When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"...the painting has a life of its own. My mission is to bring forth this life". (Jackson Pollock)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Autumn

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Sumac

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Sumac 12 x 16 inches oil pastels on paper

Sumac 12 x 16 inches oil pastels on 140 lb W/C paper

I’m so tempted to go back into this and make it bolder, but am going to quit while I’m ahead. This piece has a base of watercolor crayons, which I hadn’t heard of before and was excited to try. With expectations to complete a piece today, I wasn’t too impressed that the rough crayon color marks remain on the page, and the colors are weak. With more experience, those properties can be used to advantage, but not without an open frame of mind toward experimenting….so oil pastels are layered, then scratched away using fingernails.

 

Big Leaf Maple

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Big Leaf Maple  12 x 16 inches watercolors on 140 lb 100% cotton paper

 Big Leaf Maple, near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, BC (Canada) 12Hx 16W inches watercolors on 140 lb 100% cotton paper

Sumac Bushes Chair finished

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Sumac Bushes, front and back details, acrylics on canvas; functionalSumac Bushes, refurbished directors chair, acrylics on canvas; functional

Sumac Bushes  47H x 22W x 16D inches refurbished directors chair, acrylics on canvas

Four cropped pieces of the 1999 painting that inspired this chair hang above it, framed red; the chair and small paintings are a set.

One of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chairOne of four 4 x 3 inch cropped pieces of the original 1999 painting that inspired the directors chair

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Branching Out

Friday, March 20th, 2009

  Branching Out, 6 x 6 x 2 Inches, Encaustic Conifer, 6 x 6 x 2 Inches, Encaustic

Branching Out and Conifer, each 6 x 6 x 2 Inches Encaustic, sides continue with the same work.

Branching Out also indicates my recent venture into Encaustic (painting with beeswax). I’m not usually intimidated by trying any new medium, but wax is so unique and there are so many possibilities for it, I was a little overwhelmed when I took an introductory course with Deanna Wood. She offers her students workshop days where they can use her supplies to continue experimenting with the medium. Although I’d love to have my own supplies to work at home, the encaustic process is so messy I may just continue taking her up on that offer.  Today’s studio work produced 4 small encaustic paintings, and 2 are successful. Compared to other media, wax is so verstile it can be scraped off to whatever degree, reworked, layered, carved and manipulated as much or as long as you wish.

Sweetgum

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Sweetgum Seed Capsules, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides paintedSweetgum Seed Capsules, detail right top and side

Sweetgum Seed Capsules, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted.

Please pass the peace

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Garlic Chive seeds

Garlic Chive seeds

..and click here for some joy that has just come my way from Virginia Wieringa.  This video emanates true human spirit, where there are no barriers of language or land or any of the other superficial stuff we create around us that we think will make us happy;  joy is simple. It’s right there in a goofy dance.

..and click here (and scroll down a bit on that page) for some laughter that just came my way from Chris Bolmeier. Regarding Art, love and laughter:  we need to be no more or less than ourselves to inspire one another. One person inspires so many.

Sumac Bushes director’s chair

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

?????? Back, 47H x 22W x 16D inches Acrylics on canvas refurbished tall wood director's chair, work in progress

 Seat, 47H x 22W x 16D inches Acrylics on canvas refurbished tall wood director's chair, work in progress

Back and seat of 47H x 22W x 16D inches refurbished tall wood director’s chair, work in progress. Acrylics on canvas, will be varathaned.. functional Art. The wood will be painted a dark faux cherry wood finish; reddish burnt sienna.

Shadows of Summer update

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

   Shadows of Summer top detail, Phase 7 work in progress, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas canvas 

 Shadows of Summer bottom detail, Phase 7 work in progress, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas

Today’s work, above:  Played with color/gel washes and studied the painting a lot today, judging what needs to be changed and what should be left alone. The right side of the trunk needed definition but not with hard edges. The leaves may still too bright with that tell-tale Acrylics look, which I seriously don’t want. There was extra paint on my pallette, so I pulled out The Fourth of July and started in on that one again; may only paint that one tomorrow and set this one aside to study for a while before making any more marks. It may even be finished; put out of sight for a while I will know at a later date.

September 21: Phase 6, started gaining more confidence with the trunk and some of the motion via abstract that I’m searching for. After a lot of work softening shadows and contrasts on the trunk by adding and removing color, the leaves now need more definition and depth.

Shadows of Summer Phase 5, work in progress 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvasSeptember 18th post, right detail image: The upper bark is too pink, keeping it on the same plane Shadows of Summer, lower right detail of Phase 4 work in progressas bright leaves on the side; am building up the layers of color and have put most of the work into the shadows so far…so now maybe it’s time to start basking in the light! Also just started to play with space implied by streaks of color and washing out areas…see detail, right. The painting may become subtly cubist. Also still hoping a more unique title hits me while working!

Seasonal treasures

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

   Filigree #1

    Filigree #2

While photographing the filigree on many of the decaying oak leaves in a park forest, leaning backwards with my head in the branches, a little green snake struck out at me, the delicate body about 8″ long and no wider than a baby finger. I wrote to the Biology Dept. at Texas University, and they identified it as a Rough Green Snake – Opheodrys aestivus – it’s nonvenomous.

        Rough green snake - Opheodrys aestivus - nonvenomous, Coppell, Texas

Walking back home completely happy to have chosen that path, expecting no more treasure for the day, a leaf twirled in the breeze, hanging from a spider web strand.  

         Magical twirling leaf

Gold In The Mountains #1

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

                           Gold In The Mountains #1, finished - 20 x 16 inches Acrylics on stretched canvas. 

Gold In The Mountains #1, finished - 20 x 16 x 1 inches Acrylics on stretched canvas. Mounted on a box-frame, extending out 2 extra inches on canvas-covered background, with rustic barn-wood finished edges.

This is one of those paintings that never felt truly finished until this week. Started late in 2005, it has evolved through many changes. The first thumbnail shows the painting at a stage where I thought it finished and entered it into Artjury.com’s 2006 Spring/Summer online exhibition, and it was accept ed. At the time I liked the larger areas of flat orange-gold, but about six months later after it had been stored out of sight I felt that the work needed more depth, so began a long process of repainting, scrubbing off, build-up, scraping, etc. The painting reached a few different stages where it could have been called finished, but I was not entirely pleased, so continued.

One never knows beginning any painting, how long it will take.. The image above shows the painting as it is today, now well and truly finished! Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge and view a few stages in the life of Gold In The Mountains #1.

     Gold In The Mountains #1, Phase 1 - as it was when accepted in the American Juried Art Salon’s Spring/Summer online exhibition, 20 x 16 inches Acrylics on stretched canvas.Gold In The Mountains #1, Phase 2 - During May 2006 I started the risky process of reworking the entire painting.Gold In The Mountains #1, Phase 3 - portions were scrubbed off then rebuilt; explored a lot of different styles.

    Gold In The Mountains #1, Phase 3 - portions were repainted, scrubbed off and rebuilt.Risking the ruin of a piece is always worth the effort; when I’m not happy with work, it is already inadequate, the best thing is to try and try again until it IS adequate enough to be called finished.Gold In The Mountains #1, finished - 20 x 16 inches Acrylics on stretched canvas, still in process.

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