12/18/2008

Waiting for an Answer – Sending a Prayer series

Waiting for an Answer - by Richard Fudge
Acrylic medium on a canvas jounal

This prayer mailbox metaphor is just a rough idea still. I want to eventually have a series of pieces and invite other artists to get involved. I'd like to see other interpretations of this theme. The still i want for these is illustration heavy, and I dont normally paint that way. Definitely going to be a challenge for me.

Also, I'm going to start looking for odd ways that people have used to deliver mail and messages. One such example is rocket mail - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_mail

12/17/2008

Thou Art With Me - Live painting concept



Highpoint Church contacted me about a week back. They were looking for someone to do a live painting for an upcoming special event. It looks to be a very inspiring event and very relevant given the economic times, the emotions of the holidays, and the start of the new year. When Life Hurts is Saturday, January 3, 2009 Highpoint Church welcomes Ravi Zacharias to Memphis, TN. From their website:

Where is God when life hurts?  We've all faced difficult circumstances and asked this question. Unfortunately pain and struggle is part of the human experience; thankfully we do have a God who cares.  International Christian author and speaker, Ravi Zacharias will help you see where God is when life hurts.

I was asked to do a live painting to match the theme, but they ended up having some last minute changes and decided that it would be best not to have art that night. Oh well, maybe some other time. Here are the rough concepts for the painting i would have done.


 
I think that I would have rather done the thumbnail on the left. A profile figure would be easier to paint in one sitting. There are always limitations when doing a live painting. 

Here is the small painted version I started. It's just a rough and I didnt finish the figure in the middle since the request was canceled. But I think you can see where I was going. Yes, it's inspired by another Stirring Artist's work. Teresa (Terri) West Cater is awesome. She use to be the gallery manager at The Stirring but sadly she had to move far far away. Her work is incredible and her ability to capture so much emotion in her realism painting is breathtaking. Her painting Lamentations is chilling. My concept was to simplify the piece (because face it I am not that gifted) and make it interactive. People would come up at the end and write in black ink on the red back ground their worries, fears, pain, etc. And/or they can write in white ink on the hands of the Lord comforting promises, scripture, words about God such as "I am with you, savior, grace, renewer, redeemer, I will protect you." etc. 

12/07/2008

Chris Reed – previous guest artist at The Stirring

A picture from our Maundy Thursday service in 2008. Chris Reed is painting on the right side of the image. In the left center, I'm working on that cross piece that everyone touched.

Here is the finished piece that Chris was working on that night.

Quito – a past exhibit at the Stirring Art Gallery

Local Memphis artist Chris Reed was very inspired by his recent mission trip with Hope Church to Quito, Ecuador and the art he saw there. The Stirring gallery was proud to feature six works from Chris’s “Quito” series back in May 2008. Three of the paintings were created live on stage at the Stirring in March while Chris was the guest artist.  

12/06/2008

A Burning Passion - a Live Painting done at The Stirring


“A Burning Passion to Begin” — 2007 acrylic media — 16”x20”
By Richard Fudge and painted live at The Stirring

The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted! — Matthew 13:23 NLT

But if I say, “I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,” His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. — Jeremiah 20:9 NIV

This painting is a combination of the scriptures given above. The Lord plants a seed of purpose in your heart. Sometimes it is a burning passion that fuels your growth, and other times it takes a moment of adversity that challenges you to grow.

12/05/2008

Guarded Heart - a Live Painting done at The Stirring

“Guarded Heart” — 2007 — acrylic/mixed media — 24”x30”
By Richard Fudge painted at The Stirring

If you guard your heart like a coiled rattlesnake so it will not be trampled or broken, can you really be loved or even make true friendships?

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. — Revelation 3:20 NLT

God said, "It's not good for the Man to be alone; I'll make him a helper, a companion." — Genesis 2:18 (The Message)

We all need buddies. I was a Boy Scout when I was younger. I like that Gen. 2:18 is the first use of the Buddy System. The buddy system is maybe the first rule you learn as a scouter. It is a way for Scouts to look after one another. Your buddy goes everywhere with you, and you go everywhere with him. Know where your buddy is at all times. The buddy system is very important -- more important than having a compass or first aid kit or anything else. If you get hurt or lost, your buddy will be able to help you. Two people can often solve a problem better than one.

