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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Calm Amidst The Chaos

12" x 12", Acrylic on wood panel

"Our real discoveries come from chaos,
from going to the place that looks
wrong and stupid and foolish."
-- Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mantra

12" x 12, Mixed Media on Wood Panel

This is a painting I did as an assignment for a class taught by Nicholas Wilton. I'm learning a ton! We had to use a limited palette this week of black, white, dark red and yellow ochre (and any colors that resulted from mixing them). I wrote out Mary Oliver's famous poem "Wild Geese" many, many times in the hair of the figure. This one is hanging in my study. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Halcyon Days

12" x 12", Mixed Media

"Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days!"
-- Walt Whitman
from the poem "Halcyon Days"

Thursday, April 14, 2016

They Come In Threes

12" x 16"  mixed media

I am experimenting with mixed media. This painting has oil, oil pastels, cold wax and acrylics. They all played nicely together. :)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Echoes

12" x 16" oil and cold wax

"... And then I listened:
I was not saying anything;
...and you could not hear me."
-- James Tate

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sailing Along

8" x 8" oil/wax on cradled panel

I'm still learning to manipulate the oil paint and cold wax medium. It is definitely different! But I have a few experiments going that I like. This was not one of them. Ha! But it was a learning experience and that is always helpful moving forward. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

More Portrait Fun



I just finished another amazing class with Misty Mawn. I always come away inspired after her yearly workshop. This one was no different.

She introduced a new (to me) technique of working with pastels and I loved the effects. These two stylized portraits, using Andy Warhol as a reference image, were done with that technique. It's fun drawing and re-drawing the same image just to see how it differs each time. And painting with the pastels was just the icing on the cake.

Although my work is shifting in lots of different directions lately, I will always come back to the portrait for the pure enjoyment of it. I love drawing and painting faces and then collecting my paintings into a "rogue's gallery" that I thoroughly enjoy looking through. ;)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beach Scene

12" x 6"     Cold wax and oil

I thought I would try an abstract beach scene while thinking about warmer weather on the way. Still playing with oil and cold wax. I love the medium. It makes it a lot easier to paint with oils without having to worry about the amount of solvent vs. oil, etc. Just use oil and cold wax. Boom. Drying time is faster too. 

I have about five more in progress with this medium. Wanting to really experiment with some things and how they react together. Always fun to just play without worrying about the outcome. I will post if any of them turn out.  ;) 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Still Waters

12" x 17"   cold wax and oil

After a long pause in blogging, I am getting started again. New art is in the works and a new energy in the studio. Maybe Spring has something to do with that... 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Beginnings


I've been playing with some of the images I've captured lately. Here was a moth that landed on my (dirty) window. No, the window wasn't THIS dirty. ;0) I've transposed him onto a digital background from my files. I love this image and will probably use him in other pieces as well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Slowing Down


Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature,
is a help.
~ May Sarton

I've been spending a lot of time at our local nature preserve. It's a marsh, a wetlands ... started out decades ago as a celery bog. It's so peaceful and there are many forms of wildlife to be found. Lately I've been trying to get there earlier and earlier; partly for the light (for photography) and also because I'm the only one in that vast space at least for awhile.

I captured some nice photos of this beautiful creature during my last visit. The rest are posted on my other blog here. Taking time to refresh, observe my surroundings and soak it all in. Loving the silence!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Mind Is...


My Mind Is

my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch and
taste and smell and hearing and sight keep hitting and
chipping with sharp fatal tools
in an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms of
chrome and execute strides of cobalt
nevertheless i
feel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly am
becoming something a little different, in fact
myself
Hereupon helpless i utter lilac shrieks and scarlet
bellowings.

~ ee cummings