Teaser

30 paintings in 30 days, Prints, Uncategorized

After 5 long days the installation at Resnick Gallery at LIU Brooklyn is up. But this is only a teaser, no photos. I was too exhausted and in fact I slept 13 hours last night! Here is the description of the show, Monday you get photos:

LISTENING TO THE FOREST
Linoleum Block Printed and Cut Paper Installation

Hilary Lorenz translates the physical and visceral experience of hiking remote landscapes into visual imagery that takes the form of prints, drawings and enveloping installations. Grounded in traditions of performance walking, Lorenz’s artwork is shaped by the space she passes through during long-distance runs and mountain climbing. Her drawings and prints function as visual mapping specific to each location: abstract, intuitive time-lines that mark a spatial journey of memory and change. As the artist describes, “When I am carving a linoleum block I relive each step that I walked or ran through a single knife-cut.” Even the act of operating a manual printing press supports her strong passion for simple physical repetition.

For the Resnick Gallery, Lorenz continues to build on her previous artwork most recently shown at Wave Hill Public Gardens and Culture Center (2014) and The Lake George Art Projects (21015).

Lorenz begins each artwork with a hike or trail run through the mountains. She has explored Adirondack State Park’s numerous trails along with the mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, California, Australia, and Cameroon, Africa. Lorenz takes these wildlife explorations and turns them into room-size environment consisting of linoleum block-printed and cut paper that is collaged and layered to form mountain, animals and camp sites. Because the work documents her experiences, the artist is careful to portray only the mountains that she has hiked or climbed. The ink drawn animals serves as a record of Lorenz’s treks and simultaneously evokes a wilderness fantasy with bears, coyotes rabbits and moose. In this way, the artist attempts to represent a longing for solitude, quietness and rural moments in the big, bustling city.

 

 

67 feet of painting

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This I call my “Preparation Painting.” It is a long way from the small watercolors I planned, but this is where my work is taking me now.

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I have three glass cases, two of which are 23 feet and one is 21 feet. The backgrounds are all painted and tomorrow I begin in install a new forest. Since my last exhibition just closed I do not have time to make big additions to this show but it will be site specific, meaning the trees, mountains and animals needs to fit in the space accordingly. While it is 23 feet long, it is only 4′ tall.

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Well I have to get to drawing some trees, I will post images as they develop.

Day 8, 30 Paintings 30 Days

30 paintings in 30 days, stonetrigger press

Grey_owl.jpgGull wing grey. That is what I will be painting for the next two to three days. It might not be the watercolor plan that I began the month with, but I have 67.5 feet x 4feet of display cases that need to be painted to create the illusion of a light fog.

Once the fog in dried I will begin a new wilderness landscape construction. Here is the card for the show. exhibition_Postcard.jpg

I did finish a 5″ x 7″ watercolor last night, actually I did it two days ago but I simply did not want to be on the computer last night to get it posted, and that was a wonderful thing. It was the first night that I slept relatively decent. No computer = good sleep!
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Lastly, here is a strangle little treat, a photograph of the old shipping container lifts, late at night after dark, that I encountered during our dog walk. I really love these things and I love walking along the water at night.
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Have a great weekend!

Day 6, Watercolor 5

30 paintings in 30 days, Uncategorized

canoe_on_water

This is a lot of water and a little color. This is a weird drawing for me, but when you make a drawing every day, there are good ones, bad ones, regular ones, new ones,  strange ones. I think this falls along the strange catalogy, very washy, very watery.

I was walking the dogs along the piers of NY Harbor. It was below freezing, 19 degrees and the water looked amazing. It was night,  so the water was very dark with just a couple of boats. So I was thinking of last’s night’s dog walk as I did this.

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I still have one drawing to catch up which I will be doing tonight. I am waiting until Thursday after 1pm to put them on Etsy. This way I can stay off the computer and just enjoy drawing.

See you tomorrow

Not making the deadline

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I said I would make a painting a day, no matter what life threw at me. Well today it thew almost 12 hours of grant writing  at me and my eyes are shot. So you know what that means? Double the work tomorrow, won’t that be exciting. See you then.

