Spring is here

So I have been back in the studio – sort of.  I have really been working at home (mostly outside) – just a few hours a day for the past two weeks.  I’m slowly getting my groove back.

Here are two paintings I picked up from the photographer today:

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Casey Matthews “The 11th Hour” (30×40)

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Casey Matthews “Raconteur” (30×40)

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Paintings on Paper

I have been working on some gouache, watercolor pencil, and charcoal paintings on paper. Kind of a new medium for me (and not without a learning curve,) but fairly easy and uncomplicated to work with considering my temporary environment; I’m currently watching my Mother die in San Antonio, Texas. I’m using my intuition, experimenting, and embracing the unpredictability of the paint. The process is indicative of the environment.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

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Multitasking

Casey Matthews - Work in Progress - Paintings on Paper

Casey Matthews – Work in Progress – Paintings on Paper

I’m currently at my Mothers home in Texas. She has cancer and is under 24 hour hospice care at the moment. I went to the art store and bought some paint and paper – and set up a makeshift studio in my room. Lots of wine flowing, mixed with mindless Bravo TV, reflection, and tears. Here is the result so far (in various stages of completion.)  VIDEO: work in progress on paper

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NEW WORK: A Group Show at Stellers Gallery in Fernandina Beach, FL

New Work:

A Group Show with Michelle Armas, Thomas Hagar, Anna Kincade, and ME!

Friday, March 7th 6-9 PM

Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2014 · 12:03 am

NEW Small Work!

I finally updated my website, and for those of you that will never have a chance to come visit me in Florida – I now have new work from my studio for purchase!

And I also added a bunch of new small paintings. All paintings range from 4×4 to 12×12 – and all under $400!

Casey Matthews "My Head is Spinning" (10x10)

Casey Matthews “My Head is Spinning” (10×10)

Check it out.

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New Work and Show

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Casey Matthews . “Cool Your Jets” . (30×48)

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Casey Matthews . “You Threw Me for a Loop” . (30×48)

I just posted some new work on my website – so check it out!  Most of it is heading to Gallery Orange in New Orleans at the moment.  I will also be posting more over the next few weeks – I have been quite the busy little bee this new year, but just slow to photograph.  I’m also finishing up some more new work for a big show at Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in March.  So save the date:  Friday, March 7th!  If you live in the North Florida area – come see me!

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Happy New Year!

Winter Carnival  . Commission for the Westin Hotel in Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia.

Winter Carnival . Commission for the Westin Hotel in Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia

Ehhh! I’m the worst art blogger in the universe!

Anyway – Happy New Year Bitches! Yes – I know it is February.  I wanted to thank to all my clients and loyal fans, friends, and family – this past year was the best year of my career! EVER!! And I even had that  horrible elbow pain this past spring (and really slowed my  painting activity) for what seemed like 5 months of it!  That being said, I swear I am the luckiest person in the world! I’m so excited to be a able to do what I do, and actually get paid for it.  As a self-employed person and an artist, there are many ebbs and flows in business….so at the moment I’m majorly going with the flow – and will ride this wave as long as I can! (my pretend Florida surfer reference)

I wish I could be my usual snarky self and say that my new years resolution is “to not have any resolutions”….however (on a down note) in late November, my Mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her spine and liver.  I also have a good artist friend that was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer, and  had her tongue removed the other day.  So I immediately started to change my diet (mostly Paleo or low acid – low carb, no dairy) – to reduce inflammation, and even started running.  Most people that know me well know that I do not run unless someone is chasing me.  So this is kind of a big deal!  I began making the food modifications in October/early November, have not lost that much weight, but my joint pain has reduced tremendously, and my skin and hair look amazing!  This is the longest amount of time (that I can remember) that I have gone with out a piece of Pizza!  TORTURE!  We will see how long it lasts. You don’t have to believe everything you read, but go ahead and watch Forks over Knives or  Fat Sick & Nearly Dead if you get a chance – form your own opinion about how food is killing us.

And I also want to live out loud – MORE.  For those of you that think I’m already a complete obnoxious bitch, need to go ahead step back and get ready for some Towanda!  I always tell people that if I ever get cancer I’m just going to ram my car in to people/drivers that piss me off.  Of course, I’m not really going to do that because I love my car too much, but why wait to live out loud? Why wait to use your silver 1-2 times a year, or wait for a special occasion wear your fanciest jewelry? I wear my best perfume everyday and tell my friends and family I love them!  It is never too late to right a wrong, or apologize, or even ditch those toxic people from your life. Be fancy EVERYDAY!!

I’m a pretty shitty daughter, so I’m going to try and visit my Mother in San Antonio every month for a week or more, and in order to do so I really need to buckle down and adhere to a strict work schedule.  I basically have no social life!

I have also started sleeping more.  I use to get about 6 hours of sleep.  But now I’m trying to get 8-9 hours.   I don’t drink very much coffee (if any) so I do not get jacked up every day.  I feel so much better, and don’t look and feel like the walking dead all the time.  Also, I have discovered B-12 shots!  Amazing! (which reminds me I need to go get another one)

The above photo is a commission I just finished for a hotel renovation in Atlanta.  I was trying to complete it in record time – so there were quite a few cold & rainy days where I just stayed in my PJ’s all day and painted non-stop in my living room while watching movies.  I really wanted to impress this client and made an effort to step up my game.  I think they turned out great! One of my other resolutions is not only to avoid procrastinating, and over committing – but to get ahead and come out early EARLY – like tremendously early with my deadlines! We will see how that goes as well.

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