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Studio Update and Vacation News

August 23, 2014

First, the vacation part. Our youngest son and his family will be arriving tonight for a week. These are our littlest grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. I’m excited about spending time with them, and know it will be non-stop fun. I’m sure there will be some art activity when it’s too hot outside to do anything else, and we will share, I promise.

In future posts I will be showing each of the individual paintings that were recently completed and sent to the gallery in Tampa. They were shown previously in groupings, but I have good photographs of each one.

I like to keep good photo records of my work. Therefore, I make sure each one is photographed in high resolution with good lighting. For most artworks, the best lighting is outside. But because many of my paintings are high gloss, I often shoot them indoors, or outside in the shade, which entails some color adjustment. If possible, I will just try them on the scanner (if they are small enough, which these were.) I have a very good scanner which does the job well for most works. But if they have a lot of texture, the scanner sometimes isn’t able to pick up the dimension well. For those, I need outside lighting or good lamps for an indoor shot.

The bottom line is that each individual painting has its own lighting and imaging requirements.

Here is one of the pieces that presented me with the challenge of picking up the color and depth of texture. I wasn’t satisfied with the original scan, so I took it outside and tried it in the bright mid-morning light. I was surprised to find that the scan was the best choice. After adjusting the color just a little bit, I was finally happy with it.

Haiku 93 - Acrylic and Texture on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2"

Haiku 93 – Acrylic and Texture on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2″

This painting is available at Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Florida.

Have a great weekend and I’ll check back in soon.

Finding Some Balance

August 14, 2014

The links in the sidebar of this blog have now been updated to reflect current links that work and to remove ones that don’t. In the process, I’ve enjoyed revisiting some of my favorite artists’ pages and am newly inspired by them all. I was sad to see some of them get left behind, but nowadays there are so many ways and places to have an online presence. Everyone has to find their own.

I’d like to say this blog is going to be updated more often. It always depends on how many other demands there are on my time. However, I’m seeking a renewed balance and cutting way back on  my social media time. It’s so tempting to always be “plugged in” but it can become a distraction. I want to make more art, and share it with you.

With that in mind, here are two of my most recent collages. I am just dying to get out to the studio to do more, but have to take care of some mundane and completely uninspiring things first. Maybe before the day is out I can do that. Have a creative day!

Apples to Apples, Collage, 6x8" mounted on 8x10 backing

Apples to Apples, Collage, 6×8″ mounted on 8×10 backing

The Handwriting on the Wall - Collage, 6x8" on 8x10" backing

The Handwriting on the Wall – Collage, 6×8″ on 8×10″ backing

Summer Fun In the Studio

August 11, 2014

As promised, here are the newest paintings that I’ve just completed for Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa. Each of these panels is 8×8 inches by 2″ deep. They are boxed up and gone!

New Work 2 7_2014

It’s been wonderful focusing on paintings for a few weeks, and I’m looking forward to doing more. Next, my sights are set on a big assortment of tiny boxy canvases. I’ve laid them all out on the table in various stages of development. Thinking of possible future groupings.


Little Canvases

But finally, I’ll eventually need to shift gears.  Collage is always a good way to do that. These papers are some of the results of my recent painting sessions. As always, I keep some large sheets of fairly good paper around for depositing excess paint from brayers and to use as blotters. The interaction of colors always inspires me to use them in future collages.


Papers 07_14 4

Papers 07_14 3

Papers 07_14 2

Papers 07_14 1

Hope you’re having some summer fun in the studio!

You’re invited to visit both of my etsy shops:  brushwithimagination  for collage and colorpoetry for paintings. There you’ll see most of my work for sale. If you don’t see what you want, let me know. I probably haven’t posted it yet.

A Productive Two Weeks

July 31, 2014

I have been working nonstop on new work for Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa.

Here are the first paintings for the gallery, previously shown in progress. It’s a little hard to tell the paintings from the table cover, wouldn’t you agree?

New Work July 2014

And here are the finished pieces in a grouping. I feel good about these, and have just finished another series of them, which I’ll show in subsequent posts. Each of these panels is 8 inches square and 2 inches deep.

New Work 7_2014

When It Rains, It Pours

July 17, 2014

And I mean that in a good way! This past week has brought all kinds of new things brewing with my art. I sold two collages to a nice new collector in Australia, created some large digital works for a design project, and got an email from a gallery saying they were very low on my paintings and would I please send more. In the process, I was able to get a “yes” from the gallery for me to send them three large pieces that I had in my inventory. Shipments of the 3 large paintings and the two collages went out on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

With the money from the sale of my two collages, I was able to order the supplies for the new paintings I’m currently working on (meaning more gel and more of my favorite 8×8 boxes.) I always like to do these in multiples, keeping a rhythm going if at all possible. Here are two peeks of their progress. Exciting times!

Boxes 0813 New Work July 2014


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