Monday, November 4, 2013

New Paintings

As promised (though a lot later than promised...), here are a few of the paintings I finished over the summer.  These paintings will be going to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.

"While on the lake" Oil on 11 x 14 inch canvas
"Arnie" Oil on 4 x 4 inch wood panel

"Ella Bell" Oil on 3 x 5 inch wood panel
"Paulette" Oil on 4 x 4 inch wood panel

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Shop Update

I am hoping to share with you four new paintings I've recently finished in the next day or two, but in the meantime I have put 5 paintings into my Etsy shop.  These are not new to you, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, but they are new to the shop.  Stop in if you have a moment.

"With the last tree but a memory"
"Blaze your own trail"
"The necessity of dreams"

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Summer's End

Summer is over, school is back in session.  And now I have big goals to get caught up on the computer.  In particular, to get back to a regular posting schedule here, update my website, make some decisions about other web locations I have (what to keep, what to not), and update my inventory.  Phew!  All that and I have to paint.

As my daughter ages, I have the misconception that I might have more time.  Hah.  Summer was packed full.  My goal this year is to get a ton of work done during the school year so that next summer I won't feel so terrible about not getting as much done in my studio as I would like.

The computer updates will go slowly as I only plan to dedicate a small portion of my day to it, but I will do it regularly so it will get there.  I also have ideas about where my work will be going next and will be sharing more about that soon.  But to give you a vague idea: I am working on some still life paintings in oil (though I am going to try a few in acrylic too), some more little portraits (some of which will be people and some not), more work with fiber, playing with illustration work which I tried before but never seemed to find the time (must make time), and experimenting with whatever I feel like because I find I grow more in my work when I don't restrict myself too much.

So excited to get all this going!  I will be starting next week, to give myself a couple days to get organized.  It sort of feels like January 1st with resolutions and really it kind of is, though in this "year" I will only have roughly 9 or so months.  Right now, that feels like an eternity but you know it will go by so quickly.

Since I don't really have any paintings to share with you (because photographing them is one of the things I need to get caught up on...), I will share this cute photo of our new puppy Rosie:

Australian cattle dog and almost 13 weeks old.  Guess she will be keeping me busy too.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Project Space 2013

My "studio" time at Project Space in downtown Salem, Oregon, is now complete and for a few more days the artists will have on display their work.  I started off, as you might recall, working on a project inspired by my great great Grandmother's quilt.  I soon found that I wanted to change that up a bit and will be revisiting it soon (bigger, looser, hopefully better).  However, for the remainder of PS I collaborated and explored some different ideas.  I have put the stitched pieces into fabric in order to create a cloth book (very much want to make more of these!), which is currently loose and will be stitched up at a later time.  I'm hoping to add another page or two to it later as well and I'll share all that with you then.

I took these photographs at Project Space, so the light and position are not ideal.

First, the start of Delia's Quilt Project (as I'm calling it), as some of the stitches are white they and are difficult to see here.  Will have to photograph it at home with proper lighting later:

A collaboration between my daughter drawing and my stitching was suggested by another artist at PS:

And here Bonnie Hull has stitched one of my daughter's drawings to include in the book:

The final collaboration between my daughter and I (a little difficult to see here, but it is a fish with a light):

And my final piece is going in the direction I'd like to take my fiber work.  Rather than using the cloth as a canvas as sorts depicting objects as narrative (which is where my painting is headed, will share more about that soon), the cloth is the object and my process is the narrative (thank you Roger and Bonnie Hull for that process revelation!).

Hopefully, you can click on these to see them more fully.  As always, I learned so much working down at PS.  When I began my time down there, I had an idea of where to take my paintings (again, more on that later), but was barely grasping what I wanted to do with the stitch work.  I now know my next step for not only the Delia Quilt Project but also my work in general.  I'll discuss that more in depth later as well.

Here's a look at the table my work is displayed on:

I was going to show you the photographs I took of the whole space, but instead I highly recommend visiting this site to see photographs of the entire space taken by Phil Krug.  Interesting mix of projects this year and you'll see my table more clearly there than here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Project Space 2013

Time for this year's Project Space with the Salem Art Association and I will be working down in this new location, 365 Ferry St (Salem, Oregon), with 8 other artists for the next three weeks.  The fourth week, August 7-14, will be an exhibition  by the artists.  The open hours for the studio time are roughly 10am to 2pm, though I will not likely be down there all of the "open" hours, but as many as I can.  

