Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Large New Collage

It has been over two weeks since I posted, I have been busy the whole time on this large 36"x 24" collage.
First I burned a zillion holes in rice paper and then at the last I drew more than a zillion little circles. The details show the work, in person the painting looks like some kind of animal skin, but in my photo the tiny circles disappear. This piece is too big for my light cube, so this is the best I could do for the photo.
Venetian plaster, burned rice paper, oil and acrylic paint, tea, graphite and cold wax on found canvas.
In other news I have had a great two weeks, I sold two paintings, one to a neighbor and a raven sold at the Velvet and Horns shop in Ranchos! The dry spell is over :-). I hope you are all having a great Summer.
Now I will be working on a very large 47"x 47". xoxo

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Work

This is a brand new 12"x 12" mixed media collage. I used an image I have had for a long time of a flute player. This is a first for me, using an image I did not paint and I have to say it felt like cheating. I know many people make a career of doing this, but it is not something I did easily. I do love it however and I will get over it :-). The title is of course "The Flute Player". Love to hear your thoughts on this issue and this collage.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sneak Peek-Exciting News

Remember when I told you I was working on a secret project? I have been given the go ahead to share a sneak peek and let you in on a bit of the news. The beautiful, wonderful artist Roxanne Evans Stout
has invited me along with a number of other artists to create a collage for an upcoming book she is doing.
I finished my collage and I have been told I can share a detail of the piece, so here is my sneak peek.
It is going to be a while, but I will let you know as soon as the book comes out. I am so honored to be included.
In the meantime I am painting and will have things to share soon.
Happy Summer.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

What Makes an Artist?

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. ― Joseph Campbell

I have no new work to show, all paintings are on hold as I am doing a special project, very hush hush, so I can't share yet, but I will be able to at some point and you will be the first to know :-).
I have a deadline and that always scares me, but also feels good. I always make my deadlines :-).
I wanted to talk about what being an artist means these days. You have to be good at your craft and that means working. But you also have to be a photographer, a computer whiz, a marketing whiz. A shipper and a packer, or if you are lucky enough to have enough money to hire people to do all that stuff. I dream of the day I have an assistant :-). Add to that if you are single like me, you do all the cleaning and cooking and dog walking and shopping. Then add a part time job, down to 17 hours a week, so not so bad.
My question really is, is being an artist all about the work or do other things factor in? These days everyone is driven, do more, keep pushing. I struggle with this as it is my belief and experience that is not the case.
As an artist I need long walks in the forest, I need to sit and read and watch the birds, I need to see and visit with friends, I sometimes need a good movie. These are all things I love as much as I love art and they inform my work. These things take time and art takes time. I am not one who can do a quick painting, my work is process driven, it is what I love and it takes time. Sometimes one piece takes a month or 2 and part of that time is spent slowing down and living life, taking in each moment and really paying attention to it.
I am wondering what all you other artists, including writers, think of this, do you, like me, sometimes feel guilty that you are not doing your craft while you read a book :-).  Happy weekend. XOXO

 “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
—  Pablo Picasso

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Pesky Devil Done

In my last post I told you I was working on two small pesky devils and I finished one finally! I included details and a side shot also a group shot of several on my dining room wall, I can't get good photos in my dining room as there is little light, but I did the best I could, Judy and Lynne requested a group shot so here it is. Also I included a very blurry shot of the sweetest bird in my yard, anyone know what it is? I have never seen one here and it was alone.
This mixed media collage is 12"x 12", all my usual media, not titled yet.
I always love your thoughts. XOXO

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Work

 Top is a detail shot, then a side view and then the whole painting from the front. This collage is titled "Asia" due to the map I used, 14" x 11". There is a lot going on here and you get a better view if you click on the image to enlarge. I used venetian plaster, maps, ledger papers, ink, oil and acrylic paint, graphite,and cold wax on cradle board.
I am currently working on 3 small pieces that are being pesky :-), sometimes the little devils take a while and there is no rushing them. And two large pieces that are time and labor intensive, so I likely won't have anything else to show for a while.
I always love to hear your thoughts. XOXO

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Don’t worry about achieving.
Don’t worry about perfection.
Just be there each moment as best you can.
Pema Chodron

 This is my spiritual practice, thought I would share :-).
I have many paintings in process and a few done, but it snowed and is windy and too wet to take photos (I take my photos outside), but wanted to check in and say hello. XOXO