Monday, February 9, 2015

yesterday, at last

My otherwise perfect studio has had its fair share of hiccups this winter in the heat department. I had my trusty friend George, thank-you!! come by and jigger the Rinnai this week so that yesterday, Sunday, I got to spend the entire afternoon finishing up a painting that I had set aside in the deep freeze.  It feels a little winter in palette and summer in content.  Wishful thinking to warmer climes?

24x24" oil, mixed media on panel

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

heart of winter

We're in it.  Actually buried by it.  There is simply no where to put any more snow. Yesterday was a spectacularly beautiful day after the latest storm, much of the day spent shoveling paths here and there and digging out our cars.

 its a long way to go for fresh eggs!

After all that physical labor I took on a bigger challenge and sat down at the computer.  We are not the best of friends, and often don't seem to speak the same language. But I am happy to announce that after much of the afternoon, I managed to open my first on line shop.  I intend to sell my smaller work through this venue- things that are easy to ship and more importantly affordable to a larger audience.  Let's see if it works!  I had an auspicious start of three sales by nightfall of the full moon- so I am taking that as a good sign from the universe!  Thank you all who follow me here, and please take a look over here.  Let me know what you think- I'd love to hear from you.

these seven 4x4's are from the heart of winter series

Thursday, January 29, 2015

a thought and sparkles

I just finished that three works for five days art challenge on Facebook.  I rarely post my art to Facebook. I have thought about setting up an "art" page, but I just haven't yet...  There are so many media venues to consider.  I actually really like the blog format the best, I think in part because if you have found yourself here reading and looking at this page, you might have been looking for me or my work, or at least browsing arts related sites.  I am not scrambled among posts about cat videos or the latest political crisis.  Its just my art, a quiet place, no ads, no tags, no likes.  Thank you for visiting!!

Below are three small works on paper 6x6" mixed media

Saturday, January 24, 2015

winter whites in progress

Snow is falling.  House is quiet. Outdoors it is silent.  I have been in the studio this week using lots of white (house paint, spray paint, oil) covering up older paintings, trying to uncover something new.

 wip / 24x24"

wip / about 48x48"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

fond farewell

Last week marked the closing of Åarhus Gallery.

Åarhus was the gallery in Belfast, Maine where I was a partner for some time a few years back.  It gave me the opportunity to exhibit in over a dozen beautifully curated exhibits, meet a community of  talented like-minded artists, and be a part of something unique in the gallery scene of Mid-coast Maine.  Åarhus had its own voice, its own point of view.  I am glad to have played a tiny part in the life of this unique gallery.

Here's a letter from the final four.  Wishing everyone the best!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

what's going on around here: try everything

The New Year

Going for the new in the studio- trying whatever comes to mind- collage, pastel, oil, gold and yes even glitter; incorporating everything.  Later I will sit back and reflect, but for now it feels like time is running out so I am putting it all down while I can.




detail of 24x24"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a river runs through it

-that is what I am calling home today.  The rain is persistent. Inside the dogs are on day two of harboring that damp doggy odor and are banned to the mud room.  Outside the chickens are warily navigating their way around puddles lest they get their claws wet.  I just fired up the heat in the studio, and in the mean time got out my winter newsletter this morning which you can take a look at here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

save the date

I am so pleased to announce that my illustrious son and personal graphics consultant has finished the layout for my 2015 Calendar!  The images are bigger this year and they are all from my 50|fifty series that I had completed this summer.  I chose 12 of my favorites!  Here's a peak at to the printers!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm pretty certain they are not the only ones we should know...

...but it's a solid start! 

Joan Mitchell
(image borrowed from above web site)

And Speaking of Joan Mitchell, last Summer I read this impressive book by Patricia Albers on her life and work.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

demo and tandem painting

Every time I teach a class I bring a demo panel with me.  On it I can demonstrate each of the materials and techniques that we talk about in the class.  I never have a plan about what my subject matter is, I just start loading the panel with marks and colors.  Here is one panel (16x16) in three stages from  the beginning weeks of my mixed media workshop:

 ink, spray, gouache, stencil, soft pastel, charcoal

 all of the above + acrylic, flexible modeling paste, collaged printed imagery, scraping, heavy gloss medium

all of the above + cheesecloth and fabric, water soluble colored pencils, oil stick, oil pastel

Then a surprise hour long session of co-painting with one of the participants!  Here are details of the two pieces: