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


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oh happy day!

Here I am waving to you in the midst of the opening of our little gallery at 137 First Street, Liverpool, New York! It was a beautiful night outside and beautiful inside, the local support of our effort was AMmmmm-AZING! We're trying to figure out how many people showed up, and ran out of fingers, so we're guessing about 60 or so...maybe more... many familiar faces from other gallery events and such that I've been involved in/gone to, etc...the lovely cluster of art lovers in the area who hear about an opening reception and graciously show up every time (Thank you!) I sold a painting and a book, that'll pay for our share of the July rent! It was a big night, and I'm totally wiped out tired in that fantastic good way of being after such a good thing...I'm buzzing, but have yet to "land"...there's a nap in my future! I want to paint...and will...but I need to relax, I need to rest...and regroup, get back to reality...


As more pictures come along I'll add them!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lazy vacation days...


But I've been busy... this is a work in progress...or is it done? Dunno...I can't make up my mind, I made this awesome gray with Payne's Gray and Burnt Umber, slathered it on as a wash and it made this wonderful texture that is so lovely I'd hate to do anything to cover it up... I might add some more shapes or lines, but I'm willing to let it go after that...

The next three I did all together last weekend, laid them out, and worked them in an assembly line... I like doing that now and then when I have small things going on... they're all 8 x 8 inches, acrylic, wash, monotype, and sumi-paper on Stonehenge paper.




My Fred and I and our friends Ken and Suzanne are preparing for our exhibition at The Gallery at Healing Art Passages...we're hoping for a good turnout...

An ongoing project in association with The Gallery, our friend Ken Nichols has been doing a shared painting project with various artist friends, and this week was my turn to take a canvas he started and make my additions... this can be hard especially when styles, paint use and color choices are vastly different...so the first photo is what Ken gave to me to start with on Thursday night while we were gallery sitting... he starts with a flat black canvas, and uses very bright, colors...looking at it I saw flowers and a rooster/hummingbird combination like they got stuck to one another...or something...I puzzled over it all evening while the three of us chatted and painted in the gallery (we sit and make art during operation hours, makes it interesting for visitors to see the artists at work)...


I really didn't know how I was going to do it and make it work with my style and keep his base visible...well, let's say, I wasn't shy once I got started...


I had soooo much fun! I learned a lot about my art making during this exercise...the painting goes back to Ken on Sunday so he can make additions... so when I see it again, it'll be different.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

A new painting...

Full Moon, June 5, 2010, acrylic, wash, monotype, sumi-paper on canvas, 30 x 12 inches

Oh, my, I had fun making this one...I dug into the blues to make it happen...the first layer is Payne's Gray with a burnt umber wash, then the white moon at the top...and I fiddled a bit and came to a standstill for over a week... well, that was while I was in the final stages of publishing my novel, so that took me off into another world for a bit of time before I could come back to painting mode last weekend and made layers on top of layers, shapes and marks, transparent layers on top of opaque...so this weekend I'm adding the finishing touches... I'm very pleased with how it turned out, she sparkles. I'm always experimenting, always looking for new directions...I have a few pieces left to finish, and some I want to "do over" because they're blah...so I have lots and lots to work on in the next few weeks...

My Fred and I have hooked up with fellow artists Ken Nichols and Suzanne Masters for an art exhibition this summer at Suzanne's shop! We spent Thursday night at the gallery drawing and painting, welcoming visitors. We're going to have an official opening reception on June 25th, 6-9 PM, The Gallery at Healing Arts Passages, 137 First Street, Liverpool New York.