"The Cedar on 7th Avenue", 11"x14", Graphite on Bristol Paper, by Jim Kirkman.
ST. PETERSBURG - An artist's reception for graphic artist Jim Kirkwood is Saturday, April 19, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Kirkwoods's drawings and mixed media, Images of St. Petersburg and Religious Themes continues through May 3.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remains open until 9 p.m. on second Saturdays.
For more information, call 727-710-7716.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Soft graphite from a cheap .5mm mechanical pencil on Bristol paper is my primary media of choice. The extremes of tone, 100% pitch black to 5% barely-there gray are easily attainable. With that, the extremes of life can be visually captured, from joyful bliss & happiness to crushing heartbreak, grief, and pain. I have captured joy in renderings for wedding programs & a birth, the sorrow of a memorial service program.
I draw in color, using shades of gray. I work top to bottom, left to right. My thought processes seem to go that way & also graphite does smear easily. I usually start & finish a drawing in the same day.
I love old, worn, & crevassed. Rusty nail holes in old barn wood. Abandoned shrimpers sitting in the mudflats of the mangroves. Wood grain grooved into old boards from months of drifting in the salt water. I see the world as both a canvas and a drawing waiting to happen. I do small acrylic paintings on broken pieces of brick & mortar, pavers, 100 year old barn wood…just about anything. I live in old St. Petersburg, & with its string of waterfront parks, old houses, pavers, & red brick it is an endless inspiration. I could walk 5 blocks up 7th Avenue and fill a sketchbook.
My artwork is intensely spiritual. Not just my Christian art, but subjects that show emotion and character, such as an old, moss-draped live oak. It has moved people to tears, and I have wept while drawing before.
My hope is that some of the peace, comfort that I feel as I put the finishing blends on just prior to signing is passed on & shared by the viewer. That is what it is really all about.