12/04/2008

Starved - a Live Painting done at The Stirring

“Starved” — 2007 — acrylic media — 18”x24”
By Richard Fudge painted at The Stirring

From the Parable of the Lost Son:

About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, "At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”
— Luke 15:14-19 NLT


Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal live.” — John 4:13 NIV

12/03/2008

Cross #6, aka Erin's Cross


16" x 20" acrylic on canvas and painted in the artist’s studio.

Description:
First, about the numbering, I have painted this cross a few times. This is the sixth time that I have painted it. It is not one of a series of crosses but a near duplicate of a popular piece that I continue to paint. Secondly, I tend to think of this painting as having another title, “Erin’s Cross.” When we were first married, I purchased Erin a silver cross. I wanted to pick one that was very unique and very Erin. One Sunday at The Stirring, I was the guest artist. I came unprepared to paint that night. Then I remembered that Erin was wearing her cross necklace. I borrowed it for the evening and did my painting based on the lines of the pendent. The other reason I think of it as “Erin’s Cross” is that the black lines make me think of her tattoos. But since I felt “Erin’s Cross” might be seen as irreverent, I just chose to simply name it “Cross.” At the time, it was the only cross painting that I had done.

Over time small improvements and changes have been made as I have created these crosses. Of note, “Cross No. 6” is painted on a thick gallery wrap canvas. Other improvements are harder to point out such as the use of better quality paints, gel medium, and a gloss varnish.

11/26/2008

Kara Gentry - previous guest artist at The Stirring


Kara was interviewed by the Shelby Sun Times a while back when we featured her in the gallery.

I love her use of texture in her paintings and her moving story about how she was inspired to pick up her brush and start painting after 10 years of letting her gift go dormant. I really enjoyed watching her paint live at The Stirring. Her process was very interesting.

http://creativecanvases.com/default.aspx
http://www.artsmemphis.org/event/detail/28921

11/25/2008

A springtime sermon idea


http://www.freshworship.org/node/456

"Beauty from Ugliness. As we sometimes (so often?) fall under the crushing weight of temptation, who could imagine that something so beautiful could arise from something so ugly? With God all things are possible."

there's a sermon and take home right in there. a couple of big bags of bulbs cant be too much. We hand them out to folks as they leave. walk out video... find one of those stop action films of stuff growing. bingo.

Like the idea? Take it. What songs would you put with it?

11/24/2008

Alex Radin paints at his church but not mine


Here's another talented artist that refuses to paint live at
The Stirring. But then I should give him a break. He would have to drive about 11 hours to visit my church. He's got a statement about worshiping through the act of painting on his site that you should read. Inspiring work too.

http://truthillustrations.com/sw_home.php#top

11/23/2008

Why can't you live closer, Brice?

I like Brice McCasland. He's a talented guy. He's a nice guy. I just don't like that he lives about 7-8 hours away. So I can't get him to come to paint at my church, and I've never spoken to him in person.

Would he drive all this way for an art show? Maybe..Check out his site.

http://bricemccaslandart.com/worship.htm

http://www.121cc.com/

11/22/2008

Previous Stirring Art Shows

Nice little story about a Stirring artist. Follow the link for the full article.

Local Memphis artist Chris Reed who was very inspired by his recent mission trip with Hope Church to Quito, Ecuador, and the art he saw there.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/may/17/ae-art-at-stirring-gallery/

11/21/2008

More mailboxes from Eurydice

This is a continued post from Nov 17. I've doodled some more "on high" mailboxes for my concept of a stage design and paintings for a sermon series on prayer. I'm going to see the play again. It's that good.



 
I'll give this letter to a worm. I hope he finds you. Love, Eurydice – from Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl




I like how they look as like mailboxes you might find in a Dr Seuss book. I loved those books as a kid.






Another rough sketch for a live painting


Together

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Ephesians 2:21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

The concept is a combination of the two verses. The figures are rising out of or bursting through the structure of the church. It's to illustrate that the people and community of believes are the church and are greater than the mere building. The shadow cast by the group reenforces the church symbol.

11/20/2008

Concept for a Live Painting at Church


Nail scarred hand

Luke 24:36-39 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."

