Six Months Later

Six months later... a lot has been going on since January, making it difficult to take the time for new, regular posts. Despite the demands of teaching high school, I had work in two different shows,  was selected for an exhibition in Cary, NC for February 2018, taught an independent study class at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, and managed to keep on getting pieces completed for my upcoming exhibition this September in Chapel Hill, NC.

It was been a VERY busy beginning of the year!

So far this summer I have been distracted from painting as much I would like. My time has been consumed doing some much needed, and somewhat extensive, home repairs. Not much time left before the new school year starts so I need to get to it!

The piece below, "Sound Side," was on display at the Wilmington International Airport for their exhibition "LOCAL." The show ran from late February to mid May.

Running almost concurrently with the LOCAL exhibition, "Wilmington, Then and Now" was up at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC from April to May. These two pieces, "Friday Night 1985" and "St. John's Lodge," were a part of that show.

Winter and spring were full of painting, even with the demands of teaching and two shows running throughout the better part of the spring. Below are just a few of the pieces I completed before the school year was out.

Much more work was accomplished than what you see in this post. Check out the other pages for more new paintings as well as a few sketches from my sketchbook.

As always, check me out on Facebook, @treymooreart, and Instagram, tr8moore, for more frequent postings.

January

Well, things have definitely slowed down as they do during the school year. Most definitely me making regular posts.

Despite the lack of updates, I have still been painting. The biggest chore for the fall was to work out the images to use for my show in Chapel Hill this September. I prepared almost 10 panels for painting and have another 6 or so to prepare when needed. Two new paintings have been completed for the show and a third one started.

There are a few calls for artists out there I'm looking into; otherwise, most of my efforts are focused on preparing for September's show. I need to have 10 to 20 pieces ready to go and I'm not even half way there. Yikes!

PS  - If you are looking for more regular updates and want previews of the Chapel Hill show, you can also find me on Facebook @treymooreart and on Instagram as tr8moore

A painting from this past summer. Reminds me of Wyeth's "Christina's World."

The Broad River, Chimney Rock, NC. From a photograph taken last January.

July & August

This summer has been incredibly productive! While I look back and feel good about all the work I completed, I still think about all the paintings I didn't get done. Always thinking half a dozen or more paintings ahead!

In addition to all the painting, there is a lot of good news from over the summer. For starters, there are the paintings currently out in juried shows in Rocky Mount, NC and Yadkinville, NC. Next, I was notified that I was selected for an exhibition of my artwork at the Chapel Hill Town Hall in Chapel Hill, NC. This show will be in September of 2017. Finally, last week I dropped of four paintings to be put up for sale at the River to Sea Galllery in downtown Wilmington, NC.

This fall I am scheduled to teach one class and two weekend workshops at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. The Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC is a wonderful facility with a great variety of classes in the visual arts as well as the performing arts. If you live in the area, I encourage you to check it out!

Production tends to slow down a bit over the school year; however, with a show coming up in a year's time and other opportunities I have my eyes on, I'll need to keep a steady pace.

After missing the opening of the Eye of the Artist Juried Show at the Yadkin Arts Center in Yadkinville, I was finally able to drop in a couple of weeks ago to check out all the work on display. Lots of great work there and I felt honored to be a part of it.

June

I'm late posting this month, but it has been quite a busy time since May, there's so much going on!

I was notified one of my paintings, Fall Leaves No.1, was accepted into the 2016 Tony Snow 6th Annual Eye of the Artist juried show in Yadkinville, NC. Just this past Sunday, Father's Day, I attended the reception for the 2016 Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC where I had two pieces on display.

Among all of this, I completed two more paintings, finished out the school year, made preparations for a summer full of painting, and have been pulling together material for some gallery submissions.

2016 Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC.

"Fall Leaves No. 1" Will be on display for the Yadkin Arts Council's 2016 Tony Snow 6th Annual Eye of the Artist show in Yadkinville, NC.

My two newest pieces, "No. 2" and "Blue Ridge Overlook NC"

May

Things have been moving along pretty steady since my last post.

The two paintings for the juried show in Rocky Mount have been delivered. Two other paintings have been submitted for a juried show in Yadkinville, NC and I should be hearing something back in June. The Arts Council in Yadkin County is also reviewing work I submitted for a show during their 2017 exhibition year. Fingers crossed!

I completed three plein air paintings looking out from my backyard and I continue work on the life guard station painting. That one is taking some time!

School will soon be out and I'm really looking forward to having some time to get a lot of painting done. Hopefully it will be a very productive summer.

April

Spring is steadily breaking out and things are moving along well. I will have two landscapes, "Pilot Mountain" and "Raven Rock," on display at the 2016 Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC.  The show opens in June and will run till September. Other submissions are in the works.

In the meantime I have completed a short series of still lifes that started with the pill bottles and ends with a wrist object. The general idea behind this series is to examine a collection of everyday accouterments that are part of my morning routine. I began a new landscape of a life guard station and am nudging myself into resuming mail-art work, especially after receiving a surprise envelope in the mail recently.

The school year will soon be over and I look forward to having plenty of time to get more work done.

Thoughts From the Shower

Any notion or idea that abstract art is the pinnacle of artistic expression, or somehow superior to figurative art, is completely absurd. Abstraction is simply another form of expression. Bay Area artists like Richard Diebenkorn and David Park took a huge career risk when they returned to figurative work in the 1950s and 60s.

I’m not expressing a preference for figurative work, even though my body of work is figurative. I have a tremendous appreciation and love of abstract art. In fact, I admire artists like Diebenkorn, in particular, who are able to paint beautiful ideas through figuration and abstraction.

March

February bled into March while I kept working on a short series of works that began with the pill bottles painting. I added glasses and a coffee cup to the series and have been trying to work out the last subject to complete the series.

In the meantime, I submitted work to two separate juried exhibitions. Didn't make it into one and won't hear back on the other till mid April.

All in all things are moving right along. Summer break will be here soon and that will provide an opportunity for me to get a lot of work done.

Sometimes an idea just doesn't come together. I'd like to add the element of time to complete this short series of still lifes I've been working on. This composition just wasn't working out at all and so it comes to a point where you just scrape away all the paint and start over. However, this is all part of the process and now I have a pretty good idea of where to go.

February

February has been quite a productive month! I finished up the second of the fall leaves paintings, worked out ideas for several more paintings, completed another painting, and started yet another. WHEW!

Here is the completed fall leaves no.2 painting and the other painting I finished along with its preliminary sketches.

January

Unfortunately I didn't get anywhere near the amount of work done over Christmas break as I had hoped. Nonetheless, I did manage to finish one piece and start another. These are a pair of paintings centered on fall with a working title of Fall Leaves No.1 and Fall Leaves No.2. Continuing to work in oils and immensely loving it!