Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lisa Pressman Workshop

The past three days I was fortunate to study with the highly energetic and exciting Lisa Pressman at The Encaustic Center. Lisa's teachings were more than the technical use of cold wax and oil paint, but included everything from how to create the layers and textures and depth, to the really important stuff of creating paintings with meaningful messages that tell a story. Wow, that is a lot to think about! Her enthusiasm for making a painting your own is something to strive for.
I find that the process is what lures me in. I love the layers and the textures. Often I start with really bright colors and then start knocking them back. And often, like in this painting, I find images emerge. Sometimes it is windows, doors, or worn broken structures, and sometimes it appears as if the images are human. So, I am going to continue to play and see where this leads me!
Oil and Cold Wax
I Am Because We Are
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Painting with Greys

I see a lot of articles about painting with greys these days. I have been playing with them myself. Grey is more than what I used to think of as grey, halfway between black and white. Grey may be warm or cool, or it may lean towards a hue, such as a blue grey or a reddish grey. Grey may just mean   neutralized. In this painting I limited myself to mixing with three colors, black, white, and Gamblin Torrit Grey. Torrit Grey is an interesting color made out of what is left in the bottom of the barrels. Gamblin actually gives this away with purchase each year and it is not ever the same because of what goes into it. (That's kind of how I cook!)

  • 2 Blacks - Gamblin Chromatic leaning slightly towards blue, and Mars Black,
  • 3 Whites -Titanium White-opaque, Zinc white-more transparent and Flake White Replacement 
  • 1 Grey - Gamblin Torrit Grey 

Runaway Greys
11" x 14"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Between Friends

Entering a show with a painting is always a bit intimidating. To be accepted is always an prize in itself! I was honored to receive an award for Best of Show with "Between Friends" at Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA). The painting was in the show Driven to Abstraction at The Plaza of Americas in their gallery at the lobby level during the month of September. They have wonderful revolving shows every month. If you haven't checked this out, you should!
Click here Texas Visual Art Association
Between Friends
11" x 14"
Mixed Media on Panel
people in

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 30 of 30 -Sept 30

Alpha to Omega! Finis'! Conclusion! However, it is just the beginning. The first time I did the challenge in January 2014, I felt relief when it was over, but I was proud to have completed the goal. This time, I feel as if I have just opened the door, or window. I have more ideas and loftier ideals! Who knows, next time I may paint bigger! Or ban the color blue - oh my! Thank you, Leslie, for hosting this challenge! Thank you to my fellow artist friends for sharing your paintings, techniques, and kind words of support and encouragement. You have opened my eyes, and I do hate good byes! So for now, I will just do a Happy Dance!!! Thank goodness I don't live in a glass house!

Collage of the thirty paintings - Sept. 2014

The Happy Dance
Oil and Wax on Panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 29 of 30 - Sept 29

Today is the 29th day of the 30 day challenge. It was a learning experience on so many levels. For one, I now have a backlog of things I want to do but ran out of days!
This painting started with layers of darks including Asphaltum, a rich dark brown/black. It reminds me of wear and tear over time to most objects, including humans! This is also one I will continue as a series. I am enjoying the strong dark and light contrasts without much color.

Weathered and Worn
Oil and Wax on Panel

From previous post:

Night Watch

Day 28 of 30 - Sept 28

Painting in a series is good practice. It is an easy segue from one painting to another and leaves lots of room for experimentation and play. This 30 day challenge has opened my mind for several new series for me I am excited to continue. This painting is part of the Gridlock series, yes I now have a name for it, and can't wait to get more birds-eye photos of traffic patterns and jams! Of course while a passenger only or watching the morning traffic reports!

