Update Studio 306

August 21, 2013

As I wrote in Moving out... I left Studio 306 by the end of May, but Jim had stayed in it during the summer. We saw each other a couple of times and not very much has changed in these three months. However, when I visited the Torpedo Factory yesterday, I was surprised to see that Jim was finally gone, and the new tenant, McCain McMurray had moved in:

All the furniture was gone as well, and McCain had converted the studio into an environment clearly suited to work on BIG pieces. Studio 306 is kind of cute, with a beautiful outlook on the Potomac River, but it's really, really small. The only piece of furniture left over was a table in the middle of the room, containing tools, accessories and plastic containers with tubes of paint. Finished and unfinished pieces of different sizes leaned against the walls.

McCain was was working on a commission when I was there:

He describes his artistic approach as follows:

"My work captures the natural and constructed world in its most fundamental forms. I work from the memory of a place or object, instilling my feelings and experiences into my paintings. The paintings often pulsate with a combination of primary and mixed color of bold line and shape on joined boards. The result is an ordered or structured composition of clear color, subtle textures and orthogonal forms stripped to their essence. My love of structure and form comes from my 30-year career as an architect."

Noticing that the studio has changed so much was not without (symbolic) tears. After a year of using a studio, you're getting some kind of connection to it. Anyway, things are changing, and it appears to me that Studio 306 is in good hands. I'm looking forward to visiting my old working place from time to time.

Older pictures of the studio can be found by searching Potomac Adventures.

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