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!

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.