What will I be working on?  Well, something very new.  It is a fiber piece inspired by my Great Great Grandmother's quilt.  This quilt is something I've long been inspired to create something about and I never could decide how to go about it.  Seemed appropriate to work with fiber instead of paint for this one and I'm hoping to continue the fiber work beyond it (as well as keep painting, not to say that will stop of course, particularly as I'm on a run of it).  The piece I am working on will take me long after Project Space is over, but I hope to complete a square or two of it. 

I will share some photos soon of Project Space as well as my work down there and since I am writing that down, hopefully I will make that so.  I have been very blog-negligent lately, shame on me.  If you are in the area and stop in, I'm sitting in front of the window next to Bonnie Hull who is also stitching (some really amazing stuff!) and my daughter whose work inspired another artist, Deanna, to suggest I stitch some of her drawings and I think I will!  That's why I love working at Project Space, always finding new inspiration.  Come have a look!

Friday, June 21, 2013

In Progress

Happy almost weekend all.  I have been busy prepping panels for more oil painting.  I cannot seem to get enough of the oils at the moment so I am just riding along, painting like crazy.  I have a woman sitting in a boat on a lake and I am figuring out how to get the water just so.  And here are a few faces almost complete and a couple other panels receiving some gesso:

It will be a few months before you see them again as they will have to dry for awhile, being oil paint and all.  I'm very inspired by this simple approach right now and in addition to faces, I've started some objects around my house as well.  Artifacts, I'm calling them.  I've always struggled to figure out just what I want to paint and how I want to paint it, but the fact is I always come back to this.  Simple and yet detailed.  Perhaps I should pay more attention to that and stop floundering around so much.  Overstatement I'm sure, but that is how it feels sometimes.

I just received a big shipment of panels and I keep looking at them in the cupboard because it is just so much fun to get new supplies, don't you think?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Work

Greetings!  Sorry for the very long absence.  I didn't even want to look to see just how long it has been, I'm sure it is ridiculous.  However, despite my terrible blogging habits I have been busy painting.  I just finished up these three little portraits, which will be headed to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery:

"Allana" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel

"Randall" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel

"Marilla" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel

Also going to the gallery are five little paintings which I created for their Art Blox machine.  Art Blox is an old cigarette dispensing machine that Mary Lou converted to dispense little pieces of art donated by artists.  The proceeds from Art Blox go to artists in need, a fund the gallery has had probably since its beginnings and has helped countless artist in times of personal crisis.  $10 buys you a token that you put in the machine and out pops an original piece of art the size of a pack of cigarettes.  There is no knowing what you will receive, which is part of the fun.  I decided to experiment with mine and play with form and color:

Next up, I've pulled out my oil paints.  My oil paintings always take longer, but there is just something about oil paint I cannot resist.  It is so organic.  And I will probably be returning to some of my previous themes in painting.  I have just been in the mood for them, though what the end product will be I couldn't say.   I have also started working on a new project now that my Hobbit project is finally coming to a close (yes the illustrations are done, but I still have all the other technical stuff to finish including scanning the remaining illustrations and sharing them here finally!).  I will fill you in on the next big thing very soon and that will hopefully get me back onto my little blog in a more timely manner.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Paintings

Greetings!  Well, I am very happy to report that the Hobbit illustrations are complete.  Sadly, I cannot share them with you yet as my computer has moved to a new location and I am not hooked up to my scanner.   Soon I will be able to resume sharing my progress though, just as soon as possible.  Of course, while the illustrating is done I do still have a lot of work to finish that particular project.

In the meantime, a few new paintings to share.  These made their way today to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.  Extremely colorful, especially for my work, I think the grey winter had some affect on their outcome.  For each of these paintings, I picked a quote to inspire the piece and let that quote take me wherever it wanted.  These are the results:

"The necessity of dreams" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch panel.

"Dreams are necessary to life." Anaïs Nin


"Blaze your own trail"  Acrylic on 12 x 16 inch panel.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  
Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Three days with you"  Acrylic on 12 x 12 inch panel.

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." 
 John Keats written to Fanny Brawne


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My Daughter the Artist

I love watching my 6 year old daughter make art.  While driving home one day last week, I told her about an upcoming show at our local Salem Art Association for school children and of course she wanted to submit a piece.  I said she should think about, over the next couple of days, what she would like to make and she replied she already knew.  Boom, just like that.  My how I envy her decisiveness.  She told me it would be an abstract painting with lines and circles about storms, rain, and wind.  So after we returned I gave her one of my nice papers and she got right to work:

The beginning.

Apparently you need a crown when you work.  No one ever told me that.

Careful use of color.
A lot of water spritzing so the paper had to dry for a bit.

Detail in progress.

