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:

Friday, November 7, 2014

back to school

I'm leading a workshop in mixed media painting this fall.  Here is a glimpse of a few of the participants works in progress.   Each week I present the class with a different material or technique to try.  So far in the first four weeks we have explored materials including inks, gouache, water soluble pencils and crayons, acrylic paints and various mediums.  Collage materials have included photos,  printed imagery and fabrics.  The class is working both representationally and abstractly.   Its a nice way to spend a Tuesday Morning!

stay tuned for gold leaf, gel transfers and working larger!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

coastal waters

just a few images from home
patterns in the water and on the sand

and something i've been working on inside
kind of a jumble right now
the working theme is "unmoored"

Friday, September 19, 2014

what I did on my summer vacation part 2

September:  ( I still consider this summer )  The installation of five of my paintings at the Sussman House at PenBay Medical center in Maine.  A trio hangs in the hallway and two individual pieces are in patient rooms.  I am proud that my work was selected to be in our community's new hospice house.

Another 5 days in Truro at Castle Hill!  This time the roads were empty for riding, the water warmer for dunking and the workshop more challenging!  My brain hurts.  But I was awed by the fact that I was able to work under the guidance of Joan Snyder, a painter I have admired since my 20's.  It was tough.  I felt intimidated by the strength and confidence of some of the painters around me and had trouble finding my (voice) mark.  And time was running out after the first day!   I worked in water based media and on paper- but soon realized that I wished I had had my oils with me too. I also wish I could go back in a week or two once I get my feet back under me.  Overall, though, it was an important week in my life.  The group and individual critiques provided me with enough insight into my practice and direction to last me a while back here at home.  I am grateful to the other participants for being part of the experience.

some struggling images:

Thank goodness at the end of each day there was this.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

what i did on my summer vacation part 1

A round up of some summer highlights.

July:  5 days in Truro at Castle Hill Center for the Arts to study with Deborah Dancy, an artist whose work I had discovered while browsing sites one day.  I was struck by both the immediacy and chance present in her work and also for her unabashed usage of the color pink.  A mixed media and meaning workshop.  Processes introduced tipped us on our sides.  A camaraderie of varied interesting participants adding vitality to the afternoons.  Each morning would begin with a hint or a lesson we should follow for the day.  Limiting marks, color choice, and imagery.  It was a week of distilling. eliminating the unnecessary, leaving behind a simple truth on paper.

Collage and mixed media experiments on paper 

August:  Some visiters, bike rides, swims and potlucks.  Held my 2nd annual open studio (previously mentioned post). Delivered #1 boy back to college, spent a night in Vermont.  Oh and the dahlias!  They are amazing this year as always.

Monday, August 11, 2014

that was fun

photo credit to my young friend Eliot Grigo

This weekend we held our second ever Pearl Street Open Studios.  We had a nice turn out of friends and supporters of the arts coming through our work spaces. So often our life's work finds us behind studio doors, listening to music or a book on tape, drinking too much coffee, and creating our work in solitude.  The opportunity to share comes in many ways.  Some of us get to show in galleries, some of us teach, some get out to lectures and other arts related events, and that all takes an effort-one that is secondary (and often intimidating) to the effort of making the work itself.  So to all of you that came to see us, to encourage us, and just to bear witness to what we do, a heart felt thanks goes out to each of you.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

small wonders

number 45 in the 50|fifty series