2023: A New Beginning

It's been over a year since my last blog post. 2022 was time that I took off from trying to make visual art for the sake of focusing on my mental health, and I was not starved of creativity in any way. I utilized the year to re-explore my analog recording roots, bass playing, and synthesizer experimentation. Cassette tapes and the ability to make sound loops on them really caught my attention, and I just had to go down that rabbit hole. What fun it is. A lot of personal ground was covered and documented by my musical alias, Alan Alvamar.

I also started teaching again, this time going back to Drawing 1. My first experience with drawing instruction was as a GTA of record while at KU, in grad school. In late 2020 when the Covid pandemic required everyone to stay home and go online, I had to stop teaching after finishing up the semester. My handyman business was also shuttered to keep the exposure risk to my family down. Out of necessity this allowed me to take care of our son during the day, while my wife navigated teaching music therapy via zoom like so many other instructors. 

During my absence a new teacher was hired for painting, and is doing a great job teaching all of the sections. I do miss the pigments as an instructional media, however the drawing class was a lot of fun last semester. I'm looking forward to making some changes and working with a new group of artists.

In closing, it feels nice to report that my new studio is coming along and the process of discovery has officially started. I'll keep creating and make efforts to further describe what I'll be working on as the year continues.This new space should be a step in the right direction creatively, and I hope that your projects and visions become more fruitful this year as well.

October 2021 and the Time Flies

As a sense of “normalcy” begins to return I’m thankful for how strange and new it feels. Our son recently started kindergarten, which is why my schedule has opened up, and he’s loving the action packed days at school. A lot has happened since last year and having regular time dedicated to making art again is pretty awesome.  

Over the last few weeks I was able to bring resolution to a new series of works that have been in creation since late 2020. This series is titled “The Yearlings” and consists of (10) 8”x10” acrylic paintings on canvas panels. This was a challenging series for me to finish but I’m happy with the discovery process and how they turned out. There are a few classic motifs running throughout these panels, like the Tread and Helmet.

I’m looking forward to continuing  working on new projects as the season moves towards winter. I hope that your creative lives are in good shape, keep at it!

So long 2020!

It’s been a really long and foggy year. As you know the pandemic and election have made life stranger than ever. My family has been reclusive in attempts to hold off the virus until we can get one of the available vaccines. Among the strange scheduling I managed to create a decent amount of work. The paintings, digital work, and photography have continued to provide challenge and resolution. We got the start of a new shop/gallery/studio built on our land, which is a major development that has been a dream for a long time. I look forward to a new year with fresh projects and continuing to build a creative vision to further manifest a path in the arts. Here’s to you having a nice launch into 2021 as well!

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