David Norcross

Two Shows and a Class

I’ve had a great start to 2015. It has been very busy and productive so far, which is causing my weeks to blur together. I can’t believe that it is already mid-February. What have I been up to? Two shows in January and one studio class at NC State (go Wolf Pack) have kept me in the garage, on the inter-webs, and the highway.

My first show of the year was Contemporary South, at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh. A friend (and awesome artist) sent me the artists call – it was a show that she had done previously that provided her with great exposure. I submitted Betsy, a painting that I completed last year that showcased many of the characteristics of my most recent work. The opening reception was busy and the quality of the other artists work in the gallery was ridiculous.

Betsy

Betsy

The second show was a community show at the Carrack, in Durham. I put in a new piece that I just finished called Roadhouse Blues. It is a spinoff of a bird painting I did a few years ago where the back of the bird’s skull forms a human skull. In the first version I chose bright colors to contrast the charged image of the skull, but in this latest version I wanted to go dark. The majority of the hues in the bird are anything but poppy with the exception of the skull. And the background looks space-like with a giant red orb set against a dark blue sky. The opening reception for this show was jamming! The space was filled with a sea of people moving in and out and the number of artists that participated in this show was over a hundred.

Finally, I have been working on maintaining my teaching license. When I was teaching, it was much easier to acquire the mandatory points to renew, but with taking off the past couple of years my only real option is to take two college courses. My first class is called Color and Light and has been really interesting. The course covers color theory, color interaction, and color elements in art and design. It also has taught me a lot about how light effects the way we perceive color and the science behind it. There is a lot of required reading and the projects involve making color swatches and display boards on a weekly basis. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun, but it’s definitely cutting into my time for creating my own work.

So, here’s to a new year and a fresh start. If last month is any indication of what’s to come, I think it’s going to be an awesome year.

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