Friday, September 26, 2014

Currently On My Mantel

The sea turtle shell is still front and center.

Fossil filled Limestone, Elephant from India (I've had since 2nd Grade), & hand built vase Cody gave me in H.S.

Thrift store shell, hand built vase from Cody, Crystal from Crystal Bridges, Puffy ceramic by Cody and tangled Copper wire heart shaped from an old drawing

Jung's book from Hannita, Tennebrae bucket full of Co river rocks, Brass Tic-tac-toe inherited from Cody's grandparents

Cody's egg shaped vase, Cody's hand built cut away ceramic bird, Mason's small bee-hive pottery piece holding our feather collection (The feathers are found from Alaska to KS)

Brass star lamp from Chloe and thrifted Brass door knocker anchor

Pair of jasper wands, Cody's pottery, puffy hand built piece, Mason's thrown candle holder & a thrifted photo of beehives

These are a few of my favorite things. I love that the earth, water, air and fire are all now represented in the middle/hearth of my home. These objects are each so rich in symbol and meaning.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

E Reverie in Blue

An authentic, beautiful person---peacefully relaxing and dreaming---in her safe place.

E Reverie in Blue
24"X24" Acrylic

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More marbling textures

 These two separate marbled paintings---the bottom photo of each one is just run through a saturated filter on my instagram account. Love the saturated color effect.

Floating Paint

A friend has commissioned me to paint a 36"X36" marbled canvas. He wants black and white with limited "Ferrari Red". I played around with the pigment/effects today. Of course I love painting on water.

There are still plenty of surprises but each time I marble I feel that I get better at predicting what will happen/how to create certain effects. My mind is a little blown by all the energy in these...can hardly imagine a whole 3' square canvas of this. I do think it will be awesome.

I think this one is my favorite. It's dominated by black.
I don't care for the movement in this one.
Too much red and the colors got muddy. (I know exactly why.)

Close second for favorite. I like the distinct dots and the movement in this one and the less red.

The next three photos show the painting progression to final product:

Here's another series from near beginning to print:

Too much red and too swirly, but fun to see the process to print.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

An old poem off the hard drive: Erosion


although exposed
the curious human
whose mind stiffens
her body

clouds roll
drawing with them
a great curtain
whose heavy presence
is marked

bearing down on
the colorful shell
whose drained pigment
is swept

eyes darken
slowly barring
the brittle soul
whose open windows

although hidden
the curious human
whose body stiffens
her mind

Saturday, September 6, 2014


And then there are the times when a painter is most vulnerable. She paints a vision for anyone and not for everyone. She paints not because she understands. She paints before she sees. She paints because she must.

Vision, Acrylic 4'X4'

The gold leaf is so great on this one.

This is one of those paintings. Edit: So far I have heard from a few special people about what they see when they look at this. I trust they are seeing what they need to see in it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Natvar Bhavsar

WAM currently has a whole room dedicated to Natvar Bhavsar. (I think the museum owns at least 6 of his works.) Though I had never heard of him until this exhibit, I immediately felt at home the first time I walked into the small room dominated by his colorful, ethereal canvases. 

And though his paintings remind me to like my own painting Grotesque Ethereal even more, his paintings also inspire me to do more with less. (I'm sure this will show up in the coming paintings.) 
The special exhibit ends Oct 5. (BTW, The current glass exhibit and the recently rotated permanent collection are fantastic, too. Pay for a great half-day of moving entertainment or go on Free Saturdays.)