Friday, June 5, 2015

finished!

Before we all go off for the weekend, I wanted to share with you the finished triptych I started almost two months ago.  Never has anything pushed my edges as much as this challenge.  I learned more in two months working on this then I have learned in the past two years.  Would I do it again?, well not anytime soon, but yes, I would.  Maybe once a year, something this large would be a good thing.  I'll be able to answer that after a few months.  Anyway..........

untitled, mixed media on panel, triptych, 6'x9'


here is a side view to give you an idea of scale....


as soon as it dries it will be headed to Gallery903 in Portland!  We have a beautiful weekend rolling in and I'm really looking forward to some summer activities!  back here soon.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

checking in!

Hello!!  Just checking in!  Not much changing in my world - painting, painting and more painting!  I continue to work on the triptych and am challenged more then I thought.  When it is complete will show and tell.  I will be moving my studio hopefully in July!  I am excited about that!  having more space will give much needed breathing room!  Summer is starting to poke her head in occasionally and those are the best days ever.  Light, longer days, and warm, warm, warm!  My body loves that heat!  Below is a painting I finished a few weeks ago........

mixed media on panel, 48x48, 'Goodbye Mr. G'

It is now available at Gallery903 in Portland, Oregon.  

Hope you are all creating, creating and creating!

Will be back here soon!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Large!

Yes! I'm still here!  Been working, working and working some more!  Wanted to put up a quick post to show you what I'm doing!  For years I have dreamed of painting wall size and guess what!  I have the opportunity to come close!  I'm working on a triptych 6'x9'.  I am in the early stages and very excited.  Gallery 903 in Portland asked if I would be willing to paint one for the gallery.  Uh, yes!  I have spent the last month prepping to do the work.  Had to create a work space in my studio, order the panels and paint!  I wish I was in my new studio space (will share my move in a later post), but I am making this work.  The pic below shows the panels ready to start the work.  The painting in front is a 48x48 to give you an idea of the scale.




this next pic is what I left in the studio on Friday when I quit working.  It has the second layer of cold wax and oil paint.  In the very early stages.


this project was originally a commission, but the buyer backed out so now I have the freedom to just do a painting without having to meet certain criteria.  A true dream project for me.  I can just paint!! Will keep you posted on the progress.  And of course I continue to paint smaller works while this guy takes time drying in between.  The next pic is the painting I used in the first photo to show scale.

48x48 mixed media on panel, '6 Deep', available at Gallery903, www.gallery903.com

Much going on here.  Hope it won't be so long before I'm back here again.  I miss you guys.  I hope this finds you all on amazing creative journeys. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Learning blogsy

I'm in the process of learning 'blogsy'. This is a blog posting app I can use on my ipad. I'm sure there are many of you who have already mastered this and I commend you! It's a few notches above my skill level. At present my time is very limited on my main computer due to the ever crumbling back. So I am using my ipad 90% of the time now! I've had to make changes to how I work and am thankful for the technology I have to do that. My iPhone is my camera now and excels over my little digital camera I used for years. I can 'airdrop' the images from my phone to my ipad, edit them in my photo app and send them via dropbox, email or a number of other ways. I can do all of this resting my back while laying on my bed. Very thankful!

I had the privilege of delivering a painting to a clients home about a month ago. As many of you know, we seldom get to see where our work ends up. They wanted me to stay while they hung it and it was an amazing experience. What happened after the work was hung was a new experience for me. The clients energy from their home infused the painting that was once just me. It was totally unexpected and I will never forget it. They were kind enough to send me photos.


Well wish me luck on posting this. I'll be sharing more ways that I am changing how I work in the studio later. And if any of you are local, come by Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland next Saturday for the Introductions Show featuring the five newest artists, me being one of those lucky people! The reception will be from 4pm to 6pm. You can go to www.howardmandville.com, click on shows for all the info.

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

sneak peek.....

I haven't had much to say lately because I have been 'heads down working' preparing for an upcoming show at Howard/Mandville Gallery.  The gallery is introducing their five newest artists and I have the good fortune of being one of the five!  I thought I would give my cyber friends a sneak peek of two of the new pieces.




mixed media on panel, 40x30, 'Under The New Moon'



mixed media on panel, 36x36, 'The Ribbon Box'

I hope this finds you all 'heads down working' creating and exploring.  With spring knocking at our door, I think it will be hard not to play hooky when Mr. Sun finally shows himself!

And if you got the last blog post on how to use blogsy, so sorry!! I'm learning how to use the app on my ipad, but obviously I have not had much success!! Sigh.

Monday, February 2, 2015

After November and December.........

After the roller coaster ride of November and December, January entered and gave me days to work and find my rhythm again.  Time.  So important using the time.  Knowing that life will interrupt again, January was a gift.  I worked almost everyday and felt the rush falling behind me.  The studio starting to fill up again with work.   Obviously not all good work, but work.  In fact some horribly bad work which needed to find a surface.  The horribly bad has always been my teacher and I was, in an odd way, glad to see it present itself.  It offered up it's challenges and allowed me to settle in and push some edges.  Then some more edges.  So? January has been a wonderful teacher.  The two paintings below are headed to Gallery903 this month.  Both of them offered fabulous challenges.


mixed media on panel 24x72, 'The Right On The One Way'





mixed media on panel, 60x48, 'Laughing Seriously'
Hope this finds you all settled into the new year.  Pushing the edges of your work.  Will be back soon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

falling into the new year.......

A new year - new work - and continuing the learning curve.  It's about climbing aboard a faster train and a commitment to keep pushing the work.  Dragging everything I learned in 2014 into 2015 and pushing the edges more and more.  Larger work,  working smarter, and excited about all the possibilities. 

Wanted to give you a peek at what I've been doing - below is a slice of five different paintings -

creating this new body of work is so exciting to me.  I'm in the process of redoing about eight pieces plus creating new paintings.  

pic below is another slice of two paintings that I just finished!

one a brand new piece and the other is a redo! 

everyday is full, full, full!  Some of the finished pieces have been posted on my website and the others will go up later in the month.

I hope you are all falling into the new year with excitement about what paths you are forging.  I don't make resolutions, but I'm ever hopeful that I will travel the high road most of the time, keeping the drama low and positive moves on the front burner especially at this age when keeping a high energy level is a challenge.  Naps are one of my best friends and that ever dreaded 45 minute work out everyday.  It never gets easier and this aged body doth protest!!  

Be back here soon!