Wednesday, December 17, 2014

learning curve.....

For anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time, you know I love a 'learning curve'.  Well let me tell you, this new world I've fallen into with large galleries is a huge learning curve!  I think I'm closing the gap slowly, but still have a ways to go!!   I have to tell you about the most recent experience with one of them.  I was on the phone with the two owners and they were going through images of my work with me and giving me feed back on what would work for them and what wouldn't.  They made me laugh so hard!  It went something like this, "no, no, definitely no!, yes, will have to see in person, another yes and the final, oh, no, we hope we never see those!!  The best part, except for making me laugh, is that it was honest criticism that gives me a clear path forward and takes my own questions out of the equation.  So, so, helpful!!  I'm so thankful that they are taking the time to educate me.  And I have to say, I agreed with at least 99% of what they said.  There is one little painting that got a no! that I truly love.  I will bring it home now and enjoy it.  Because of their encouragement, my work is expanding in a way that would have taken me a long time to get to.  The painting below is headed to 903 on Sunday......
60x48 mixed media on panel, 'One Two Three On The Wall'

The Holidays are upon us and I can feel it in the air everywhere I go.  People seem extra joyful and friendlier, or maybe it's just me feeling that way!!  Will be back here after the magic of Christmas.  Merry Christmas/  Happy Hanukkah to all.

Monday, December 1, 2014

is timing ever perfect?

Is timing ever spot on?  In my case?, and I can only speak for myself,  timing has never been what one would consider perfect.  October and November have been incredibly amazing during the midst of my mom's final battle with her cancer.  I not only had the extreme good fortune of gaining representation from Gallery 903 in Portland, but within days of my work going up on their website I was contacted by another gallery!  The Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland WA.!  What the.....?  I could only dream of belonging to either of these galleries and now I am showing my work at both of them!  I still have to pinch myself, I mean seriously!  And during all this joy, my mom was slipping away daily.  I was living two extremes at the same time.  It has been climbing mountains with many slips and falls.  My mom passed last week very peacefully.  We, as a family, are very much at peace. 

  I continue to work on the large panels and have no plans to downsize very much anytime soon.  These surfaces offer me so many new challenges and are keeping the work fresh for me.  And most important of all, the work sustained me during an extremely difficult time.  I can't say enough how lucky I am to have art in my life.  It truly does save lives on many levels.

The work below is now available at Gallery 903.........

mixed media on panel, 36x36, 'The End Of The Pavement'
I hope this finds you all falling into the upcoming holiday season.  Our little town is lit and receiving visitors from all over.  The header photo is what it looks like at about 4:30pm here!  Very dark!  Hope to be back here soon.

Monday, November 3, 2014

progression

I finished my first large panel!!  I did take pics as I went along, not as many as I could, but when I remembered I grabbed a snap!  This was such an amazing experience that I ordered two more and will order even larger ones as time passes!!  It was apparently time to move onto a larger surface.







the final piece
oil and cold wax on panel, 48x60, 'Thirteen Cents Worth'
Then this past Saturday I had an opening at Simon Mace Gallery.  My family was here and we had just the very best time during gallery walk!!  Below is a pic of part of our little posse!

Let's just say, we partied and then partied again!!

AND NOW FOR EXCITING NEWS!! I have new representation in Portland Oregon.  Gallery 903!! Ask me if I'm excited! That happened last week and I'm just now returning to earth!!  This is a gorgeous gallery and has amazing owners and artists.  I'm truly honored to be represented by them.  You can go to www.gallery903.com, see amazing works and even take a virtual tour!! Also you can like them on facebook! 

November has blown in and I don't seem to mind.  Large panels, cold wax, oil paint - that seems to be more then enough!  Be back here soon.......