John 20:27 Then Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

We regularly do live paintings at The Stirring were I go to church. Here's an idea I had for Easter. Then near the end of the message, I would complete the painting and moved it and the easel to the edge of the stage so that people could easily reach it. Next I would place my finger in some red paint and put a red thumbprint in the center of the hand. Then the pastor would encourage people to come forward and do the same. They would also get a wet wipe to clean their finger. By the end, there would be a large red spot made of all the individual prints. Sort of a symbolic a placing your sins in God's hands and then being wiped clean.

11/19/2008

Wash Me - first try



Here are the photos of the process of creating "Wash Me". I'll have to post the pic of it covered in mud later. It didnt work exactly as I had hoped. the paint needed more time to dry and cure. also, I should have used a varnish as well, but I was very limited on time. In fact, parts were still wet when I brought it to The Stirring.

The mud washed off faster than I expected. Since the paint wasn't cured and sealed, some of it tried to wash off too. I had to trash the piece in the end, but it was a learning experience and folks seemed to enjoy it. It will be better next time.

Grace Like Rain - Wash Me - Live painting concept


http://www.alexandreorion.com/ossario/video.html
reverse graffiti. art made by cleaning dirty city walls...hmm that's cool. I also really liked this church's
CLEAN event.

How could i use that? why not do a painting in white on a black background. Seal it up so the white stays white. Then use charcoal, dirt, etc to cover up the entire piece. So at the start of the service, its just this dull black piece. Instead of painting, I'll use sponges and cloths to wash the surface to slowly reveal the white under painting.

Theme of the painting is from the song "grace like rain"
Grace like rain,
falls down on me
all my stains are washed away


Title of painting "Wash Me"

Then we should play "Grace like Rain" and to sing it so that it is last song before the sermon. By the end of the song, the painting would be washed clean to reveal the art underneath. I like the idea and symbolic image of finding beauty underneath an ugly mess. It may take a couple of tries to get the piece to work as I envision it.

11/18/2008

Creative churches, Live art and event ideas

I wish I had thought of this. In fact, I may borrow it. Here's some quotes from their blog:

Seeing is Believing – people attended from a wide variety of backgrounds to look at images of God in nature, in ourselves and through Jesus. What seemed to have struck most people was how many different ways there are to look at God and how rich an experience it can be to expose yourself to that variety.

11/17/2008

Live Painting at The Stirring from March 2008

Maundy Thursday Cross


Maundy Thursday is always a challenging service at The Stirring. This year the theme was “journey” with the title of the sermon being Passage. I wasn’t even suppose to be a part of the service till I received a call that afternoon. The leadership had developed this idea about a having an artist create a cross painting that the audience could journey to and touch while still wet.


Great idea, but sure put me on the spot. I didn’t have a large canvas or enough paint not to mention I didn’t know what to paint. To add to the difficulty, it was important for it to be finished at a key moment. Also, I had to cover a 30” x 40” canvas in a short period of time. To help hide the painting, I used an easel that can lay the canvas horizontal and vertical. This way i could reveal the painting to the audience at the right moment. Then near the end of the message, I flipped the painting up and moved it to the edge of the stage so that people could easily reach it.


Then the pastor encouraged people to come forward and touch the still wet paint of the cross to symbolize their personal spiritual journey to the cross and the mark that the cross have left on their lives. It was really cool to be a part of that experience. It was a very spiritual experience for me and one of my favorite Stirring services. I don't recall the exact number of people in attendance. I think it was in the 500 to 700 range.


PR Coverage:

Full color photograph of this painting was printed in the Memphis Flyer ongoing art section in with a listing of my art exhibit at Java Cabana in May 2008.



Concept inspired by the play Eurydice


I went to the University of Memphis this past week to see their production of Eurydice. It was so amazing. The music, the acting, the sound, the lighting, the set, the props... everything. I must have a half dozen ideas for paintings inspired by the play. 

First of all, I want to steal their mailboxes. In part of the play, the dead characters in the Underworld try to send letters to characters still alive in upper world. To help illustrate the difficulty, the stage has about a dozen mailboxes on long slightly curved poles. Like 15-20 feet high. the whole concept of how do you send a letter to above and how can you receive one from below is very spiritual to me. 

