sunday open studios

October 11th, 2009

very busy day at open studios yesterday.  there from 8am – 10pm.  had some great interactions with patrons.  i look to build on that for some good momentum today!  if you didn’t make it by yesterday, come on by today.  will be there from 11am – 6pm.

2050 bryant street b/t 18th & 19th street

see you today,

raymond

1 day until open studios

October 9th, 2009

i’ve been working late hours all week to finish up work, matte unframed/framed work and mount over 30 new 4 inch box paintings…and yes, am starting to feel rundown a little, but one more day/night to keep pushing!  my pops comes in this afternoon, so i’ll have a much needed an extra pair of hands and will try to hit the hay before midnight.  here’s a quick picture of two of the new 4 inch box paintings:  hope to see you this weekend…don’t forget that you can follow me on twitter now.  twitter.com/raymond_difley

from a series of new box paintings

from a series of new box paintings

pre-open studios painting sold

October 6th, 2009

just received word from a client that she’s buying dense-steam embrace…very excited, a sign of a good things to come this weekend, I hope.

sf open studios update

September 29th, 2009

sf open studios update here!

october 10-11 at cellspace | 11am – 6pm
2050 bryant st. b/t 18 & 19th streets

opening reception saturday night, oct. 10, – 5pm – 10pm | live music, dj and refreshments

see all the details about the weekend on the postcard here!

open_studio_postcard

 

paintings in process

September 27th, 2009

here is a peek at some of the paintings that i’ll be showing at open studios this year…hope you enjoy!

this first painting is about midway through. i feel like it was coming together here. in the second image of this painting, the depth of the brown hues are richer and intense.

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches


untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches, image #2

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches, image #2

this next one had a few missteps forward and back before i was really feeling like it was coming together. it could be finished, but am still sitting on it. i do like what could be the final direction it has taken. this might be the one i hang at somarts for the open studios group show.
12 x 12 x 2 inches.  "plays bigger than it looks"

last sneak peek for you all…there always seems to be one that appears to go perfectly, almost too easy from start to finish without the struggle. this one was like that…i always wonder if these are truly finished, as isn’t the struggle part of the process?! and why can’t all be like this??

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2

open studios preview show | spacecraft at cellspace 10.1.09

September 27th, 2009

this thursday from 7-11pm i will be in a open studios preview show at cellspace. it’s called spacecraft, put on my the cellspace collective of artists. special invitations to show were extended to the artists whom will show with them during sf open studios, weekend 1, october 10-11. i’m thrilled to be able to preview two of my latest pieces for this event.

there will be live music, djs and the all important snacks and refreshments…i hope you can make it to get a sneak peek of my latest work. i plan on being in attendance from 7:30 – 9:30pm. if you’re not able to make it, check out the open studios show, october 10-11. see a previous blog for all the details…an opening party of os will be saturday, october 10 from 5-10pm.

spacecraft | open studios preview exhibition

spacecraft | open studios preview exhibition

open studios preview show at CellSpace

September 8th, 2009

just a quick note to let you all know that i will be part of a preview show for open studios at CellSpace! i’ll have two freshly painted pieces for all to preview that night! come on down for a quick visit…here’s all the details i know now:

thursday, october 8th
time: tbd
cellspace: bryant between 18th and 19th street

hope to see you there,

raymond

my last days of summer part 1…

August 23rd, 2009

well my summer of being off of teaching comes to a close, as i report august 24th…as it winds down i always try and cram too much into the last couple days.  it really becomes a crazy flurry to get to museum shows that i procrastinated about seeing all summer!

so, on thursday it was the sfmoma/jewish contemporary museum visits.  didn’t want to miss the o’keefe and ansel adams exhibit.  i really enjoyed most for just the opportunity to see both artists side by side…the museum also was showing the exhibit, richard avedon |  photographs 1946-2004  (large scale photos).  here are two that i was particularly drawn to.  you can read more about the avedon exhibit at the link below…

jasper johns, painter

jasper johns, painter

lee friedlander, photographer

lee friedlander, photographer




http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/384

the eyes here on jasper johns just completely drew me in, but creeped me out the same…had know idea he was such a dark individual!

more on the sfmoma visit:

here are a couple of clyfford still’s early paintings that are with his large scale abstracts…always admired his work and great to see some ones that don’t resemble what he’s known for.  still trying to see the connection…

clyfford stills "untitled"

clyfford stills "untitled"




here’s a quote from stills himself that i’ve added to my quotes board: “i paint only myself, not nature.” for those of you who know me and my connection to jackson pollock (this quote is completely opposite to how pollock saw himself).

julie mehretu "Stadia I"

julie mehretu "Stadia I"




just loved this piece, it really kept drawing me in!  it’s in the 5th floor, inside from the sculpture garden…a detailed picture of this is below. link will give you more details about mehretu’s work. #mce_temp_url#

"Stadia I" detail

"Stadia I" detail




i think this is enough for one blog;)…more to come on sfmoma/jewish contemporary (and more) in my last days of summer part 2…

in case you missed it!  here you can see some of my small box paintings display…new ones will be available at open studios this year.  

http://raymonddifley.wpengine.com/2009/08/new-paintings/

news

August 13th, 2009

welcome!

this is the first blog of the raymonddifley.com relaunch…i’m very excited to have the site refreshed with all current and available works, a picture of me working in the studio, this blog and a few other additions and surprises. one addition is the opportunity for site viewers to leave comments or thoughts about a painting or the blog one the painting pages, just scroll down.

first off i’d like to thank nicole hanusek (smackhappydesign.com) for converting the site to wordpress for me (in trade)…having the site in wordpress will enable me to update everything from my blog to adding new paintings frequently and easily!

you may be wondering what I’ve been doing with my summer…well, not a lot of painting, but still productive…I finished my elusive media kit (a detailed artist packet), and sent out three to galleries (sf, santa fe and sacramento), more to follow soon).

you’ll also notice on the blog page there are three headers: news, shows and paintings. there will/are updates in all three…you can click on the header to open a new page for each.

shows

August 12th, 2009

san francisco open studios | weekend 1 | october 10 & 11 | cellspace | 2050 bryant st., b/t 18th & 19th

this will be my second open studios showing at cellspace look for my image and info. in the 2009 open studios guide…also look for jon fischer’s image as well! jon does amazing silk screening work on paper and wood, you don’t want to miss seeing his work! and those of you with kids, they’ll be able to make there on print with him!! all in all, we’ll have about 9 artists exhibiting!

check back here for details on an opening reception and about the other artists.

for more details about sf open studios click the link: http://artspan.org/open_studios.php