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.


24x24"

24x24"

24x24"

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 March....off 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"