Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Damaged Corner of My Heart
acrylic paint, oil crayon and ink on canvas

This is the first piece in this series where a name for the piece developed as I worked.
I most often work from a concept or theme which drives the work.
In these black and white abstracts my intention was to just play with the black and white and the forms to create compositions and work on my painting skills.  That is why they have been untitled thus far.
Also something I hardly ever do.

But some discussions at my art group about titling work and how each of us begin a piece (working from a concept or working playfully with the materials)  caused me to go back to working from a concept which is what I prefer to do.
There is nothing that says I can't experiment and play within a concept.
So that is where this series is going to go.

 I struggled for a few days with a theme for all of the pieces I had created thus far and have settled on
"The Weight of Memory" as the overriding concept for the work.
The organic forms seem to be heavy and stone-like so that is where the idea of weight comes in.
Memory has been a big part of my work for 10+ years.
I like the idea that memory is an intangible, fleeting, shape-shifting, nebulous kind of thing which is in stark contrast to something solid, heavy and weighty.  I think the contrasts will enhance the development of each piece and drive the work making it more personal and hopefully richer and more layered.

I will repost the previous pieces soon with the titles I have settled upon each individual work.
In the meantime you can check out the black and white series so far on my website.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

To Stitch or Not To Stitch


acrylic on canvas with stitching

So...I didn't feel like it was done, so I painted some more and did a lot of work with the oil crayons.
I think it is more interesting now, but don't really know that the stitching adds anything.
 I really just wanted to see if I could stitch on the painted canvas and if I would like its affect.
I think there are some possibilities with the stitching although I think the way I stitched here is
in opposition to the more organic nature of the rest of the piece.

Open to critiques and suggestions.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Black and White Continues

black and white acrylic on canvas with oil crayon and ink

Having fun with these.
I have always loved black and white.
As I look back at my work I see that I did a lot of black and white work.
But exploring it in depth like this, making lots of work on a theme is different than
creating an individual piece that just happens to be primarily black and white.

I plan to continue with the small works while also doing some larger pieces.
Sewing on the canvas because it is not on stretchers is calling to me.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Remnant no. 1
mixed media with hydrocal and wire on board

This piece just got accepted to the National Collage Society's Juried Show.
There were 383 entries and they accepted 56!
Really glad to be included in this exhibit.
The show will be at the Downtown Gallery in Kent Ohio from September 29 through October 29.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Another Black and White

9x12"  acrylic and mixed media on canvas

While I like this, I feel I lost some of the energy I had in the previous 2 pieces.
But the development of the thin paper or string-like elements is a plus.
Along with the acrylic paint there is some oil crayon and colored pencil.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Dark One

9x12"  acrylic and collage on canvas

Still experimenting with paint and trying to keep it loose.
This is the companion piece to my last post.
I painted them at the same time, side by side, deliberately trying to create a light
piece and a dark piece with the same elements.

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.