, ARTHAUS, to see his newest collection, RAW MARKS, and his studio with insights into his creative process. To say i left feeling inspired would be a huge understatement. Michael is extremely generous, letting me dig through his art journal and pick his brain over art, his process, and life as an artist. i took so many pictures i have to break this post into two. Today is all about his studio & his journals.
His studio is located in the gallery. It's a big studio briming with inspiration. He's a tall dude, standing at 6' 6" so he can hang his works in progress against the wall and just paint away. I could spend hours in here, sifting through the layers of tools, papers, journals, and find inspiration every where i look.
His big table is filled with paint brushes and other implements he uses to paint. Uber cool things, unexpected things. Love that his paint brushes are in all kinds of leftover cans.
He uses a big piece of plastic as his palette. When it dries, he can peel off the paint and saves it for later projects.
Everything inspires Michael and nothing is off limits. Look at those dried flowers. He is drying them out for later use. The charcoal is his favorite Alphacolor compressed charcoal. I love the way the charcoal looks against the white flowers.
Didn't i say unsual items to use for painting? Knives, spoons, cleaning brushes, forks, brooms, etc. Nothing is off limits.
The table is loaded with tools, mediums, bits & pieces, brushes galore. I honestly could spend hours disecting his table. On the other side is journal after visual journal, books, etc.
Over by his computer area is his inspiration wall. Pinned to the wall are some of his pieces, art work from his daughter, articles, and other inspiring pieces. The two top faces are self portraits.
Along with this torn paper self portrait. You can see this was part of Michael's visual journal, one of many. He does something every day in his journal. Blessedly he is letting me share some of his pages.
i sat on the floor, flipping page after page in different journals just being awed and amazed. These pages often lead Michael into different directions in his art pieces.
You can find figures, patterns, abstract images, random bits & pieces, brush stroke exercises in his journals.
Simple lines with a big impact.
He sometimes writes on pages his ideas, thoughts, etc. Just like the above pages.
His figures and faces are fascinating. Completely fascinating and inspiring.
i cannot get enough of them. There is something easy, free, and emotional about them.
like this one. Gah, this one just might be my favorite. A few loose strokes along with some strong but lighter vertical & horizontal stokes and you have a face full of emotion.
or this charcoal one. Doesn't it look like a print? i love the strokes when he coated this with gel.
or this one out of big swathes of paint.
This is only a small portion of his notebooks and journals. They are so incredible. I could slip and flip through them day after day. And wait until you see his other works in the second blog post. A-Mazing.