Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dream Wolf

PPF's question today is about the role of a muse in our work. I can't really name a muse, except I do have a very active dream life that is very often the source for my ideas. So, while I don't have a particular muse, I guess dreaming could be considered a "muse state for me". Happy PPF!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mirando al Sur

Here is a link to a preview of Mirando al Sur, at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. My painting Home (at right) is in it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

High Lonesome

For IF: I'm not sure she wants be be rescued....

This is my new one, a companion to Runaway. They will both be at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids MI, at the YMCA venue in September.
I just found out what High Lonesome means.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Amended Heart

Today's IF prompt is perennial. One thing about hearts is that they keep coming back for more, no matter what they've been through.

While I was preparing for classes, this little illustration fluttered out of one of my books. The cracks in the heart make it more beautiful, don't you think? Here's to healing hearts. And their perennial nature.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Invisible Woman Makes a Brief Appearance

It's been so long since I posted that I thought I should get something up here. I'm warming up for my drawing classes this fall with this one. It's likely to change, but at least there is proof I didn't get lost in NY, and sometimes, it's just nice to draw a face.
    I saw a ton of art this summer. One my favorite artists that I encountered was Aya Uekawa: . She is doing some interesting things with mixing Japanese flatness with western 3D. I think I'm going to try that out with this drawing by cropping out the background in Photoshop and collaging in a pattern. It might not work with charcoal, though. We'll see how it goes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Whole ( well, almost) Sorry Story

For the month of May, I was very happy to have a solo show at a new gallery in Louisville, KY. Unfortunately, the gallery folded and very bad things happened as a result. The bright side is that I got 21 out of 22 pieces back, and only two suffered damage beyond the frames. The dark side is that the two Starsweepers, egg tempera and gold leaf paintings that were products of what I learned at SRAL in Maastricht, were horribly damaged. If I can get up enough courage to look at them to photo, I'll post them as they are now, but trust me, it isn't a pleasant sight. The piece that is missing is Silent Singers: If you see it, please let me know.

Anyway, I learned a lot of lessons on this one. I have two paintings in the works and I'm getting ready to make my first solarplates on my own. Also, there is a new drawing coming, a la Mrs. Swift. Don't hold your breath. We all know how slow I am.

I would like to give a shout out to Michael Johnson, Kim White, Angela GandeeStolz, Lisa Frye and Erin Garr, and also Jaime Patterson for all of their help. The artists and people of Louisville are about as fine a group of folks as you would care to meet. They were the silver lining of this challenging situation. Also to my sister Diane and her husband Wayne for all of their help and support. True warriors for the cause, all.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I'm new to Paint Party Friday, so I hope I have the right idea. I can smell a fresh breeze today, and this little painting seems to fit for the spring cleaning I ought to be doing.

I posted this one's sister a while back. This one is also egg tempera and gold leaf, except on this one, I made the paint.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Runaway close-up

New One, finished

I think I'm going to call this one Runaway, in honor of the Bonnie Raitt cover of the 1961 Del Shannon tune, because listening to it helped me to figure out how to make the sheets pop away from the background.

I'm also entering this for this week's IF topic: fleeting.

Friday, March 27, 2009

For IF: Poise

We're digging waaay back here, folks, from my wonderful days at Idaho State in Scott Evans' printshop. Scott would be glad to know I'm back at it again with solarplate intaglio printing.

Friday, March 6, 2009


For IF: Intricate

This painting was a real stinker to complete, and I'm not sure I'm completely happy with it. Please feel free to chime in with suggestions!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Cleaning

This is the companion piece for Starsweeper, the painting I posted last week. Ultramarine blue (in glass, it is cobalt) is my favorite color, and many of my pieces feature this wonderful hue. So this is for Paint Party Friday's question, do you have a favorite color? The answer is an enthusiastic yes!
Two years ago, both Starsweeper and Spring Cleaning were badly damaged while in the care of a neglectful gallery owner. They are tucked in a corner in my studio and I haven't had the heart to look at them since. This summer, though, I'm going to gather my courage and look at them to see if I can repair them. I'd love to have them back.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Old Woman in the Shoe's Younger Daughter

For IF: Her escape would give her cause to Celebrate.