Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
These two are little 5x7's. I'd be pretty shocked if I sold the larger ones, but these little guys are more affordable and easy to find a place to hang. Plus they are fun to do =)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I've been tagged by Cat at Darkling Woods Studios. Thanks, Cat! The rules are to tell 7 little known things about yourself then tag 7 others (be sure and link everyone!)
So here are mine:
1. I like to read Mother Earth News and day dream about going 'back to the land'
2. I drove around Australia after college and worked on organic farms with people who had gone 'back to the land'!
3. Bottecelli's 'Primavera' moved me to tears
4. I sing and dance along with my music while I paint
5. The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers) and Janis Joplin (Pearl) are on heavy rotation these days
6. My brother and I were at Phish's last concert in Vermont and walked 12 miles from my car to the venue
7. I was a ski bum. Twice. Kind of. Is there a such thing as a cross country ski bum?
I, in turn, would like to tag these 7 wonderful bloggers!
Painted Sky Woman
The Fairies' Nest
The Blackberry Briar
Anouk and Boobouk
The Singing Bird
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
And this is a quote that made me catch my breath because it felt so right to me, he says, "The things that I really relate to, is when I read something that has articulated something that I've felt but haven't been able to articulate, and I find that incredibly moving and I find an incredible sense of community in that... If I offer myself, there is a chance that somebody else will feel connected because they felt that and even if the story is sad you can be connected in your sadness and the sadness of being a human being."
It sounds to me like an explanation of how making art can be an act of great compassion and why self expression is an integral thread in the fabric of society. He is speaking about writing , but it's equally true of visual art. The visual image has the power to connect and transmit an impression/idea/emotion even more quickly to the human consciousness than words can. I know when a work of art has touched me before I understand why. I'm so in love with that feeling - that welling up of emotion - like something in me has become unblocked because someone else has expressed it and somehow that image has found it's way to me and I know that I am not alone. I think I'm such a movie fan because film blends images and spoken words, which makes for an immediate and deep impact. But I also like the slow pace of taking in a still image and the ambiguity of a single image that allows the viewer to shape his own experience of the art, whereas some movies can leave one feeling as if his emotions have been manipulated.
On a different note, here is photo of two new figures in progress.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Painting (my favorite)
Freckles are great
In other news, I'm getting ready to show my work at Essex Studios here in Cincinnati. It's going to be on Oct. 3 -4 at their open studio walk. There are so many factors to consider! Lighting, packing my work to travel, hardware for hanging, fabric for tables - the list is enormous. But I'm really looking forward to this first opportunity to show my art and to talk to people about what I do.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Ron Monsma do a portrait demonstration at a local gallery and saw that the colors he was using were not too far off what I had been trying, but I had given up before allowing the painting to resolve itself. So, I went home that night and painted this, which is not perfect, but still a big step for me. The experience drove home the importance of 1.) the value of seeing a more experienced painter work, 2.) having faith in what my eye is telling me and 3.) not being afraid or quittting when the picture feels out of control because that's actually a perfect opportunity to learn somthing new!
The painting is on an 11x11 3/4" wood panel and painted from a photo I took of a friend. She was walking through my house and the color harmony and composition with the partially open door and picture frame in the background seemed so perfect and meaningful, so I said, "Wait, stay right there while I get my camera!"
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
This is the latest incarnation of the 'big' painting. It may not seem like alot has changed, but I've been tweaking the color and learning alot as I go. I've also been doing some small 5x7 oil sketches on wood panel to explore color and composition. Below are three that accidentally happen to match up quite well in a row!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It has been fun using my dolls as models and saves me from doing any more self portraits in the near future. Never-the-less I'm actively recruiting live models for my next objet d'art. (Okay, I think that exhausts my vocabulaire)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Here is the painting I have working on for a couple of weeks. It is dealing with the vanitas portrait subject matter some more. It is loosely based on a portrait of Anne of Cleves which was commissioned by Henry VIII so that he could see if she was pretty enough for him to marry (incidentally, he liked the portrait, but was disappointed in the flesh and blood woman and annulled the marriage after 6 months).
Friday, May 23, 2008
Here is my new doll, she is pose-able, 20” and she sits on her pedestal, deep in contemplation. I think she is meditating on the nature of creation:
“To create” seems to mean that from nothing you suddenly have something. I prefer to use the expression “manifestation” to the word “creation.” Look deeply, and you can understand creation in terms of manifestation. Just as we can understand a cloud as a manifestation of something that has always been there, and the rain as the end of the cloud manifestation, we can understand human beings, and even everything around us, as a manifestation that has come from somewhere and will go nowhere…I very much like the term “Wonderful Becoming.” It is close to the true meaning of creation.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear
Friday, May 16, 2008
I think that this is why I’m so fascinated with accurately depicting the human body. It’s like trying to figure out a piece of the puzzle. And maybe it is an act of appreciation - like the least I can do when confronted with such an awe-inspiring thing as a human being. But it’s not enough just to make a copy. The exterior must somehow describe the interior, or at least one facet or idea of it.
In this vein (no pun intended?), I’ve begun a new series of portraits that are in a traditional, Renaissance-like style of composed young women, but with jewelry that betrays something more visceral and fragile that is being kept inside. Like when someone shares something a little too honest for the situation - it is beautiful and true, but it makes everyone uncomfortable anyway. I like the idea of merging two traditional subjects, the portrait and the vanitas painting, in a way that is a bit unexpected and unsettling. The portraits are all about conveying wealth, power and beauty, whereas the vanitas paintings are all about conveying the unimportance and transitory nature of worldly things. Here is a 4x6” study for that series.
Also, here is a large (c. 3x4’) painting I just finished based on a dream I had of mushrooms and pear trees. I gotta look that one up in the dream dictionary, I guess. In the meantime, it looks good in my bedroom =)