Howard Russell Butler is my Great Great Uncle. I never met him, but he is a huge influence on my art.
[I wish I could add images of the two paintings mentioned below but I can’t find them]
I grew up with this painting. It still hangs in my mom’s living room, many houses later.
This is one of my favorites, it hangs in the family cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. [Will add whenever I do].
My great uncle (his son) gave me this pastel in the early 80s
With it, came the story of Howard Russell Butler taking the train from New York to Santa Barbara and sketching live from the train window. The story goes that he would work from the sky down, filling in the foreground details when good ones appeared.
I tried this method from a car. It did not go well, I got car sick.
The chalk pastel was awfully messy as well.
It just so happens I’m accompanying a friend on a road trip up I-5 in one week.
I had already been thinking about the possibility of doing some sketching, since I won’t be driving (unless he gets a migraine). My Instagram @annembray will tell what transpires!
“Bridge” is this week’s Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge.
I was working on titles for my current show at TAG and realized I couldn’t pinpoint exactly where in the grand confluence of the 60W x 101 x 5 x 10 this image fell.
I shot video. It was a rare evening when I got through it in one minute.
Is it the 10W? Not sure.
Time to try Google Street View:
No help. It kept jumping me onto the 10 at the critical point.
Maybe therein lay my answer?
I gave up and titled it “60W“.
The exhibition, #mycommute, is at TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90036 7/11 – 8/5, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, 7/15, 5-8pm Artist Panel: Saturday, 8/5, 4pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, 8/5, 6-9pm
I have FIVE #dailytruck prints on metal that I can’t locate. I put them “in a safe place” when my gallery changed its location. One I’m featuring on my promotional materials for my upcoming exhibition, #mycommute. If I don’t find it, I’ll have to get another print made. I really don’t want to do that.
I went so far as to do this:
This morning, I’m going through the art storage area with a fine tooth comb.
Selections from the #mybeautifulcommute series, digital watercolors (Waterlogues) made from iPhone captures. Most easily seen on my Tumblr here.
The location is a segment of my westbound commute home, where CA60 passes under I-5 northbound, the 101, I-5 southbound, I-10 eastbound, then unites with I-10.
At 7pm, it usually isn’t too terrible until the merge with the westbound I-10, just east of downtown LA. The forms of the overpasses zoom by in the blink of an eye, and every day it’s different.
Some of these images will be on exhibit at TAG Gallery, July 11 – August 5.
If you’re in LA, the Opening Reception is July 15, 5-8pm.
Here is the first waterlogue I made of the back end of a truck for the #myshittycommute series. Created on 6/16/15, I hadn’t yet completely formed my compositional parameters (wipers visible).
This was recently released from “photo jail”.
I have more than 15K photos/images on my phone.
I “lost” computer access to them due to an OS upgrade in September January (no room on the laptop for the new Photos application). I had some clunky workarounds, including emailing to self. I finally decided that I’d had it and got myself a new Mac Mini, which arrived on Thursday. I can now see ALL my truck waterlogues as thumbnails in one place — what a relief! I have to figure out what to get printed for my show in July!
Wait… July 9 (hanging day) is only 35 days away. Uh oh.
Procrastination is the bane of my existence.