Monday, February 28, 2011
Just delivered nine colorful chicken paintings to the Howland for the group show of Art Women @ Work. We exhibited together a couple years ago and it was a blast. Will talk about 3pm... there is always music (piano) and good nibbles.
See you there!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Since the work started on a black primed surface, I liked the brightness of the yellows and white's that came through the strokes of my brush. The woods outside my studio window fell reflected on the surface of a jar of water. Those two things were the joy and motivation for the painting.
Though I love people and strive to be a communitarian, I also thrive in isolation. Sometimes the artist in me becomes my own best company, I guess!
Mixed media on paper board.
8.5 x 11 inches
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
If I paint this out, I know I will be alright. I am alright! It's just some timely images that appear like a dream falling out of my brush. Like poetry acknowledges the pain behind metered words, this grouping plays humorously with a soul's (mine? yours? his?) longing.
I found the headline used in the Los Angeles Times...didn't make it up.
Feel as though I have slipped, in my mental and emotional psyche, down to the bare bones. With nothing left to think of or do, (no head, arms, or legs), I might as well just soak in the tub.
Monday, February 21, 2011
The divorce is final. My heart is feeling fertile. Set in a winter wasteland, the painting contains a range of possible messages. I found the random headline to be more than poignant. It's perfect. It's just paint, too.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Proximity to a rarely, if ever, seen private collector's jewel-like painting by Cranach, another of my family's artists, inspired my father, step-mother and I to make a pilgrimage to the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachussetts, yesterday. We had glorious weather, enjoyed talkative docents and guards, and read every label we could find, including a special exhibition tour of Durer apocolyptic woodcuts and the room of my favorite Winslow Homer's paintings.
Standing in front of the Lucas Cranach painting, I startled myself with the realization that my visual experience had moved me to emit soft humming exhalations. Looking at her lines, I smiled over the exxageration and the seriousness of the marks. The necklace looks like the pasta links my boys graced my early madonnas in, and the sleeve has Dr. Suess-ical fabric splits, featuring highlights that speak to the joy I too find in looking and painting. But what really got to me was the similarity in the focus of specific details that makes both me and Lucas loose the overall continuity of an area- like the fabric folds... there at the bottom was a detail that must have been fun to paint, must have existed, but somehow lays disconnected to the remaining folds. I don't want to come out and say that I paint like Lucas- but he sure paints like me!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
There are many variations to the story and the actions of Persephone aren't cut and dried. The fateful taste of the pomegranate, or "love apple", that condemns Persephone, (and our climate), to spend half a year in the realm of death, mirrors the bite Eve craved of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge that condemned her and Adam to painful separation from God and the garden. I believe these stories exist to teach us some truths about cycles and our physical and existential hungers.
Through more reading and painting, I learn that the only route to peace comes through patience, acceptance, and faith. But I don't mean to preach. I just want to paint the hope that soon spring will arrive here.
Mixed media- charcoal and acrylic paint on paper, 16 x 6 inches.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here we are just having a grand time exploring different media... There's a lot of material and plenty of ideas flowing.
So we have scheduled another studio to stove seasonal workshop
March 20, 1-4pm
Explore the stirrings of memories while creating step-by-step trompe-l'oeil painted memory boxes and baking your own loaf of Irish Soda bread. You will be provided guidance in marbling and fool the eye painting techniques. Irish soda bread is about rising up with very little, which should generate some interesting discussions of what we have and hold dear.
50$ per person and please bring your own 8 inch round cake pan.
limited to 8 people. Lakeville CT location
save the date for April 17th's canvas and challah event.
email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
This is the first Tuesday /Wednesday cycle of the new year that we have not had a snow storm. Does this mean spring is on it's way? It's certainly time for Mardi Gras!
The detail shows a bit of the sparkly paint I added for a glitter highlight.
9.25 x 10 inches paint on wood
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Yesterday I held my first mixed media class of this season @ Mill Street Loft. The kids were very hard working as we transitioned from pulling on our imaginations to copying reference materials to drawing from life. We worked in pen and watercolors to warm up. Then, acknowledging the oldest media known to man, we used ash from the fireplace, charcoal and beeswax. The subject matter was the mythological, fabulous, phoenix. Each child had a different perspective on the gifts of the bird and the significance of the fable.
