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

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

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


2D Pine Cone

Monday, April 12th, 2010

    2D Pinecone, diagonal 24 x 24 x 1 inches, acrylics on woven canvas

2D Pine Cone, diagonal 28 x 28 x 1 inches, acrylics on woven canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, signed on the back so as not to intrude on the design. This is the 2nd attempt with larger woven canvas strips, hanging diagonally on a superimposed blue background.

More often than not, allowing some imperfections to show through says “a human made this”. Still, quality ought to be the result, and it wasn’t working (see version #1 below). The crooked pattern on the first woven canvas was impossible to correct, which I tried over and over many times. Then I made pine bristles from threads pulled from the sides of the canvas, painted various shades of green: time consuming and experimental, and also not successful, so I started all over with a new rewoven frame, above.

2D Pinecone, 24 x 24 x 1 inches, first pieceLeft, April 8th: 2D Pine Cone, first version

There were second thoughts about opting to go the imperfect route in the weaving process right from the start. The canvas strips are not all the same size, a deliberate choice, and I assumed it wouldn’t matter, but the pattern of scales relied on the woven accuracy. The color combos are interesting, but things should be a bit straighter.

  Phase 01, weaving folded, ironed canvas stripsWoven canvas strips, 24 x 24 inches2D Pinecone, first phase of painting

March 6th and 7th: 2D Pinecone, 28 x 28 inches, woven canvas strips, acrylics. Work in progress shows 1) weaving and 2) a very rough paint-sketch on the primed canvas.

Pebbles, set of 4 Mosaics

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

  Pebbles, mosaics, 4 of 4

  Pebbles mosaics, 3 of 4

  Pebbles, mosaic, 2 of 4

  Pebbles, set of 4 Mosaics

Pebbles Mosaics – Set of four 8 x 10 x 1 inch mixed media on stretched canvas. Hand-made tiles glued on, painted, varnished, and sides painted to look like more mosaic around the edges. The tiles are made of a trade-secret recipe, rolled out, cut and air-dried, then have many applications of acrylic paint and varathane.

Each piece is uniquely different, and can be placed in any order to create a pattern or pathway of “pebbles”. A very versatile set, the four 8 x 10 inch mosaics are wired to be arranged on the wall in a number of ways, and changed for variety in decor or wall sizes: vertically, horizontally, in a square configuration, horizontally or vertically.