surviving covid19

Okay – so most of us think covid is over and we certainly have tools to combat it. I still feel like I do not have the freedom to go into crowds without taking risks. And, the world has become so violent.

This is one of the posts that I lost. So I am reposting it. So much is still relevant.

My studio before I cleared things out and vacuumed the floor. The paint stays on the floor until I paint over it! Not much has changed.

Unlike many, I am very lucky to have a wonderful studio that I love to work in. One would think that I would be happy just to be tucked away doing my art. I am embarrassed to say that I have been somewhat paralyzed. Don’t get me wrong. I have been exercising (I cannot go to the pool that I love – so I am now biking on my stationary bike – I did 15 miles today – but it took 1hour 20 minutes!), learning new art related things, doing some art and gradually organizing my digital and painting studios.

Sometimes you need some inspiration and I have this — my largest watercolor hanging on my studio wall. It is 39 inches x 7 feet wide on 180 or 150 pound watercolor paper, my artist/lifelong best friend gave me some years back.

I was taking a grad-level class from Charlotte Rollman at NIU https://charlotterollman.com when I did it. She does beautiful large watercolors, so I challenged myself to do a huge watercolor. It was challenging to wet it (in the tub via the shower!) and I tacked it to a 4×8 foot homesote board. I never did like stretching canvas or watercolor paper, which is why I generally use 300 pound watercolor paper and often work on unstretched canvas). The uneven paper adds to the character of the artwork. Here are some details of this piece.

What strikes me looking at these images is that they tend to speak to Covid 19. The figures are isolated and separated by windows or transparent planes. And, maybe this is just evident of my exploration of consciousness. How do we connect? Oh… we can’t even connect physically now. So, connecting to consciousness is not a physical connection, so maybe we are experiencing connections in a more spiritual way right now. Just some thoughts…. 

So … The task at hand was to finish these three small pieces and then to tackle a large piece for XrE*al.

Those three pieces helped me get past my covid paralysis and create a 12 x 18 foot painting for an exhibition I was never able to personally experience.

More on that in the next reposted lost post.

My artist blog begins again

My previous blogs got lost – If you were looking for them, I apologize and I thank you for your patience.
I hope you enjoy this new feature on my website. Technology can be very frustrating and a man with great patience says “we are all victims of technology!”

I could go on and on bemoaning my bad luck losing those blogs, but I think you’d rather hear about my art journey.

I will begin. This post has some images from my last installation “DREAMS”, which was a huge undertaking! 120 feet of mural size paintings lining the corridor in a huge banquet hall at Starline in Harvard, IL. It was the grande finale of a year as the featured installation artist for 4th Friday art events. So it all begins with a plan – a visualization of the space, then packing and transporting the art, and then the work of hanging. I wish I could say all that is fun, but bottom line the fun part is the end result!

Visualizing and planning the exhibition space
car packed with art
Time to pack, transport and deliver the art to the installation space

Now to layout and install the art:

one piece installed others laid out on the ground
3 panels hung with the use of a safe cage ladder

The cage ladder made the installation safe for everyone.

And, the reward!

installation view
installation view

To see more installation views of “DREAMS” and the other installations please visit:

https://bertleveille.com/blexhibit_installs_light_starline-2023.html