|Lost and Found conte and pastel on Rives BFK 18 x 21.5|
Friday, June 16, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
|Cherry Pie Watercolor on Khadi paper 12 x 12|
Recently, while having a bit of brunch in Clintonville, we stopped into a wonderful place....Dough Mama. On the wall was a wonderful pie drawing that inspired my own version. This painting is more meticulous than usual for me, as I took painstaking care in the overs and unders of the latticework crust. I attempted to keep sparkling whites, mostly in the cherry filling. The background was the devil. Each color seemed wrong...too colorful to compete with the vibrant pie. I finally layered the background with a pick-type brush (cut out like a comb) using white gouache for a more subtle application. In this regard, I was inspired by a children's book in which all of the illustrations were painting on wood, with the grain as part of the overall texture. I am pleased.
Care for a slice?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
|Spring in Clintonville watercolor 18.5 x 16|
My aim here was to merge the home with the surrounding environment. My sense of aesthetics seems to reject subjects that are too enclosed, too encased, too separate. And, while I can see some passages that I would improve, this is, after all, watercolor, and "just one more correction" can easily slide into overworked. I am gradually learning to ease into finish leaving a bit undone. Overall, I am pleased. The mood of the work is exactly what I wanted.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
|Sophia Sketchbook Drawing|
Saturday, May 6, 2017
|Pink Hyacinths Watercolor 11 x 14|
I have come to realize that reality and design in painting are often at odds with each other, and yet both have a world to offer. And, again, as always, the recipe, the balance, between the two must be determined by each individual artist. I am happiest when design rules...the place where reality becomes a supporting actor. A growth spurt...another level of perception.
I am pleased.
Friday, April 21, 2017
|Corner Cupboard Watercolor 19 x 28|
This work was actually fun to paint, as the cherished whites became the story, and my quick, imperfect strokes reinforced my notion of the subject.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
|Bully Bunny watercolor/relief ink 20 x 10|
All I can say is SURPRISE! Yes, bunnies are sweet. But in this case, this bunny was a bully!
Sunday, April 2, 2017
|Daisy Tumble watercolor 7.5 x 9.5|
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|She Chose Carefully oil on burlap on canvas 48 x 24|
The canvas: had been gessoed and covered in burlap and gessoed and gessoed some more. It had been leaning in the studio for at least a couple of years. My other experiments on burlap were nature-oriented, a more apt application, I think. But that day, that particular day, I needed some excitement of the art kind. I grabbed up that canvas and began work. Layers and layers of raw umber. The color was added later. And, while I like the final result (the burlap relating to the bags of grain and beans at the market), the process was made much more difficult by all of the texture.
Too much gesso. Too much paint. Too much work. Was it worth the effort? YES!!!!!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
|Excess Baggage Watercolor 25.5 x 16|
My own work is the product of a fusion of two stacks of suitcases. The glove was added upon the suggestion of one of the classroom artists and was painted from my very own globe.
I enjoy painting stacks of things....perhaps an attempt to maintain an illusion of balance, as well as to implicate the precarious nature of things....of life itself.
Most of the luggage was painted first with raw umber to indicate dark and light patterns. Glazes of color were added later. The use of this color, to me, not only implies leather, but also creates the feel of "all things vintage" A license plate with my husband's initials had to be included.
And as for the title "Excess Baggage"....don't we all have some? I am using this work to inspire me to travel more lightly, to maneuver my way with less stuff.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
|Winter Wood Watercolor 27.5 x 15|
This painting was a daunting task. Several times within the process I thought all was lost. I continued to push, pull and scrape. Part of the endeavor was the maintenance of the cherished white particles which are the white of the paper. Khadi paper provided the texture and gritty quality that I desired. I am satisfied.
I am so happy to have completed this work in January as the unexpected warmth this year has presented a completely different view outside my studio windows....tomorrow's high is expected to be 70 degrees. It feels wrong.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
|Young Buck Oil 20 x 16 x 1.5|
A Boy. A Man. A Deer. A Dear.
