Friday, February 27, 2009

life gave me lemons

Actually, these beautiful meyer lemons were a gift from my friend Pam.  Yellow is such a welcome color this time of year in the otherwise black and white landscape.  They reminded me of a big yellow painting I did a number of years ago.  It was actually started in Baltimore, where I was living at the time, and then finished in California, where I lived before moving here to Maine.  The painting is aptly named Moving.  Depicted in the painting are paths of flight, wings, homes and plots of land.  It is full of the ever present sun of California-which proved to be too much to take, hence the move back east. 

but I'd love a little sunshine today...

Monday, February 23, 2009

El Anatsui

Read about these exquisite wall sculptures here  and here.

You can't get there from here

True to the saying here in Maine, there is about 15 inches of very heavy snow standing between my back porch and the studio door.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

In the meantime

We are off to Vermont for a few days of family and skiing.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

art journals

Last spring I learned how to make a book in an 'art journaling' workshop.  I was feeling a little stale in the studio, so I took some good advice from my friend Julia and tried out a new medium.  Disclaimer: I am not good at the whole measuring and neat stitching thing.   I admire those who have the precision to craft beautiful bindings, mine remain utilitarian at best.  What I did find was that working in a book format really opened up some new directions in my own work.  First of all, work in a book is probably never going to be work on a wall, so it takes down the barriers of what might be shared with an audience-more on that later.  It became for me a place to try some new ideas without committing to stretching canvases and preparing surfaces for paint.  My work felt immediate and fresh, intuitive and experimental.  I liked that. Here I could combine observational drawing, printing and transfer techniques, painting and stitching.  I have kept up with the practice of working in a book in my studio throughout the year.  So far I have filled two books and have almost completed my third.  Here are a few pages from that first book.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Negative Space

Low tide ice flow at the harbor

Ever since those very early drawing assignments were given, I have been drawn to finding the negative space in a scene.    I like being able to define an object in space, simply by describing the space around it.  By looking at the negative space surrounding an object, you are less likely to depend on what you think you know of an object and rely more heavily on what you are actually seeing-an important rule of painting from observation.  Often it is the shape of the negative space, and the edge of the air up against form that I look for in a painting. It is through painting the negative space, that the surface of the picture plane becomes an interest in and of itself rather than just the support for the 'subject' matter.  

Monday, February 9, 2009


The RED Show in Belfast opened on Friday night!  There was a big turnout despite the cold icy weather.  It was good to connect with other artists in the area whom I only occasionally see.  If you click on Aarhus Gallery now, there is a slide show of the exhibit.  You might recognize my two paintings and two prints from earlier posts.  I will try to get good digitals of them posted soon.  In the meantime, here are a few details shot in my studio.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

truth more beautiful than fiction

I came across this image in the January issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  It is a salt making site in northern Niger photographed by George Steinmetz.  More photos from his essay 'Africa on the Fly' are here.