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What Do I Think About When Creating A Work?

People often ask me what I was feeling when I create a work. I never quite know how to answer that question. Truth be told, it takes months after I create a painting to feel attached to it. Creating is such an out of body experience for me that much of what I am creating seems to come from the subconscious. This may be in part that I use a lot of stream of consciousness when I create.

I focus on two things when I approach a blank canvas or sheet of paper. One is texture and the second is line. When I lay in texture, it is a little free flowing in placement as it creates the composition, I decide on how I want the flow of the composition to be and then I lay in the texture.  Lately I have been obsessed with decaying urban structures and I love using insulation foam and caulk to replicate this these bulbous dilapidating structures. I got interested in this texture when I moved to the northeast. There are so many abandoned factories and buildings that I have a wealth of inspiration every time I break into one of these buildings. (Cough cough.) Much of the collaged imagery I use are from left over photographs, magazines, books left behind in these buildings. I love the faded and peeling effect that these papers create in relation to my texture. I also think that the imagery works to lay in representational imagery that further boost the concept in my work.

I feel that these new experiences moving from the south to the north have given me a new perspective on my art. This is in part due to complete environment change and a serious life change, and I can't ignore that I am evolving as an artist. Evolving is scary. However, I am ready to evolve. I am ready to leave behind old ideas and transform them into new ideas. I want to do some more introspection and create some truly personal pieces so that I am not removed from my piece, but completely involved in the world I am creating. I want to step into a piece and become changed as I create it.

Much of the way I approach a work in terms of line is through music. Music is a very tactile experience for me. I can feel the sound and I let the sound flow through me and create the rises and falls of the music through line. I experience the world through line.

Today I went through and began to lay in line work and my shades for my black and white series. I also began a new work in my Synesthetic Memories series.


New Painting: Fruit is Our Decay




New Process Photos for Line Drawing



News Update: A Move to a Different Part of the Country

[C.M.] Fitz will be moving to Connecticut in the beginning of May.  There may be some lag time until mid-June from the studio, but I assure you, it will be up and hopping as quickly as possible.  Until then, if I have time in all of the craziness I will get some sketching done! I can't wait to show off the new space!


New Exciting Changes to the Website!

Image Taken by Richard Bell Photography

I worked as a freelance artist for a Richard Bell Photography from January-March of this year.  I was creating drawings derived from their boudoir photographs. Because of the very private nature of the photographs, I was not able to post process images of my work, as per contract. So, I hope that explains my absence during that period and the sudden boom of art that I have been creating all throughout April, I mean 3 paintings?

Because of the work I did, I have been asked to create a tattoo design. Since I am not a tattoo artist, some elements will be changed in the final work (meaning, on the individual's skin).  I think it is a cool way to collaborate. I posed for the piece and the design work was created by Jonathan Fitzpatrick.  I am translating his design work into a drawing and from that the tattoo artist will then create the end product. How cool is that? I am excited, I have never done anything like this before. New experience!

 Pictures to follow in the next couple of days!

Website Updates: Also, Jonathan Fitzpatrick is going to help me figure out how to make the videos that I post to my website more visually appealing, so get ready! A new artist statement edited by writer Sarah Cooper is already posted to the website. Some new layout and design work for the website soon to come also. In addition, more writing on art. "Art Today" will become a new category just for art writing.  The tab will have critical art historical writings and in the future will contain more of those, as well as, show reviews.  The idea I had about posting artist profiles will continue under this tab.  Just look out for all of these changes over the next week.


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