Tomorrow, it begins.

Posted on Mar 31, 2018

Katia Kyte and me

It’s no April Fool’s Joke: I’m embarking on a new adventure, starting a series of work on April 1st for an upcoming show: 60 Works in 60 Days.

Daily mosaic is a challenge I’ve taken on before. Following the popular model of daily painting and 30-day challenges, I decided “why should painters have all the fun?” and proceeded with my own effort.

Read here to see a bit of my first successful run of 30 mosaics, followed by a second set the following year.

This time around, I’m creating works in tandem with my dear friend Katia Kyte, a talented oil painter who lives near me on the Oregon coast. For a couple years we had pondered the idea of creating a show together, but none of our shared themes (food, nature, landscape) had given us focus.

Then during an evening of brainstorming it struck: we had both embarked on daily painting/mosaicing and gained so much from the process. What if the show was about discovery, about the artist’s process, and not about the end result? What if instead of presenting polished masterpieces, we instead laid bare the exciting (and sometimes painful) process we take to get there?

So this is our plan: 60 tiny (6″) works, from each of us, created in 60 days. This spring and summer we will each dive into technique, vision, and inspiration, then present the resulting collection at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City, opening on August 10, 2018.

Want to follow along? I’m planning to post daily on Instagram, and intermittently here, and we hope to see you at the opening this summer.