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More Rain Days, More Art

November 30, 2015

Here’s what’s been going on in the studio right now. We’ve had quite a bit of rain, and lots of gray days. A wintry feeling translates to studio time. I’m happy!

Haiku 126 - Acrylic and graphite on cradled panel, 8x8x2 inches

Haiku 126 – Acrylic and graphite on cradled panel, 8x8x2 inches

And some collage . . .

Sharp dressed Man - Collage, 5x5 inches

Sharp dressed Man – Collage, 5×5 inches



I Must Be Dreaming - Collage, 4 x4 inches

I Must Be Dreaming – Collage, 4 x4 inches

Many more studio projects to come! Enjoy your studio time.

The Big Reveal

November 10, 2015

These are the four panels shown in progress in my previous post, now completed and already shipped to the gallery. I enjoyed the process and can’t wait to get started on more. Click on the image for a high-resolution zoom. Enjoy!

Arioso 1-4 - Acrylc and texture on cradled panels, 8x24x2 inches each

Arioso 1-4 – Acrylc and texture on cradled panels, 8x24x2 inches each

Art as a Solitary Endeavor

October 21, 2015

Panels - pristine

As artists we often struggle with the tension between isolation in our studios and the need to collaborate with other artists. This would have been a good week to have an artist or two over for tea — or wine — and ask them for some honest opinions. It’s not that we are necessarily going to follow our friends’ advice, but sometimes we just need a little more courage.

Case in point:  these four 8 x 24″ panels that I’ve started, and to which I have added drips and splatters and then layers of texture.

New Panels 10_19_15

Another day, further development, more texture.

New Panels 10_20_2015

At this point I looked and looked at them off and on for a whole day. Since I was in love with the texture and the play of light and dark contrasts, I was tempted to just let these be finished. That was when I needed someone here to tell me to stop, if that was truly what the paintings needed.

However, I have already committed to an idea, inspired by a triptych that I did a while back in panels of similar dimensions. That triptych is no longer here but I still have a good image of it. Those previous panels were broken up by irregular rectangular shapes, and I’m convinced that is the feeling I want. I don’t want “boring.” I want a little excitement .

Urban Rhythms, Triptych - acrylic on cradled panels, each panel 6 x 24"

Urban Rhythms, Triptych – acrylic on cradled panels, each panel 6 x 24″

So onward and upward I go. It was hard just starting on those beautiful pristine white panels. Now it’s just as hard to proceed from the beautiful backgrounds they’ve become. (Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, right?)

Thanks for being there. I’ll let you know what happens.


A World of Possibilities

September 29, 2015

Works in progress in the studio this week – all are acrylics and texture on cradled panels, 8x8x2″ each. These are just the beginning of many layers of paint and texture.

WIP Sept 2015

And four more with just a base coat of gesso and added impasto

WIP Sept 2015_2

It’s at this point that I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of ways to resolve certain ones, and color combinations, and textures, and imagine a whole world of possibilities.

Back To The Real World (The Studio, That Is)

September 14, 2015

Abby Cozy

We’ve been back from vacation for a couple of weeks, with several things demanding our immediate attention on our return. Our most urgent concern has been our little senior Whippet, Abby. The day before we left, she had come down with a severe case of pancreatitis. I panicked and almost decided against leaving her, but our vet was the one who was already scheduled to board her and our other dog Angie anyway, so I finally was reassured she would be in good hands. In fact, she was in great hands. He called me every day to update me on her progress, and once even went out to buy her more of her favorite food. But she was still shaky on her feet when we got back, and has needed help getting back in when she goes outside. Abby is getting stronger every day now, and the cooler weather has lifted her mood. The world is made up of two kinds of people — those who see their pets as family, and the rest. We definitely count ourselves part of the first group. So when they hurt, I hurt. When they’re happy, I’m happy.

Before we left, I had ordered and received another box of a dozen 8″ square panels to work on, and put them under a table unopened. Last night I finally got out to the studio and unpacked them, taped off the edges, and applied a generous coat of gesso. Nice way to start a Monday.

Meanwhile, here are some closeups of some of the most recent ones I sent:

Haiku 103 - Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2

Haiku 103 – Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2″

Haiku 95 - Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2

Haiku 95 – Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 8x8x2″

I’m hoping to get in some collage time this week as well. It’s nice to switch gears between collage and painting, especially since the paintings require a lot of drying time and waiting.

And finally, I wanted to share a video I just watched this morning. I love to get a little inspiration before heading out to the studio, so this is what I typically do until the spirit moves me to get up out of my chair, or until the second cup of coffee kicks in – whichever comes first. This one is great, because it has little germs of ideas for my own work, and is a fantastic kids’ art project. While you’re there, you might like to click on a couple more of the Blick videos.


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