Looking for Red Lights
Oil and Wax on Panel
From Previous Posts
The Missing Piece

Off the Grid

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 27 of 30 - Sept 27

Good Vibrations. This painting started with many layers of blues, you can see how they have poked through if you zoom in. It was the panel I put my leftover blues on. Next, I started spreading on my leftover reds. Again since it is oil and wax, the layers are not dry so continue to interact for a while. It was a start of something that I kept coming back to and deciding I wasn't ready to change. Yesterday, I decided to call it finished! It is small enough to hang in an innocuous place to give that pop of color!
Looking for a title this morning I thought of how the reds and turquoise blues vibrate off of each other. And now that old Beachboy's song is stuck in my head! Have a good day!

Good Vibrations
Oil and Wax on Panel

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 26 of 30 - Sept 26

The idea for the painting from Day 25, Looking In, came from another one I had done with a lot of windows. Looking In was cropped from a portion of that painting and redone, but not exactly, just a similar feeling and some repetition with colors. Today's painting is a portion that I deconstructed from Looking In. I actually cropped the photo of the painting, zoomed in, and used it loosely as a structure to begin the painting process. This painting is done with acrylic so I could have more control. The oil and wax medium allows colors to seep through and change as they dry whereas the acrylic is somewhat more predictable. I love the simplicity that came with cropping in closer and leaving extra details out!
Looking In and Out
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 25 of 30 - Sept 25

One of my teachers taught a way to decide if a painting is working is to take a small viewfinder and move it around the painting to see if each part works. Often I discover a section I like that may or may not end up in that particular painting, but it becomes the springboard as an idea for a new one. That is how this was born. Layers of color and wax. Lines and more color. And more lines, almost geometric. This one I will also deconstruct to see if there is another small section to enlarge for the next canvas. Have a good Thursday!
Looking In
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 24 of 30 - Sept 24

Coral is a living organism in our oceans in danger of being depleted because of environmental changes and human abuse. It is a highly controversial topic and agencies that could regulate and protect the coral reefs have failed to make this happen yet. The role of the coral itself extends far beyond its use in jewelry and design as the coral reef is so important to the ecology, protection for the coastline and the marine life to the use in drugs used to fight HIV and cancer, and more. It is also believed to have innate healing properties.
Red coral is considered a stone of passion. Creativity and optimism are also qualities that coral brings out. Emotionally, coral brings inner peace, strength, and understanding of purpose. I love coral and all it represents. And, of course I love the exaggeration of the reds juxtaposed with the blues of the sea. Today, I salute Red Coral! 

Red Coral
8" x 8"
Oil and Wax on Panel

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 23 of 30 Sept 23

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see. (Philip Guston)

Smoke and Mirrors is a phrase used in may ways but the original reference relates to magician's illusions. Deception, imagination, interpretation. I have trouble  focusing on one meaning for this one, so I leave it to the viewer!

Smoke and Mirrors
Oil and Wax on Panel

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 22 of 30 - Sept 22

Although I moan about living in a big city with a lot of concrete, I am still enamored with the skyline, whether it be day or night. Again playing with the luscious oil and wax mixture, I played back and forth with layers of color, scraping, making marks and adding more color.

Today I attended an art reception for Southwest Watercolor Society. I felt honored to have a work in the show, especially when I saw the show and the competition. It is humbling for sure!
Have a good day1
Downtown Blues
Oil and Wax on Panel

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 21 of 30 - Sept 21

This painting I have named Uptown Blues, only because the images are not as tall as the ones in its sister piece, Downtown Blues, that you will see tomorrow! Yes, I doubled up today! The first few layers are very dark, then I layered many neutrals, tans and creamy off whites. Next, I started cutting into the neutrals and carving lines and then covering the lines and scraping back, smooshing things around, adding more color ..... it goes on forever! Yes, I do love the process!

Retirement doing something you love is just the icing on the cake, next to grandchildren hugs that is!

