Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mapping the Garden and Open Studios

"Mapping the Garden: Southwest Corner"
I have recently finished the final Mapping the Garden painting, this time the southwest corner.  Since I have been following the seasons through this series I only had winter left to paint.  We had no snow this winter, so I used a photograph I took maybe a couple of years ago.  I suspect that it was late winter, due to the crocus blooming, but it was too sweet a shot to be too picky about such a detail.

Here is a (sadly poorly lit) shot of the four paintings together:




Very pleased with how they turned out and I learned so much in this project.  In the next couple of days, Bonnie Hull (amazing artist and friend) and I will be hanging our pieces from this joint project at our studios.  There is an Open Studio night this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm, Willamette Heritage 1313 Mill St SE Salem, Oregon.  Hope to see you there.

Next post coming soon, my new project...  Revisiting some ideas from the past and combining them with what I've explored lately (plus, playing with some new materials).  I'm excited to share with you my progress.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Studio Update

I have been moving things around at the studio lately.  I've something new in mind for my work, and I'm transitioning things in anticipation of that work.  More on that soon...in the meantime...



I took the big easel back to my home studio and am working off a transportable table easel here (possible sneak peak on the easel there, but it is in progress so who knows...).








These are window clings made from acrylic gel medium, paint, and collage.  Very hard to photograph and get the whole affect.  I made one for each of the windows.






The folders on that shelf, and seen below, are the Hobbit Project folders.  Completely done and filed safely away, down to the last quote.  










(Just so you know, it looks so terribly clean and organized because I took these photos just after Open Studios last Thursday and is still set up from that event.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Painting

"Lois" Acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.
 New painting recently completed, this one is titled "Lois".  She is inspired by a found, vintage photograph.  No name was on the photograph and when I went to title it the name Lois just stuck.




A profile of the painting.




Shown here with a few previous pieces hanging in the hall of the artist studios where I sometimes work.  "Lois" is now in my shop.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mapping the Garden, Part 3

I have finished the third of four paintings in this series (Mapping the Garden).  This is the Northwest corner:

Northwest Corner (Autumn)
Mapping the Garden is a project I am working with Bonnie Hull in which we are creating a piece of art to represent each corner of our own garden.  I am currently working on the fourth and final corner, hoping to have that finished up in the next week or so.  I ended up painting each corner with a season in mind, perhaps, in part, because it seemed to take me about a season to do each piece.  Here are the other corners:


Northeast Corner (Summer)

Southeast Corner (Spring)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Paintings and Open Studio Alert

Greetings!  I have just put these two paintings into my shop, one is new and one you might have seen before:

"Camellias" Acrylic on 6 x 6 inch wood panel.

"Opal Whiteley" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Available here.  I also recently finished this painting, but am waiting to decide if I want to put it in a frame first as it is on canvas only 3/4 inch deep.  I will share it here in the meantime:


"Two Shells" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch canvas.
I have more shell paintings coming up, will share those soon.

Tomorrow night is Open Studios down at Mission Mill Museum (1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon), where I have my studio.  Along with gallery receptions (they are opening a new gallery down there I think this week), artist demos, and much more it will be a fun evening.  It goes from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Paintings: Abstracts!

Last month, I played with the idea of approaching abstracts much in the same way I approach portraits.  A simple form that fills the space in a beautiful way. 

"Opening" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch wood panel.


"Unfolding" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This one I placed in an reversed wood panel to create a frame:



And a few little ones:

"Inward Flow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.


"At Rest" Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch wood panel.


"Wrapping Yellow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

You can find all of these in my shop.

Coming soon, more pieces with the same ideas but this time paintings of things in nature...