New Work

Finished – 30″ x 40″ acrylic painting on museum board mounted on wood panel.  Whenever I am starting a new series it’s always a struggle to get the first painting finished. I am often unsure of what direction I want to go in and there are many starts and stops.  I am excited to keep working and see where this painting leads me.

 

In Progress

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I’ve got ten big panels  prepped and one painting finished for my upcoming show in August. I’ll be showing paintings at the West Linn Public library and I have a big space to fill. I optimistically planned on finishing three paintings a month during the next 6 months. Ha! My process is SLOW…first there is the underpainting. Next, progress with pretty colors and shapes, then a destructive phase to mess-up all the pretty. And lastly, a fix-it stage (more about my process later). Oh, and besides my process, life gets in the way too. Realistically, I’m hoping for 9 finished pieces. Wish me luck.

The Gift

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My art group is reading Lewis Hyde’s The Giftwhich has been described as a “manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art”. Hyde talks about the importance of inner gifts becoming visible, shared and accepted, but not as a commodity. The gift must pass through many hands – be on a continuing journey, in order to retain it’s power to touch and move people.  I sent this little painting out into the world recently, as an anonymous gift for someone I’ve never met, who is going through a hard time. In his book, Hyde retells many folk stories all with a common theme – giving, often spontaneously to those in need, which keeps the cycle of giving in forward motion. Although I don’t know how my gift was received, I do know that I have already been rewarded with the gift of art, many times over since I gave away that painting – I connected with some like-minded artists in a recent workshop, saw a truly inspiring show of paintings and sold a painting. It doesn’t hurt to make a little money with your art!

Gallery Visit

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This weekend while visiting family in Berkeley, California – I took a side trip across the bay to sunny Marin County. There, I saw an intimate show of works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn.  Hosted by the College of Marin and organized by the Diebenkorn Trust, the exhibit consisted of small collages, drawings and gouaches never before shown. Growing up in the Bay Area with an art-loving mother, I was exposed to Diebenkorn’s work at a young age. I loved his bright colors, and later as a beginning painter, I was influenced by his compositions – especially his Ocean Park series. His work still speaks to me today – he is an artist I will revisit again and again.

The Life Of A Painting

 

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Phase 1

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Phase 2

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Phase 3

“There is nothing I cannot paint over” – Richard Diebenkorn

Finally finished! This painting took me 7 months to get right. It went through several distinct phases –  1.Something new  2.Trying to make it work  3. The Ah Ha moment. Oh, and in between phase 2 and phase 3, I hid it behind a stack of old paintings so I wouldn’t have to look at it everyday and wrestle with ideas about how to resolve it.  I like the end result, but I am intrigued by it’s first life….hmmm maybe time to try something new again.

Inspiration

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Shh, don’t tell anyone…but I’m just a little obsessed with instagram.  Let me tell you why – on my morning walks I stop and look. While making my morning commute, I slow down and see. A bright flower in someone’s garden or the edge of a building catches my eye. I quit thinking about my list of things to do and start noticing the world around me in that moment. I start thinking about color and composition and I get out of my head. Best of all, I get to share what I notice with others and catch a glimpse into someone else’s world. And maybe someday details from my instagram pictures will end up in my paintings.