Uptown Blues
Oil and Wax

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 20 of 30 - Sept 20

Although I do like color, I really love neutrals. I went for a walk yesterday and was mesmerized looking at the variations and striations in the concrete and asphalt. We have a lot of that in Dallas, no pine trees, rambling streams, or majestic mountains to look at like other places I love to visit, so I tend to look more at my feet! But even the stains and marks combined with textures and other minutia are intriguing. Old crumbly buildings and deteriorating surfaces have the same appeal. When I started painting, I did not know what to paint. I sometimes used other peoples photos because I was so used to looking but not seeing. I am working on this! Seeing and feeling the place! 
There is so much that can be read into things that are falling apart. There is still an innate beauty. If you see a crumbly, scraggly looking place, please send me a photo!!! Have a good day!

Peeking Through
Oil and Wax on Panel

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 19 of 30 - Sept 19

I have fallen in love with cold wax as a medium. The mixture of oil and wax has an empowering air to it. It can be spread thin or thick, scraped back when wet or dry, carved into, stamped on, and pushed around. A little solvent brushed, wiped or dribbled on it changes it's properties and as I am learning, it can have a mind of its own! Using oil and cold wax is like a new experiment every time.
It's refreshing! Have a good Friday!

Rivets and Blues
Oil and Wax on Panel

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 18 of 30 - Sept 18

This small piece is just playing with value - lights and darks. The first layers are very dark, next came then the blues. But it was still just lots of darks.

Along the way, I decided to lighten it up and make it more neutral. Then it came alive like a city at night, with the florescent lights and the dark skies. Maybe people are out there celebrating, like maybe even celebrating a birthday! If it is your birthday, I hope it is a great one!!!! KK. :)

Night Watch
8'" x 8"
Oil and Wax

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 17 of 30 - Sept 17

Making Marks. I am learning that the marks I make are my own vocabulary. Sometimes they are soft and swishing, and sometimes they are straight and narrow, or thick, or broken. They change with the music I listen to or what is in my heart or on my mind at that moment in time. I have learned to recognize my marks as one recognizes ones handwriting. All in all, at the end of the day, I love making marks. When I started a life drawing class three years ago, I had fewer marks in my vocabulary. I notice as I learn more about the figure and with practice, the lines in my figures are similar to those in my abstracts. And my vocabulary is growing. It is hard for me to not use marks. It is like some people cannot talk without their hands!
Oil and wax is especially fun to make marks in because you can draw with anything sharp or dull and carve through the buttery layers and you never know what will surface. Even after it dries, the layers yield surprises!
Turning Blue
10" x 10"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 16 of 30 - Sept 16

This painting has in its background four generations of what I thought were really it, done, finis! I hung it at each of its four completed stages, took final photos and stepped away. At the end of the day, I just felt it was wrong. I lost track of its roots but comparing photos I found all four of the paintings little birthmark. About 5 little horizontal dots in the same place. I know the tool I used and it signified the lineage. Sometimes my paintings seem to reveal people in the background and in this one, they have returned. They speak to me and tell me move on, you are done......

I may tweak it a bit. But today, I am done!

Four Generations
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 15 of 30 - Sept 15

Today marks the half-way point of the 30 paintings in 30 days. This is a great exercise for me. I learn from doing, from re-doing, and from others.  It makes me plan for the next painting and it makes me keep several going in case I get really stumped, which I do often!

Texture was the start of this painting. I had a strip of the mesh, cheesecloth like fabric left from another painting and embedded it on the bottom strip of the panel. Many layers of oil and wax later, it seemed too much for the size of the painting, so I picked the fabric off, in pieces at this point. This was a pleasant surprise as it left an interesting texture of its own. I often work in a grid like format, not necessarily planned, it just happens. I was a high school math teacher, I loved teaching graphs, I still love grid paper, and I love the feel of not making it perfectly aligned. 

Floppy Grid
Oil and Wax on Panel

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day 14 of 30 - Sept 14

I have read when people are asked their favorite color, the answer most often is BLUE. There are many emotions associated with blue. Sometimes it depends on the shade such as ice blue, royal blue, baby blue, sky blue, midnight blue, aqua blue, etc.
Blue symbolizes freedom and new beginnings. Blue skies seem to indicate optimism. Blue is powerful, protective, calming, faithful...... Or blue represents sadness and melancholy. I can feel all of those emotions with blue depending on the blue, or the day! I love blue!

