Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This week

Greetings!  It has been busy week at my house as one summer camp for my daughter comes to a crazy end.  She participated this year in Children's Educational Theater and while it is a lot of fun and great learning, it is a very taxing schedule culminating in a lot of rehearsals and performances during the last week.  The schedule does afford me a little extra studio time, though, so that is where I have been.

So far this week, I have finished one larger painting (will share soon) and have begun experimenting with linen again.  I really enjoy painting on linen, particularly when I use my own cut linen pieces.  You might remember such work as this from last year:

Last week I made this piece in my sketchbook:

Not sure exactly what is going on there, but that is often the case in my sketchbooks.  The idea is to play with ideas, form, and color.  And then I had the idea to do cut pieces of linen, attach them to paper (for support), and then gesso them with a tinted gesso and follow it with a quick painting and or drawing.   The paper I used to back them is likely not heavy enough, but this is just an experiment and I do think they look quite nice:

Next up, I am going to try attaching the linen to the wooden panels I use so often.  As it happens, I am ready for some more experimentation.  After working on some larger, more detailed work I would like to make some smaller pieces more quickly, rapid brushstrokes focusing on form and color and less on polished details.  The next couple of months will have me pushing my comfort zone away from the smooth to the rough and thicker paint.

Monday, July 24, 2017


If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this painting back in April.  I call it "Spring Ahead."  I started painting it shortly after the time change, which hit me particularly hard at the time.  Here is the painting:

An artist friend of mine, Kay Worthington, reached out to me and a lovely conversation took place resulting in her taking the piece and in return creating me this amazing quilt as a response piece:


I was so inspired by the process that I decided I would then make another painting in response to her quilt.  That piece is still underway and it has been really interesting deciding what to pull from her piece and bring forward into the next one and what new ideas I want to include.  I will share that once it is complete and who knows what might come next...?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quietly Returning

I know, it has been so quiet on my blog for the last several months.  I've been working away on new projects and ideas, working them through and thinking about what is next.  Sometimes, when I work like this, I am reluctant to share my progress.  But I think I am ready now to stop in more often (hopefully at least weekly) and share how things are going.  (No promises, though!)  I have several new ideas I have not yet explored and I will share those with you in the coming weeks.  For now, a painting I meant to share awhile ago, this is "Tulip Triptych":

This is a single piece in three parts, each is 12 x 12 inches on wood panels, and is $640 for the trio, you can email me if you are interested or would like more details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Open Studios!

Join us this Thursday evening for open studios, art exhibits, and more.  A converted cigarette machine called Art Blox will be there and for just $10 you can us a token to purchase original art from the machine.  Hope to see you there!