Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New paintings


I am very excited by the new series of paintings I have been doing lately.

Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!


Inadequate Framework



L'esprit de l'escalier


Ship of Fools

Tangled up in Blue

What, me worry?



Whippet Good






Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Science, Technology & the Future of Art



PACIFIC ART LEAGUE OF PALO ALTO
668 RAMONA STREET
PALO ALTO, CA
June 3 - 23, 2016

Reception June 3



MAIN GALLERY
Science, Technology
& the Future of Art


I have three painting in it.
I'll show state photos for one of them, followed by the other, more recent ones.

Here's some state photos of one of them, I culled from an earlier blog post:















Blooming Buzzing Confusion

(final state)








Kasimir's Shazam








Absolutely Fabulous

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Getting ready for the Spring Show

Come one, come all, we'll have a fabulous Spring Art Show and Sale.

My studio will will be open 11-5 May 21 and 22nd.
980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA
"Spring Forward" Ed Smiley art 17th Avenue Studios May 21 22

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Three Abstracts, Work in Progress II




I'm getting together 3 30" X40" high works for a large abstract show I am in next year.
I expect that I will be layering different ideas for a while before they start to converge.

I'm going to be posting the states as I proceed.

Here's State 3.




Sunday, November 1, 2015

Three Abstracts, Work in Progress

I'm getting together 3 30" X40" high works for a large abstract show I am in next year.
I expect that I will be layering different ideas for a while before they start to converge.

I'm going to be posting the states as I proceed.
state 1

state 2









Monday, September 14, 2015

TWO events this month.

ART friends,
  TWO events this month....


 


THIRD FRIDAY!
 SEPTEMBER 18! 

    THIRD FRIDAY AT THE CAPITOLA MALL
      JOIN US* THIS FRIDAY 5:30 - 8:30 PM
         855 41st Ave., Capitola CA


Featured artists will be:
Ann Baldwin May 
Elwira Maszara 
Conner Quinto
Ed Smiley
Honora Bacon
Jannea Varni 
Joanne Sampson
Kate Stanyer
Laurie Tholen 
Leanna Simmons
Lupe Santos
Nancy Haver 
Robert Seals
Ruth Dailey
Whitney Mitchell

  


... and ...


POP UP!
  
SEPTEMBER 26!

Come by my studio 11AM-3PM, 
  Pop Up Show, Studio 56, Building 4....
     17th Avenue Studios

     980 17th Ave., Santa Cruz CA


     Lots of new paintings!


          Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 24"h X 36"w




Friday, July 24, 2015

July Popup

Ed Smiley: Colorful Abstracts / POPUP Art Show

Saturday, July 25 2015 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
Please join me and my fellow 17th Ave Studios Artists in Building 4, as we host our monthly POP up art show! We will be having a feature POP up show monthly through Dec.
Hope to see you pop by!
11am-5pm 980 17th Avenue, Building 4, Santa Cruz CA 95062







Sunday, June 28, 2015

What is your favorite Pollock painting and why?

I just answered a question on Quora, and I thought I should repost it here.



I have many favorites, but I recently was in Seattle and saw one that I hadn't seen before.  It's really not attention grabbing, and pretty small for a Pollock, and the color range is very minimal.  All this said, when I actually saw this painting it totally blew my mind.  

The painting is called "Sea Change", for reasons that will become obvious.  Here's what you can see in the painting in person not in reproduction: 

The main colors are aluminum paint and a glossy black enamel.  There are also pebbles in it, which adds to the texture.  The paint surface is three dimensional in some uncanny way so that as you move from side to side, different light glints off the surface in different places and the black lines throb in and out space as you move past it.  It completely shifts and changes.

Depending on what angle you look at it from the depth some times looks like three to six inches, even though the paint is not nearly that thick. It may be that paint going over the pebbles also adds to the effect, as a black line of paint would have a radically different  shape from different angles. 

Pollock must have known what he was doing, although I have no idea how he was able to pull it off, and have never seen another painting behave in exactly this way before producing this kind of 3-D false parallax.  

I think that in some way he got the silvery paint to reflect from two different positions one for each eye, much like what you see in 3-D glasses.  Also if the glossy black paint is hit by light from the side it as seen by one eye, and not the other, that could also produce some of that mysterious depth.  It's not a stable effect, so as you move past it, to the right or left it keeps changing.