The first layers were created with shades of red, followed by neutral buff and off -whites and of course, blues! As the oil paint and wax started to dry, I used a metal comb and made line work over the entire surface. After turning it every which way, I decided it was too busy, so next I began whittling some shapes with my palette knife, and either scraping back or adding more paint. Lastly, I added some carved lines to further define some shapes, while leaving a good portion of the original marks made with the comb. I like the texture made with the comb but think it would be better suited to a large painting.

My Blue Place
Oil and Wax on Panel

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 13 of 30 - Sept 13

This painting has at least 9 lives! It began as a canvas with a torn dark intaglio print collaged on the surface. Next muted acrylic was added, but just a tad. This was followed by stages of scrubbing with alcohol, layers of burnt sienna, scraping, covering with titan buff, aqua touches, antiquing, etc. And in between stages it was often taken back to the studs so to speak. At this point it will rest; it reminds me of a well worn comfy pair of Khakis.

Saturday is a Khaki kind of day. Have a good one! 
When You Wear Khaki, You Can Do Whatever You Choose
12" x 12"
Mixed Media on Cradled Canvas

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 12 of 30 - Sept 12

Yesterday, I posted a painting aptly named Sleep Deprivation. Today, I have toned the crazies down and created a place of restful tranquility. The ups and downs of life can definitely affect your creativity and how you tell the story on the canvas. Calm after a storm makes it easier to arrive at a resting point in the painting, just like it does in life.

In painting, I resort to subtle colors, softer shapes and flowing line work. I am less likely to continue adding layers of paint and cold wax and scraping deeper. It is as if the painting is saying, stop, be still, listen. It isn't always that easy in life. But maybe visualizing those same thoughts is a start, combined with lots of love and gratitude. Wishing everyone a calm place today!
A Calm Place
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 11 of 30 - Sept 11

One of  the difficult parts of painting is finding an appropriate name for the piece! Some artists plan ahead and name the painting first, which guides them in the creative process. I envy those who can do that!

However, this painting speaks to me as Sleep Deprivation. There are hidden things going on including the random, alarming reds which mimic a racing mind. The scratched lines and marks are a suggestion of the concerns that keep the cycle going. Beneath the busy-ness is a hint of of calm, teasing and taunting. Today it has a name.

Here's wishing all a restful sleep, especially those who need it most!

Sleep Deprivation
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 10 of 30 - Sept 10

I have been experimenting with color, or better stated, more color than usual for me.
My tendency is to use subtle value changes and neutralized colors. Blues are my go-to favorites, as you can obviously tell.
This small painting started with many dark layers. Then I collaged a small misshapen square of handmade paper on the surface. Adding and subtracting paint and line work, I eventually scraped much of the paint off the paper and then smoothed yellows and golds over a grid.
Some of the remaining colors were much darker, but blending cold wax and solvent over the surface left a blue violet mixture. There is actually a 3D effect going on since the paper was so thick.
Let the Sunshine In
Mixed Media on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 9 of 30 - Sept 9

Robin Williams was such an amazing character. He made people laugh, listen and think!. A wise, comical, cynical and cunningly truthful guy, loved by many. This is one of his lines that I really like.

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

In this painting, I gave myself permission to experiment wildly with no plan. I have no idea what came first. It has so many layers it may need two hangers to support it! I tied it back together in the end with the main colors. But knowing there could be more beneath intrigues and taunts me. 

I have another quote I like because at times it reminds me of so many people I know, and ok, I admit, myself as well!

Your crazy is showing.  You might want to tuck that back in.
Author Unknown

So between these two, "the spark of madness" and "tucking that crazy back in", there is a fine line of balance in both life and painting! If I tuck that crazy back in, I can create a ho hum painting, which can be OK if that is my intent. Serene, calm, peaceful. Or could I go crazy? I want to experiment with that spark of madness! I mustn't lose it!