Thursday, October 16, 2014

hints of color

I love when a clear transition manifests itself!  For the past month, color has been staying put on my surfaces - Yep! that's right color!  Now color for me can just mean deeper hues or stronger undertones, but color non the less.  As I continue to experiment with the dry pigments (only two colors) I'm finding how my palette can be a bit more deeply enhanced.  At least that's what I'm doing today and a few yesterdays, like about three weeks.  Of course that can all disappear on another day yet to come, but for now, color.  The photo below is a painting I finished today.  See! Color!

mixed media on panel, 36x36, 'One Whisper, One Lie'

And I'm still loading my fabulous large panels - pic below of where it is at this moment...


and I've been culling my work, looking for weak paintings.  I pulled about five that I wanted to rework.  The first thing I did was play around for with all my panels like pieces of a puzzle, putting together diptychs and triptychs........I was so sore the next day from moving them all around - anyway I got one diptych out of that workout!! These two works together made a much stronger work in my opinion!! 

mixed media on panel, 60x40, 'Clocks, Clouds and Gingerbread'
So that's pretty much what I have been up to.  My days are completely jammed, but the studio time makes all the other parts doable!  Be back soon.......

Monday, October 6, 2014

bigger

So excited!!  Even though my life is still sideways, and will be for some time, I have been able to get back on somewhat of a schedule in my studio!! But that's not the exciting part, well actually that is pretty exciting, but - the exciting part is I have had two large panels built - they are 60x48 - I am excited!  This is the biggest I've worked in a very long time.  The picture below shows part of one of the large panels next to a 24x24 on my easel.  You can see I've started to load paint onto the surface.....

Will try and take pics as I go so you can see the process...........the next pic is the one that is on the easel that I finished today.....
mixed media on panel, 24x24, 'Content Filter'

Hopefully I will be back here soon with progress photos.......Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

when life goes sideways.......

When life goes sideways, PAINT!  My personal life has been sideways for almost two months, studio time at its lowest in years and exhaustion the leader of the parade!  BUT, even an hour once a week makes all things better!!  Just being in my space to collect ear buds, several books and my fav gum, makes a difference.  I know I've said this many many times before, but I can't say it enough - I am so lucky to have my art as a tool to balance myself in the world.........this is the first week in a very long time I have had time in the studio to work.  I feel like a human again.  I slept like a baby last night!  And I actually finished a piece today.  The photo below is a little number I have worked on for the last couple of months when I would steal into the studio.  It has become a good friend....

mixed media on panel, 24x24, '52 in a 35'
I woke up one morning and summer had slipped away and Fall had entered painting everything with burnt colors.  Our window is still open at night, but the dark marine air greets us in the mornings now.  I have begun wearing a scarf, boots and long sleeves - the jacket just rides with me in the car, but soon it will be part of the things I start the day with.............

Hopefully I will be back here soon with some of the fav things I have found in the past weeks!  Happy Fall everyone, or at least everyone on this side of the world......

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

positive experience

People are amazing!!  It was the open studio tour here in our small town this past weekend.  WOW!  I was totally blessed meeting incredible people.  I do very little tidying up, just a quick floor sweep, and one quick garbage detail and then putting all wet and drippy pieces under tables so people aren't walking out with paint smears and bits and pieces of whatever is lying on the floor stuck to their shoes.  It's a working studio and so I leave it that way.

When a stranger walks into your personal work space, you never know what to expect.   Negative, positive, indifference,  or someone looking for a public restroom or directions to a good restaurant!! However?, on Saturday?, it was amazing.  In one day I talked with other working artists, writers, photographers, sculptors  in both wood and clay, designers, and people new to the world of visual art!! It was an exceptional day full of experiences I will never forget.  Lucky me!

There is change in the air - our light is starting to leave and the sun is getting a bit lower in the sky each day.  I have started some new work moving in a bit of a new direction.  Nothing to show yet, but stay tuned.  I only had a short time to work today so I finished the piece I was using for demos during the studio tour.

Mixed media on panel, 24x24, 'A Slab of Consideration'

Summer speeding away, so will be here more often!  See you soon!