Here is an image of the painting.  But it is NOT the painting, and you can only get the vaguest idea of its effect from this photo...


Sea change is a Shakespearian coinage, and means "a profound or notable transformation."

Full fathom five thy father lies:
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

Incidentally, this speech from The Tempest was the source for the title of another of Pollock's paintings, Full Fathom Five.

I also just found a video on how the work was conserved.  Even if you aren't into conservation, it gives some really good closeups so you can see you incredibly complex the surface is:



Monday, June 22, 2015

Turn On. Tune in. Pop Up. Come on By My Studio This Saturday.

Mark your calendars.
Visit my studio and watch me work.

Please join me and my fellow 17th Ave Studios Artists in Building 4, as we host our first monthly POP UP art show!

We will be having a feature POP up show monthly through Dec. The summer shows will be June 27. July 25, Aug 22.

Hope to see you pop by!

Saturday at 11:00am - 5:00pm
Show Map

17th Avenue Studios
Building 4, Studio 56
980 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, California 95062

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Back to Work in The Studio

Took down the extra paintings in the hall.
Had to reorganize my stuff so I could work again.


















Just finished some new ones.  I am going into a polka dot phase, apparently.














Now I am starting on a series of little polka dot paintings.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Getting Ready for Open Studio! Ed Smiley: Colorful Abstracts: 17th Avenue Studios Spring Show

Here's some candid photos of setting up my Open Studio for the Spring Show.
I tend to get a little manic when hanging shows, truth to tell.
I may have gotten a little carried away.









OK here's a little blurb:
As part of the 17th Avenue Spring Show and Sale, I will be one of participating artists. My studio is in Building 4. There will be many other participating artists as well. Come celebrate Spring, and the 15th Anniversary of 17th Avenue Studios!
Time: Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:00am- 05:00pm
Location : 980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95062



Work in Progress: 17th Avenue Spring Show Open Studio: Win This Painting!

There are going to be some prizes given to some lucky person who comes to the 17th Avenue Spring Show.  I am participating, and you can see the link here: http://edsmileysartblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/open-studio-ed-smiley-colorful-abstracts.html

I volunteered to supply a piece, and I thought it would be fun to do a little piece from scratch and to document its progress.  (Or lack of progress.)

So here are some state photos of "Dotty" as I have named it.

STATE 1:
Underlayer of wet off white acrylic.  Spray painted with Liquitex acrylic spraypaint middle with multiple colors, to and bottom blue.
Lifted off color, primarily in center with plastic wrap.

You can see tape being applied for the next step

STATE 2:
Masked with tape, spray paint with flat white.

STATE 3:
Brush on diarylide yellow on unmasked areas.

STATE 4:
Tape removed. Some additional color applied.


STATE 5:
Acrylic transfer.

Trying out a pattern to transfer.

The paper is now covered on the image side with gloss medium and applied face down to the canvas.


After the medium is dried, wet and remove paper.
STATE 6:
Paper removed.  Some more color applied.

STATE 7:

STATE 8:
Masking areas to create teal circles.

STATE 9:


For a while I thought this was done, and I signed it.
Then I started bringing in color areas, hot picks and acid greens.
Then I started masking and spraying areas.
I almost left it here.

I discovered that I had lost track of the time.  
It's 10PM and I am exhausted.

I washed my brushes and was about to leave....

But....

But...

STATE 10:

I really didn't want to dirty any brushes.

What if I put a spot of green on with my finger?
Or added some red?...

And then finally, I added some off white, and the while picture livened up again.
I then rubbed the teal along the edges..


At this point, it was pretty much done.  There's a state 11, not shown.  I just took out the lower right hand dot and replaced it with some red, and one other tiny change, which made the composition work better, but essentially that's it!


Here's the details about my Open Studio:
You'll have a chance to win this painting!

As part of the 17th Avenue Spring Show and Sale, I will be one of participating artists. My studio is in Building 4. There will be many other participating artists as well. Come celebrate Spring, and the 15th Anniversary of 17th Avenue Studios!


Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:00am- 05:00pm
Location : 980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95062