And now for the finished piece:

"Lightening and Rain Slashing Through the Sky"
Acrylic on paper.
Artist statement:  "The yellow is the sunlight, the blue is the rain, and the thing through the painting is the thunder.  I like abstract paintings and it is also because I like to squirt water on it so it makes the designs."

The children's show runs March 8th through April 27th at Salem Art Association in Salem, Oregon.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

There and Back again, Page 177 to 186

Hello there, happy weekend.  Sorry for the absence, I was a bit under the weather and then was very busy.

So close now, so close to finishing the Hobbit illustrations (finished page 243 and have 60 more to go).  Dare I say... I hope to finish the illustrations in the next 2 weeks?  Much more to do updating them here, but I will get there in time.    Wishful thinking I suspect, finishing the making that is, but for sure I am getting very close to the end.  Already have my next project in mind, so that will keep me motivated.

On we go.  From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 177
Page 177: "Very soon the chief guard nodded his head, then he laid it on the table and fell fast asleep."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 178
Page 178: "Bilbo's heart thumped every time one of them bumped into another or grunted or whispered in the dark."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 179
Page 179: "They passed a door through which the chief guard and the butler could be seen still happily snoring with smiles upon their faces."

Acrylic gouache, ink, and pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 180
Page 180: "Thorin had given a lot of trouble, and turned and twisted in his tub and grumbled like a large dog in a small kennel..."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 181
 Page 181: "So they sang as first one barrel and then another rumbled to the dark opening and was pushed over into the cold water some feet below."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 182
 Page 182:       "Where the forest wide and dim
                          Stoops in shadow grey and grim!"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 183
Page 183: "...but for all his efforts he could not scramble on top.  Every time he tried, the barrel rolled round and ducked him under again."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 184
Page 184: Inspired by the thought of bobbing barrels in the water.

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 185
 Page 185: "All the same it was like trying to ride, without bridle or stirrups, a round-bellied pony that was always thinking of rolling on the grass."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 186
 Page 186: "There was a mighty pushing of poles."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A little something for the day

On this Valentine's Day, I wanted to share with you these postcards that I received as a gift in a large batch of vintage photographs (thank you Candace!).  In case you ever thought that previous generations were oh so prim and proper, think again.

Mailed in 1910, lovely flowers, a sweet message.  Wait, what?   Can you read it?  If not, it says,

"Compel me not to toe the 
Be ever prim and true, 
But rather let me do those things 
That I ought not to do."

Then there is this one:

Written at the bottom of the card, "And judging from the scene above-- The AUTO is the CAR of love."

This next one almost looks like the same couple from the car, perhaps later in the day... 

"Do you mean business young man or are you only kidding?"

This last one is my favorite if only because of what the sender added:

From Gertrude to Linden (who was the recipient of three of the cards, all from different senders...) no date, it wasn't mailed like a postcard, but it likely is between 1908 to 1910, the dates on the other cards.  In case you can't make out what Gertrude added to the card:

And just a little something that Gertrude wrote on the back, "Say I would like to see you and tell you what I dreamed last night.  'Ha Ha.'  It was a peach."  Gertrude also goes onto to request a photograph of Linden and promises to send one of herself, but for him not to tell Nettie that she sent him a card or Nettie will kill her.  I cannot tell if one of the other postcards Linden received was from Nettie, but wouldn't that have been fun?

There you have it, a little love triangle for your Valentine's Day.  Have a good one.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

There and Back again, Pages 167 to 176

A few more Hobbit illustrations for the weekend.  Slowly getting caught up.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 167
Page 167: "...a river ran out of the heights of the forest and flowed on and out into the marshes at the feet of the high wooded lands."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 168
Page 168: "The king looked sternly on Thorin, when he was brought before him, and asked him many questions."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 169
Page 169: "...he began to wonder what had become of his unfortunate friends."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 170
Page 170: "...when suddenly out sprang the light of many torches all round them, like hundreds of red stars."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 171
Page 171: "There the great beeches came right down to the bank, till their feet were in the stream."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 172
Page 172: "'Did you not three times pursue and trouble my people in the forest and rouse the spiders with your riot and clamour?'" 

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 173

Page 173: "...yet he did not dare to march among them because of his shadow..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 174
Page 174: "...when he heard Bilbo's little voice at his keyhole."

Ink, acrylic gouache, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 175
Page 175: "There stood barrels, and barrels, and barrels; for the Wood-elves, and especially their king, were very fond of wine..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 176
Page 176: "When the barrels were empty the elves cast them through the trapdoors, opened the water-gate, and out the barrels floated on the stream..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.