Spark of Madness
12" x 12"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 8 of 30 - Sept 8

On this piece, I made a fresh start on an Ampersand panel, with no thought in mind, which may not be a good thing! It is unlike some that have had as many as five lives. Commonly, I think they are where I want them so I let them hang out for a day (sometimes longer than a day). I often decide they need tweaking. Finishing one painting a day doesn't give me a lot of time to change my mind, which may be a good thing!

I like to start with a really vibrant strong color as a first layer, and I believe this one was Quin Magenta. There were probably at least 5 other colors that were added because they show up when you scrape back into them. The cold wax medium allows one the time to modify, make marks, and create lines or textures. The surface dries a bit faster than just oil paint, but it is still pliable.

Monday is usually the day I contemplate what I have done in the past week.  Nothing is precious and unfortunately, sometimes I will even give up something in a piece that I just love, even if it was just one square inch of the whole painting. I will scrape it back to nothing and start again, or maybe add more layers if it is wax, and it it is acrylic, I may scrub it with alcohol.
For now, I will let this one hang out.
I just love the process!

I'm Not Singing the Monday Blues
8" x 8"
Oil and Wax on Panel

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Day 7 of 30 - Sept 7

Off the Grid had its beginnings with many layers of oil mixed with cold wax. It becomes a mindless, easy job. It is mesmerizing to fold and blend a small amount of wax into a small dollop of oil paint out of the tube. Then, it is like icing a birthday cake. The texture is creamy and easily spread with a spatula or palette knife. I usually do several layers with different often contrasting colors on several panels at the same time.  This is the reason you often see the same colors appear in more than one painting. The panels wait in various stages of wetness over the days, some become almost dry before the next stage. Next the difficult, but fun part begins - peeling, scraping, and manipulating through the layers to create something. Adding and subtracting. In this case, I added line work at the end to create interesting textures and to create grids. These are small studies, 8" x 8".
My next challenge will be to go large, really large! 
Have a good day, especially if its your birthday!

Off the Grid
8" x 8"
Oil and Wax on Panel

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 6 of 30 - Sept 6

I am coming to the conclusion that the stories I tell seem to revolve around a common theme, relationships. I visited a friend once who asked many thought provoking questions including "What is your passion?" I answered, "my family". He scoffed and attempted to convince me that wasn't a passion, it was a love, but not a passion. His passion was medicine. His companion's passion was photography. At that time, I was just becoming passionate about art, but that is not a passion, it is an obsession! I must do art everyday! Read, draw, paint or see art, it's definitely an obsession!

The quote below is by a favorite poet of mine. It reminds me of each of my three children, who seem to share this intention! 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
X, Y, and Z
12" x 12"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 5 of 30 - Sept 5

I could play with this painting for days! The cotton mesh fabric, similar to cheesecloth but much more pliable and soft, has been embedded in oil and cold wax. Next, the material has been molded and altered, stretched and torn, sculpted, painted, and scraped. What is left is a puzzle.  This has changed directions so many times, and it definitely has a mind of its own! Reminiscent of an active toddler, I will let it rest for now. Time to take a break and observe for a while!

Busy Water
12" x 12"
Mixed Media

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 4 of 30 - Sept 4

I started painting about seven years ago after retiring from teaching high school math. It has been an adventure in learning and experimenting that keeps me excited on a daily basis. I have been fortunate to have three wonderful children and their awesome spouses who lift me up in this endeavor. They would even put my art on their refrigerators! Lucky me, I also have my sister and brothers as cheerleaders. Let's not forget my friends and mentors! 

Today, my youngest daughter sent me a quote from an artist about creating paintings that tell stories through a series. And her advice to me was,  "Tell your stories." OK!

