This blog is my portfolio of artwork, a journal about my process of making art...and the things that I have no words for...


Sunday, November 29, 2009

LOTS of work in progress...

The nice thing about being on holiday...I have more time to make art...so I planned ahead, bought extra canvases, and on Friday I started making surfaces, then yesterday I started laying down the raw elements...sort of assembly line, while one is drying, I start another, and it just started to get out of hand...the splash of sunshine on my dining room table full of canvases was just too pretty this morning...it gave me a few ideas too...yes, this is the same table that just days ago was a spiffy looking with a table cloth and a feast laid out for the family gathered around...

I'm experimenting again...this little 12 x 12 inch canvas has the sumi paper adhered to the surface, but I also glued a small square of 2 ply mat board underneath the paper (it's in the upper middle of the canvas, can you tell?) There's a lot going on in this piece that I like...but I'll work on it some more later to see what I can enhance...things were getting a bit sloppy last night at about 9PM when I had to call it quits...

This one has some potential, I love the subtle things happening in the background and I hope to keep some of it...

I'm going to try another red one...I just have a tough time with the color red...I like it, but not really in love with it...but I know lots of people love the other red one I made (and I do too)...my niece was hinting...but I need it for an upcoming show...I started a small red one too, but the photo didn't turn out so well...

I am loving this wrinkly surface...lots of nifty stuff happening...there's a trio of these 9 x 9's...I'm going to see if I can group them together as a triptych...it just might work...


I'm going to try again for the gold...without going too orange, I'm hoping to maintain the delicate wash without screwing it up like I had done before...twice...argh! (Tho' the two that I "screwed up" turned out fine as individual pieces...they just went in a different direction, these things happen.)

This long skinny one (8 x 24 I think) has a lovely color that I'd hate to lose...very delicate compared to the darker ones...I'll have to see what happens...

Well, I have my work cut out for me...I also have about a dozen prepared papers to mess around with...I haven't touched them yet, they're still flattening under a crockery lid with stones on it...

I just ordered a new mobile storage cart from Blick this morning...I have way too much stuff again...this is my second storage cart (the other one is full!) Can't have enough of those little guys...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Tangle...and the chaos

If you also visit my other blog, Upstate Girl, you'll see that I found a birds nest in this mess behind the barn, but for Bliss, I'm going to focus on the beauty of this chaos...plentiful dried golden rod and grasses...sumac and choke cherry, briars and I'm sure br'er rabbit and his relations must live in there...the colors are pretty amazing...



I can't get enough of the grape vine curlicues!

I absolutely love the purple and lavender colors of black berry briars...(ouch) The bits of red are nightshade berries...

I want to do something with my photos...possibly a series of books rather than individual photos since I focus on a series of things having to do with textures and colors, the photos are more like a sketchbook, a thought process, they're about looking and seeing...dunno...I'm thinking about it...my Fred thinks I should do it.

The tangle and the chaos...my feelings are in knots, now that I've finished my novel The Fractured Hues of White Light and I have an exhibition coming up the first week of December...my Fred and I together, displaying at a local restaurant...I'm very excited. Much to do, much to think about, new work to move along...soon...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The latest...

This was the dining room table about three hours ago...

Celestial Autumn, Blue and Gold, 11/15/2009, acrylic monotype on sumi paper mounted on canvas, 18 x 6 inches

I finally finished this little fella, it's been through the wringer, it started out this bright, airy wash that I posted back on October 18...but it became a mess, I poked at it from time to time, became disgusted with it yesterday, painted it over with white and started over...but it lost that pretty wash...oh, well, these things (unhappy accidents) happen...I'm pretty happy with it as it is...

The morning started out foggy...my little crow friends were waiting for me to leave them their breakfast, but they like sumac berries too...



Then the sun broke through and made things sparkly, and apparently, extra sniffy for my one dog named Max...(please visit Upstate Girl for a photo essay about my little buddy dog and his sniffy nose!)


It turned out to be such a beautiful day, it's been unusually warm for November...but I'm not complaining, I'm sure the worst is yet to come! So, I put my chair out in a sunny spot and sat writing at my laptop with my faithful dog nearby...and we listened with interest as something of the unidentified critter variety was in the weeds making a rustling racket...but at first we didn't know what it was...soon enough, I saw something large and brown rummaging around in the garden, then the head popped up, iridescent green and bright red headgear...it was our friend the pheasant! (Unfortunately my camera happened to be out of reach at the time...no pheasant pictures.) Phez didn't think much of us staring at him (Max with ears in full bloom and tail wagging.) So he ran off...it's funny to see such a large bird run...and then he flew away. A little while later, we heard him crowing in the weeds again.

It was a lovely, productive, and restful day, I feel pretty good, my latest Fibromyalgia flare-up has calmed down again...it's been a good weekend.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The finished drawing


Samhain, Cavatina, 11/6/2009, pencil on Bristol (smooth) paper, 14 x 11 inches

I finished it finally (started it September 27th)...the "bigger" they are, the longer they take to make, I usually like little 'uns the best, but sometimes a big 'un is right for the time and I was so out of sorts feeling I needed the space to wander so forgive the meandering, aimlessness of it, these drawings are more personal as I work out things, focus, look inward for peace, go with the flow...you have no idea...or maybe you do. I usually name them as pieces of classical music because the lines and shapes remind me of sound...this one reminds of the 5th movement of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13, Opus 130



(TNUA Concert Hall, Taipei March 21, 2008 Peter Winograd, violin, Laurie Carney, violin, Daniel Avshalomov, viola, Wolfram Koessel, cello)

My father-in-law passed away on November 5th...we see him off tomorrow...a bittersweet time...the Cavatina seems appropriate...

This piece of music also has significance in my novel, The Fractured Hues of White Light, (soon to be released, hopefully before Christmas!)

(Yes, I know...how do you find the time! I just do.)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Seasonal colors...

Elemental Autumn, Samhain, 10/31/2009, acrylic monotype on sumi paper mounted on canvas, 12 x 30 inches

I think it's finished...well, it's still sitting on the dining room table, I've picked at it all week, adding bits of this and that, I've given it a name anyway...if I make any changes they might be small ones...nothing drastic...unless I go crazy and decide to obliterate it...which I don't think I will do...

Bones of the Earth, Bronzed, 10/25/09, acrylic monotype on sumi paper mounted on canvas, 18 x 6 inches

This little guy...is from last week, I had to think about it, it started out red and then the red wasn't working, so I made it go away...it took a few layers...and I was ready to give up, but then I plopped that gold red that I used in Samhain all over it, like a glaze, and fooled around a bit more and now I think it's "done" the pale green square saved it for me, I might ponder it a little more, but, like with Samhain, I don't expect too much will change (of course if I do anything too crazy I'll be sure to post the results!)

This has been a rough week, my Fred's father is near death, these are difficult times...
an emotional rollercoaster...which has put many projects in limbo...exhaustion is taking its toll.