Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Weight of Winter

"The Weight of Winter - Jan.8"
oil and cold wax on Arches oil paper with collage on panel
15.5 x 12"

While we haven't had very much of a snowy winter as winters go in Ohio,
the day I started this small painting we had a good three inches of snow.
It was cold and kind of gray.
I do like all of the seasons that we have in Ohio but often, snow or no snow, winter can be oppressive.
It is not just the weather but also the cabin fever, the lack of sun and being outdoors, and a routine
that is really no routine (if you know what I mean.)

I have a few more of the panels I used for this piece so want to continue this series throughout January.
It will be interesting to see what my mood inspires as the unusually warm winter weather continues.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

New Beginnings and New Workshop Schedule!

"While You Were Sleeping"
oil and cold wax on Arches oil paper
22 x 15"

A new year.  New media to explore.  New commitment to writing.
Who doesn't love new beginnings, second chances, fresh starts and do-overs?
That is what I am hoping for myself in 2020.

The past two weeks amid all of the holiday plans and events, I have had the most prolific
art making time I have ever had during the Christmas holidays.
Usually I get side tracked by people, travel and/or get togethers that my studio time is neglected.
Sometimes, to be honest, it is just plain procrastination that keeps me from the studio.
Maybe I better make one more batch of cookies.
Or the day is so chopped up that there just isn't enough time to go to the studio.
But somehow this year I have completed the above painting and worked on another project
for an exhibit this summer.

2020 looks to be a busy one for me in terms of teaching.
Here is a list of the workshops that I am looking forward to teaching.
Hope to see you in the new year!

2020 Workshops

Composition for the Quiltmaker   Scottsdale AZ   Feb. 14-17   Sold Out!

Mixed Media Collage    Morgan Conservatory    Cleveland OH    March 7-8.   Details at the Morgan

Collage with Stitch   Quilt Surface Design Symposium   Columbus OH
May 25-31.  Details at

Collage with Stitch   Pocosin Arts  Columbia NC    June 26-30
Details at

Collagraph Printing   Peter's Valley   Layton NJ   July 17-21

Encaustic Painting   Peter's Valley    Layton NJ   July 24-28

Collagraph Printing    Morgan Conservatory    Cleveland OH  
Aug.  (date TBD) Details at Morgan   

It is such a pleasure to meet other creatives and share an artistic  journey together.  I look forward to seeing you in 2020!


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year's Wishes

"Child's Play"
mixed media collage

I came across this quote by the writer Neil Gaiman.
It is my fondest New Year's wish to you.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. 
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone 
who thinks you're wonderful. 
And don't forget to make some art, or write, draw, build, sing, 
or live only as you can. 
And I hope in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 
-Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Musings

I know, I know.  It has been a long time since I have written.
The reasons are numerous and various, but overall just excuses.
So in this season of good cheer I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you
who continue to read my blog and support my creative efforts.  It means a great deal to me.

I am making a New Year's resolution to get back on track and start writing again.
I have missed it and the good that comes from putting my thoughts about my art
in writing.

A great big thank you for hanging in there with me!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
May 2020 be a year of creativity and productivity for us all.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Muse Series Begins

"Muse no. 1" (dress)
"Potential" (the mixed media collage this muse inspired)

After a false start that I spent too much time on I have arrived at this starting point for a series I  have been wanting to do for quite some time.  "Nine Muses" will involve the sewing of nine dresses, some from commercial patterns as this one is, and result in a mixed media work that uses some of the same materials and imagery as the dress.  The use of the materials and imagery is just the jumping off point for the artwork which can, and
I hope will, evolve into works that are layered and nuanced and somewhat abstract.

One of the challenges or criteria of the work is to repurpose materials that would have been otherwise discarded.
The top of dress incorporates white fabric that was salvaged from a 5 and 10 kind of store that was going out of business.
The skirt is a discarded sheet that was languishing in a drawer for I don't know how many years.
And the leaves are from plastic bags, hand stitched to the dress bodice and skirt.

The artwork has all of those elements in it plus other fabrics, acrylic paint, shellac and used tea bags.
The Muses (or dresses) will just be numbered without titles or names.
But the artworks that result from the muse will be titled.
This one, "Potential", refers to the potential promised in the beginning of a new series
as well as the potential offered by the promise of spring represented by the leaves, colors and the time of year in which this work was made.

I am not giving myself a time period for completing the series.
I will continue to make some small work, do some teaching and tend the gardens
with the Muses in my thoughts as I go about the maintenance of daily life.

Things for me to ponder besides the making of dresses and mixed media collages:
Why are the Muses unnamed?
What about this series compels me?
Why do I return to making dresses as a means of expression?  Are they self referential or
do they have a more universal appeal?
How does the scale of the 2D work affect my process?  This one is 22 x 30" while I have been working
in the 12 x 12" and smaller range.

All of this I have been thinking about while making the actual dress and collage.
Here I have committed the thoughts to paper which makes all of those thoughts concrete.
This demands more of me.

Friday, April 26, 2019

"Then and Now: 1955 / 2019"

"Then: 1955"
mixed media collage in found  window frame
(side 1)
24 x 24"

"Now: 2019"
mixed media collage in a found window frame
24 x 24"
(side 2)

I'm not sure what drives me to make 2-sided works.
They are certainly hard to display.
This one's presentation was a bit easier as I knew from the beginning it would either be suspended
or stand on some kind of base.

Self Portraits are always a bit challenging.
One has to be willing to reveal some inner thoughts, emotions and some kind of imagery that references self.
I really don't like having my picture taken so I opt for an image that is self referential instead of a photo.
Therefore the "Then" side incorporates drawings I did of my granddaughter while the "Now" side uses photos of a torso sculpture I did several years ago and have photographed and reused many times including in
 my artist's book titled "Self Portrait at Sixty".
The face you see in the third window pane on the top row is an image I have used for over 25 years
 to represent myself.  I like the continuity of repeated and reinvented imagery which keeps the work
both ongoing and current.

While my blogging and posting on Instagram have slowed waaaay down, I am still working both on small collages and larger more conceptual work.  As always I appreciate your comments and your taking the time to read this blog.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Just for Fun

"I Can Hear You Smile " series
12 x 12" each
mixed media collage on board

Yes, I realize that it has been about 6 weeks since my last post!
I have been working on a number of larger and time consuming projects.
The results are mixed.
Or rather my response to them is mixed.
So until I have something I am happy with I am posting this series of pieces that I did as part
of the Quilt Surface Design Symposium challenge. Those who chose to participate were challenged to make
12 x 12" works based on the colors red, yellow, green and blue. The final pieces will be displayed at
this year's symposium in June.

I had done a small collage study a number of years back that had the legs of a girl jumping in the air.
I immediately thought of that study when I heard the parameters of the challenge.
These were fun to do!
All that is left is for me to put them in the mail.

Then it is back to the drawing board, as they say.
Thanks to all who haven't given up on me and my overdue blogging.