Today is for our sister Ann along with a line from the book The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein.  "Oh, I'm looking for my missin' piece." We love you!
The Missing Piece
8" x 8"
Oil and Wax on Panel

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 3 of 30 - Sept 3

I like playing with line and texture. The movement of dragging a brush, palette knife or wooden stick through waxy, layered colors is like opening a subtly wrapped gift. The little twists of the chosen tool reveal different variations in color as well as blending some of those wet paints beneath the surface.  Each painting takes on a life of its own! And sometimes, that life needs to be rerouted, and easily so.... just add another layer and begin again.

Turning Crimson
12" x 12"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 2 of 30 - Sept 2

Purple is a color I sometimes overlook in my tool box. So I played with purple in this painting.
There is a lot of texture as it has cotton fabric mesh that is stretched, torn and embedded in the wax, and then painted and scraped over. Cold wax is a medium that allows you the freedom to play, scrape and play again. This one gave me several surprises that I would like to use again. But alas, it is one of the happy accidents! It may never come this way again. Have a good day!
Her Majesty
12" x 12"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel

Monday, September 1, 2014

Challenge Day 1 of 30 - Sept 1

I learned so much from doing the first 30 day challenge with Leslie Saeta last January, I decided to do it again.  I learned to not be so precious with my paint, tools and time. Just do it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Lucky to have studied with fine mentors, the recurring theme is that it takes thousands and thousands of strokes, maybe even a a gazillion, to become a better painter. So, here I go, working on my first gazillion strokes!

In trying to think of a theme to unify my work, my thoughts turn to: lines, texture, layers,  and openings (windows, doors, between trees, between buildings, between the lines, etc).

That's the thought for today.
Today's painting is done is oils and cold wax. These paintings are like a slow simmer. Layers and layers of paint and scraping. They do not take one day, they take many days. I have been prepping my panels this month with layers. My plan is to bring them to a finish, one a day for 30 days.
Adobe, Turquoise and Rust
12" x 12"
Oil on Panel

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oil and Cold Wax

I have been playing with oil and cold wax the past couple of weeks. It's hard to know when to quit, the medium is so pliable and easily modified. I have several paintings that I started at Ghost Ranch in October last year. In start, I mean they have tons of layers and texture and and marks, but they just haven't felt finished. So, I am working on them and trying to bring some closure! This one is small, but I think it is done now. Maybe!
Window Replacement
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Stitches

Breaking Boundaries is a Southwest Watercolor Exhibition for artwork created outside the traditional. Although I have been pushing that limit for a while by adding collage and all types of marking tools, I decided to add thread! First, I tore up some small acrylic sketches, painted more swatches, and then glued them onto 140 lb watercolor paper. After it dried, I added marks, with ink, Caran d'Ache, pencil, pastel, whatever I grabbed. Lastly, the fun part. I stitched through the layers of paper with my sewing machine. The challenge was rolling the large paper and turning it to go under the needle in all directions! Without breaking the needle, no less! Machine Quilting on paper! My dear friend, Kris! I thought of you and your gorgeous quilts you have created with your sisters!

Breaking Boundaries will be open at The Arts Gallery at Collin County Community College, Springcreek Campus August 21 through September 12. I am anxious to see all the rules we have broken! What fun!

In Stitches
32" x 38"
Mixed Media, plus Stitches

Monday, August 11, 2014


I love to study artists who are in the past, present and future. Sometimes I try to emulate something they have done that I love. And in the end, it usually doesn't look like them, and I am not sure who it looks like, but since I did it, I am thinking it must look like mine.
But today I pay homage to Richard Diebenkorn. I love both his Ocean Park series and his Berkley Years series. He uses color and shapes in a way that intrigue me and I plan to learn more about his techniques!
Diebenkorn Influences
8" x 10"

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Turquoise Monotype

The monotype was created with Akua inks over a mesh that came from a straw or jute like bag.
Precious daughter-in-law Julie gave me several of these little bags and they have been so fun to work with. The mesh is pliable and it allows the grid to be stretched and adjusted, not just perfectly straight and aligned for my usual right brain tendencies. I need to find more of these little treasures!
Turquoise Mesh
7 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Photo Intaglio on Handmade Paper