I loved the visual. It's like mailboxes for on high or a metaphor for prayer. I want to do a couple of paintings based on them. I also want one actual mailbox on a high pole for a set piece for The Stirring. We could do a sermon series on prayer; Enough postage: how do i get my prayer to God, Return address: will my prayer get returned unanswered, Tracking Number: when will i get an answer... etc. you get the idea (i'll let the guy doing the sermon worry about that).


11/16/2008

Do you ever use your art to talk to others about your relationship with Jesus?

Do you ever use your art to talk to others about your relationship with Jesus? Here are some of the answers I received from artists who have painted at The Stirring.

Alberto: Not really. A conversation about a certain piece may lead to me sharing my personal testimony. But to be honest... I try to use my art as a way to encourage others to share their spiritual blessings and hardships.

Brooke: Yes. Since my main focus is Cross art and I love to explain my special relationship I have, my triumphs and valleys, etc.

Julie: Yes, I talk about how my artwork is a God thing and that I prayed about what I am painting and how he led me to paint churches to look like stained glass on metal

Jennifer: Only when someone asks about a specific painting, I will go into how it was created through worship.

Mike: The art I have produced for the past several years has been a reflection of my relationship with Jesus. I send my work to a number of ‘unbelievers’ occasionally and sometimes a conversation ensues.

Kevin: No, not specifically but I have replied to questions about where I learned how to draw or paint...and I simply respond that God gave it to me.

11/15/2008

Live Painting at church - March 2007


Filled with the Spirit by Richard Fudge

Painted at Life Church at Schilling Farms
on Sunday Morning, March 11, 2007.
Sermon title: Live the Life – Living with Value

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13


I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. – Revelation 3:20


But if I say, “I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,” His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. – Jeremiah 20:9

Inspiring videos for artists

LinkI don't know much about Fellowship Bible Church near Nashville, Tn., but I know that they make some amazing videos. Those who are easily moved to tears should not watch all of these at once. The videos Conversations with God, Painting Through the Storm, Unforeseen Harvest, and Journey to Freedom are all arts focused and include interviews with the artists.

Definitely check out the Unforeseen Harvest
http://www.fellowshipnashville.org/content/media/personal_stories.aspx

I've got to check this church out some day.

11/14/2008

Art and Worship

The scripture encourages us to make a “joyful noise.” I believe that artistic expression is another way to worship the Lord; paint a “joyful stoke” or make a “joyful splat.” I began to see art in this way after visiting the Stirring. Back in 2003, I meet a nice girl and asked her out. She was involved at the Stirring as one of the lead singers in the worship band. She invited me to come and hear her at the Stirring. I had not been going to church for some time. I had moved to Memphis in 1995 from Fort Smith, Arkansas (where I grew up), and never really connected to a church here. I attended off and on, but nothing stuck. I never felt at home, but then I went to a Stirring service. I was just floored. It was unlike any service I had ever been to. Concert lighting, loud music, candles, and ART!?!

I really felt as if I had come home. Never before had I been in a church that had made art so welcome and a part of the worship experience. Being an artist myself, I felt welcomed. I continued to attend the Stirring and it didn’t take long for me to volunteer as a guest artist. It was a very unique experience. The idea of painting on stage in front of about 200 people is intimidating to say the least. I kept imagining all those eyes looking over my shoulder while I work on a piece. It was scary especially since I don’t really my works in galleries and such. But I wanted to get involved. I found that once I got started on my painting, the audience just faded away. It was just me and the painting with the band playing in the background. I loved it. So this is worship! Sure there are sometimes when I get nervous up there. But usually I tap my foot and paint away.

After attending the Stirring for about a year, I joined Hope (the Stirring is apart of the Hope). Soon after, the artist coordinator Terri came to me. She was going to be moving about an hours drive away. It was going to be a hardship for her to continue to be the artist coordinator, and she asked me to talk the position. I said sure. I tended to always be there. The senior artist and gallery manager at the Stirring is a volunteer position. I would argue that it really could be a full time position to really do all that could be done in this ministry. Finding artist to paint at the service, connecting with other artists, reviewing and hanging art in the “gallery”, promoting openings, etc. My day job is Senior Artist (aka graphic designer) at a local health care organization's corporate communications dept. I am also apart of The Stirring’s Leadership Team (sort of a small group of all the volunteer coordinators and long time volunteers). We meet once a month to hear from our pastor about the up-coming sermons, events, etc. And you know, things that need improving, prayer requests from the team, praise, guidance, etc.

