Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sketchbook Saturday

I mentioned in an earlier post I have started making my own sketchbooks.  I am still using purchased sketchbooks as well for various purposes, but these little handmade ones I am considering an art project in themselves.  This one is made using a multi media paper, on the inside, so that I can paint on it in addition to drawing, and a piece of pastel paper on the outside for the cover.  The paper is pretty thick  (though easy to bend) so it limits how many pages I can have in each book.  This one is 8 pages folded in half, so 16 pages to use.  A perfect size to fill in a week or two. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Final Days

Hard to believe it has been almost a month already, but next week will be the last week of my show at Compass Gallery.  May 4th will be the last day to view it.  Many thanks to everyone who was able to visit the gallery this last month!  And a big thank you to the owners of the gallery: Bonnie Hull, Tory Brokenshire, and Dayna Collins.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


The following are folded pieces I made for my show at Compass Gallery this month.  They are all acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I had fun playing with repeating forms and ideas.

"Cup, Tea Bowl, and Pitcher"

"Green Cup Twice"

"A Bowl Four Times"

"Family Photos"

"Three Tea Bowls"

Monday, April 25, 2016


For today's post, just a few random shots of little things inspiring me lately:


This is a piece by Bonnie Hull hanging in the classroom down at our studios.  And the light coming down from the skylight above the room.

Because this is the cutest/weirdest little rabbit.

Finally.  I planted, almost a year ago, these two African violet leaves to make new ones and one of them is just now finally putting out some new leaves.  Now I shall have to remain patient while I wait for it to flower.  Wishing I could remember what color it will be.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Studio Sunday

Next week I hope to start a regular Saturday post with photos from my sketchbooks, but for now I thought I'd combine it with my Studio Sunday post.  This is a handmade sketchbook I recently made and I will tell you more about it next Saturday and, as you can see, I am filling it with whatever speaks to me on any given day.

No rules, just exploration.  Giving a lot of thought these days to vessels, chairs, and historically inspired women, as you see.  There are a few more inspirations and I will share those next week.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Work on Paper

Today I would like to share some more of the work on paper I did for the April show.  These are all on 8 x 10 inch, 140 #, paper and the painted area is roughly 5 x 7 inches (in other words, easy to frame).

"Pitcher with Frond"

"Young Man"

"Reships in Bowl"

"Woman and Chair"

"Bowl with Hydrangea"

"Three Friends"

"Cup with Tulips"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Inspiration: Morris Graves

For inspiration today, I wanted to share with you a few of the stunning flower paintings of Morris Graves that I've been studying lately:

"Summer Bouquet"

"Winter Bouquet" Watercolor and tempera on paper

"Summer Bouquet" Watercolor and tempera on paper

And here is the artist.  Loving this photograph by Imogen Cunningham.  For more about Morris Graves, I suggest you look here (and here for more about Imogen Cunningham).

Morris Graves in his Leek Garden
by Imogen Cunningham

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Studio Sunday

The light is not great, but I took a few photos anyway at my away-from-home studio (The Art Studios at Mission Mill) shortly before Open Studios last Thursday.  It was also right after a major cleaning, which is why it looks so tidy.  I assure you it won't stay that way.  

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Works on Paper

For my April show at Compass Gallery, I included some work on paper (I think 18 pieces in total).   I am excited to show these to you because they are hinting at a new direction I am taking my work for at least the next couple of months.  While touching on the same themes as the rest of the work in the show, I used the paper to explore looser brushstrokes, simplicity in form, and a limited use of color.  

I will have to wait to share what I am working on right now with these same concepts, but for now these are some of the pieces in the show.  All of these here are on 8 x 10 inch paper with the painted area (all acrylic) about 5 x 7 inches (easy to frame):

"Bowl with Twigs"

"Empty Chair"

"Dried Hydrangea Blossom"

"Green Cup and Eucalyptus"

"Cup with Frond"

This last photo shows "Cup with Frond" with its inspiration:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Compass Gallery Reception, Art After Dark, Open Studios, and More

Tomorrow night, Thursday April 14th, will be the reception for my April show at Compass Gallery.  Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. for the show plus you can visit the Studio and Gallery of Julie Jeanseau, Max Marbles Bookbinder, and upstairs there will be Open Studios (including mine) and a featured artist in the classroom: Leonard Kelly.  It will be a fun event, hope to see you there!  Here is another painting of mine in the show:

"Reflect" Acrylic on 24 x 36 inch wood panel.
Compass Gallery is located at 1313 Mill St Salem, Oregon in the Willamette Heritage Center.

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Work

"In the Family" Acrylic on 9 x 12 inch wood panel.
Here are a couple more paintings from the show.  More explorations of the fragility of memory.

"Rosehips" Acrylic and Mixed Media on 9 x 12 inch wood panel.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Studio Sunday

After 3 months of preparing for my show this month, both of my studio spaces became a bit...messy.  I've been trying to tidy them, a little at a time.  This is my corner at home and it is still quite full of inspiration from the show.  I'm slowly redistributing things.  There are some new works in progress on the shelf (Ikea) for me to consider, some of my pottery collection (which featured in some of the paintings in the show, I wish I could tell you the name of the gentleman who makes the beautiful blue-green pieces but it escapes me at the moment), a couple of sculpture busts I made last summer, and various other oddities.

I also have a magnetic board which has a revolving collection of things on paper mostly by other artists.  Currently there is an original collage by Vivienne Strauss, a print by Betsy Walton, a handwritten quote (by me of Picasso), and special (or should I say "speshol") art made by my daughter when she was younger.

Coming up this Thursday is the reception for my show at Compass Gallery.  5 to 7 p.m., 1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon.  There will also be Open Studios for the artists upstairs (including mine), a featured artist in the classroom, Leonard Kelly, and more.  

Friday, April 8, 2016


"Remainder" Acrylic on 24 x 30 inch wood panel.
Some of the work in my show at Compass Gallery this month is inspired by flowers or, more accurately, decaying flowers.  When I began the work, I was finding inspiration both inside the house, where I had several bouquets withering away, and outside.  There I found so much beauty in the browning hydrangeas, the red rose hips, and the seed pods of the peonies.
"Yellow Roses" Acrylic and Mixed Media on 11 x 14 inch wood panel.

"Oak Leaf Hydrangea" Acrylic on 11 x 14 inch wood panel.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Work

"Push and Pull" Acrylic on 24 x 24 inch panel.

Here are a couple more paintings in my April show at Compass Gallery.  The one above is acrylic, the one below is acrylic with a photo transfer (a photo copy of the original photograph transferred using acrylic gel medium).  I liked the idea of a few of the paintings having some or more of the photographs that inspired them showing in the painting itself.  

"Bring in the Carnations" Acrylic and Mixed Media on 9 x 12 inch wood panel.