Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
|red and violet threads, pastel 11.5x12|
For me, the unusual thing about this one was, I began with a used piece of watercolor paper that had black pastel all over it. I had begun a negative space eraser drawing and decided I didn't like its direction. Later, I wiped most of the black off, but it still left a very dark piece of paper. (I normally begin with white.) On a whim, I chose it to create a new color pastel. I covered the black with large shapes of dark purple(tree and grass) and a lighter blue (sky areas.) After the shapes were massed in, there was a whole different feeling. The color rose out of the darker space. I rather liked working this way and will try it again this week.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Last night's opening reception at the Waverly Street Gallery was wonderful. I hope to post some photos when I get them. Today I will be giving a pastel demonstration at the Waverly Street Gallery. Please come if you are able...if not, you can look forward to my new video that I will post this week. My friend Coba made a wonderful movie of my painting session on Tuesday. More about that later.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I will post Coba's video of me working within the week.
In the meantime- check out my facebook page- Hopefully this link will lead you to my artist page, instead of my time line.
Hope to see you at my opening-Friday, April 11.
Friday, April 4, 2014
I apologize for my absence. I have been so busy getting ready for my upcoming show at the Waverly Street Gallery. It gets installed tomorrow evening and opens to the public on Tuesday. The reception is Friday the 11th- 6-9PM. Please come if you can.
I thought I would take this opportunity to post this painting- River Evening. It seems to be one of my favorites from this show. Why I wonder?
I think it is the use of a soft less focused space and the rawness of this pastel combines to create a deeper feeling. You see the drips, spills and smudges...in fact I think they make the painting stronger. More to the concept.
What do you think?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|oil on board, 16x16|
The show, Vibration, Mystery and the Landscape, begins April 8 and runs through May 3. The opening reception is April 11, 6-9. I will also give a demo on Saturday the 12th. So please come if you can. It's at the Waverly Street Gallery, one block from the red line Bethesda metro stop.
Friday, March 21, 2014
This one came to me when I was swimming laps this lunch time. Even the name...Aphrodite's Dream. Crazy, huh? Often I labor for months this took 45 minutes tops. It was already made in my head.
It was inspired by my favorite place Chincoteague Island. On the wall in my studio is this large study created in Chincoteague with black pastel only. It didn't sell at the plein air event...maybe that's better, so far it has inspired three paintings.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|oil on wood 30x40|
Friday, March 14, 2014
|bottom of painting|
After reading that quote I felt strongly about the colors changes I needed for this one. (Sorry about the glare on the bottom one. it is still too wet. I will replace the photo when it is drier.)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Inspiration comes from everywhere. The idea for this painting began during a Thanksgiving trip to Cape May, but it was viewing a new orchid bloom that inspired the color.
Color in nature is perfect. It's better than anything I could imagine. I am not sure if this painting is done yet. It and I need to be still.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
My feedburner collapsed and thanks to my good friend Domi we are back in business. You probably wondered why you hadn't received a post from me in over a month, right? I was still writing once or twice a week. Well after receiving an email from Pat H about my disappearance, I was alerted about the problem. (Thanks PAT!) Solving it was another thing and that was Domi's department. Apparently my code, that works with my feedburner, had grown like a fertilized kudzu plant and was over 500 tags. (I may not be explaining this correctly.) Domi fixed that and hopefully all of my subscribers are receiving this email. (THANK YOU DOMI!)
Meanwhile I have been busy in the studio. I am finishing and framing. I finally finished the painting in this post.
And last, here is photo of some of the chaos in the studio. I can barely walk through due to all the paintings staring at me. All are crying out to be finished. Yipes. More about framing in another post. The show opens April 8, with the reception on April 11th.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|36x36 oil on linen|
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
The one on the left has taken so much abuse that the linen has begun to sag on the right side. I will need to re-stretch it soon.
We received 14 inches of snow Wednesday night- a rarity for DC. The city has shut down, even bus service and above ground metro were halted.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The hardest part of painting is knowing how to finish. There are many, many stopping points, but when does it say what I want it to say?
This painting is inspired from my many studies of Lake Needwood and the river. The bottom third of the painting is the strongest. The struggle is getting the top to support it and not take over. More on this one later.
PS The show opens April 11 at the Waverly Street Gallery.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
My newest large painting is teaching me how dark can I go and still make a soothing vibration. This one will still take a number of layers to bring out more warm and cool variations within the land. It was built on the plein air and memory studies below.
This painting's concept really takes me out of my comfort zone. I have a tendency to paint light and with my preferred colors. This was intentionally planned to take me out of my comfort zone and into my courage zone. More as it develops. In the meantime feel free to read my post about the courage zone.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|plein air, pastel, this past summer|
“Without trying to describe elements, I try to ex- pand possibilities, and the feeling of freedom. I have general knowledge - I’ve trained - but when it comes to a particular painting or pastel, I trust in freedom, and let go.” Wolf Kahn
He says it all, doesn't he?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
|small detail of large oil 33.5x48, still in process|
For me, it is my trusty razor. Each day I am at the easel I wipe away about half of what I do. Maybe it's too sharp, too thick, too descriptive, too purple, too dark, any of the many toos we can have. Say more with less.
For pastel it's easy, before I leave the easel I wipe with my palm or a tissue. With oil I often go into a scraping frenzy with my trusted razor or give it a rubbing with a paper towel or tissue.
|here she is, the well used worker|
Monday, January 27, 2014
|small pastel 9x15, concept for next oil|
This week I was fortunate to attend a marketing workshop by Ann Bevans. As a group I would say most painters dislike the idea of marketing. We just want to paint. Selling should just happen. (Right?)
I am not saying I will be changing my ways, but this workshop did pose excellent questions.
Here are a few of Ann's questions to the group.
Define your idea/ concept. What is it?
Why are you passionate about it?
What is the potential and likely impact of your idea?
What is the value of the impact?
Next we had to define our audience. Who chooses your work?
Good things to think about and I will leave you to think. Feel free to share your thoughts via comment. I will post more about this later in the week.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Maybe its next metamorphosis will be growing big. I can see this one 60x60.
It's snowing like crazy outside (yay!)...time to do some snow study.
Monday, January 20, 2014
This is a large pastel, 36x36 on gator board coated with marble dust and gesso . I began this one about 7 years ago and was never truly completed. One day, about a month ago, it called to me. Although it's not finished. it is finally on the right path.