So that’s my story of how I ended up painting in church and worshiping through art. What’s your story?

Explain how you feel when you worship God through art

Here are some of the answers I received from artists who have painted at The Stirring. (# at The Stirring) is the number of times that artist has painted for one month during The Stirring service.

Alberto: Painting let's me express my relationship with God and my spiritual struggles. I get a chance to express my feelings, my inner most secrets, the things i would keep to myself and not share with the world. I see painting more then just worship...it's my way of praying to God. (5 times at The Stirring)

Brooke: I love love it!! I feel its the time when I can connect with my "talent" and worship through my paintbrush and mouth as I sing the praise music. It is a very humbling time for me to be stage centered, on God's time, and surrounded by only encouragement. I think we heal through music and art, or at least I do, and this experience has let me do that. No better testimony to me than to show you my struggles but also how God has picked me up, dusted off me feet, and said take your pearls and follow me Brooke! I am very thankful for the opportunity The Stirring has given me to show "my pearls" per say! (1 time at The Stirring)

Cara: Painting with God really gives me clarity. I stop thinking about all my worries and just focus. (3 times at The Stirring)

Jennifer: I feel more peaceful when I am using artwork to worship God. It gives me more focus to make it a part of worship rather than excluding God from it. When I exclude God from my art, I am less driven, and get more frustrated more easily. (2 times at The Stirring)

Julie: I feel like I am a servant to God's kingdom and that the experience can be shared with others. I let God work through me. (2 times at The Stirring)

Kathy: When I'm painting and "in the zone" as you said, I feel at one with the universe. I feel totally obedient and fine-tuned to what God wants me to do. I feel like the act of painting and creating something on a canvas completes me as a person. When I come back the next morning and look at what I've done, I'm not always as thrilled with the final product, but the creation process is a wonderful sort of one-on-one feeling with God, and I think with His help, I can keep improving.

Kevin: Mostly I feel simply blessed that He gave me the gift and talent. Many times I feel like my art is not worthy enough, too. (3+ times at The Stirring)

Mike: It is extremely satisfying to me when the invisible (my imagination) becomes visible (my art). Usually, however, there is a frustrating discrepancy between my imagination and my reality. Reconciling this discrepancy illustrates the grace of God, in that He ‘sees’ me as a finished work. (many times at The Stirring)

Please add your own answer by leaving a comment.

11/13/2008

An Amazing Night for Art at The Stirring

This past weekend at The Stirring was incredible. It has given me a burst of passion for live painting at church. It’s something we do every Sunday at The Stirring, but I realized I haven’t made any posts about using art as an important part of the worship service.

The service was very spiritually charged and emotionally engaging. Along with the art being created on the stage, the worship music, and Michael's awesome message, we had an incredible artist panel. We had a panel of three artists who have volunteered to paint at the Stirring numerous times. Michael asked Chris, Gail, and Cara Ann these questions: 1, Explain for us your experience of worshiping God through art. 2, Do you use your art as a way to talk to other people about your relationship with Jesus? 3, If you to ever be in a room filled with Christians and spiritually searching people, what is one thing you would say to them about art? Their discussion was inspiring and one of the most tangible ways to explain to people how worship and art go hand in hand.

Everyone at the Stirring really gave it their all and helped make this weekend a masterpiece. I feel like I just finished senior thesis again and that this weekend was the final exam and presentation. For the question, that we are sometimes asked, "What is the Stirring? What is the mission or purpose?" Last Sunday is my reply.

I don't know if you made it but if you couldn't be there, I thought you might be interested in these links. Our special guest artist was Deeann Carson, a recent grad from MCA. She's written about the event on her blog and has some great shots of our gallery and her painting on stage that night. (BTW she sold 16 paintings that weekend).

http://joydeeanncarson.blogspot.com/2008/11/painting-live.html

http://joydeeanncarson.blogspot.com/2008/11/stirring-gallery-show.html

Deeann Carson painting live at The Stirring

Deeann Carson was our special guest artist at The Stirring on Sunday Nov. 9th. The finished piece is incredible and you can view it on her blog. It is on display with the rest of her show at The Stirring Gallery at Hope Church through mid Dec.

