1. There hasn’t been much time for art recently because of THIS!

Fixing up a store, living space, and the land it all sit on has been very time consuming, though rewarding. My life has pretty much consisted of working on the property and running the business with my partner plus working on my herbal apprenticeship. So not much art has been happening. There isn’t much physical space for it right now anyhow.

I can’t wait for the store to be set up though. Then maybe there will be a little time to devote to all the art projects I’ve packed away…

For now though, I’ll be more active over on The Bower Studio’s Tumblr and in the off-line world.


thebowerstudio:

The blog has been quiet lately because Isa and I are busy fixing up this property in Western Massachusetts, just outside of Amherst in the small town of Pelham. You’re looking at the future home of The Bower Studio! It was formerly a cafe, but will be transformed into a studio workspace and store front. We plan to feature local and small hand crafted businesses as well as artisans and hobbyists. We also hope to have events and classes in the future, but first we need to focus on fixing up the space and making it our own. One step at a time ;)
The property also has a large yard and house, all of which need some TLC. The overgrown yard will one day be a garden for homegrown herbs (maybe bees eventually) and we plan to live in the house as soon as it’s given a face lift. There’s a separate unit too, which will probably house friends but may also serve as a guest house. We haven’t quite figured that part out yet.
We have big dreams for this store and home, which we hope will begin to be realized in the near future.  There’s a lot of work to be done though! And all the while we will be running the business as well. So we are planning for a very busy Summer and Fall! 
As we work and as things come together I will be updating with our progress via Instagram. It would be wonderful to be able to open the store before the year’s end, but we’ll see how it goes.
This is an exciting project for us and definitely one of the biggest we’ve ever taken on. You can follow the project on Instagram (which I am very new to, so bear with me while I get used to it) or here on Tumblr, under the tag #pelhamstore
Wish us luck!
- Vincent

    There hasn’t been much time for art recently because of THIS! Fixing up a store, living space, and the land it all sit on has been very time consuming, though rewarding. My life has pretty much consisted of working on the property and running the business with my partner plus working on my herbal apprenticeship. So not much art has been happening. There isn’t much physical space for it right now anyhow. I can’t wait for the store to be set up though. Then maybe there will be a little time to devote to all the art projects I’ve packed away… For now though, I’ll be more active over on The Bower Studio’s Tumblr and in the off-line world.

    thebowerstudio:

    The blog has been quiet lately because Isa and I are busy fixing up this property in Western Massachusetts, just outside of Amherst in the small town of Pelham. You’re looking at the future home of The Bower Studio! It was formerly a cafe, but will be transformed into a studio workspace and store front. We plan to feature local and small hand crafted businesses as well as artisans and hobbyists. We also hope to have events and classes in the future, but first we need to focus on fixing up the space and making it our own. One step at a time ;)

    The property also has a large yard and house, all of which need some TLC. The overgrown yard will one day be a garden for homegrown herbs (maybe bees eventually) and we plan to live in the house as soon as it’s given a face lift. There’s a separate unit too, which will probably house friends but may also serve as a guest house. We haven’t quite figured that part out yet.

    We have big dreams for this store and home, which we hope will begin to be realized in the near future.  There’s a lot of work to be done though! And all the while we will be running the business as well. So we are planning for a very busy Summer and Fall! 

    As we work and as things come together I will be updating with our progress via Instagram. It would be wonderful to be able to open the store before the year’s end, but we’ll see how it goes.

    This is an exciting project for us and definitely one of the biggest we’ve ever taken on. You can follow the project on Instagram (which I am very new to, so bear with me while I get used to it) or here on Tumblr, under the tag #pelhamstore

    Wish us luck!

    - Vincent

  2. tarotbydelightfuldesire said: Hi I like your blog very much. I just wondered how long you have been practicing automatic drawing? I have tried a few times but got lots of scribble. I can see some patterns and face like objects in my pictures...if i really look..lol Its something I would really like to get into a bit more. Have you any tips? x

    Hello!

    I’ve been drawing this way off and on for 12 years or so. Early on I left the scribbling or did the entire drawing in pen, but recently I have been erasing the pencil scribblings once I focus on an image within them. Automatic drawing is the best term I have found to describe this sort of drawing, but it may differ from others who draw automatically.

    My method is generally to clear my mind as fully as possible and focus on the paper. Sometimes I have an intention, but only in a vague and loose way, like an emotion or general idea (such as “sadness”). I let me pencil go where it will on the paper and let my eyes pick out patterns or recognizable images. Sometimes I turn the paper multiple times while drawing.

    Eventually an image begins to take shape and I focus on that without getting caught up in my own ideas of how the image should look. So, if an arm begins to take shape and it seems disproportionate to my eye, I will continue drawing the arm regardless. Eventually it comes together and is often more imperfect or surreal looking than an image drawn from a source. It can be hard to let yourself simply draw without correcting it. I think that takes a bit of practice and getting used to. 

    Once the image is down and fully realized from the scribbles I go over it with pen. Usually I erase the pencil scribblings, but sometimes I leave it. Mostly if multiple elements come out of it. 

    I think the main thing is to suspend your judgements and to let the images happen as they will. It might look ugly, off, or “wrong” as you’re drawing, but that’s part of the process, I think. By the time the image is complete it’s often not as off looking as it might have seemed at first. Any of those images you see when you look can become something more. Just start focusing on them and they will likely begin to take shape. If they don’t, move to another image or keep scribbling until it does.

    If you have trouble with this, it can help to work with your non-dominant hand or by drawing with your eyes closed or in dim light. These can be exercises too to help loosen your hand and mind. Painting abstractly first and then drawing on top can help too. Sometimes it’s easier to find images in paint blotches because there is more variation in color and tone.

    I hope this helps! :) Good luck!

  3. In Pseudonymity Veritas fully assembled and framed!

  4. Currently assembling prints of the original portraits to send to the project participants. The original piece has been sold. Each print is made into a booklet identical to the original and the print itself is printed with archival inks.

    The original piece went over quite well at the show and I hear the show was a hit overall. I’ll post a couple photos of the framed work in a bit. I don’t have any photos from the show unfortunately.

    Another big thank you to everyone who participated in this project!!!

  5. Vincent Frano Illustration →

    Gave the old website a bit of a make-over.

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  8. Atlantic Works Announces ENGENDERED →

    ‘In Pseudonymity Veritas’ was accepted into the show! I drop it off on Tuesday. This is very exciting! Especially after my long hiatus from art. I think the last time my art was accepted into (or even entered in) an exhibition was 2012. The show is at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston. I don’t think I’ll make it to the Opening, but I’ll probably be able to be there for 3rd Thursday.

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