Friday, January 20, 2017
|Sketchbook Study Maine Coon|
A morning well spent.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
|Deb Drawing Me conte crayon and pastel on unknown bumpy paper 10 x 10|
Strokes made from life are less accurate, but often more expressive...and the search for truth more impulsive.
This small drawing was completed in about an hour. Deb, who is usually the perkiest artist in class was not feeling well. While her feeling of malaise was nothing I would ever wish for, I am somewhat satisfied in the truth of this drawing.
Personally, I can never understand why the viewing public seems to prefer the photo-studio smiles of the sitter. What are we really after?
And....Deb was feeling much better the following week.
Friday, December 16, 2016
While gift boxes are certainly a viable subject, they imply a bit of the shallow commercialism that seizes us this beautiful time of year. And yet, they are so beautiful, so colorful, so magical, so playful. While working on them, I considered the notion of presents::presence. While each of us probably gave a few presents, and even received a few, the notion of PRESENCE is the quality that I aim for. I have noticed that most of the people I know and love are supremely capable of PRESENCE in the doing of what moves them. I guess we call it passion. And to be present in the moment, whether visiting with friends and family, or while pursuing our passions, is the gift I wish for all.....and for myself.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
|Polish Pottery watercolor 9 x 19|
I need some coffee.
Monday, October 17, 2016
|Hydrangea Blooms Watercolor 13 x 10|
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
|Skeleton from sketchbook|
What would you retrieve from your home in the face of disaster? For me...my loving mate....and then my sketchbooks.
They represent a playfulness, a lightness of spirit that easily evaporate when met with the rigors of the leap to paint.
This drawing was done from a live(?) model.....a skeleton housed in the public school art classroom where I teach on Thursday evenings.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
|S. and C. watercolor 7 x 5|
I have made these cards for each of our sons...and I tend to diddle way too long on them...I guess in search of perfection. Painting family members is always more restrictive, as they are so much more precious. This time I chose to use only brown and am satisfied with the result. The card was taped to the masonite support both to keep it flat and to create a border when complete. The artists' tape these days is way too sticky. I have been using painters' tape (the blue or the green kind) instead, and always rub the tape on my clothing to reduce its tack. Even then, the nap on the paper is roughed up on its removal. A slight burnishing with a bone folder can smooth it down again.
Congratulations S and C!
Sunday, September 18, 2016
|Mo and Farina conte crayon and pastel 27.5 x2 0|
Farina was dropped off at Mo's house a few years back, possibly the victim of some kind of abuse, as she is highly distrustful of men in general. Mo swears that she is truly the "best dog ever", as she is kind, obeys, doesn't stray....in fact, the two of them travel practically everywhere together. Farina has gradually gotten used to the men in our class, and more than a few artists have been seen giving her a biscuit now and then. As she is a herding dog, she only rises from her resting position when fellow artists visit the restroom or nab a cup of coffee. When all have returned to their seats, she is happy again.
What a pair! They both add richness to our class, and to our lives, especially those of us without pets. As we begin another Monday evening fall session, we all look forward to these very special classmates!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
|Melon Man charcoal and conte on Rives BFK 27.5 x 21|
I began by taping off the right hand side of paper, knowing that I want to create a split visual. I worked on his figure first of all, which, for the most part, is composed of large and simple shapes. My next step was to turn the support 90 degrees to the right. In the taped off area, I created a melon patch. This part happened quite easily, as I was charmed by the rhythms of the leaves...and the counterspaces that occurred as a result. In the final stage of the work, I removed the tape and began to integrate the two parts into a "oneness" that satisfied my sense of aesthetic. I am quite pleased, as this project offered up a satisfying mix of challenge and fun. I began by using vine charcoal, then threw conte crayon in the mix, as well as some broad swipes of green pastel...just enough for a color suggestion.
This project renewed my love of drawing (as most of my time is spent painting), as well as renewing my love of conte crayon.