10/16/2008

Joy Deeann Carson: Beneath the Surface at The Stirring Art Gallery


"Beneath the Surface" will be on display from 
November 9th to January 4th.

Opening Reception for Joy Deeann Carson 
5p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th

The Stirring Art Gallery in Hope Church

(located upstairs inside Entrance 2)

8500 Walnut Grove Rd., Cordova, Tennessee 38018

www.hopepres.com • www.thestirring.net • http://joydeeanncarson.blogspot.com/ 


Artist's Statement:

A common thread ties together women throughout history and this cohesion has been the source of my inspiration. In a world where so many things are relative and in a society that focuses on individualism, I like to see how broader histories can still speak about present conditions. I am currently studying women from the Bible in my paintings by focusing on one moment of their story and examining how I can relate to it.  People today deal with the same issues of abandonment, guilt, doubt, or insecurity and can look to historical figures that have led captivating lives for guidance.

Many of these women had been condemned by society because of their poverty, disease, gender or promiscuity, but He accepted them by caring for their personal needs and offering grace and healing to their hurting hearts.  He stood up for a hopeless woman and reminded us to show compassion and give others a second chance. In a time when women were restricted by a patriarchal society, Jesus singled them out and used them as examples for the way we should live—the willingness to give to others even when we feel empty, the boldness to reach out of our isolation when we know we need help, and the understanding that it is okay to be vulnerable when we need to spill out everything we have been holding inside. They embody beauty in their surrender, courage, desperation, and vulnerability. — Joy Deeann Carson


Background on The Stirring Art Gallery:

The Stirring is a worship experience that blends music, art, culture, community and a message to provide a unique approach to discovering the Gospel. Using artistry and imagery as well as words to convey meaning, it’s a place where you can hear the message of God in familiar language. 

Various works by local artists are currently on display at The Stirring Art Gallery, located inside Hope Church. Many of the paintings were created live on stage during The Stirring service. Each month, a different local artist volunteers to paint during the service. The completed painting(s) and several other selected works by the artist are then displayed in the gallery and available for purchase by contacting the artist.

The Stirring meets every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Hope Church at 8500 Walnut Grove Rd. in Cordova, Tennessee. 

10/09/2008

Opening Reception at Republic Coffee



"Erin's Grove and other works" by Richard Fudge
7pm at Republic Coffee on Sat Oct 11th

2924 Walnut Grove, Memphis TN, 38111  ( Map )

If you can't make it next Saturday, I hope you can stop by some time and take a look. My art will be up for the months of Oct and Nov. Thank you for your support. 

8/20/2008

Closing Reception for Erin's Grove


Friday, August 29.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m 
during the South Main Art Trolley Tour
at Energy Fitness 552 South Main
What:
Local Memphis artist Richard Fudge has an enormous backyard. It’s nearly one acre but located in an average neighborhood in East Memphis. “Most days I feel blessed. Other days I have to mow all that,” explains Richard. A prominent feature is the grove of seven large pine trees. As the trees have matured, branches have reached and twisted for light. Finding the lines and forms of the pines to be elegant, Richard began painting a new series called Erin's Grove inspired by these branches. “This is yard work I could do every day.”  
Where:
Engery Fitness, 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103

8/08/2008

New addition to Erin's Grove series


This is a yet to be titled blue painting for Erin's Grove. I should have this ready for my closing reception at Energy Fitness during the Aug 29 South Main Art Walk.  

7/31/2008

South Main Art Opening at Energy Fitness

Well, here I am down on Main Street. My first South Main art opening.
The three panel painting was pictured in the Memphis Flyer in the July 24-30 issue. That was a huge help. I've had other pictures in the Flyer for other shows, but more people commented about this one. Do I have a secret art admirer working at the Flyer? Or do I have superior self promotion skills? I'd like to think someone there likes me. I love you Memphis Flyer!! ... So yeah, 2 paintings -- Diverge (top) and Reaching (bottom) so far for Erin's Grove. Hey, it's a start. And when you count panels, that's 5 pieces. That's a lot of work. I'll have more for my Republic Coffee show.


The rest of the show (actually there's 2 more on the left). Nice blue one there on the bottom right. Like it?

There's that blue one again. So interested? Too bad. I sold that one at the opening. Hurray! More art supply money.