Day 4, 30 paintings in 30 days

30 paintings in 30 days
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One of a Kind Watercolor available on my Etsy Store

Day 4 – January 4, 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge. Red Flowers

This is an original watercolor painting of red flowers, outlines in deep magenta and dotted with white. Yellow dots decorate the outside of the pedals as they float into opaque orange borders. In the month of January 2016 I will make one watercolor a day and offer to my Etsy collectors at night. Here are the details:

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Small detail of painting

Size: 5″ x 7″
Paper: Arches Cold Press 300 gram watercolor paper
Watercolor: Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor
Date made: January 4, 2016
Original watercolor, only 1 made

Why so inexpensive? Because I want to make my work available to all to enjoy and this is a special project of making one new watercolor a day. I want each piece to find a new home at the end of each night.

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Detail

Does not come framed. Frame is for example only.

For more details just head over to my Etsy Store. 

See you tomorrow.

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Day 3, 30 day painting challenge

30 paintings in 30 days, stonetrigger press

 

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Magic Kingdom available on my Stonetrigger Press Etsy Store. 

What a day! After a wonderful morning with friends playing with our dogs in the park, going to Chinatown for dim sum and stopping into my favorite massage place, our bellies are full, our knots kneaded out, and our hearts full from laughing. I then came home and quickly knew I am in a magic place ready to paint my ideal hiking spot.

I would start in the lower right hand corner by my signature, walk the ridge of green until it ended. I would then traverse over to the white notch just above there and climb that ridge line up into the craggy rocks of the first peak. After having a lunch break on the peak I would continue across to the right, to the lower portion of the darkest green of the middle crag and climb up to the top. From there I would spend the afternoon watching the water until the sun set.

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I think to think about climbing around in my drawings. I often do that when I am making them. But it is now late in the day and the dogs have to go back out, so I will keep this brief.

Yesterday’s drawing is already sold, but this one is available on my Etsy Store for $20, to whomever get’s there first.

I will see you back here tomorrow with another new piece.

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Day 2, 30 paintings in 30 days

30 paintings in 30 days, stonetrigger press

Original_Watercolor_Landscape_LorenzDo you need to brighten up your day? This is day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Yesterday when I painted the cows, I thought I would only make animals. Then, today, looking out the windows of my studio into the cold grey weather I had to draw a bright fantasy landscape to bring light and excitement back into my space.

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Details of painting

It is  two days into the 30 day challenge so I will just have to wait and see how all 30 days unfold. I thought I would work with a theme but it is nice to leave it open to see what creeps into my work.   Either way, each 5″ x 7″ watercolor, unframed, will be for sale on in my Stonetrigger Press Etsy Store for a mere $20.

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Detail

Here are a few details:

Size: 5″ x 7″
Paper: Arches Cold Press 300 gram watercolor paper
Watercolor: Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor
Date made: January 2, 2016
Original watercolor, only 1 made

Stay tuned, who knows what is coming next. I sure don’t.
Here is the link to the Day 1 painting.

January 2016

30 prints 30 days, Drawing, stonetrigger press

Happy New Year!

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January 1, 2016 – Cows, #30paintingsin30days

One year ago today I began my 30 prints in 30 days project, I created my Etsy store, my Stonetrigger Press FB page,  and I blogged every day with a new print. That project opened up a whole new world to me of collectors, friends, subject matter and courage. I had no idea what kind of courage it takes to make something every single day and put it out publicly whether I thought it was good enough or not, time was the determining factor and I only had one day.

I got an email two days ago about the 30 paintings in 30 days that got me started last year. Because the 30 days was not about making the perfect piece or coming up with the perfect solution, it was about showing up every single day, no matter what and making something. For me it is not about creating a habit, I have plenty of discipline, plus making art is what I love to do more than anything. The challenge was about holding myself to the task of making and showing a painting or print every single day, no matter what life throws in the way and knowing it is  good enough has more reward than one can know, until you do it yourself. So I encourage you, if you make drawings, paintings, whatever it may me, join me in the 30 days challenge.

And just  like  last year with the prints, I will offer each of these paintings on my Etsy Store.  There is only one, if you want it, don’t hesitate. At the end of 30 days, I will pick my favorite 12 to make note cards.
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