Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Black and White

Untitled Black and White Painting
Acrylic and Oil Crayon on Canvas   9x12"

Objective:  Paint with black and white only,
concentrating on the composition and the expressive qualities possible
with the paint.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Making Another Appearance

"In Her Closet"

The dresses from my series, "In Her Closet" are making another appearance.
This time at the Little Art Gallery at Bowling Green State University Firelands in Huron Ohio.
This small and intimate space allows for the installation to really reflect the is as if
the dresses are in a small walk-in closet.

The dresses have been installed in 5 very different venues,
allowing them to take on the qualities the space has to offer.
That is the beauty of an installation.  The space becomes a very large part
of how the work is seen and perceived.
Currently at BGSU Firelands the white walls and the lighting from above really make for an
intimate experience.  Simple and solitary, imparting emotional qualities that enhance
the titles that suggest various individual human and emotional characteristics.

The show runs from August 15 until September 20, 2016.
Little Art Gallery BGSU Firelands
1 University Dr.
Huron OH  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Good Day's Work

Sometimes you just have to take creativity where you can get it.
For me right now it is in the kitchen.
The peaches are from Monroe Orchard in Hiram but the tomatoes are from
my garden.
So let the canning begin!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Staying Rooted to Somewhere

"Staying Rooted to Somewhere"
acrylic and collage on drywall
24 x 46"

This is the fourth piece in the series of larger paintings that I have been doing incorporating geometric and architectural elements with circle and ladder forms.   I often work with vertical surfaces but not one as narrow as this so that was part of the challenge for me.
The title comes from a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye.
I happened upon her work and love how she writes and explores contemporary situations.
While I am currently trying to work abstractly, something literal almost always sneaks into the work as it did here
with the flower.
I guess that is just part of my thought process.  And I need to acknowledge that and just go with it.
The flower and ladder part of the painting was already there when I came across Nye's poem
and I knew that her words were what I was painting toward.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Do-Over!

This is my excuse for not being in my studio. Lots to do in the garden and we
just added four new raised beds to fill next year.  What am I thinking?!

(Title Pending)
mixed media acrylic painting
36 x 46"

Is anyone still out there?  I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted.  Yikes!

This work is a "do over" of the piece I posted on April 26.
I just wasn't satisfied with it and I had to mull it over for a long time.
I finally decided I was definitely over-thinking the whole thing.
And I was scared!
But this past weekend I just went for it.
There were parts I liked, but the original work just felt rigid and strained.
It also lacked the kind of layering I was hoping to achieve.
I feel this is a better end product and place from which to grow further.

I learned a lot through the whole process on both pieces and have started a new work hoping to
maintain the layering and the looser quality I got to in this work.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scapes...Before and After!

Scapes from my Garden

Pickled Scapes

Today I cut all of the scapes from my garlic plants.
You know...those curly tops on the garlic plants.
I love those curly scape tops and hate to cut them off because they look so cool on the plant.
But leaving them on robs the garlic bulb from getting larger.
And who doesn't want big beautiful garlic bulbs?
So I cut them off and then pickle them.

Here are my before and after shots of the scapes.
This is also one of the reasons I have gotten little work done in my studio....
Gardening is a full time job here.
But we are getting to what I like to call "garden maintenance" time...when everything is planted
and I just have to weed and maintain everything.
Maybe I will be in the studio next week!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Little Self Promotion

A little shameless advertising about some exhibits that I am a part of this summer.

Summer 2016 is stacking up to be very busy on the art exhibit front.
Add to that some family visits, a destination wedding, a few teaching engagements
and gardening and you get one packed summer.
But I am not complaining!
It's all good!