This print was created from a photo taken in Marfa, Texas a few years ago. The old hotel has been redone and the old bicycles parked at the rack seemed so appropriate.
The paper was handmade by my instructor, Jeff Hirst and has a wonderful texture! Too bad I don't have a stash of it!!
Marfa, TX
5" x 7"
Photo Intaglio on Handmade paper

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The MAC: Something Old, Something New, Something Funky, Something Blue: "A Complicated Relationship"

Every year, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary holds a membership show and each member is allowed to enter one painting in the month long show. The theme varies and this year, it is Something Old, Something New, Something Funky, Something Blue. The reception will be June 26 from 6-8 pm. Come and join the festivities if you are in the Dallas area!

My entry was painted quickly, with wild abandon and nonsense on my trip to North Carolina. Plein air in which one uses the view as a springboard was the goal.  Yet, my dominant left brain was running rampant and tight, struggling to recreate exactly what I saw. Quite an impossible task to bring the excitement and fresh look to the painting when trying so hard to reconstruct what the eyes see. Finally getting into the zone,  we experimented with abstraction, color and value. It was an amazing and enlightening experience, enhanced by the new friends I met.

Important lesson: paint what you feel, not what you see! Seeing is important, but see with your heart and not just your eyes. Each stroke is important because of what came before and what comes next. So many lessons. So little time!

A Complicated Relationship
11" x 11"
Oil and Graphite on Paper

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lost Boundaries

Today I shipped this painting to 17th Open Exhibition of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). I feel very honored to have been accepted as I have followed with admiration and awe many of the artists who are also in the show. It is such a great feeling to get an acceptance for a show.  I have to console myself when I get a "non-acceptance" letter, that sounds less harsh than a "rejection" letter!
However, it is something to be taken in stride and learned from. One, don't take yourself too seriously! Two, if you really like the painting, enter it in another show! I did that last year and the third time was a charm, and I even received a merchandise award for the painting, which made it even more exciting. Bottom line, juried shows are subjective, it depends on the juror. One juror may hate it and another may love it. That's what I have heard from many artists that I have taken classes from who also are jurors. Now, I have first hand experience.
Anyway, this painting started out as layers of paint and gel medium on Ampersand Gessoboard. Then I layered lots of marks created with graphite, ink, crayon, and pastel. I am enjoying this process and it seems to be working for me right now.  So, I will play and have fun with the idea for a while until the next idea strikes! Have a great Monday!
Lost Boundaries
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
14" x 11"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On a Calm Day

Texture is the main element used in this painting. Starting with a gessoed canvas and adding light modeling paste, the surface was then molded, flattened and twisted to create lots of valleys and ridges. After all had dried, I mixed my paints and started blending lightly on the surface. Some of the ridges took the paint differently, creating shadows and soft shapes. I decided to let the texture be the road map, and this is where it took me. Often it is hard to know when a painting is finished. That is an often asked question in classes and workshops. And more often than not the artist will reply something to the tune of "you will know when the painting is finished." I felt like this one was saying..... "STEP away from the painting!" I wish they were all this cooperative!
On a Calm Day
20" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 Montoypes

As I am working through my stack of paintings everywhere that just need a little tweaking to the ones that need to be painted over or forgotten, I came across some of the monotypes created with Jeff Hirst before he moved his studio to Oakland. I enjoyed what we did with printmaking and hope to do some more of it, soon!
10" x 10"

10" x 10"
Taking Flight

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Time to Catch Up

Well, I really have been painting, just not blogging lately. So I will play catch up on posting some of my paintings the last few months. One of the elements I have been experimenting with is line, making marks with anything that makes marks. This painting is done on Ampersand board with acrylic. Plus the lines in pencil, ink, crayon, etc!
Between Friends
14" x 11"
Acrylic on Board