Category Archives: portrait
It’s been a while since I’ve made time for the internet. Summer is in its full glory here in Seattle, and I’m working to match the long boreal days. This Summer I’m teaching, the Drawing and Painting Teen Intensives at Gage, Contemporary Art and Design at AIS, and writing new courses for the Fall. (Get ready for HUM399 “Design and the Human Habitat” at AIS, and ART515 “Classical to Renaissance Art History” over at Digipen!) The garden is working through the seasons prolifically; I cut things down and eat them. I’ll also be making a couple dozen paintings for a solo show in October (more soon), spending a little time in Wyoming (more soon), making another pottery project (more soon). Until these tasks are finished, please enjoy this photo of President Theodore Roosevelt camping with John Muir. (Go outside and get your work done!)
To celebrate the closing of my and Anne Petty’s show Inside and Out, Blindfold Gallery will be hosting intimacy// an afternoon of live music and poetry featuring poets Corinna Ann Rosendahl & Bill Carty with musicians Jackie An of Circadies & Adam Boehmer of Tenderfoot. If you haven’t been by, the show looks beautiful in the space and this is your LAST CHANCE to see it before its all packed into boxes!
Ryan Finnerty & Anne Petty
INSIDE AND OUT
Closing Reception with Music and Poetry
Opening January 10th, 2013: 6pm to 9pm
Closing Reception with Music and Poetry
February 3rd, 2013: 3pm
On display: January 2 – February 3, 2013
This show is a knockout and I’m proud to have 18 selected portraits sharing space with Anne Petty’s drawings. Bonus: Find the 19th portrait (of the artist) on site. You might be amused.
On this day, five years ago, Carolyn Reddy and I were married.
For the last five years, we’ve been on the following mission:
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility. – Bahá’u’lláh
For all of you that have worked beside us, fed us, inspired us, sheltered us, challenged us, supported us, served us, counseled us, or enjoyed us; Thank you. Our work continues.
Huge gratitude to all my friends and neighbors who made it out for the Portraits opening last night in Vashon. It was wonderful to feel so much support. It was also very cool to see 28 of the portraits up in one place. Vast thanks to Lisa Hurst and her team at Ignition, whose tireless efforts have made that beautiful space a reality.
If you missed the reception, you missed a massive rainbow over Puget Sound and some top-notch carnitas. However, the show will be up for the rest of May. Go see it. The paintings look fantastic in the gallery. Also, I’ll be conducting all-inclusive portraiture workshops May 12th and 19th. There is still some space available. Details here.
Beginning in the summer of 2010, I have been inviting friends, neighbors, and other artists into my space for single-session portraits. I paint each person in the space of an afternoon, usually over coffee, simultaneously conversing with a friend and abstractly studying their face. This work has been an immensely satisfying part of my practice and I am very excited to show these paintings en masse.
We’ll have an opening reception on Friday, May 4th, which will feature dozens of paintings, a few of their subjects, and a TACO TRUCK. That’s right, my opening will have a taco truck.
I will also be running two artist workshops on portrait painting May 12th and May 19th. The Vashon Island workshops will include all materials and tools, live models, and catered lunch. Details here.
I’ve got a portrait in the silent auction at Gage Academy of Art’s Collector’s Gala tonight. Lots of beautiful artwork is up for bid, and all sales benefit Gage’s programs. Gage is an outstanding organization that is serious about supporting artists. If you’ll be attending the black tie event in Seattle, I recommend this, but local tastes might suggest this number.
If you’re not attending the Gala, you can check out the catalog, and you can even bid remotely in the silent auction! My work is #S308