Come October, I will miss my Wednesday treks to the township park.
Monday, August 22, 2016
|Deb's Gray Wool Coat mixed media on paper 28 x 21|
The work started out in vine charcoal. The biggest challenge I faced was the huge gray form of the coat. My personal approach was that I needed to break up this form, in order to incorporate the background into a "oneness". The background sold, as well as the patterns were printed onto the paper with relief ink. I am satisfied.
I guess we will be learning to swim this winter.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
|Mile High Book Club oil 24 x 12 x 1.5|
In addition, precarious stacks of things reoccur in my work...perhaps an indication and constant reminder of the chaos that needs to be sorted (both material and emotional) in order to facilitate the calm and simplicity that we both desire.
My reference photos were shot on my patio....this smaller work represents approximately 1/3 of my arranged pile. Passes were made top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top with a particular goal each time. Relationships became super-important as I tried to establish a bit of back-and-forth rhythm that maintained at least a posture of stability.
While I am happy and satisfied that one of my long-held ideas was realized, I found that a composition including so many objects severely restrained my need for creativity...just too many masters that needed to be obeyed.
Monday, August 1, 2016
|Books and Gourd Drawing 2 point perspective with many vanishing points|
|Amazon Box drawing 1 point perspective|
|Amazon Box drawing 2 point perspective|
|Stack of Books Drawing multi vanishing points|
Saturday, July 23, 2016
|Controversial Basket oil on canvas 24 x 18 x 2.5|
Two baskets. Both beautiful. Very similar. And yet, I have a sneaking suspicion that the craftsperson's wage was the same in each case. Probably below the minimum wage standard in our country. Probably work with no benefits. Woe is me.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
|Don't Forget to Climb oil on canvas 48 x 36|
One of my resolutions involves the longer consideration of work...to try to fight the desire to be finished...
This is my final answer....I think.
Monday, July 4, 2016
|Rusty Bucket (at Carolina Beach) watercolor 6.75 x 5|
The painter must be solitary...For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion you are half yourself.Leonardo da Vinci
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Don't Forget to Scoot oil on canvas 48 x 24 x 1.5|
I have always wondered why I don't have a yearning for travel. Quite perplexing, given my degree in French and my love for all things global. You see, completely at odds! While other folks my age are planning trips, and snapping multitudinous shots of foreign landmarks, I am quite content to be at my easel, which, for me, is the ultimate getaway!
And, so my bucket list series continues....and it is comprised of activities and movement. Those are the things that give me thrills and chills. Those are the things I don't want to miss.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
|The Grass Being Greener Watercolor on Khadi 18 x 24.5|
Each painting offers up a unique experience and, as part of the preparation, I try to visualize the finished work as well as to plan a step-by-step plan in order to achieve the desired results. Khadi paper offers up it own qualities. This is my third work using this wonderful paper and I am still maneuvering through its capabilities, as well as my own. I liken it to driving a vehicle through an unfamiliar terrain, or in various weather conditions. My first pass was a dropping-in of pigment wet-into-wet for the spots on this dappled bovine. Dropping-in is something that Khadi does very well. My next pass was to be a graded background wash. Not easily undertaken. A failure, in fact, as the ultra-absorbing paper does not allow for much pushing and pulling. And so, my thrill came from the adjustments that had to be made in order to achieve the painting in my mind. Difficult, but doable.
Indeed...the grass is always greener...how very appropriate! Oh, the glory of the process!
(Painting)..."It is a form of conversation, and just like a conversation it can turn out exciting, boring, ugly, beautiful, enlightening. Like a conversation. it can have unexpected turns, sudden discoveries and hidden subtext and periods of silence. All this is what makes painting endlessly fascinating."
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
|Come Spring Watercolor 17.5 x 24|
This is my offering to the subject of "spring landscape".
Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge. (Winston Churchill)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|New Recipe watercolor/mixed on paper 27.5 x 18|
A painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places.Phil Gardner