My little 14 x 5 inch example piece has tissue flames and oil pastel added to the surface collage in wax. The phoenix rises from my head as well as from the nest...it's like a dream.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The paintings range in size from 8.5 x 6.5 inches to 11 x 7 inches.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The purple polka dots were the most challenging part of this painting and I am so glad I tried them.
8 x 10 inches acrylic on wood panel $200
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Monday, February 7, 2011
The feeling is hard to explain and so I am sort of ATTEMPTING to get there with this picture. I used ink and watercolor, collaged maps, and then wax, and then tissue and oil pastel and more tissue and pencil and then ripped off tissue and added more pastel and somehow i lost the whole feeling. Perhaps I should have used clay?
Sometimes in my most hedonistic lazy glorious awareness I feel as though I am an island with nothing around but a shore line dissolving under waves.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
SO... the other day, when I finally could get out of the house, (you know- in that brief dry interlude between storms?), I went to visit my dad. He was in his clinic just finishing surgery on a cat. I yelled out, "Hey Pa!" as I stepped in the door so as not to add the stress of the thought of an unexpected client to his concentration. He grumbled. As I approached the operating room his back turned to me. He was cleaning up at the sink. "I see from your blog you've been in bed all week", he said. I took in his snow pants, recalled the clean paths carved up the hill that I just wandered...and the puritan productive German ancestry in me rose up. "Oh no!", I wanted to protest. But the visual evidence was already posted.
So this painting is for my dad. He is going to turn 75 in a few weeks. He shovels and plows his place, my sister's place and the barn yard... just have access to hay, to feed her cats, keep us safe off the road, and keep his pet owner's safely on their feet. He does enough shoveling for all of us. Literally!
Dad- I painted this at about 6am... exhausting day! I love you.
5 x 4 x 2 inches stretched canvas with acrylic paint.
Look deep inside your heart, explore your passionate roots, and emotional baggage while you create your own red cigar-box alter and bake, fill, and decorate valentine cookies… some believe them to be aphrodisiacs! We will explore the spicy, the sweet, and the possibly sinister aspects of the season. Red is a vivid reminder that love is from the heart, even though the heart is easily broken.
Workshop will be held at Barrett Studio in Lakevile, Ct
For more Info and to pre-register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-435-9895
February 13th, Sunday, 1-4pm, $50
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
SOLD- THANKS PAMELA!
I MIGHT as well move out of my bedroom and into the woods. (The house feels cold enough!)
No, really I know I am lucky to have a roof overhead. It's just a fascinating winter land all around me. Rumor has it we have had over 53 inches of snow so far! There seems to be a ton of it. And another storm is coming day after tomorrow! Now we enter the mathmatics of where do we actually shovel the stuff? The roads are like bobsled luge runs with high walls and no visibility of intersecting traffic. The snow from the roof, when shoveled off, makes white mountains to the window heights. They press into the siding, the screens take a beating and ice leaks in through the woodwork. I already have bins catching water drips in the attic... it has slowed down today, but I'm not sure if its because we caught and plugged it- or because everything is frozen. (It is going to -1 degree tonight) Will there be a giant blue green glacier bursting through the roof and in the attic next time I go look?
Oh! I might as well just move into the woods!
Don't live without love. Check out the chance to make a special valentine the day before Vday at our Lakeville Studio-to-Stove workshop- details in sidebar.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
small acrylic on panel, 8 x 10 inches $200
More valentine ideas shared on my other blog:
Tilly's birthday wish
Don't forget to sign up for a Heart Workshop- see sidebar.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This is 8 x 10 inches, acrylic on wood panel.
You can almost be here!
Last time I worked on this was 2005, the year of the rooster. Right now we are having another weekly blizzard making me remember 1993, another year of the rooster, where it snowed every Friday like clockwork. This time it's every Tuesday or Wednesday.
But I digress.
These two chickens need someone to attract their attention. I just changed their coloring this morning, but they look as though they are waiting for something else to happen. Don't they?
$200 (shipping included)